Friday, May 12, 2017

RISE, How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins

by Cara Brookins
St. Martin's Press
January 24, 2017

Book Information: 
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 with only 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. 

My Comments:
I've known Cara a long time and knew her during this time of her life. She is not only stubborn, she is brave. Today she inspires others to build bigger lives. I highly recommend this book!

Cara Brookins is a computer analyst and social media marketing expert based in Little Rock. She is the author of seven middle grade and young adult novels as well as one adult novel. You can read more about her at

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