Teresa Giudice is nearly one month away from being released from prison, but in the meantime, she's hopeful her kids will enjoy their first Thanksgiving without her. The star of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" will be released Dec. 23 and will complete the remainder of her 15-month fraud sentence on house arrest. Until then sources say she just wants the best for her husband, Joe Giudice, and their four daughters.
According to People magazine, Teresa, 43, will be spending this Thanksgiving alone at Danbury Women's Correctional Facility in Danbury, Connecticut. She reportedly did not want her children to visit her in an effort to shield them from spending a holiday in a prison. Sources told the publication she wants her children -- Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana -- to have the most "normal" Thanksgiving they can with her behind bars. She will likely call home at a specified time, allowing her to be with her husband, children and potentially extended family in some capacity.
"Teresa wants Thanksgiving to be as normal as possible for the girls," the source said. "She just wants the girls to have a good day."
While she awaits her early release Teresa has been hard at work on her tell-all book. In July, her lawyer, James J. Leonard, revealed that the reality star had been keeping a diary during her time in prison and planned to use some of the entries as material for a memoir. Months later it was confirmed that the book, which is titled "Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again," will be released Feb. 9, 2016. According to Jennifer Bergstrom, a publisher at Gallery Books, the memoir will be a telling account "of Teresa's incredible life story."
Fans were given a brief glimpse into Teresa's life behind bars when Bravo aired "Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks in" in September. Throughout the show viewers heard from Teresa via phone calls placed to her husband and children during which she provided updates about the daily happenings in the prison. During one particularly chilling call Teresa told Joe, 43, that she had been shaken down by guards who believed she'd been hiding a cell phone.
Teresa will also allow viewers back into her life via television as she returns to Season 7 of "RHONJ." She will be joined on the show by her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga. At this time it remains unclear who else will be featured and when the show will return to Bravo.