Review: The Bridge Club – Patricia Sands

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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.

(synopsis taken from Amazon.co.uk)

The Bridge Club is a book about friendship and companionship. It follows 8 main characters (the members of the Bridge Club) during the varies stages of their lives.

This novel looks at each character in turn and deals with a vast majority of topics such as grief, affairs etc. Although I really liked this book, it took me longer to read this novel than it normally takes me to read through my books. For me, The Bridge Club was more like 8 little short stories rather than a whole novel. It’s not that I didn’t like the way this book was constructed, but I found myself taking longer reading breaks after I had finished with one character’s life story before continuing with the next one. I had a really busy summer workwise, so reading small chunks of a book without having to fear of forgetting the plot actually worked brilliantly for me.

The ending of the book is very daring I thought. It definitely appeals to the reader’s consciousness. We find out what is happening,  but we don’t know which character deals with this awful fate (as no names are mentioned) – definitely an interesting and intriguing way to end the book.

Thank you to Janice at LAHE for sending me an ecopy of this book.

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  1. October 1, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    Love the idea that you can take breaks in between the different parts of the story … a bit like a series of novellas. A very clever idea and kudos to Patricia Sands! Sounds like it was a summer of hard work for you – hope the autumn slows things down a little!

    • October 3, 2014 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks Linn!! This book was just the perfect read for my busy summer :-).

  2. October 1, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Thanks so much for taking the time to review The Bridge Club. You have been busy! You are absolutely right about the book being constructed with eight short stories and many readers have offered the same comment that it was easy to put down and pick up again. 80% of the story is absolutely true and, in fact, I am just off for a two-day getaway with 6 of the real Bridge Club gang!

    • October 3, 2014 / 12:36 pm

      You are very welcome!! Enjoy your Bridge Club gang getaway :-)!

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