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The Bridge Club: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Sands
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How far would you go to help a close friend? Is there a place where you might draw the line and simply have to say no?

Eight women. Four decades of friendship. One unimaginable request.

Where can you find a story about friendship, laughter and the good things in life that also touches on alcoholism, infidelity, porn addiction, illness and grief? For many women, it's often within their own circle of friends. Whether your BFFs are in their twenties or are seniors, everyone has a story.

The Bridge Club reminds us of the complexities of women’s friendships through an entertaining and often moving tale of eight women whose lives intersect once a month initially to play the game of bridge. What began as one night turns into four decades that span the segments of a woman's journey from youthful optimism to embracing the challenges and opportunities presented in life's later years.

Based loosely on the author’s own bridge club, the story weaves the reader through a maze of life's inevitable scenarios.

This is a novel for anyone who values friendship. Not simply the "Hi, how are you?" type of friendship but rather the kind that weathers all sorts of storms, unselfishly celebrates triumphs, and hums along year after year with never an unkind word. It does exist.

If you have such a friendship in your life you will relate to the women in The Bridge Club. If you don't, perhaps the story will inspire you to search for it.

Throughout the story each of the characters faces challenges and change in her life. The Bridge Club emphasizes how honest and loyal friendship helped to enable these changes and how these women empowered and learned from each other in the process.

Through laughter, tears, and everything in between the story meets life head on and affirms that building a strong foundation of friendship is a priceless asset.


Editorial Reviews

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"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 Sands! Highly recommended!" Diana M. - Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

The aftermath of writing my debut novel has been an incredible journey. The very best things are the e-mail comments and reviews I receive from readers ... nothing better than hearing your words have touched someone or that they relate to the characters. That's why we write!  
The results below also have given me the affirmation to recognize my new passion in life and to know that writing is what I will do forever. 
Bragging rights here and a total attitude of gratitude, trust me :
Winner of the Editor's Choice, Rising Star, and Reader's Choice designations, awarded by iUniverse Inc.
Finalist - ForeWord Reviews 2010 Book Of The Year (BOTY) - General Fiction
Finalist - Next Generation Indie 2011 BOTY Award - First Novel (over 80,000 words)
Finalist - Indie Excellence 2012 BOTY Award - Women's Issues
Finalist - Indie Reader Discovery Awards 2012 BOTY
Recently, The Bridge Club reached #4 on Amazon's "Movers & Shakers/digital" list - woohoo!
My new novel, The Promise Of Provence,was published in April 2013 and has already made it to #4 to best-selling status. A Finalist in the USA Book Of the Year (ChickLit/WomensLit) there are already 75 reviews on Amazon.com. Thanks to reader demand, I am working on the sequel.

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  • File Size: 1398 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450241352
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W81TEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! It will Inspire & Provoke! September 14, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Don't be fooled by the title. I know nothing about bridge other than it's hard and wondered if I'd be interested in a novel with a title about a pastime I have no interest in. Thank goodness I listened to my friend because it has little to do with bridge.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to really have true friends who are there for you thru thick and thin, who make you laugh and at the same time infuriate you yet who always have your back, then this is the book for you. If you want to exhale squeals of laughter, or silently sob at heart wrenching challenges, then this is the book for you. If you want to be transported into the fascinating lives of characters who you now desperately want to meet, then this is the book for you.

Good books stimulate, inspire and provoke a plethora of emotions. The Bridge Club does that in spades. So many emotions were aroused as I read it...joy, sadness, curiousity, doubt, anger, jealousy, empathy..I could go on but I won't as I don't want to give it all away. All I can say is, buy it, read it, and pass it on to your friends, your sisters, your daughters for you will be moved to recreate this most enriching circle of friendship.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read October 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just finished this book and it was hard to put down. I have played bridge for many years and have been in bridge clubs. This book was not about bridge but friendship. It is a wonderful story of lifelong friendships - the good times - the bad times. Just being there and loving people for who they are with no exceptions. A must read for women who treasure frienships and love the special women in their lives who are always there when needed and don't have to be told; they just know. That is true friendship. Thank you Patricia for following your dream and writing such a wonderful book. I want to pass it on to all my special friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, in depth novel! July 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 introduces you to eight different women and takes you through the points in their life when they most needed the friendship of the bridge club. Each character has their own chapter to explain what they were going through and how they felt at that time. The first and last chapters explain to you why we're revisiting the women of the club.

The last chapters threw me for a curve-ball. I couldn't figure out which of the eight women it was talking about, who was going through the problem that had led them where they were to suffer through what could be the hardest thing a friend could suffer through. I think the author did this to show us, the readers, that it can happen to anyone, you won't know who.

This book was very well written. It was long enough (at approx 400pgs) for you to connect with and know each character. This is a thought provoking book that anyone who has a deep friendship will adore. Good luck to the author, Patricia Sands! I was not paid for this review. All the opinions expressed here are my own and were in no way swayed. Thank you for taking the time to read! -Melissa
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Never ending friendship August 14, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book had a slow start...but as you continue reading about the friendship of eight woman that spans over 40 years this book hooks you in. I was unable to put it down and it made me laugh and shed tears for the women in the club could have been any of my closest friends. You can identify with their issues of divorce, love, and illness.
It is a true tale of never ending friendship.
I was able to read this book through a complimentary copy, many thanks to the author because I really enjoyed it. Great summer read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book about the depth of women's friendships March 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an excellent book that tells the story of a group of women over the years and shows the depth of women's friendships and how uplifting and supportive those friendships can be. In a overly wired world, it's refreshing to know that in the end, it's the personal connections we all have that really matter. It will uplift and inspire you to cherish your family and friends even more. Well worth reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge Club - An Appreciation - Sue Uden November 15, 2011
Format:Hardcover
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 similar age, and one who has experienced more than one, or two, of the hurdles covered, my guess is that this novel will hold plenty of interest for women of any age.
The poignant and controversial hurdle covered in the last chapter is the one I think we all, man or woman, most dread and yet here it is covered with such compassion and friendship amongst these friends that it somehow diminishes that fear. Everyone needs friends like these.
My little missing star is because for me, and completely subjectively and probably because I am impatient, some of the chapters could have had less small detail without losing impact. Otherwise a highly recommended read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the very best!
This book is possibly the best I have ever read and I read 3 to 4books a week. The characters are so real and their lives (eight women) touch on illness, porn addiction,... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Sherry V Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars A Plunge into Friendship and Life and What it All Really Means
Intricate, emotional, unforgettable saga of eight friends who've been meeting over the years. Unforgettable meetings which allow them (and us, the readers) to focus on the "big"... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Claude Nougat
3.0 out of 5 stars Boomers play bridge while seeing each other through early and midlife...
The writing is rather pedestrian with no memorable passages. However it is constructed ideally for book club discussions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alice Faryna
2.0 out of 5 stars Never ending and boring
This is a story how a group of women had started a friendship then a bridge club that endured thirty years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rcgr
5.0 out of 5 stars Facing the Crises in Life
The eight women of the bridge club are friends from college days and the book explores the way their friendship supports each of them during an individual crisis in her life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
A Wonderful book, every woman should read it, great stuff. If only we all had a bridge club, in our life
Published 3 months ago by Judith Watkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A True-To-Life Portrayal of the Powerful Impact of Women's Friendships...
This could have been my Bridge group!
Over the various life-challenges faced by each member over the more than forty years we have been together, nothing has ever not been... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Louise Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands
The Bridge club is a story about a group of friends who meet for their monthly game of bridge at each other’s houses. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nikki Bywater
4.0 out of 5 stars a baby boomer book
I liked the promise of this book, it was about 8 different women and there lives as they grow up from college thru old age. It told each of there stories thru different chapters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bshimoura
5.0 out of 5 stars EIGHT WOMEN'S LIVES FORM AN UNFORGETTABLE BOND
Won an autographed copy by Ms. Sands when I entered a contest recently.

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More About the Author

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.

Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and her second novel, The Promise of Provence was an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist and a 2013 Finalist in Literary Fiction, National Indie Excellence Awards. A new release is scheduled for Summer 2014.

Celebrating the rewarding friendships and bonds women share, her stories examine the challenges life often throws in our paths. Location features prominently in all of her novels.

The Love In Provence series ~ The Promise of Provence (2013); Promises To Keep (Summer 2014) ~ allows readers to lose themselves in the beauty of the south of France without leaving home.

Frequently invited to speak with women's groups on the subjects of writing and self-publishing, topics also cover the importance of valuing our personal stories and seeing ageing as opportunity. At other events along with her Sommers & Sands speaking partner, author Susan Sommers, through keynotes, workshops and conferences, audiences are encouraged to embrace change and see challenges as opportunities.

Her philosophy is that it's never too late to begin something new, to seize each day and be a possibilitarian! As the saying goes, just do it! Hearing from readers (both men and women, from ages 20 to 84) is her greatest reward.

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