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.

Donate to the National Network
To End Domestic Violence

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 

Tweets

Tweets

Blog Archives

Latest Blog Posts:

Developing The Claude Character

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend and are getting ready to celebrate our Independence Day tomorrow. Harry’s outside cleaning the grill for our family cookout, and I just finished giving Reilly a bath in our kitchen sink. I use baby shampoo. He stares up at…

Kudos to AVON for Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence

Special Limited Edition Empowerment Tote Through 2016, Avon and the Avon Foundation have contributed nearly $700,000 to Sanctuary for Families, New York City’s largest provider of services and advocacy for domestic violence victims and their children. For Mother’s Day 2017, New Avon is proud to launch the special-edition, Branching Out…

Developing The Katie Character

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope all is well as you start this summer weekend. Harry and I are getting ready to celebrate July 4th with our family. The family is coming here, and that means lots of cleaning and preparation. We have so many papers to throw out and…

Breaking the Cycle of Violence:A New Hospital-Based Program

In emergency rooms across the country, victims of intentional injury — such as wounds from guns or knives — often report thinking about retaliating or making significant life changes. Now, a hospital-based violence intervention program, called Healing Hurt People (HHP), is using this pivotal moment to provide medical services and…

The College Fund

    Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Harry and I save change, and we’ve been filling up penny, nickel, dime and quarter rolls to take to the bank to contribute to our grandson John’s college fund that we just opened. He’s only four months old, and we’ve found that starting early…

Purple Purse Challenge Sponsored by Allstate

Join our friendly fundraising competition Oct. 2 through Oct. 31, 2017 and get access to additional funding from The Allstate Foundation. If your nonprofit offers domestic violence and financial empowerment services, we hope you’ll join the Challenge as a 2017 Purple Purse Community Partner. Complete the application by August 1st.…

Getting The Message Out

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Monday and the start of a new week–what a beautiful summer day!  I hope all went well over the weekend. I had a quiet couple of days with Harry and Reilly. The heat and humidity don’t agree with me anymore, so we went out for…

My Writing Process

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and the beginning of another weekend—except now it’s summer—more time for gardening, barbequing and exercising outside in the warm weather. After this past weekend, we’re taking it easy. My geraniums need pruning and watering, and Harry will cook something out on the grill. We’ve…

First Day Of Summer

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I went to the Farmer’s Market with a friend this morning to buy some organic vegetables and salad for dinner. We were nurses together at the hospital, and she has retired, too. I was feeling guilty about all the high cholesterol food we’d had for Father’s…

Cherry Pie

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you had a peaceful Father’s Day. Saturday night, Reilly and I had an early Father’s Day celebration for Harry. He loved the cheese soufflé and Father’s Day cards. “Pris, you’re the best, thank you, sweetheart—and you too, Reilly,” he gave him a pat.…

12 Tips on Cell Phone Safety and Privacy

As cell phones become smarter, they’re more like mini computers that contain lots of personal information about us. Here are 12 easy steps to take to manage your privacy and safety when using your cell phone. 1. Put a passcode on your phone. The easiest thing for you to do…

Writing In Class

Happy Friday, Priscilla Bennett Friends, The weather has cooled down, and we’re getting ready for the weekend. I bought a couple of Father’s Day cards for Harry from myself and Reilly—separate cards—Reilly wants his own and so do I. The two of us are having our own Father’s Day celebration…

Don’t Worry, You’ll Get Used To It

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Here it is the middle of the week and June—soon summer will officially be here, and Father’s Day is this coming Sunday. Our daughters are organizing a family lunch for Harry. It’s going to be at Jennifer’s my eldest daughter’s house—a ten-minute drive—and all I have…

Getting Ready to Leave – A Guideline

Make a plan for how you are going to leave, including where you’re going to go, and how to cover your tracks. Make one plan for if you have time to prepare to leave the home. Make another plan for if you have to leave the home in a hurry.…

Doing The Carrots And More

  It’s Monday, the start of a new week, and I hope all of you Priscilla Bennett Friends had a peaceful weekend. I used to love the heat, but now that I’m older, I find it doesn’t agree with me. I was happy to stay inside with Harry. He had…

The Next Step

Thank goodness it’s Friday for all of you hard-working Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s the end of the week, and I hope you are well and can catch up on some rest. I keep thinking about how I wrote my novel and wanted to continue with my thoughts. My next step…

The Beginnings Of My Novel

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s mid-week, and I hope all of you are well. I’ve been fighting a cold, and it’s kept me quieter than usual with time to reflect on the process of writing my novel. I knew I wanted to write about domestic violence and bring a…

Supporting Our Children Worried About Terrorism

Our advice can help parents talk to their children worried about recent events If you’re concerned about how a child is feeling following the tragic events in Manchester on Monday 22nd May and in London on Saturday 3rd June, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 for…

How I Began Writing

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, I hope you had a peaceful weekend. I did some long overdue spring cleaning and took some clothing that I knew I’d never get into again over to the women’s shelter. They always need contributions. The cleaning process is good for me—getting rid of unnecessary…

15 Types of Verbal Abuse in Relationships

The abuser feels more powerful when he puts down his victim. If we look at verbal abuse as a means of maintaining control and power over someone, we can think of the types of verbal abuse listed and explained in this post as being ways that someone tries to dominate…

My Father’s Birthday

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday June 2, and my father’s birthday is today. He’s no longer with us, but I always think about what he gave me as a parent—unconditional love, stability and support. Gifts so many daughters don’t get from a parent that should be their birthright. I…

June 2 is #WearOrange Day to Address Gun Violence

Julianne Moore Has No Faith in the Federal Government to Fix America’s Gun Violence Problem [Yahoo Celebrity] Elizabeth Durand Streisand Yahoo CelebrityJune 1, 2017 Julianne Moore lights the Empire State Building to honor National Gun Violence Awareness Day with Everytown for Gun Safety. (Photo: Empire State Building) View photos Julianne…

First Barbecue Of The Season

Hello again, it’s Harry here! Checking in after Memorial Weekend to let you know that I’m thinking of you. I am a Vietnam Vet and am so proud to have served this country. Our family had a terrific time together grilling chicken and fish and barbequing pork ribs with home…

Military Mental Health

Military Mental Health Understanding the crisis With suicide rates dramatically rising and increased attention to the violence of veterans who struggle with mental illness, the military has been under increased pressure to provide ready access to mental health treatment, and to reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment.…