blog tour, books, reviews

Blog Tour: The Cancer Ladies’ Running Club – Josie Lloyd*

Sometimes we need our friends to help us find our feet…

When Keira first receives her breast cancer diagnosis, she doesn’t want to have to tell her family, or step back from work. She doesn’t want to sit in a hospital, or be part of a group of fellow cancer patients. Cancer is not her club.

But as she accepts that her health is no longer something she can rely on, Keira finds herself embracing running. And running in the company of a group of brilliant, funny women each going through treatment unexpectedly gives Keira the hope she needs.

Because the C-word is not going to define Keira’s identity. And with the Cancer Ladies’ Running Club cheering her on, she’s going to reclaim her life.
One step at a time.

Life isn’t always the race we expected to run but this moving and uplifting novel is full of hope and about love, family, friendship and the power of finding your tribe.

My thoughts:

This was a really lovely, touching read that had me reaching for the tissues at one or two points. The bond that the characters form through their running club is special and helps them deal with the ways cancer changes their lives.

Keira needs the support of her fellow runners as she juggles her family, business and treatments. Her husband is trying to be there for her but he has his own issues and bottles up a lot of his worries and problems. The children all have their own things as well but Keira doesn’t need to worry about them so much, they all seem pretty level headed.

But it’s the ways in which the four women support each other – encouraging Amma to take up a new role, Sian helping Keira investigate the dodgy goings on behind her back at work, and the charity run they set up to support Tamsin that is the backbone of the story.

I really enjoyed this book and its uplifting message of friendship, love and hope.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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