Rise: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: January 24th 2017
Summary: 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.
Wow. This book was just very inspirational! I was in awe of Cara and her determination to build her family a home after getting out of an abusive situation. And I think what was really awe-inspiring for me was that she really didn’t show any anger towards her past marriages in this book. I really do respect her for that. It shows her strength and it definitely was inspiring.
It was also sad to read this because you think about her and how she and her family struggled, but you also think about the many men and women around the world that aren’t able to escape a situation like this. Cara truly is a survivor and she really showed her strength and resilience to survive.
I normally don’t read memoirs, especially ones that deal with heavy topics, but I really did gain something from reading this book and I honestly think lots of people should read this. The writing flowed well, the timing goes back and forth between the present when she is building her home, and also back to her situations with her former husbands.
I never really have much to say with autobiographies, because I tend to approach these differently than I would with a fantasy or paranormal book. But I really do recommend this book if you’re interested in reading autobios, as well as just feeling inspired by a woman her courage and resilience!
I really did enjoy this book and reading about her journey to building her home. I know it’ll stick with me for a while.
Let me know in the comments your thoughts about this book and if you’ve read it as I would love to know!