The Bridge Club: A Novel by Patricia Sands

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For more than forty years, the mantra of the eight women in the Bridge Club has been “one for all and all for one.” Beginning their monthly soiree in the psychedelic Sixties, unpredicted twists of fate weave through the good times and strong friendship they share as the years pass. The constant from one decade to the next is loyal and nonjudgmental support, even when agreeing to disagree is the final solution. From the exhilarating cultural changes of their early times together through the “zoomer” years, their connection never falters. As they celebrate turning sixty (give or take a year) at a group birthday weekend, each woman recalls a challenging time in her life when the Bridge Club came to the rescue. After tossing around ideas mixed with a generous helping of common sense and a large dose of laughter they decide to refer to that time as their “SOS.” Eight chapters document each one’s story.

Everything is put into perspective and the strength of their friendship is truly tested when one of these women faces a life-altering decision. Her choice profoundly affects all members of the group, pushing the limits of their beliefs and values. The unique alliance they share is confronted with a crisis none of them might have imagined.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank Janice from Loveahappyending for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.

The book began with an intriguing prologue which raised lots of questions in my mind, I love a prologue that makes me want to know more! This is why I was so surprised to find that I struggled to become fully engaged with the main storyline to begin with.  However, as I learned more about each character and followed them through their “SOS” memories, I became more involved and was able to connect with them more easily. They were a group of women supporting each other through life’s many ups and downs, this in itself was inspiring to read but the writing style gave me such a feeling of warmth and camaraderie (even when there were disagreements) that it made me want to join them.

I’m pretty sure that most people will be able to relate to at least one of the issues raised within the storyline, I know that I was nodding my head in familiarity quite a few times whilst reading.

The author took me on an emotional rollercoaster right to the very end, which I found to be rather different with certain information being omitted. I personally thought it was an appropriate ending and with an epilogue that brought tears to my eyes, it just felt right to me!

A story of life and everything it can throw at you, this was a well-rounded read with something for everyone.

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The Promise of Provence – Patricia Sands

The promise of provence

“Surprise, shock, and a shift in her comfortable life tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she has imagined suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus upon beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require.

Fate has other plans.

June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves. Ancient hilltop villages beckon. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?

After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.

Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?

As Katherine explores the romantic cobblestone lanes of medieval towns, discovers the intoxicating pleasures of Paris and savors the sun-kissed Côte d’Azur, she begins redefining the possibilities in her life.”

MY REVIEW

I’d like to start by thanking Janice at Loveahappyending for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.

There was a powerful scene to begin with, Katherine’s emotions jumped out at me and made me feel so sad for her.  She was a character who I easily connected with and enjoyed following her as she faced lots of difficult decisions.  The main feeling I got from the storyline was all about learning to move on with life when massive changes are thrown at you, there was a strong sense of hope radiating from the pages.

A letter from Katherine’s mother was particularly touching, I was fascinated and at the same time saddened by the story of her life during the war.  This was a side of the storyline that I hadn’t been expecting but thoroughly enjoyed.

The whole house exchange thing was so intriguing and was the factor that led Katherine back to France.  This was the part I had been looking forward to the most and I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed by it – from the delicious food to the beautiful scenery, the author’s warm words made me feel as though I were right there in France alongside Katherine.  She somehow managed to find herself in a couple of sticky situations on her travels which just added to the atmosphere.  The romantic side was well written, it felt very natural and gentle and I think that this made it more believable.  Another great part of this book for me was Picasso the dog, he reminded me very much of my own dog so I really enjoyed his scenes.

This was a book that left me with a smile on my face and the strong desire to visit France!

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