Something To Be Brave For

SOMETHING TO BE BRAVE FOR tells the sometimes tender yet often harrowing story of abuse and of a woman’s resilience and courage, a tale that culminates in the triumph of self-discovery.

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Critical Acclaim

"If you couldn't get enough of 'Big Little Lies', either the series or the book, then you should get your hands on 'Something To Be Brave For'. Ms. Bennett has put a unique spin on the age-old story of a woman trapped in an abusive marriage. She creates a world of privilege that becomes a gilded prison for her protagonist, and that traps the reader into turning page after absorbing page to see how she'll manage to escape. This is absorbing reading at its unputdownable best." — Luther L., Amazon Review

"I just finished reading Something to be Brave For. The book was very intense and shocking as it centres around domestic abuse. It was very heartfelt and sad to know that there are many people out there that are suffering in silence and just because of your families social status it does not mean that you are immune to it. The book was very well written and realistic." — Dr. Stars, Goodreads Review

"This book handles the emotional subject of Domestic Violence, a subject I'm passionate about through my paid work and previous volunteer work with Victim Support. The Author delicately handles the subject and shows how a couple on the outside can be the envy of everyone who meets them; outwardly seen as being a happily married and successful couple, but behind closed doors the story couldn't be more different."— Lisa Hardy, Bookalicious Travel Addict Review

"The novel, Something To Be Brave For is a unique—yet still universal—story of domestic violence. Katie lives in an Architectural Digest home with her husband, a surgeon whose skill is known to the world and whose brutality is known only to his wife. This story of a women trapped in a gilded cage, living with a monster, transcends race, color and class: Katie is a sister to every battered woman. She’s also a survivor and as she turns her life of horror into one of hope, the reader will want to stand up and cheer!"— Rosemary Rogers, author of eight books including the bestseller Saints Preserve Us! and numerous magazine and newspaper articles.

"Well-written story beautifully told that will help those who are suffering from mental and physical abuse."— Fred Mermelstein, Ph.D Healthcare Entrepreneur and Former CEO and President of Javelin Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge MA

"Spellbinding…captures the world of high society; the elegant homes, political and sexual alliances, the affairs, dalliances and even the world of cosmetic surgery that often attends this glamorous-and frequently dangerous-lifestyle…" — Lewis Burke Frumkes, Author.  Read More 

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Across The Pond

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Monday, and I hope all of you had a good weekend. Harry and I have been packing to go across the Pond to take care of a family issue. Harry’s sister is very ill, and her family has asked us to come. We don’t like…

Normandy Beach

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and the beginning of another weekend. There’s a crispness in the air that reminds me that Fall is around the corner. Almost time to clean out my closet and bring in my Fall/Winter stuff from the back room. Harry and I had dinner with…

The Mouse

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, This morning Harry and I weeded the garden in the rain. It wasn’t heavy— gentle temperate rain—the wet earth easily gave way. I did the easy stuff like crab grass, and Harry clipped the hedges and low-hanging branches. My mother always told me “to water after…

Labor Day

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I can’t believe it’s Labor Day. The summer went so fast. I always want it to last at least another two months—the daylight becoming twilight until 8:00 pm, the scent of the watered earth, geranium and tomato plants from the garden. Harry and I have breakfast…

Conquering Fear

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s the beginning of Labor Day Weekend and there is a hint of Fall in the air. I can’t believe the summer is almost over. Kids are getting ready to go back to school. We’re having a family cookout, and Harry and I are getting everything…

Morgan

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s mid-week and I’m babysitting my grandson who’s six months old. My daughter is dropping him off for several hours while she’s at work. She’s a social worker and has a hard time taking time off. Her husband who works nights as a bank guard, usually…

Sailing

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, On Saturday, Harry and I went sailing in the harbor with a friend of his who has a Daysailer. What a beautiful day to sail and there was a terrific breeze filling the sail and pushing us along. My father taught me how to sail a…

Team Work

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It looks like we have a beautiful summer weekend ahead, and I hope you’ll be able to rest and relax a bit. Harry and I just came from the vet, and Reilly is doing better. The injections are working, and we’re so grateful. I’m preparing for…

Gone With The Wind

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Tonight we had a family barbeque, and there were twelve for the cook out. Harry cooked hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken and lots of vegetables on the grill for everyone, and it was delicious. I used paper plates and napkins left over from the 4th of…

The Refrigerator

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Harry and I took Reilly back to the vet for his shot and examination. His walking is a bit better, and he’s not lifting his hind leg as much. It’s going to take time and several shots over time, but the vet was pleased with the…

Silly Putty

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, This morning Harry and I went to his hand therapy place to strengthen his hands. They’re painful, and due to arthritis he’s lost a lot of strength. He was working with a blob of green silly putty—pulling, twisting and then snapping it into little balls —two…

Sunflowers

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Harry and I just got back from the farmer’s market down by the pier and put away all the goodies we got for dinner and the week. We love all the fresh vegetables and fruits. Harry picked out his favorite yellow and white corn, and I…

The New Vet

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope all of you had a good week and are looking forward to another summer weekend. Harry and I took Reilly, our ten-year-old dog, to a new vet to get a second opinion. As a nurse, I learned how important it is to get two…

Barnacles

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Welcome to Friday and another summer weekend. I hope all is going well. Harry and I had lunch with a friend of his, Joe, who had been an officer in the navy. We sat at a pub on the Charles River and watched the boats go…

Tommy And The Computer

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s already August, and soon summer will be over. I had a dream that Harry and Reilly had disappeared, and I couldn’t find them anywhere. I was running through the house, through the woods and down by the river. I woke in a panic—sweating and my…

RedRover Sends Heroes Right Over

One nonprofit hopes to fund a pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in every state July 26, 2017 By domesticshelters.org Think of them as the Red Cross for animals, says Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO of RedRover. For the past 30 years, the nonprofit has been helping animals in crisis situations. They…

Computer Challenges

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, On Saturday, Harry caught two flounders and a blowfish. He threw them back in the river to swim free, and we went out to dinner with my youngest sister, Kelly, who is also a nurse and not yet retired. She’d just gotten off work on the…

World Day Against Human Trafficking – July 30, 2017

World Day against Trafficking in Persons occurs July 30th to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries and will likely continue to grow. Every country is directly affected by…

Katie Learns To Knit

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and the start of another summer weekend. I hope you’re all well. Harry wants to go fishing tomorrow, so if it’s not raining, we’ll go down to the river. I don’t enjoy fishing much, but he likes me to keep him company. Harry baits…

News from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – 7.28.17

    The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence applauds Senators Collins, Murkowski and McCain for standing up for victims and survivors of domestic violence, their children, and all Americans by voting against the Senate’s ‘skinny’ Affordable Care Act repeal, which would, if enacted as passed, have led to 16 million people losing healthcare and…

Abuse Cannot Be Blamed on Mental Illness

Abusers love excuses. They only yelled at you because they were drunk. They only hit you because they were hit as children. They’re only abusive because they’re depressed. It’s not their fault. Survivors told DomesticShelters in a recent survey that the number one barrier that often prevents them from leaving…

The Colic Story

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you’ve been enjoying the cooler weather before the heat returns. My daughter and grandson came over for a visit, and he still has a touch of colic where he tenses, pulls his little legs up and cries with what seems like stomach pains. We…

O. J. Simpson — “I’ve led a conflict-free life.”

NFL Star, Actor, Spokesperson, Celebrity, Son, Husband, Father, Narcissist, Abuser, Kidnapper, Armed Robber and Most Think a Murderer. He was born July 9, 1947 in San Francisco, California and granted Parole on July 20, 2017. But not for domestic violence and murder. He was acquitted of the latter in criminal…

Katie’s Childhood

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Over the weekend I had time to delve more deeply into my Katie character as I cleaned my kitchen cabinets. My daughters had come for a visit, and we sat in the living room laughing and sharing stories about their lives. As I watched them, I…

Gardening With Rose

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Please take special care to stay hydrated in this summer heat—water, ginger ale and sports drinks are a good combination to keep your electrolytes balanced. Harry and I had to stop doing the gardening before we passed out. “Come on, Pris, we finished the weeding, and…

Group of Friends Renovate Domestic Violence Shelter

The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults announces the renovation of its Domestic Violence Shelter, thanks to the effort and generosity of community volunteers. For nearly a decade, Tennessee has consistently ranked among the top 10 states in the nation for the most homicides due to domestic violence. Partnership’s shelter…

Katie’s Mindset

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Harry and I just got back from having lunch down at the pier where there’s always a nice cool breeze. We strolled along the water’s edge where we had our first date, and Harry took my hand. We reminisced about our romance and had a good…