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The Bridge Club

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Book by Sands, Patricia
Paperback, 396 pages
Published August 25th 2010 by (first published August 2010)
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Patricia Sands
Dec 10, 2010 Patricia Sands rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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 bas...more

I really enjoyed this book! It was my first time reading a Patricia Sands book and I'm looking forward to reading more. THE BRIDGE CLUB is the story of a group of women that takes place over more 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...more
Sue Uden
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...more
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 E...more
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...more
The Bridge Club
by Patricia Sands

Patricia 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. I...more
Claire McAlpine
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 fr...more
Melissa Foster
This debut novel touches on everything we women love--emotions between friends and family, torment and heartache, and mostly, unending support from women friends. Patricia Sands pulls out all the stops in The Bridge Club, leading the reader on an intimate ride through eight glorious women's lives. If you're looking for a book that will reel you in and keep you hooked, a book about friendships without borders, this is the book for you. Bravo, Patricia. I'll be eagerly awaiting your next book.
Diana Murdock
This was an incredible read. I was so wrapped up in the lives of these women, I felt myself "grow" along with them. The ups and downs and challenges they went through is something I believe many would relate to. Bravo, Patricia! Highly recommended!
Elena Aitken
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.
Oct 10, 2010 Maheranis rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: every one!
Recommended to Maheranis by: my wife
A great read; well written, involving and has a challenging ending. A book that high lights the value of friendship and covers in a very intelligent way most of current social issues in a reflective manner.
I absolutely loved this book. If you or someone you know is a boomer, it's a must read. And the ending is fabulous. Didn't see it coming! Kudos Ms. Sands!
An entertaining journey through the highs & lows, joys & strength that long-term friendships add to our lives.
I enjoyed this book about close friendships. To have a friendship like these is special and something to be treasured.
Patricia Caviglia
This is a great novel about friendship.
Louise Graham
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...more
Lisa Deckert
“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 disc...more
Barbara Conelli
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 femal...more
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. T...more
Apr 09, 2011 Doreen rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: all Nesters!
Recommended to Doreen by: on the website
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...more
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 2010
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award Finalist
5 star rating
I 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 expe...more
Deborah Blanchard

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...more
Goodreads Description- For more 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 tog...more
Caren ~ the misfit geek
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 char...more
Nikki Bywater
The Bridge club is a story about a group of friends who meet for their monthly game of bridge at each other’s houses. The story focuses on each of the woman lives over the years as they share key changing events in their lives, and the help and the support they are given from the group.

It is a story of strong bonds and friendships, the stories are deeply moving and quite emotional at times. This book is just a wonderful read that shows the nicer side to human nature. No matter what you go throu...more
To be honest, I'm not sure how to rate this book. I think, depending on where you are in life, "The Bridge Club" will make a difference as to how you view it. I thought, overall, it was good, but some of the SOS' seemed too long for me. However, the last SOS affected me dramatically. Alzheimer's disease runs in my family. So I was very interested in reading that particular chapter.

I enjoyed the women's camaraderie and the fact that they had such a beautiful friendship for most of their lives. Th...more
To me, the book was written with the sole purpose of being a book club selection. Each of the women had a major life crisis, and so many topics were covered. Alcoholism, affairs, death, homosexuality were all issues dealt with, just to name a few. In covering all these, it felt like the characters just got lost in a story. I would have appreciated a couple topics and getting to know the women better. In that I mean their families were often a footnote. Another issue I had with the book is the di...more
Barbara Frank
Story about 8 women who have known each other most of their adult lives and the journeys their different lives take. They meet at least once a month when they play bridge (after they have eaten and had cocktails, of course!). The book focuses on a trial in each woman's life, how they dealt with it and how the bridge club helped them cope. Their stories spoke to me since I'm at the same point in my life where they are at the beginning and end of the book. And I have either faced issues like this...more
I won this book in a Goodreads First Read giveaway and really appreciated receiving a free copy (I never win anything!).

The book is about a group of women who are turning 60 and have been friends for about 40 years. Novels in this genre are hard to pull off. It’s easy for fictional characters to maintain life-long friendships, but it’s much harder --and therefore more interesting-- in real life; e.g., The Girls from Ames. The writing style was too heavy on adjectives and adverbs for my taste, a...more
Jillian Dodd
This book is not a genre I normally read, (what can I say, I'm sorta a sucker for YA and Romance) but I met the author on twitter and the book sounded so interesting, I had to give it a try! I'm so glad I did. This book is the story of great friendships. It's a story of life, loves, loss, and the dramas we all have living our daily lives. I grew to care about each of the eight women as I learned about a time they really needed the friends they made while playing bridge. The fact that I cared abo...more
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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 if it’s the south of France. Most winters are now spent in south Florida.

Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was a finalist in the Foreword Reviews 2010 Book of The Year (general fiction), 2011 Next Generation Indie...more
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