It is 2015 and Ashley Madison, the secret on-line dating site for married and committed couples (whose motto: “Life is short, have an affair”) has been hacked. Thirty-two million cheaters worldwide have been exposed … Enter SOPHIE BLOOM, 42, married to her high school sweetheart and still in love. Or, so she thought, until discovering her husband’s infidelity on the Ashley Madison site. Betrayed, she leaves her suburban lifestyle for Paris to meet her daughter, who is studying abroad and whose boyfriend cheated on her and “needs“ her mother. In her deepest pain, Sophie heads overseas to help her daughter heal and in the process begins to find herself. She ends up staying in the artist community of Saint-Paul-de-Vence and succumbs to temptations of her own. In discovering who she is, why her husband strayed, and understanding that passion knows no boundaries, Sophie Bloom will not only grow, but ultimately, she will blossom.

With The Unbreakables Lisa Barr delivers a hymn to life’s reinvention and women’s power (because let’s face it we are no longer girls) when (and despite of) facing trauma. This is an unputdownable novel which could be the love child of Under the Tuscan Sun and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. This novel is written in the folksy voice/tone of her popular Mom blog — GIRLilla Warfare ( It speaks directly to women, touching on real issues though with a light touch. In the age of #metoo, #timesup, The Unbreakables fits right in to the zeitgeist, the indomitable spirit of this generation.