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Rise – How A House Built a Family by Cara Brookins

Inspirational. Emotional. This is a powerful 4 star read!

Truly inspirational book which tells of the power of love between a mother and her children.

Reading this you soon realise that Cara Brookins accomplished something so incredible following years of abuse. I found myself laughing, crying and at times biting my nails in horror at each inspiration chapter of this amazing family rise from their ruined old lives.

Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for the advanced copy of this book.


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, 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.

AUTHOR Cara Brookins
BOOK TITLE Rise: How a House Built a Family
PUBLISHER St Martin’s Press
PRINT LENGTH 320 pages
ISBN 9781250095671





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