Lisa Barr comes to the blog today with a story of change, growth and second chances in
It’s Sophie’s forty-second birthday and she’s expecting more of the usual: dinner with her husband and best friends, and a call from her daughter coming later, as she’s doing an arts course in Paris. But, with one salacious topic and an excel list that points out the details of the men in the area who had used “Ashley Madison” (the site for cheaters). Unfortunately, Gabe, Sophie’s husband is not only on the list, but he is the top “user’ of the service in their little Chicago suburb. Thrown into the recriminations, the why me, anger, sorrow, and a betrayal from her two best friends and Sophie is truly adrift. When her daughter calls, having been cheated on by her boyfriend, with other bombshells yet to be delivered, Sophie books the first flight out to Paris – what better way to gather herself and help her daughter through a difficult time?
Paris and France offer Sophie a certain je ne sais quoi, that opportunity to revel (or retreat) into herself, her what now, find the little joys in a place she loves, and the ability to reconnect to a piece of herself she pushed aside long ago: her own need to create with sculpture. Sophie had tucked that part away after diagnosis of carpal tunnel threatened her health, but the need, that all-consuming passion had to go elsewhere. For her: it went into her daughter and her family: clearing the paths, smoothing the waters, making everything seamless. For her husband, it meant that Sophie was always focused elsewhere, with little time after all the accessory bits were sorted for him. And, to be honest, he was pretty much what one would expect in this situation – blaming others, angry, attacking – unwilling to see that his failures would (and do) effect those around him.
What emerges is a new path for Sophie, both in the re-ignition of her sculpting and in her own responsibility and take-charge of her own life. From sexual situations to making herself (and others in her life) face their failings, deal with them, move on and move forward. Truly, while I worried that this book would circle Sophie’s tendency to ‘absorb” the blame for the affairs, she was, fortunately, moved to take other steps and didn’t allow herself to wallow for too long. With the unexpected bonus of help in her healing from both a valet at her hotel, his significant other and an artist, instructor, and inappropriate person in her daughter’s life, she is brought back into the art world, rediscovering her own passions, talents and a new start in life.
Title: The Unbreakables
Author: Lisa Barr
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: France
Published by: Harper Collins
Published on: 4 June, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 14 minutes
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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 vivre—a 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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.