by Josie Lloyd
Publication Date February 8, 2022
Published by Crooked Lane Books
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / Medical
Josie Lloyd’s fearless novel is a tribute to the power of the human spirit in the face of hardship, based on the author’s own experience with cancer and community.
In the vein of Mary Ellen Taylor's Honeysuckle Season this “amazing, breathtaking, and inspiring” (Jenny Colgan) novel is full of hope and heart.
When Keira first receives her breast cancer diagnosis, she never expects to end up joining a running group with three women she’s only just met. Totally blind-sided, all she can think about is how she doesn’t want to tell her family or step back from work. Nor does she want to be part of a group of fellow cancer patients. Cancer is not her club.
And yet it’s running – hot, sweaty, lycra-clad running in the company of brilliant, funny women all going through treatment – that unexpectedly gives Keira the hope she so urgently needs. Because Keira will not be defined by the C-word. And now, with the Cancer Ladies’ Running Club cheering her on, she is going to reclaim everything: her family, her identity, and her life.
One step at a time.
Moving, uplifting and full of hope, this is a beautifully crafted novel about love, family and the power of finding your tribe.
Four and a half stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒
The Bright Side Running Club by Josie Lloyd is a moving story of one woman’s battle with breast cancer. This inspirational story of women supporting women through ups and downs is both highly entertaining and incredibly emotional.
Keira, wife, and mother of three school-aged children, finds out that she has breast cancer and she’ll need a mastectomy. She has always been reasonably healthy and the diagnosis immediately changes her life, but more importantly, it changes the way other people view her. Although her family is supportive, she meets Tasmin and a couple of other friends who are in various stages of breast cancer treatment. They form the Bright Side Running Club, and meet regularly to run, as they support each other through the treatments and get closer. Keira realizes that she needs these friends more than she has ever needed friends in her life before.
The amount of detail in this book concerning the diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer made the book very personal. The thoughts, fears, and feelings of Keira, as she went through the process were raw, and unrestrained. I felt like I was on this journey with Keira, instead of just reading about it.
The first part of the book has a nonfiction feel, as it goes step by step with Kiera as she gets diagnosed and goes through her options, and starts treatment. But, then she meets her friends and the book turns into a book about women, relationships, and the power of strong, supporting friends.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Women’s Fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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