"This book isn't about divorce."
That is the first thing Jana Kramer wants you to know about The Next Chapter: Making Peace With Hard Memories, Finding Hope All Around Me and Clearing Space For Good Things to Come.
And, yet, the intimate memoir, released on Oct. 24, finds the Whine Down podcast host reflecting on the single year following her April 2021 divorce from Mike Caussian. Married for six years with two children Jolie Rae, 7, and Jace Joseph, 4, the former couple was an open book about infidelity being a major issue in their relationship.
Kramer, 39, and Caussian had previously separated in 2016 before reconciling and co-writing The Good Fight, Wanting to Leave, Choosing to Stay and the Powerful Practice for Loving Faithfully, a 2020 book about how he sought sex addiction therapy.
There was just one problem.
"We wrote about what we went through to save our relationship, but the truth is, some of the choices I made weren't really in line with how I felt," Kramer admits in The Next Chapter. "Looking back, I can see how I was trying to convince myself that the work we were doing was helping our relationship, and that I was making decisions that were in line with my best interests. I thought if our story helped other people, that our issues would just magically go away or wouldn't look as bad."
However, the more Kramer and Caussian tried to help others, "the more depressed we became," the One Tree Hill alum admits, "knowing we were still struggling and our relationship was not getting better."
After their divorce was finalized in July 2021, Kramer says she learned how to trust herself again, writing, "I've fallen in love with someone new, but that was only after I fell in love with myself."
"These days, I only know the truth of my own life," Kramer shares of going on her own journey of self-discovery to learn how to trust again. "I see the details clearer, examine them with more compassion, and am confident in my ability to choose next steps for myself in a way I never did before or when I was married to My Ex."
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The Next Chapter: Making Peace With Hard Memories, Finding Hope All Around Me and Clearing Space For Good Things to Come is available wherever you buy books.