I want to thank @getredpr @harpercollinsus and @lisabarr18 for my copy of this book.  The hype is definitely real!  I loved this book.  It is such a fantastic story and I enjoyed it so much.  We meet Sophie Bloom, whose life basically combusts on the night of her 42nd birthday when she finds out her husband, her perfect Gabe, has been cheating on her.  She flees to France to meet up with her daughter, who is studying abroad.  This is a story of devastating heartbreak, courage, resilience, and discovery.  It’s a story of strength and new beginnings and I definitely recommend reading this one!

Summary from the book: 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.

Would you go somewhere to find yourself if your life got turned upside down?  I think I’d either want to go to an island or somewhere in Italy!

About Lisa Barr: Lisa Barr has been an editor at The Jerusalem Post,  Today’s Chicago Woman, and  Moment magazine, and 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. Lisa is also the creator and editor of the popular parenting blog, GIRLilla Warfare. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, Fox & Friends, and Australia TV for her work as an author, journalist and blogger. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and three daughters (aka: Drama Central). Visit her online at http://www.lisabarr.com.

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