I built a house with my kids.

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Sharing My Story With The World.

This memoir is about my kids and me during the most frightening time of our lives, when we were escaping from domestic violence. But it’s also about the most empowering time, when we built a 3500 square-foot home from the ground up with our own hands.

It would be the hardest thing I had ever done. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, my kids and I poured concrete, framed the walls and laid bricks for our two story, five bedroom house. I had convinced myself that if my family could build a house, we could rebuild our broken family.

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 “Rise is a compelling story, lovingly told, that will uplift and inspire readers whatever their circumstances.”

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 “Cara Brookins turned trauma into power and fear into courage. Her extraordinary memoir tells the story of her resurrection from victim of domestic abuse to bad-ass mom with a hammer and carpenter’s square.”

John Grogan, author of Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home

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Writing about the most difficult and the most empowering times of my life changed everything.

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