The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr (review)

Sometimes, birthdays can be the worst days.

Especially if you are at your OWN birthday dinner and someone whips out the Ashley Madison scandal list and, oh lookie here! Caught with his pants down… there’s your husband’s name! 43 TRANSACTIONS. The top performer in your city. Hurrah! Let’s have cake!

It all just plunges downhill for Sophie from there. It gets worse, and more scandalous, and just plain awful for her. But good for us readers, cause I was fully absorbed in this story from the minute that first birthday drink was poured.

So Sophie ends up on a jaunt to Europe and truly begins to live the way she wants. She ditches all responsibility (all except her daughter) eats what she wants, gets a whole new look, fulfills some sizzling desires and reawakens the artist inside of her. Sophie has finally begun to sculpt again.

I was so captivated by the writing. I felt like I was dropped into Paris – eating macaroons and drinking red wine, casually strolling through museums and could taste the exquisite food. The artist in me was enamored by the descriptions of the famous paintings and statues, and the exquisite process of sculpting as Sophie reclaims her passion. I adored the juxtaposition of taking a block of marble and slowly chiseling away to reveal the masterpiece it holds inside – just as the real true Sophie emerges from such heartbreak and betrayal.

I LOVED this book. It gave me all the feels and I even cried at the end! There was a point in the story where something is revealed and chills went through my entire body and I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen reading a book before. The Unbreakables was a delight and everything I could have wanted in a story and I’ve found a new favorite author in the process!


  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (June 4, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062913808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062913807


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About the book:

A delicious, sharp novel about a woman who jets off to France after her perfect marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivrea lust for life, art, and steamy sex.

“Artful, feminist, and emotionally gripping. The Unbreakables is a remarkable tribute to a woman’s strength in the face of heartbreak and adversity.” — Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient

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.



About Lisa:

lisaLisa Barr is the author of the award-winning novel, FUGITIVE COLORS, a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, deception and revenge on the “eve” of WWII. The novel won the IPPY gold medal for “Best Literary Fiction 2014” and first prize at The Hollywood Film Festival (Opus Magnum Discovery Award).

Lisa has served as an editor for The Jerusalem Post, managing editor of Today’s Chicago Woman, managing editor of Moment magazine, and as an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Among the highlights of her career, Lisa covered the famous “handshake” between the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and President Bill Clinton at the White House. She is also the creator of the popular parenting blog GIRLilla Warfare.

Lisa has been featured on Good Morning America, TODAY, Fox & Friends, and Australia TV for her work as an author, journalist and blogger.


5 thoughts on “The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr (review)

  1. I thought this was amazing as well! Go Sophie! I have no artistic ability so sculpting seems next to impossible to me, but it was so beautifully described! And the ending was perfect!

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