Available June 15, 2015

"Dr. McFarland told us we were the only ones who could cure the unfortunates under our care. Our benevolent kindness would lead them to sanity. At first I believed him, but it was not long before I learned of unspeakable acts committed on those lost souls."
For Their Own Good
"The awakening sky found its way between the drapes of their room in the small resort. Lindy wasn't asleep, but the light in the sky pulled her out of bed. Noise seldom woke him, but she was still careful to get out of bed quietly. Not wanting to explain what she was doing or even say good morning, she grabbed her sweats and slowly opened the door. He didn't move."

Moon Trail from Short Stories
Bradette Michel

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My short story, Abduction appears in the December issue of The Florida Writer. Abduction begins with For Their Own Good character, Mrs. Packard waiting for her husband to take her to the asylum.

Go to https://floridawriters.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/TFW-Dec-2015.pdf to read the whole story.

Debut novel reveals the terrifying world of 19th century insane asylums.

Praise for For Their Own Good:
Oh My Goodness !!! I loved this book. You feel like you are right there seeing, hearing all that is going on. The characters are wonderful, the story line great. I highly recommend this book. I look forward to more books by Bradette Michel in the future. Really just a wonderful book. Goodreads 5 star review
Michel’s compassionate telling of women’s stories made me want to reach out and pull her characters into a world where their voices could be heard and their power restored. Maxine Harris, PhD, author of Women of the Asylum
The brilliant presentation of a fictionalized true epoch in the history of American 'therapeutic' intervention holds our attention from first page to last. As a physician, woman, and lover of great stories, I highly recommend For Their Own Good. R.S. Lipkind, MD
Gripping and heart-wrenching, For Their Own Good is a pick for any who want both a social and psychological observational piece about asylum life and women's subjugation. D. Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
...fully documented and nicely portrayed in this exquisitely written and carefully researched work. The action builds to a crescendo of blizzards and almost insurmountable obstacles as the characters contend with forces arrayed against them. Outcomes remain in doubt until the very end: It’s a fantastic story worth reading. Dr. Douglas W. Houck, author of Peace River Boundary

Critique Group

Join Bradette on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m for a writers critique group at the Sunrise Dan Pearl Library, 10500 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise, FL 33322. Open to all adult  writers.