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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450241352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450241359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


"A few years ago Hollywood gave us a movie about what women want. Patricia Sands has written a book about how women think." --Peter McNeilly

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 was #4 on Amazon's "Movers & Shaker/digital" list. Woohoo!
My new novel, The Promise Of Provence, is in the editing process with several Beta Readers doing their thing. I've very excited about the story and hope to publish by February, 2013. Watch for it!

More About the Author

Family, writing and travel are my passions ... okay, and chocolate ... and I'm seldom without a camera. Toronto, Canada is home for me most of the time, Florida some of the time, and the south of France whenever possible. There are benefits to getting older!

Beginning with my first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, it seems I have told stories all of my life through photography. With our happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short.

Becoming an author in my ... gasp ... 60's ... (I'm too young to be this old!) was not on my agenda. But here I certainly am and writing is what I will continue to do. My debut novel, The Bridge Club, was published through iUniverse in August 2010 and my second novel, The Promise Of Provence, was released in April, 2013. Readers are asking when the next book will be out so I'm back at the drawing board!

My stories celebrate the rewarding friendships and bonds women share and examine the challenges life often throws in our paths.

One of the great pleasures of being published is being asked to speak with women's groups on the subjects of writing and self-publishing as well as the importance of valuing our personal stories. At other events (as one half of Sommers & Sands) along with my speaking partner, author Susan Sommers, through keynotes, workshops and conferences, audiences are encouraged to embrace change and see challenges as opportunities.

I live by the philosophy 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!

Customer Reviews

This was a story about friendship and the strength of women.
Terrie U
This book will make you laugh,cry,think and reflect on all aspects of life .
Sally Smiley
This book was worth the read especially in getting to the end.
Erin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Janice CC on 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 By Mysunshine510 on July 31, 2012
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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 By beach babe on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gabriela Lavoy on 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 By Cathleen Fillmore on 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 By S. C. Uden on 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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