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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
Paperback, 396 pages
Published August 25th 2010 by iUniverse (first published August 2010)
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Patricia Sands
Sep 25, 2010 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
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Sue Uden
Aug 02, 2011 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
Susan
May 05, 2013 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
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Jackie
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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? ...more
Susi
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 more and more 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
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Claire McAlpine
Dec 29, 2012 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
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Dora
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The power of female friendship

The 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
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Elena Aitken
Mar 19, 2012 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.
Alicia
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Decades of friendship... and much more

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 more 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 t
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Ben
May 22, 2011 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
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Cindy Skiles
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's a great tribute to friendships that endure.
Dianne
Dec 14, 2015 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
Candace Caine
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many laughs and so many tears

This 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 more. Thank you for another wonderful, thought provoking read, Patricia Sands.
Gina
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
C.
Oct 16, 2010 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
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Barbara Conelli
Oct 11, 2011 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
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Angieleigh
Aug 21, 2011 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
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Louise Graham
Jul 10, 2011 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
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Melissa
Jul 31, 2012 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
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Deborah Blanchard
May 04, 2013 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
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Kate’s Book Spot
Oct 08, 2014 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
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Alana Woods
May 08, 2014 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
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Lisa Deckert
Jun 25, 2013 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
Doreen
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all Nesters!
Recommended to Doreen by: on the womensnest.com 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
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Carol
Mar 10, 2013 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
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Heidi
Sep 16, 2014 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
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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
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Di
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ide
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Valerie
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Amy Cooper
Jun 12, 2014 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
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