Review: The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr


Release date: June 4, 2019

Publisher: Harper

Genre: Women’s Fiction


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.


I don’t know about you but when the Ashley Madison scandal broke I was equally horrified but also morbidly curious. How could so many millions of people be using such a tacky and torrid site?! It still blows my mind actually, and this book opens with Sophie having a birthday dinner with her closet friends and finding out her husband is on the site. Not only that, he’s their cities most active user 😱 I cannot even imagine the humiliation and pain this would cause but as far as an opening hook?! SOLD!

Listen, I’ve read plenty of books about a woman scorned trying to find herself again but I’ve never read one that felt quite so fresh and empowering as this one. Sophie takes quite a journey after her marriage crumbles and none of what happened was predictable at all. I absolutely love that, it’s hard to surprise me lately but I definitely was here. It was also racier than I expected, Sophie wants to stand on her own two feet after being half of a couple for years and she does this not only in a personal way, but also sexually. She’s the type of character that I think any woman can relate to and I was rooting for her hardcore. It was really inspiring to see her try new things and take chances and I was oddly proud of her by the end.

Highly recommended by me, this was not only a fun and fast read, it was also full of wisdom and felt super modern and hip!

The Unbreakables in three words: Sexy, Empowering and Fresh.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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