Kindle Author Sponsor: Patricia Sands
The Bridge Club
Barnes & Noble
"A few years ago, Hollywood gave us a movie about what women want. Patricia Sands has written a novel about how women think."
—Peter McNeilly, Kitchener, ON
From a reader on Amazon.ca:
"When I finished reading The Bridge Club I wanted to call my best friends and tell them how much their friendship means to me. This story really gets to the heart of what friendship is all about and highlights how we empower each other through it. As the reader rides along on the forty-year journey with these women, it doesn't matter what age you are as there are many situations to which everyone can relate. What does matter is the reminder that everyone has 'stuff' happen in life and knowing you have true friends to rely on can help carry you through. There are moments of great laughter and others where I reached for a tissue. The final chapter touches on a topic most of us try to avoid discussing and in a gentle way encourages the reader to think about it. I'm so glad I read it."
Comment from blog:
"I want to register my congratulations to Patricia, on the publication of The Bridge Club. The Bridge Club has been a few years in the making, and is proof of her dedication and determination to share some of the stories from a very special group of friends. Most of us have known one another for almost 50 years, and a few have been friends since birth. 'Special' is hardly adequate to describe the group, and 'unique' only begins to suggest the blend of personalties, challenges and adventures. It's very exciting to now be holding a copy of the book in my hand! The story is an amazing blend of fact and fiction, that only begins to hint at the strong friendships and intangible ties that exist in our special group of 10. Well done and thank you!
From Barnes & Noble website:
"Women of all ages will relate to this book. By the time I finished this book I felt as though I had made eight new friends. Each "SOS" experienced by these women was something that either I had personally experienced or someone I know has gone through. All sides of each issue were examined in a humorous and thought-provoking way. The final chapter was especially emotional. This book would be a great pick for a book club because it's guaranteed to start some lively discussions as readers debate which characters they most relate to and which sides of the various issues they support. Can't wait for the next one, Ms. Sands!"
"Great Read! 4 Thumbs Up!! 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."
"A "must" read. A gem! You do not want to put it down; full of beautiful moments of deepest human feelings; friendship, love and trust. The author should be applauded for her search of the depth in human interactions, especially amongst friends. The book ends in such a way that the reader is left with one task: Search your soul!"
"This is a must-read. I couldn't put it down. The character development was very well done and the ending thought-provoking. As a bonus I enjoyed the bridge hands."
Reviewed by Kathy Scott, Founder of the website Me and My 1000 Girlfriends, That's Who!
Where can you find a story about friendship, laughter and the good things in life that also touches on alcoholism, infidelity, porn addiction, terminal illness and grief? For most women, it’s often within their own circle of friends. Author Patricia Sands reminds us of the complexities of women’s friendships in her new book, The Bridge Club, a 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 her own bridge club, Sands weaves the reader through a maze of life’s inevitable scenarios as the club bears the death of a member’s spouse, one woman’s meeting with her biological mother, the inevitable marital and health issues, and another’s final chance at freedom from the painful addiction to alcohol through rehab.
“There are many subjects I address in the book that are controversial. Some people may wonder if they were chosen to thicken the plot,” says Sands. “Although I have taken liberties with the actual events, and it is truly a work of fiction, most issues faced by the characters in the book were experienced in my own bridge club. The bottom line of the story is a testament to friendship and hope.”
The final chapter of The Bridge Club challenges our principles as one woman begins to descend into dementia.
The Bridge Club is a 1000 GIRLFRIENDS’ BOOK OF CHOICE. We highly recommend this remarkable story of friendship. It’s the PERFECT book club choice.
Patricia Sands’ new novel attests to the power of friendship. Not simply the “Hi, how are you?” type but the kind that weathers all storms, unselfishly celebrates triumphs, and hums along year after year with never an unkind word. It does exist.
If you already have friendship like this in your life then you will relate to the women of The Bridge Club. If you don’t, perhaps the story will inspire you to find it.
Finalist - 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award - First Novel (over 80,000 words)
Finalist - 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book Of The Year - General Fiction - winner to be announced in June 2011
Book Excerpt from The Bridge Club:
Silent night, holy night.
All is calm, all is bright.
It wasn’t Christmas and it’s not about religion, but whenever I think of that night, those words filter into my head. Kind of bizarre, I know, but that’s how thoughts are sometimes.
The winter storm that consumed the weekend had finally moved on. As often happens, the unpredicted disturbance came at us out of nowhere, much like the shocking news months earlier that bound us together for these two days.
Winds had raged sporadically. Snowfall had fluctuated from light to blinding, including everything in between, but there was never nothing.
Left in the storm’s wake were drift-filled roads, the work of savage gusts whipping the snow across the flat, vacant fields of Simcoe and Grey counties. The white barrage had swirled and funneled as it was sculpted into uneven peaks, trapped between the fencing that bordered the road. Trapped, as between the proverbial rock and a hard place, which was how you might have described this group of friends, but you would have been mistaken. We had chosen to be there.
Dangerous whiteout conditions brought traffic to a halt as roads had been closed around midnight on Friday. Through sheer luck we had left early enough to miss the worst of it. Trust me, you don’t want to be out there when you can’t tell which way is up.
On Sunday evening it was suddenly peaceful. Quiet. Still. A silent calm filled the post-storm air and cast a surreal shroud over the landscape. The pristine snow reflected the moon’s soft glow, making the night appear more like dawn. Had we not been so distracted, we would have appreciated the beauty of it all.
Too numbed by what we had experienced on this weekend to even notice the cold, we stood on the crest of the hill by the farmhouse and watched.
In the distance, a fluorescent blue beam revolved on the cab of a snowplow. Piercing the dark, the probing rays brushed across the mounds being carved along the narrow side road. Blinking red and yellow lights lined the truck warning of its massive size. Following in tandem was a bulky SUV with amber hazard signals flashing. Last, and somewhat diminished by comparison, were the headlights on the unmistakable silhouette of a funeral-home hearse.
The pulsating throb of the combined lights created a slow-motion kaleidoscope silently sliding toward us.
That’s how this story ends. Let me tell you how it all began.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Bridge Club was published through iUniverse in September 2010. Currently immersed in the demands of social media marketing, her second novel is a work in progress.
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