Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Alfred Schwab, iNickolaus Pacione, iFrancis Eaden, iFlorence Weinberg, iIsabella Koldras, iRosemarie Skaine, iCindy Ziperman, i

  Home > Literary Fiction > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Irene Watson

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· 1,314 Titles
· 21 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Nov, 2005


Subscribe to the Irene Watson Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"
Irene Watson, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands: Book Review
by Irene Watson   
Not "rated" by the Author.
Last edited: Sunday, April 10, 2011
Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2011

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Irene Watson

Ding Dong the Diva’s Dead by Cat Melodia: Book Review
Interview with Marie Gates, author of Are We Our Past Lives?
Are We Our Past Lives? by Marie Gates: Book Review
Black as Snow by Nick Nolan: Book Review
Interview with Cecilia Velastegui, author of Gathering the Indigo Maidens
Gathering the Indigo Maidens by Cecilia Velastegui: Book Review
Five Dances with Death: Dance On by Austin Briggs: Book Review
           >> View all

"The Bridge Club" by author Patricia Sands is 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.

From the wild days of the psychedelic ‘60’s to the sometimes still wild days in their sixties, the eight women of the tongue-in-cheek Bridge Club meet each month. They aren’t necessarily each other’s best friend, but their connection is unwavering. At the ‘group’ sixtieth birthday weekend, each woman is challenged to choose one particular time in those 40 years when the BC, as they call it, came to her rescue: a personal SOS, as it were.

The Bridge Club… was never just about the cards

Patricia Sands
iUniverse (2010)
ISBN 9781450241359
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (3/11) 

At the first glance “The Bridge Club” with its title and the retro-looking pink and black cover did not look too promising. I don’t play or understand bridge, and pink has never been my favorite color. But I am so glad I picked this one up! My first clue should have been the little note on the cover itself, saying, “….. it was never just about the cards.” And while bridge runs throughout the book, it certainly is not the most important part of the story.

Where should I start, without giving away too much of the story? Maybe with a quick quote from the book itself… “The Bridge Club: eight women, just over their sixty-year speed bump. They were never anything remotely resembling Desperate Housewives or Ya-Ya candidates but simply great friends since their footloose days of finding the way through their early twenties. During those heady days of the mid to late 1960s they had, in various combinations, lived, worked, studied, traveled, and certainly partied together.”

Here you have it, the framework of an amazing story of enduring friendship of the best kind, one that stands the test of time and is always supportive, even when things get really bad and some tough love is the only possible solution.

Ms. Sands wrote a convincing and heart-warming story of a diverse group of women who found out that the one true constant in their lives was this group of friends, always there to support, to advise, to console or prod them along, no matter what life threw their way. There to party, there to help, there to commiserate, there to admonish – no situation too small or too big, too ugly or too unusual for them to handle. Eight separate stories, one for each of the members of the club, dealing with a variety of truly life-changing, very realistic situations of different kinds, set the stage for the final, ninth story. This is the one that will test all of their beliefs again, and since I truly do not want to even hint at the ending, let me simply say that I love the unconventional way Ms. Sands dealt with the identity of the heroine of this last story.

I absolutely loved “The Bridge Club..." It made me enormously grateful for the friends that I have, and for the things I’ve experienced and places I’ve been to. It made me realize again how important female friendships are for us women, and how nothing else can really take their place. Great writing, great story and for certain one you’ll want to share with your own friends!

Click here to get your book reviewed!

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Popular Literary Fiction Articles
  1. Jane Austen and Blackadder
  2. Why I Write - An Author's Confession
  3. Where fiction and history overlap...
  4. Take my Hand, Daddy!
  5. A Warm Late Spring Sunday
  6. Creating Round Characters
  7. My second novel, Emancipation, after the f
  8. Excerpt from They All Gone
  9. Dallas
  10. The City never Sleeps; a Study in Black an

The Lion Trees, Part I: Unraveling by Owen Thomas

The debut novel by Owen Thomas, The Lion Trees, chronicles the humorous and dramatic unraveling of an American family. The two-volume novel has been enthusiastically received by cr..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

The Duke Don't Dance by Richard Sharp

A humorous, but audacious and thought provoking tale of the "silent generation."..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.