The Bridge Club is the story of eight women all with completely different outlooks, lifestyles and personalities, who meet to initially play Bridge on a monthly basis, despite what is going on in their lives. Each of the women has their own difficulties to admit to both themselves and to the group, and together they go through lifes ups and downs with strong friendship binding them together.
The story covers 4 decades and starts where the group get together at a time where they are all roughly 60, and they are all asked about when the club has helped them to get through a particular time in their life. Each chapter is about one of the characters in the book.
The final chapter, was one which covers a subject that I think most people dread - dementia - and it is covered with empathy and understanding.
As I was reading this book, I kept thinking about how much my Mom would have loved it. It reminded me of the friendship that my Mom and her best friend (my Godmother) had shared for over 57 years, before my Mom lost her battle with cancer.
It made me realise that whatever happens in your life, good and true friends are so important to help you get through the rollercoaster issues that life can throw at you. Through the good times and the bad, true friends will be there for you through thick and thin, without judging you, whether they think you are right or wrong, they are just there for you, loyal to the end.
I hope that I am lucky enough that the good and true friends I've made in my lifetime, will turn out to be as good as the friendships that I read about in this delightful book by Patricia. I'm know I have a few that I can say definitely will.
This was a book which was emotional, at which I laughed and I cried. It's a book that women of all ages I would think, would relate to. The characters were well formed, and likeable. The subjects that are covered are understandable and some controversial which make you question your own thoughts and beliefs but you can relate to each and every one of them entirely.
I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read, although I did feel a little exhausted as I'd lived through all the issues by the end!
Patricia Sands lives inPatricia is an author with www.loveahappyending.com
Toronto, Canada and has degrees from both the University of Waterloo and . With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Patricia has told stories all of her life through photography. She began to write a few years ago and she is currently working on her second novel. York University
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