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The Bridge Club

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  206 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
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 agree ...more
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Published August 25th 2010 by iUniverse (first published August 2010)
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Patricia Sands
Jan 13, 2016 Patricia Sands rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
Jul 05, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: traveling-book

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
Sue Uden
Dec 01, 2011 Sue Uden rated it really liked it
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
Claire McAlpine
Dec 29, 2012 Claire McAlpine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Dec 14, 2015 Dianne rated it it was amazing
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 ou ...more
Amy Cooper
Jun 12, 2014 Amy Cooper rated it it was amazing
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 f ...more
Elena Aitken
Mar 19, 2012 Elena Aitken rated it really liked it
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.
Alana Woods
May 08, 2014 Alana Woods rated it really liked it
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 a
Nov 01, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
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 more! 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 more about each character and followed them through their "SOS" memories, I became more involved and was a
Sep 16, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it
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 more like 8 little short stories rather than a whole novel. It’s not tha
May 22, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it
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
Louise Graham
Jul 24, 2011 Louise Graham rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Deckert
Jun 25, 2013 Lisa Deckert rated it really liked it
“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
Sep 01, 2011 Angieleigh rated it really liked it
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
Barbara Conelli
Oct 11, 2011 Barbara Conelli rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 31, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2011 Doreen rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 24, 2010 C. rated it really liked it
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
Deborah Blanchard
May 31, 2013 Deborah Blanchard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction

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
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
Darlene Foster
Jul 30, 2014 Darlene Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book that follows 8 unique women, connected through a monthly bridge club, and how that connection impacts their lives over the years. I loved the camaraderie and how the joys, frustrations and sorrows are shared. Each woman has a story (as we all do) and the end is powerful and thought provoking. The characters are easy to relate to and very real. I also enjoyed the settings as events take place in many parts of Canada and are described well. I highly recommend this book. Be ...more
Aug 31, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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
Nikki Bywater
Apr 06, 2014 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
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
Gloria Johnson
May 08, 2014 Gloria Johnson rated it it was amazing
This is a book that shows the power of friendship in the lives of the eight characters. They share a lot of laughs, food, bridge, and crises through the years. Each character gets a chapter in which her own personal crisis is told - and how her friends help her through it. The last chapter is the most powerful in the book and tells the story of one character's final crisis - facing Alzheimer's. Highly recommend this book - particularly to those who have had friends throughout a lifetime and have ...more
Barbara Frank
Oct 14, 2013 Barbara Frank rated it really liked it
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
Jillian Dodd
Dec 03, 2011 Jillian Dodd rated it really liked it
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
Julia A. McDonald
A guide book for life and living.

This book was a wonderful surprise. From the cover I thought it was another fluffy little comedy about a group of zany ladies. Let me assure you it is not - rather it is a guide book for every woman who faces the problems of womanhood as these characters. Yes they are a bit zany, but they define what friendship is all about. They meet each hardship together ,United in their efforts to always be there for one another. While the ending is sad and thought provoking
Aug 16, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
I am a bridge player and a member of a bridge club. I like this book because it made me think of my own life and how my bridge club has been there for me.

This book is about eight women that got together in there twenties to have dinner and play bridge at each others homes. The group stayed together through the years, always being there for each other. It has a chapter for each to describe how the group has provided them with SOS. The “Bridge Club” members faced a number of surprising problems.
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