Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends,
Here we are mid-week and the day after the 4th of July. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful, and we had a wonderful family celebration except for poor Reilly who went crazy with the fireworks. My Grandmother had passed down information to my mother, and she continued exploring our genealogy. In the early 1630s, some of my ancestors came over from England on sailing boats to escape persecution—one was Priscilla Bennett—my mother named me after her and said, “Any woman who survived crossing the Atlantic on those ships and then making a new life in a strange new land is strong and so are you.” That history along with my mother’s love gave me backbone that helped in writing the book.
In the book I have Katie’s mother mention her English ancestry to enhance her already overblown image of herself in contrast to Katie’s shy quiet persona. She finds her mother’s antics embarrassing and is relieved that Claude agrees. I wanted Claude to side with Katie from when they first meet—he brings her pink roses and at the dinner table, he comes to Katie’s defense in retaliation to her father’s negative remarks about her—she had never seen any one stand up to her father before and this further enhances her attraction to Claude. He’s also interested in her opinions about art and is respectful and supportive in his response. Katie’s parents could have cared less about her opinions, ideas or thoughts—they were too involved with their own, and besides they knew best. For the first time, Katie is being treated as an equal by this handsome successful surgeon who could have any woman he wanted. Well, enough for now…
Thank you, my Priscilla Bennett Friends, for listening and for all your support for my cause. Please visit my website at www.priscillabennett.com and read this blog, make a comment, write your own story and get helpful information. Remember the Priscilla Bennett Pledge to help someone by starting a conversation, giving a kind word in the grocery store or parking lot—a touch on the shoulder or pat on the hand with a nice cup of tea. Remember that we all have SOMETHING TO BE BRAVE FOR.
Take good care of yourselves,
PRISCILLA BENNETT XOXO