New York (CNN) - South Carolina's first lady, Jenny Sanford, said Monday that writing her much-anticipated memoir of her husband's affair was a "cathartic" and "cleansing" experience.
In an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Sanford called "Staying True" - which hit bookstores Friday - "an honest account of the values I hold dear."
It was her husband Gov. Mark Sanford's loss of values that she blames on his much-publicized affair with an Argentine woman that was exposed by reporters after he disappeared for several days last summer. Staffers said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but he later admitted he was actually visiting his mistress in Argentina.
"It saddens me because I believed in him and a number of people believed in him," Jenny Sanford said Monday.