SC First Lady's book due in February, not timed to divorce said publisher

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - A spokeswoman for the company publishing South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford's memoir says the timing of the book has nothing to do with her divorce filing.

Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House Inc., plans to put the 240-page hardcover book entitled "Staying True" on sale Feb. 5, according to its Web site.

Jenny Sanford has filed for divorce, and a final hearing on the petition is scheduled for late February.

The publisher's Web site says the memoir will reveal Jenny Sanford's private ordeal behind her husband's public betrayal.

Random House spokeswoman Theresa Zoro says the timing has nothing to do with Jenny Sanford filing for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford. The governor disappeared from the state for five days last year and returned to confess an affair with an Argentine woman.

Zoro says the book was simply done and the publisher wanted to get it out.

Calls seeking comment were left with Ballantine and Jenny Sanford.

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