Former Second Lady Jill Biden opens up about being a stepmom in her new book, “Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself.”

With her husband former Vice President Joe Biden back on the campaign trail, Jill offers an intimate look into their family life in her new memoir.

Next month marks the presidential couple’s 42nd wedding anniversary and the 67-year-old gave insight to her relationship with Biden and their commitment to making the marriage work for so long.

Jill writes of when she wed the former widower and the commitment she made to his children after his first wife Neilia and their 1-year-old daughter Naomi died in a car accident back in 1972.

After the family’s tragedy, Jill said she was hesitant to accept Biden’s proposal and didn’t say yes until he asked a fifth time.

As reported by USA TODAY, she said, “When I started dating Joe and the boys, and Joe asked me to marry him, I just knew Beau and Hunt had already lost one mother, and I had to make absolutely sure that our marriage would work.”

Jill continued, “I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t lose another mother because our marriage didn’t work.”

The stepmother also writes about her affection for her stepchildren in her book and the devastation that followed Beau Biden’s untimely death in 2015.

The eldest of Biden’s three children died of complications due to brain cancer. Jill writes: “As I said to Joe, I fell in love with the boys, and I like to tease him about that. I spent a lot of time with them, and we were almost like a family already, even before we got married.”

She recalled to USA, “It was totally shattering.”

“My life changed in an instant. All during his illness, I truly believed that he was going to live, up until the moment that he closed his eyes, and I just never gave up hope,” she said.

Biden’s deeply personal book was released on Tuesday.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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