The permit office seemed to have as much confidence in my ability to learn from YouTube videos as the bank, so I gave it everything I had.
STORY-LINE RISE: HOW A HOUSE BUILT A FAMILY:
In Rise, How A House Built A Family, you find an abused family, living day-to-day in terror and fear. As a result of the abuse, after the cause is no longer in their environment, they live with the aftermath and insecurities. Cara Brookins knows her family needs something to solidify them. Deciding to build a house, with no experience or help other than YouTube videos, and friendly advice, Cara and family set out to build their home. From pencil drawn plans on the back of old papers and no knowledge of construction, they begin an adventure of a life time.
The reader follows Cara and four children through this trial by fire, and in the end, find they have built much more than a house. For Cara knew, if they could build a house they could rebuild their lives from the ground up.
Grab a seat, my contemporary memoir review of Rise: How A House Built A Family follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Although written in novel form, Rise: How A House Built A Family is the true story of the Brookins family pulling themselves up from domestic violence and abuse to become bigger and better. While still dealing with ex-husband Adam’s insanity, trying to write a book, working a full-time job, and mothering a family, Cara has her plate full. Cara has a bucket load of determination and love for her children which will enable her to lead this group from start to finish.
Her story gives the reader hope and the realization, whatever the circumstances they are changeable. Never let anyone tell you, you can’t accomplish your goals. Cara Brookins and her children are a testament to fortitude, resilience, and determination. Well written and developed, Brookins crafted a first-rate memoir of their journey, their failures, their triumphs, and everything in-between. Also, her pacing was spot on and correct for the length of the story-line; not too long, not too short, just right.
Can you really build a house by watching YouTube? You bet you can, just ask Brookins and her family. This book is so much more than a story of their build, this is a story of life and the meaning of family. Can you really overcome abuse and its aftermath? A resounding yes, will come from Brookins. Scenes sad and funny fill this emotional and character driven novel. As I came to know each character, I fell a little more in love with them. Filled with many quips and quotes, far too many to list, I could not resist including a few.
“..we each dipped our hands in red clay and made a print on the block at the front of the house. The primitive cave-art structure made me smile. We made this… with our own hands…”
To quote Roman, the toddler of this awesome group:
“It was a best day, he said. A best froggy day. A twenty-eighty-five-three-hundred-froggies day.”
From son Drew:
“Meet the construction gurus of Inkwell Manor,” Drew said. “Fear our superior skills”
A few of Cara’s quotes:
“Five minutes later, he fired up his chain saw in my bedroom. I shook my head: There’s a thing not every girl can say with a straight face.” “Don’t suppose you want to come back later and carve that hickory out front into a large ink-pot and feather?”
…there is nothing quite like picking up a saw and cutting your own window straight through the wall to give you a new perspective on life.”
“I am my plumber!….for reasons that were more than obvious—the least of which was Roman stringing Froot Loops on a strand of my hair…he had missed that part.”
The reader finds many deeply pungent scenes in this moving, emotional, and motivating story. Brookins crafted a fine memoir of the life and adventures of Sinkwell Manor aka Inkwell Spill aka Inkwell Manor. Cara and family learned the meaning of things like: Donna Fill, Wacker packer, electric nail gun shooting blanks, electricians smoking funyun and sewer lines-it flows downhill.
I do not believe you will have dry eyes as you read all this family endured and accomplished. From the abuse mentally and physically of ex-husbands, Brookins’ family has seen and experienced it all. This novel is a testament to the fortitude of the human spirit and soul as you watch the Brookins’ grow by leaps and bounds.
Finally in concluding my contemporary memoir review of Rise: How A House Built A Family, I found a well-written book with a story-line straight from the heart. I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
RISE: HOW A HOUSE BUILT A FAMILY RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
Additionally, I found Rise: How A House Built A Family a first-rate read, suitable for young adults and adults. Please go to Brookins website to view photo’s of their build and her extraordinary family. As Cara stated:
“We’re a kick-ass family.”
Finally from Cara, the truest quote of all:
But in the end, the most important thing we learned is that this story–our story– was never about a house.
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest contemporary memoir novel review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, the ARC did not affect my voluntary contemporary memoir novel review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PROVIDED BY AUTHOR
Cara Brookins is the author of Rise: How a House Built a Family, a memoir about escaping domestic violence with her four children and building a 3,500 square foot home from the ground up with their own hands. Rise is a 2017 Indy Next Pick and selected for Barnes & Noble’s What We’re Reading which includes front-of-store placement. She is also a keynote speaker, hosts a weekly podcast with Macmillan, and is a fiction writer with seven published novels.
For Immediate Release: On-sale January 24, 2017
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RISE: How a House Built a Family byCara Brookins
Published by St. Martin’s Press | On-Sale: January 24, 2017
Hardcover | 9781250095664| $25.99