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The Bridge Club

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  50 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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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
Amy Cooper
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
Alana Woods
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...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
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
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
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
Darlene Foster
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
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
Gloria Johnson
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
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
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
Elizabeth Traviss
I absolutely could not finish this book. Each of the eight characters in the book has to deal with one of the many life issues women might face. Whether it's alcoholism, adoption, death of a spouse, divorce, choice of a gay lifestyle, etc, the Bridge Club sisters are always supportive and have "all the right answers" to the point that the dialogue sounds like it came out of a textbook on "How to Deal with __________." I made it through about 200 pages of the book before I decided I really didn't...more
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...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.
Karla Darcy
This was a wonderful book. The Bridge Club, a novel by Patricia Sands, is one of those books that you treasure while you're reading it and can't wait to share with friends. The lovely story of a forty year friendship among eight women is beautifully written and touches the heart. The problems these women face over the years cover so many issues that women of today are dealing with. Lots of laughs, lots of tears and a book to be remembered long after the ending is reached.
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.
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.
This is an homage to the friendships that women share....good story
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
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
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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.

Patricia’s published novels include: The Bridge Club (2010) and the Love In Provence Book Series ~ The Promise of Provence (Book #1 - 2013) and Promises...more
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