My debut novel, Rose-Coloured Houses has launched.
In the autumn of 1943, seven-year-old Peggy walks slowly home to the Rosedale boarding house where she lives with her two older brothers, her mother, and her quick-tempered and emotionally abusive father. As Peggy grows, she learns more about the world around her and the lies and secrets she has grown up with. Who is her father really, and why is the family always hungry when Colonel Charles Wickman, Esq. is supposed to be a successful lawyer? Where does he disappear to on his long business trips, and why is the family always moving?
The true nature of Charles’ history is forever intertwined with the relationships and lives of his family. Will Peggy and her brothers take after their father, ruining lives and relationships as they progress through their own, or will they manage to break the cycles of abuse and deception to build lives based in truth, friendship, and love? Is forgiveness possible without reconciliation? Rose-Coloured Houses explores lies, abuse, love, and healing in a multi-generational tale of wealth, ruin, and redemption.
You can purchase it HERE
My memoir, Not My Story to Tell is also available.Cathy Lynn Brooks spent her career working with children with special needs, but despite her professional experience, it was still heartbreaking for her to witness the challenges faced by her daughter, Justine.
Justine always reminded Cathy of Annie Oakley. She was fierce and protective of the vulnerable, but she was also plagued by her own troubles.
At a young age, Justine was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. As Justine grew up, she often made bad choices due to the traumas of her past and her mental illness. Through it all, Cathy never stopped loving her daughter.
In this revealing and powerful book, Cathy takes you back to the early days of Justine’s childhood and the events that led to her diagnosis. Cathy watched her daughter try time and again to change her life, amazed and awed by Justine’s persistence, courage, and compassion.
Cathy hopes that her daughter’s journey to a place of healing and peace will inspire others struggling with mental illness or caring for a family member with the same issues. She shows families that, while there are many obstacles on the road to better mental health, there are amazing joys waiting for you as well!
You can purchase my memoir HERE.