Friday, September 27, 2019

Review: The Unbreakables

41571748. sy475 The Unbreakables
By Lisa Barr
352 pages, published June 4, 2019 by Harper
Source: Purchased for myself

From Goodreads:

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 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.


 
This book seemed to be everywhere this summer, and I was so excited to finally read it!  It was my book of choice for a long weekend in California, and it was the perfect weekend vacation read! Sophie was a fantastic character. I can't imagine learning that kind of news on your birthday surrounded by your best friends.  I loved the Paris setting of this book--the author described it so well I felt like I was right there with her. It was so fun that Sophie was an artist and that the book discussed iconic artists and pieces like Rodin's Le Penseur (The Thinker) Michelangelo's David, and the Musee d'Orsay.

I loved all the supporting characters as well, and how they all played a role in Sophie finding herself again. This story was quite the adventure! Emotional and thought provoking, this book was hard to put down. I wanted to know what happened but I didn't want the book to end.  I really got swept away in it! I absolutely recommend this book, especially if you love the arts, France and French culture, or both!

At the beginning of Part II, there was this quote, that I really appreciated:

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one." --Stella Adler

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