Rise:How A House Built A Family – by Cara Brookins


Rise: How A House Built A Family by Cara Brookins 

Hardcover: 320 Pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (January 24, 2017)

ISBN 13: 9781250095664

Synopsis: If you were inspired by Wild and Eat, Pray, Love, you’ll love this extraordinary true story of a woman taking the greatest risk of her life in order to heal from the unthinkable. 

After escaping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible. 

Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan and a mile-wide stubborn streak, Cara built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew made up of her four children. 

It would be the hardest thing she had ever done. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls and laid bricks for their two story, five bedroom house. She had convinced herself that if they could build a house, they could rebuild their broken family. 

This must-read memoir traces one family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves, all through one extraordinary do-it-yourself project.

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If you have read my reviews, you know that I love inspiring stories; ones that make us feel like the impossible might just be possible. This is what RISE offers to its readers. Cara Brookins tells her own personal story about overcoming an abusive relationship and creating a home for her and her four kids. Sorry – not just creating a home, but literally building a home!

Using YouTube videos (handy things aren’t they?) the family of five builds a five bedroom, two-story home; a project to help them heal and start a new life in.

Brookins alternated between her time in the abusive relationship, to the future when her family is free from the abuse and healing with a very large DIY project; building a home. Learning about both her past and what her family had to overcome really helped to understand what the family had gone through to get them to that point in their life. This was a truly inspiring story about a family who was able to rise victim to victors and take their lives back, healing through the enormous task of building a home.

Rating: 8.5/10

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from St. Martin’s Press*

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