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April 17 , 2009

Dancing in my Nightgown


Married when she was barely 19, Betty Auchard went straight from her parent's home to her husband's bed. She raised four children, returned to college, taught art in public school, and became a grandmother, published artist, a retiree and then a widow.

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When she loses her husband of 49 years, widowhood forces Betty to find out what she can do on her own. She has a lot to learn. Facing her new responsibilities she makes all kinds of mistakes. These short, upbeat, inspiring stories tell how this spunky woman got through widowhood—she decides to dance instead of sitting on the sidelines.

Betty laughs and cries her way through grief and, ultimately, comes to see her situation as normal. Through it all, Betty lands on her feet ready for whatever comes next. The last page doesn't feel like and ending, because really, it's just the beginning.

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FREE BONUS excerpt from Auchard's second book, The Home for the Friendless is included at the end.

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