The Bridge Club

The Bridge Club For than forty years the mantra of the eight women in the Bridge Club has been one for all and all for one Beginning their monthly soiree in the psychedelic Sixties unpredicted twists of fate weave

  • Title: The Bridge Club
  • Author: Patricia Sands
  • ISBN: 9781450241359
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • For than forty years, the mantra of the eight women in the Bridge Club has been one for all and all for one Beginning their monthly soiree in the psychedelic Sixties, unpredicted twists of fate weave through the good times and strong friendship they share as the years pass The constant from one decade to the next is loyal and nonjudgmental support, even when agreeFor than forty years, the mantra of the eight women in the Bridge Club has been one for all and all for one Beginning their monthly soiree in the psychedelic Sixties, unpredicted twists of fate weave through the good times and strong friendship they share as the years pass The constant from one decade to the next is loyal and nonjudgmental support, even when agreeing to disagree is the final solution From the exhilarating cultural changes of their early times together through the zoomer years, their connection never falters As they celebrate turning sixty give or take a year at a group birthday weekend, each woman recalls a challenging time in her life when the Bridge Club came to the rescue After tossing around ideas mixed with a generous helping of common sense and a large dose of laughter they decide to refer to that time as their SOS Eight chapters document each one s story.Everything is put into perspective and the strength of their friendship is truly tested when one of these women faces a life altering decision Her choice profoundly affects all members of the group, pushing the limits of their beliefs and values The unique alliance they share is confronted with a crisis none of them might have imagined.

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    1. Patricia Sands

      Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn t somewhere else An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere particularly the south of France, for her annual visit.As of January, 2015, along with being a proud indie author, Patricia is also delighted to be under contract with Lake Union Publishing for her Love In Provence series This is the women s fiction arm of Publishing.With a focus on travel, women s issues and ageing, her stories celebrate the feminine spirit and the power of friendship Encouraging women of all ages to stare down the fear factor and embrace change, Patricia has heard from readers men too ages 20 to 83.Her award winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and the audiobook, read by Patricia, is available now.Her second novel, The Promise of Provence received a 2014 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award in Literary Fiction An Hot New Release in April 2013, The Promise of Provence was also a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist Women s Fiction On Patricia s stay in France in September 2013, Heidi s English Bookshop in Antibes hosted a book signing attended by readers from six countries Although Heidi s has closed, the Antibes Book Shop on Rue Georges Clemenceau continues the tradition and Patricia s novels can be found there.The Promise of Provence, Promises To Keep and I Promise You This, set in the south of France, are now the first three books of the Love In Provence series Her fifth novel, Drawing Lessons was released October 2017.Patricia has led three 10 day tours of the French Riviera and the countryside of Provence These trips were based on The Promise of Provence, with the Women s Travel Network She has just finalized another women s tour of Provence scheduled for September 2018 Let her know if you would like to go with her and a small group of women It s the perfect trip for women traveling on their own or with good friends Find out at Patricia s Facebook Author Page, Author Page, or her blog where you will find links to her books, social media, and monthly newsletter She loves hearing from readers, so don t hesitate to email her.


    1. As the author, I m just leaving a few words not a review But trust me, this is a book for all ages Good friendships that begin early in life should be nurtured they mature like fine wine and often wine, fine or not, is a big part of those early years Stuff happens and there s nothing like a support group you can count on The controversial issue faced in the final chapter is something that will touch most of us in one way or another What would you do Although fiction, the story is based on the fo [...]

    2. The nugget at the centre of The Bridge Club is in Patricia s last sentence of her Afterword, To have a good friend, you must be a good friend By learning about an individual hurdle in the lives of each of the eight members of the Bridge Club, and how they were supported by the other seven in their journey over that hurdle and landing on the other side, the reader absorbs a true feeling of the bond that has developed between these women over their forty plus years of friendship As a reader of a s [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this book It was my first time reading a Patricia Sands book and I m looking forward to reading THE BRIDGE CLUB is the story of a group of women that takes place over than four decades Each chapter is told by one of the women and as you get to know them you can t help but get all caught up in their lives and friendship The end of the book was different for me One of the women is going through something very traumatic but Patricia doesn t tell you the name of who it is She drop [...]

    4. Eight women have been through 40 years of ups and downs together Coming together to play bridge and share their successes and turmoils Each uniquely different to the other but brought together by a sisterhood that was years in the making From the sixties to present day the women share the time in their lives that the Bridge club held them up when they could have easily fallen In the end, can friendship be their in the most dire of needs or will the hurt, anger, love and pain pull them apart This [...]

    5. This is one of my favourite books ever I immediately felt I was part of the group of friends and I cried, laughed and lived with them I wanted the book to go on for longer as I wanted to continue with my new found friends The story takes you to a problem that we encounter and and deals sensibly with all the issues it creates It does not tell you that there is a right or wrong solution and let s you make up your own mind Even though the characters are fictional I wanted to hug each one of them [...]

    6. I feel like I ve been on a very long road trip listening to an incredible narration which at times made me feel as if I was there living what was happening while at other times I was content to listen to what happened, marking the passage of Time They say everyone has a story in them and I know that is one of Patricia s mantra s, here she tells the story of 8 women who have an almost otherworldly connection and just as well, because this is all leading them towards the ultimate test of their fri [...]

    7. The power of female friendshipThe Bridge Club follows the lives of a group of women who have known each other at least since university and some longer than that The women bond over a love for bridge and each other s company As they grow older, become employed and or married, the group agrees to meet once a month at one of the member s homes During all of their times together the Bridge Club helps one another through many crises such as searching for one s birth mother, dealing with the death of [...]

    8. A heartwarming story of friendship through the ages The author takes us along on the journey of these women as they go through the trials and tribulations of their lives The glue that holds them together Their strong relationships and love for each other.

    9. Decades of friendship and much Patricia Sands has written a heartwarming and moving novel about eight women who come together in one way or another in their twenties to form a bridge club Quite quickly, the group becomes of a sisterhood One each of them can trust wholeheartedly One they turn to for friendship, for support, for honesty, for problem solving, but most of all for the bond they have with one another They are a diverse group of women who provide multiple perspectives to any issue Som [...]

    10. The Bridge Club Oh, to be a fly on the wall A review by Ben Antao The most rewarding outcome upon reading The Bridge Club was that I felt like a fly on the wall, listening to the chatter of women, their secrets and their social lives spread over 40 years in Toronto and Ontario And the bonus is that these Caucasian women, middle class and well educated, come together once a month to play bridge and have a ball of a girls night out.I congratulate Patricia Sands, a member of the Writers and Editors [...]

    11. The Orleans Ladies Book Club, Orleans ON chose the book, The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands for their November 2015 Book Club Read It is very rare to find a book that everyone thoroughly enjoyed reading but this was the case with Patricia Sands book We were so impressed by her book, The Bridge Club, that in the New Year we will be reading another one of her books A Promise of Provence Patricia, it is clear that your book touched each and every one of us We thank you from the bottom of our hearts [...]

    12. So many laughs and so many tearsThis book was a true life story, not a novel, for me I was able to relieve almost all of the Bridge Club SOS stories even if their early lives were not my own I plan to buy a hard copy of this book soon can reflect on it Thank you for another wonderful, thought provoking read, Patricia Sands.

    13. Description For than forty years, the mantra of the eight women in the Bridge Club has been one for all and all for one Beginning their monthly soiree in the psychedelic Sixties, unpredicted twists of fate weave through the good times and strong friendship they share as the years pass The constant from one decade to the next is loyal and nonjudgmental support, even when agreeing to disagree is the final solution From the exhilarating cultural changes of their early times together through the zo [...]

    14. The Bridge Club by Patricia SandsPatricia Sands is a Canadian writer residing in Toronto and The Bridge Club is her first book.The novel is about a group of eight women that maintained a very close circle, united at first by their love to play bridge and who later developed such an intimate knowledge of each other, so much love that went beyond emotional support that, when necessary, they shared practical life duties and responsibilities to sustain each other during times of need or distress It [...]

    15. The Bridge Club is one of the best books I ve ever read Written with heartfelt compassion, understanding and feminine energy, it s a book about real life, real love and real friendship with all its ups and downs.Once I started reading The Bridge Club, I couldn t put it down Thanks to Patricia s colorful, vivid writing, I felt I was actually among the Bridge Club ladies, experiencing their laughter, their pain, their happiness and their sadness.The Bridge Club shows you the real face of female fr [...]

    16. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.The Bridge Club is about eight nearly lifelong friends who forge an amazing friendship that withstands the test of time In addition to playing Bridge once a month alternating whose home they play at each time the women share a passion for cooking, drinking, music, dancing, etc When I first started to read this, I wasn t sure I was going to really like it There is a lot of vagueness in the very beginning you learn at the end t [...]

    17. The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands is a story about eight 60 something Women set over forty years Brought together with their passion of Bridge and so the Club is established Fate takes hold of each of the 8 ladies in different ways and their friendship is tested every time They remain loyal, don t judge each other and offer the ultimate support when needed.The books starts at the end You get a taste of what is to come and the ultimate test of friendship is brought to them Eight chapters are dedi [...]

    18. The Bridge Club, a novel by Patricia Sands, is a Finalist in the General Fiction category for ForeWord Reviews 2010 Book Of The Year and I can easily see why The premise of this novel is Eight women Four decades of friendship One unimaginable request According to the author, the novel is based loosely on the author s own bridge club, and the story weaves the reader through a maze of life s inevitable scenarios.Any woman who has a lifelong, well connected friendship will love this book The book i [...]

    19. This book is absolutely amazing It is so well written and flows effortlessly.It spans 40plus years of friendship between 8 wonderful women who are bonded together through love for he game of bridge and love for each other Each chapter is about a single member of the bridge club, and deals with a difficult time in their lives in which their friends in the bridge club helped them to get through with love and compassion.The last chapter deals with a difficult time for all, where they choose to help [...]

    20. Firstly I d like to thank Janice from Loveahappyending for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review The book began with an intriguing prologue which raised lots of questions in my mind, I love a prologue that makes me want to know This is why I was so surprised to find that I struggled to become fully engaged with the main storyline to begin with However, as I learned about each character and followed them through their SOS memories, I became involved and was able to connect wi [...]

    21. This is a well constructed storyline that follows eight friends for 40 years on get togethers for their monthly bridge club meeting.The prologue plunges you in at the end Something momentous but not divulged has happened at the annual club ski weekend away The only clue is an approaching hearse, meaning someone has died Was there a skiing accident Did someone hit a tree like Sonny Bono, or fall and hit their head as did Miranda Richardson and Michael Schumacher It s not until the end that all be [...]

    22. The Bridge Club is the story of eight women in a long standing bridge club I liked these women and enjoyed learning the story of each woman and how they supported one another throughout their lives The point of view of most of the book was distant, that of a narrator who knew the story and related it to us, rather than a participant or even a direct witness It was probably the best choice for this book That way we could know the thoughts and motivations of the different women in their discussion [...]

    23. What a lovely book about female friendships and the laughter, crises, and hope that help them to grow The story centers around eight women who share a forty year history, playing bridge together each month Their friendships and experiences together extend far beyond their bridge playing.Each chapter of the book is a crisis experienced by one of the women, and weathered through the group s support and love for each other The difficulties are mostly to be expected illness, loss, death, marital dis [...]

    24. Won an autographed copy by Ms Sands when I entered a contest recently.The Bridge Club ISBN 978 1 4502 4135 9 by Patricia Sands 2010ForeWord Magazine s Book of the Year Award Finalist5 star ratingI recommend this book to everyone.Amazing novel Eight women The Bridge Club came together during the 1960 s meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at one of their homes They came together to celebrate their sixtieth birthdays and reminisce forty years of trials and tribulations they each experienced [...]

    25. The Bridge Club is a book about friendship and companionship It follows 8 main characters the members of the Bridge Club during the varies stages of their lives.This novel looks at each character in turn and deals with a vast majority of topics such as grief, affairs etc Although I really liked this book, it took me longer to read this novel than it normally takes me to read through my books For me, The Bridge Club was like 8 little short stories rather than a whole novel It s not that I didn t [...]

    26. This is a lovely story The camaraderie and mutual support of the characters is very authentic It never felt forced or fake Each of the women had their unique personalities that stayed consistent throughout.In spite of this, I did not really enjoy this book I struggled to discover why this was and identified a couple of reasons They are purely mechanical but they mattered to me First was the organization of the book It felt like a group of disjointed stories containing the same set of characters [...]

    27. This Bridge Club friendship worked because the women were all the same age and met faithfully every month and built strong bonds They also really liked playing cards together Being in a neighborhood Bookclub with women spanning ages 28 to 65 makes a difference You don t share the same issues as we are at different stages of life Many books get unread and it ends up just being a night out to drink wine and eat yummy food That can be ok at times but really would like to share thoughts and ideas ab [...]

    28. I was not given this book in exchange for an honest review But it s a Patricia Sands book, and there was no way I wasn t going to read and review this book I mean I ve read, and reviewed, all her other books, and loved every book And this story is no exception This is a story about a group of women that have the ultimate friendship It s a friendship that s been rock solid through their youth, and is still there for them during their 60 s It s a story that will be seen, by many women, as a friend [...]

    29. I was hooked on The Bridge Club from The Prologue I liked how the book was divided into chapters per character It made the story easier to follow I do not play bridge, and this does not impact the beauty of the story I too have wonderful friends which I have had grown up with over the last 25 years I found myself reminiscing over our personal stories, journeys, life tragedies that we have faced and come together over the years For me, this story proves how powerful friendship is and that friends [...]

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