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The Unbreakables

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  100 reviews
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. 

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 celebrati
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks
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Larry H
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Life is messy, love is messier. But pain is the messiest of all. And yet in brokenness, there is rebuilding, a rising from a fall."

When a book starts getting a lot of hype, I always get a little apprehensive that I may be the outlier. Will I be the person that's disappointed by the book that everyone says is so excellent?

Where Lisa Barr's new novel, The Unbreakables , is concerned, I needn't have worried. This is a smart, sexy, emotional story about a woman losing and then finding herself agai
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded up.

Life is messy, love is messier. But pain is the messiest of all.

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr may have been a lot sexier than I was expecting, but I still loved the heck out of it!

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
Elyse Walters
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Sophie & Gabe TLF...
True Love Forever?
The Little Fu#ker? ( Gabe’s secret infidelity exposed)

It’s Sophie’s Birthday celebration dinner....a Tuesday night in July, in North Grove, Chicago, (she’s 42 years old) .... out with best friends:
Samantha & Eric
Lauren & Matt

Gabe Bloom, cardiologist surgeon, has been caught cheating.
His name showed up on the ‘Ashley Madison’ list.... an on-line dating website for anonymous ‘cheaters’.
Hackers got into the database: cheaters were now chea
Renee (itsbooktalk)
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up
First and foremost, I highly suggest you only read that short snippet above and then dive right in to this fantastic story. The entire Goodreads synopsis gives too much of the plot away and this is definitely a story with surprises that you’ll want to experience. Forty two year old Sophie Bloom jets off to France and what a perfect place to escape to. The author captures the setting so brilliantly that if you asked me what I did last Friday my answer is…I spent an afternoon i
Laura (lauralovestoread) Gelinas
“𝙸 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚊 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚑𝚊𝚞𝚕, 𝚊 𝚁𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝙼𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚏𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚘. 𝙰 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝙶𝚊𝚋𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚊𝚗𝚝. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚊 𝚝𝚒𝚝𝚕𝚎. 𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚘𝚕𝚍, 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚖𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚄𝚗𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚔𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚄𝚗𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚔𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚜.”

Oh man! This book you guys, it was such a delight. This book gets all the stars from me! I had just finished reading Normal People, which put me into quite the sad slump, and this was just the pick me up that I needed!

The Unbreakables is a beautiful coming of age story of a woman named So
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs

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 hoo
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
The Unbreakables finds Sophie Bloom on her 42nd birthday discovering her husband has been cheating on her left and right. What follows is Sophie’s journey to find herself personally, sexually and learn to define herself beyond her marriage.

Barr writes Sophie as a woman you just want to be friends with - she’s been broken down and you want to root for her, see her built up. A woman with a heart so big has been let down by so many and all you want is for her to get a break! Heading to the South o
Pam Jenoff
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Already a master of historical fiction, Barr turns her formidable talents to modern women and relationships. The book is about 42 year-old Sophie Bloom, who flees to Paris to see her teenage daughter after her perfect marriage blows up, and finds herself for the very first time. Sexy, funny and fun -- don't miss it when it comes out in June!
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Bloom goes out to dinner with husband Gabe and two other couples to celebrate her 42nd birthday. As a lark, one of the husbands decides to share the list of people from their town involved with the Ashley Madison spouse cheating website. Sophie is devastated to discover Gabe is a serial cheater, including with one of her BFFs so she flies off to France to help their daughter deal with some of her own personal issues, including an affair with her art teacher. Sophie cannot bear to return h ...more
Kate Vocke
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
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
Susan Peterson
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I might have set a personal record with how quickly I read this book! Such a riveting story about betrayal, oozing with passion on every page. I loved Sophie from the beginning, and felt so emotionally invested in what happened to her, cheering for her as she gained strength, changing from a shell to a pearl. I was enthralled with the artistic part of the book, too—the raw talent, the need to create something beautiful and moving. The pain, the sensuality, healing, the self-discovery, were all t ...more
Rochelle Weinstein
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read the back cover of The Unbreakables, so I had no idea what I was in for. The first chapter will slam into your gut as one North Shore mom's seemingly "perfect" life is upended by an Ashley Madison scandal. I'd like to think I'd know how to handle such a situation, but for now, I know I'd want the strength, resiliency, insight, and courage of Sophie Bloom.

On the heels of the worst birthday ever, Sophie, ever the selfless mother, sets aside her own anguish and heads to Paris to care
Loved, loved, loved this book! Loved.
Margie Senechal
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Freaking wonderful book.

This book captured me within the first few pages and didn’t let go until the very end. You hear about situations like this—unexpected infidelity that destroys a “healthy” marriage and wonder, “What would I do?”

I hope that I could create a new life with the spirit of Sophie Bloom.

This book reminded me of Under the Tuscan Sun in the way Sophie Bloom finds her true self in another country by rediscovering her passion and opening her heart. The French countryside and l
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ladies add this can’t put down read by Lisa Barr on your June TBR. As another wonderful author Rochelle Weinstein described, “Think Under The Tuscan Sun meets How Stella Got Her Groove Back with a heavy dose of Eat, Pray, Love.” And, I would add include the heat of The Kiss Quotient. From the Chicago burbs to the beautiful sculpture gardens and art studios of France, we journey with Sophie Bloom as she sculpts the shattered pieces of her life back together. Thank you to the author’s publicist fo ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ Gabe, my husband, still incredibly sexy at forty-two, approaches me from behind in our walk-in closet, wraps his muscular arms tightly around my waist and kisses my neck hungrily.

A fantastic story that makes one think. I love that Barr writes stories that are multi-layered allowing the readers to fully connect with the characters. I love stories that not only entertain, but also make you think about things on a deeper level. Barr captures the readers attention and holds it throughou
Joan Happel
Sophie Bloom is spending her forty-second birthday with her husband, her two best friends and their spouses. What could go wrong? Well the discovery during dinner that her high school sweetheart/husband has been outed as a serial cheater; that one of his conquests was best friend number one; and finally that best friend number two new about it. Sophie decides to deal with this mess by escaping to Paris where her 19-year-old daughter may be pregnant, and the possible father a forty-some year-old ...more
Linda Zagon
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Lisa Barr, Author of “The Unbreakables” has written an intense, intriguing, sexy, controversial and emotional novel. The Genres for this Novel are Domestic Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction. The story takes place in North Grove in the United States and France. The timeline for the story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her dramatic characters as artistic, complex, complicated, and ...more
The Unbreakables is an exquisitely written story about rebuilding life, finding oneself and finding happiness after a devastating betrayal. Sophie Bloom's seemingly perfect life is turned upside down when she finds out that her husband of more than twenty years cheated on her with dozens of women. Sophie escapes to France, where her teenage daughter is studying abroad. In France she meets new people, experiences sexual reawakening and rediscovers her love for arts and sculpting.

I enjoyed this b
Patricia Sands
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Any novel set in France gets my attention. For a whole list of other reasons, I'm glad I read this story. The Unbreakables offers a compelling midlife coming of age story that takes readers from a Chicago suburb to Paris and on to the enticing south of France. Sophie Bloom is a character you cannot help but cheer for. Lisa Barr's exceptional contemporary storytelling delivers a list of unforgettable characters, surprising twists and a passionate tale of self-discovery and forgiveness that will r ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When 42 year old Sophie Bloom's perfect marriage is suddenly very much "not" perfect she runs off to France to heal and decide what is next.
I really enjoyed this book, Lisa Barr has a talent for putting you there with these characters and setting. And who doesn't want to run away to the south of France.
Highly recommend this one and it's a perfect beach, pool or anywhere read. Definitely hard to put down.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just Wow!! Lisa Barr does it again!! Staying in the art world, but taking her writing to a completely new level.

On the surface, Sophie’s life is just like any other North Shore mom (if you live in Chicago, you’ll understand the reference), but then on her birthday she is hit with a bombshell, and realizes - did she really know her life, her husband, her friends - at all?

Sophie is a complex character and we see her at her lowest of lows and watch as she rebuilds her life, this time for her.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Barr is fabulous! This one is a steamy, interesting and consuming read!
Patricia Romero
Sophie and Gabe Bloom along with her two best friends and their spouses are ready to celebrate Sophie's 42nd birthday with a nice dinner out. In very short order they get down to the gossip going around about all of the men caught out in the Ashley Madison cheating scandal. And, Happy Birthday!, guess who is the top cheater? Gabe.

Humiliated? Yes. Done? Yes. Sophie hops a flight to France to see her daughter who is studying in Paris struggling with her own cheater. Sophie ends up in Saint-Paul-de
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this novel of friendship, love, betrayal, and most of all, the redemptive nature of art. Sophie leaves her Chicago suburban home after learning something that shakes her world. Until that point, her friendship with "the Unbreakables", three couples who were friends since high school, was her foundation. Flying to Paris, and then staying in Provence, Sophie begins a journey back to herself.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that stood out to me in this novel was that Sophie's birthday is the day after mine and we're the same age. She also lived in a fictional suburb of Chicago, partially inspired by the town where I grew up. Both factors created an instant connection for me. While I can't relate to what she was going through, I was horrified on her behalf and loved the ways she went about reinventing herself in the aftermath.

I loved the armchair adventure feel of being in France. Lisa Barr brought
Cindy Wilkerson
The first part had me totally hooked.
And then...I just found that I could care less about the main character and her journey to find herself. I enjoyed the bits where she was home, dealing with everything and everyone, but that was about it.
I skimmed a lot of this book so I don’t feel like it’s fair to give it a rating. And I think I can see why it’s received such high praise. But reading this after a book I truly adored, I found it to be hard not to compare.
If the story sounds interesting, I s
Britton Epps
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow I couldn’t put it down. Loved everything about this one. Five stars
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5⭐ My spoiler free review will appear on my instagram at bloomin.chick ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, womens-fiction
Five HUGE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What a fabulous book! I haven’t been able to get through books so quickly lately because of, you know, life! But this one I just couldn’t put down and didn’t want to stop reading. Quite an inspiring story of a woman’s reinvention and starting over after finding out her husband cheated on her. Absolutely loved with this one! I strongly recommend adding The Unbreakables to your summer reading list.
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LISA BARR is the author of THE UNBREAKABLES (Harper, June 4). Publishers Weekly says: "This exquisitely wrought novel will appeal to readers who believe in the redemption of new beginnings, and the necessity of facing the past while making a deliberate effort to move forward."

Lisa's debut novel, FUGITIVE COLORS, is a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, deception and revenge on the "eve" o