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December 12, 2020

Patricia Sands Celebrates 10th Anniversary of THE BRIDGE CLUB with Expanded Edition

by Susan Roberts

"The Bridge Club: eight women, close to hitting their sixty-five year sped bump.  They were never anything resembling Desperate Housewives or YA-YA candidates, but simply great friends since their footloose days of finding the way through their early twenties." (p 7)
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The Bridge Club
December 2020; Indie; 979-8554097317
audio, ebook, print (446 pages); women's fiction
The eight women in this novel met in the 1960s.  They were all from very different backgrounds but their friendships begin to solidify as they started playing bridge together  Ultimately, it became more than just a bridge club and their friends became more than casual.  They all relied on the women in their club to help them solve issues with husbands, children, lifestyles, and life in general.  We get a glimpse of each of the eight women and their major life problems that were solved through the help of their friends.  Their problems ranged from alcoholism to abuse to discovering their sexuality.  The last chapter of the original novel deals with a difficult decision that they must all make to help one of their group members.  The chapters that were added on in the new edition discuss the ramifications of this decision and how each of them dealt with it.  It ends as the remaining members are celebrating their 75th birthdays and looking back on their friendships realizing again what an important part of their lives their friends were.

I thought it was very interesting to look at a long term friendship between women and the overall effect of that friendship on each of their lives.  I strongly believe in women's friendship  I have friends from over 60 years go who still are important parts of my life.  I loved their book about the importance of women's friendships as they faced the highs and lows of their lives.
To have a good friend, you must be a good friend.

Note:  This book was originally published in 2010 and has been re-issued with additional chapters.  When it was originally published, it won the following awards:
• 2010 Foreword Reviews Book Of The Year (General Fiction)
• 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (First Novel)
• 2012 Indie Excellence Book Awards – Women's Fiction

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. Since her travel plans had to be canceled for this year, she is starting to make plans for travel in 2021. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.


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  1. I think I'll get this one for my mom. She's a bridge fiend and has been in a women's group since 1974!