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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Domestic Violence in Affluent Marriages

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“Closure” on NFL’S Domestic Violence Inquiry?

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Mariska Hargitay Speaks Out

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Don’t Be the Next Tara

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Domestic Violence Gun Debate Resumes in General Assembly

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Antisocial Personality Disorder

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A Toxic Person Will Try This…

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Family, Friends and Co-Workers

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Why Men Don’t Leave…

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Tamron Hall Launches Fund in Memory of Her Sister Renate

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New Domestic Violence Team…

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It’s Okay to Argue

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Are YOU A Narcissist?

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Gretchen Carlson Talks “Fight Back”

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Recognizing Stalking Awareness Month this January [2017]

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2017 and What It Truly Means to Me

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Amber Tamblyn Is Working On A Novel About Rape Culture

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Red Flags for Domestic Abuse

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Former First Lady of Massachusetts, Kitty Dukakis…

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When Women Must Choose Between Abuse and Homelessness

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