Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: June 04, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Women’s Fiction
Goodreads Average: 4.25 *as of 6/07/19*
The worst birthday ever might just be the gift of a lifetime…
It’s Sophie Bloom’s forty-second birthday, and she’s ready for a night of celebration with Gabe, her longtime, devoted husband, and her two besties and their spouses. Dinner is served with a side of delicious gossip, including which North Grove residents were caught with their pants down on Ashley Madison after the secret on-line dating site for married and committed couples was hacked. Thirty-two million cheaters worldwide have been exposed…including Sophie’s “perfect” husband. To add insult to injury, she learns Gabe is the top cheater in their town.
Humiliated and directionless, Sophie jumps into the unknown and flees to France to meet up with her teenage daughter who is studying abroad and nursing her own heartbreak. After a brief visit to Paris, Sophie heads out to the artist enclave of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. There, for the first time in a long time, Sophie acknowledges her own desires—not her husband’s, not her daughter’s—and rediscovers her essence with painful honesty and humor, reawakening both her sensuality and ambitions as a sculptor.
As she sheds her past and travels the obstacle-filled off beaten path, Sophie Bloom is determined to blossom. Allowing her true self to emerge in the postcard beauty of Provence, Sophie must decide what is broken forever…and what it means to be truly unbreakable.
Life is messy, love is messier. But pain is the messiest of all.
What it’s about: On Sophie Bloom’s forty-second birthday she receives the shock of her life when she finds out that her seemingly ‘perfect’ husband Gabe is on the Ashley Madison list of cheaters, and not only that, but he is the top cheater in their town of North Grove. Almost immediately after learning this, she gets a call from her daughter who is studying abroad in France and learns that she has just had her heart broken as well. Not knowing what else to do, Sophie flees to France to spend time with her daughter and try to rediscover herself as well. She will eventually rediscover her passion for sculpting, recover her sexuality, and learn how to move on. All set in the beautiful backdrop of Europe.
The Unbreakables has a little bit of everything and it is sure to tear you apart and put you back together again. Love, sexuality, friendship, betrayal… this book really runs you through a gamut of themes and emotions. There were so many times that I both laughed out loud and had tears in my eyes; I don’t know how she does it, but sometimes Barr did this to me within the same paragraph! This is a brutally honest look at betrayal, friendship, and rediscovering yourself and your passions.
The setting in Europe and the fact that Sophie was a sculptor was so cool, and Barr managed to make the art and setting both very vivid in this novel. I felt like I was right there, and it made me REALLY want to go see the things in this book for myself. Sophie was such an amazing character too and so strong. Her character plus the strong bonds talked about in The Unbreakables truly made me so happy, and I loved her journey. I think this book will be relatable for so many readers.
Song/s the book brought to mind: A mix of You Lie and Chainsaw both by The Band Perry (yes I love them!).
Final Thought: I saw a lot of reviewers have been saying this is a good book to go into pretty blindly and I would agree. I love going into books blind and feel as though they are much more surprising when read this way. If you love women’s fiction with some racy scenes that lean towards the romance novel side of things, then I highly recommend checking out The Unbreakables. I don’t really read romance, but there is so much more going on in this book than that, so it didn’t bother me. Lisa Barr officially has an instant fan in little old me.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5
Thank you to Get Red PR, the author Lisa Barr, and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book!