500 Miles from You
New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan returns to the beloved Scottish Highland town of Kirrinfief, which readers first met in The Bookshop on the Shore, and adds a dash of London’s bustling urban landscape.  Lissie, is a nurse in a gritty, hectic London neighborhood. Always terribly competent and good at keeping it all together, she’s been suffering quietly with PTSD after helping to save the victim of a shocking crime. Her supervisor quietly arranges for Lissie to spend a few months doing a much less demanding job in the little town of Kirrinfeif in the Scottish Highlands, hoping that the change of scenery will help her heal. Lissie will be swapping places with Cormack, an Army veteran who’s Kirrinfeif’s easygoing nurse/paramedic/all-purpose medical man. Lissie’s never experienced small-town life, and Cormack’s never spent more than a day in a big city, but it seems like a swap that would do them both some good. In London, the gentle Cormack is a fish out of the water; in Kirrinfief, the dynamic Lissie finds it hard to adjust to the quiet. But these two strangers are now in constant contact, taking over each other’s patients, endlessly emailing about anything and everything. Lissie and Cormack discover a new depth of feeling…for their profession and for each other. But what will happen when Lissie and Cormack finally meet…?

500 Miles from You Details

Title500 Miles from You
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

500 Miles from You Review

  • Lisa Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny Colgan is an absolute favorite of mine, so of course I was thrilled to receive an ARC of her new book, 500 Miles From You. This author’s books always make me smile, and her books set in the Scottish Highlands give me a major case of wanderlust each and every time.In 500 Miles From You, we start by meeting Lissa, a nurse who specializes in follow-up care, spending her days driving around London from patient to patient to make sure they’re following doctor’s orders, taking their medications, Jenny Colgan is an absolute favorite of mine, so of course I was thrilled to receive an ARC of her new book, 500 Miles From You. This author’s books always make me smile, and her books set in the Scottish Highlands give me a major case of wanderlust each and every time.In 500 Miles From You, we start by meeting Lissa, a nurse who specializes in follow-up care, spending her days driving around London from patient to patient to make sure they’re following doctor’s orders, taking their medications, and getting the treatment they need. As the story opens, Lissa witnesses a terrible hit and run that’s a deliberate attack, leaving a 15-year-old boy dying on the street.Lissa is unable to shake off the horror, and finally, her hospital’s HR team strongly urges her to participate in a professional exchange program. She’ll be sent to a rural area to use her skills in a different environment, and a nurse from that area will come take her place in London to gain experience in urban medicine.It doesn’t seem like an offer Lissa can refuse, and between her new assignment and her required ongoing therapy sessions, the exhange may be her only opportunity to heal and recover before her PTSD completely derails her career and her life.Meanwhile, Cormac will leave his beloved town of Kirrinfief in the Scottish Highlands — where literally everyone knows your name — to live in Lissa’s nursing quarters in London and take over her set of patients. The two never meet, but they exchange patient notes, and over time, develop an email and text rapport beyond the professional requirements.In my opinion. Lissa gets the much better end of the deal! As always, Jenny Colgan has me falling in love all over again with her depiction of life in the Highlands — the peace and quiet, the quaint small town, the local busybodies, the sense of connection. And frankly, while Cormac eventually finds reasons to like London, the descriptions of the noise, the dirt, the unfriendliness, the bustle all make it clear why Cormac yearns for home.Lissa’s PTSD is portrayed sensitively. As a medical professional, she intellectually understands her reactions, but that doesn’t mean that she can instantly deal with it. Her progress is slow, and we see how her London habits keep her from fitting in or being accepted when she arrives in Kirrinfief. Eventually, of course, she opens up to her surroundings and to the way of life in a small village, and finds more than she could have thought possible.Cormac, a former army medic, carries around with him the memories of Fallujah that eventually make him seek a civilian career. While he can relate to Lissa’s trauma, his own past still remains mostly undisclosed. I finished the book wishing we’d learned a little more about Cormac’s army experiences.The back and forth between Cormac and Lissa is quite cute, and the book ends with all sorts of mishaps that turn their intended first in-person meetings into a series of catastrophic missed chances. But yes, there’s a happy ending — how could there not be?The texts and emails between Lissa and Cormac are funny and sweet, and the story is a nice twist on the “two strangers fall in love without ever meeting” trope. Somehow, though, I was left wanting more. I felt that their connection needed more time to grow, and wasn’t given quite enough room to develop and breathe — and I was left wanting to see more of them together once they finally connected, rather than ending with their meeting.This is the 3rd of Jenny Colgan’s loosely connected stories set in Kirrinfief. Characters from both The Bookshop on the Corner and The Bookshop on the Shore show up here (and become friends with Lissa). It’s lovely to see them all — I just wish they’d actually had bigger roles to play, since I enjoy those characters so much.Overall, this is another winning romantic tale from a terrific author, balancing tough situations and emotions with lighter, more joyous moments and memorable characters.500 Miles From You can work as a stand-alone, but I’d recommend starting with The Bookshop on the Corner, which is a wonderful introduction to Kirrinfief and its quirky characters. Either way, don’t miss these lovely stories!Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. Full review at Bookshelf Fantasies.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this book. It is beautifully written and tugs at your heartstrings all the way through. Especially apt at the moment when everyone who wasn't grateful for the NHS before has been come aware of the amazing amount of work that they do, and for all of us who had already been touched by the NHS in helping us in various aspects of our lives, hope that people remember the amazing sacrifices, hard work and commitment that they put in and have put in every single day. I for one am ho I absolutely adored this book. It is beautifully written and tugs at your heartstrings all the way through. Especially apt at the moment when everyone who wasn't grateful for the NHS before has been come aware of the amazing amount of work that they do, and for all of us who had already been touched by the NHS in helping us in various aspects of our lives, hope that people remember the amazing sacrifices, hard work and commitment that they put in and have put in every single day. I for one am hoping that this crisis will make people second think some of the racist comments, bigoted opinions and negativeness after all this has blown over and realise that without people coming to work in our amazing NHS from overseas. We would have an even worse situation on our hands then we do now and that free movement and working together is the only way forward. It is also a book that shines the light on the importance of organ donors and how the sadness of their death can save the lives of another person who without their donorship would probably be suffering for a really long time. This can bring happiness, a change in lifestyle and a second chance to those who desperately need it. It is also a story that shows there should be no stigma around mental health and that everyone needs all the love and support that they should be able to receive. No matter what occupation that they work in. Also that our NHS need more support around these things as they get affected by these things on a daily basis too. It is a story of hope, redemption, starting again, happiness, sadness, light, love, friendship and family. It shows that you should never judge a book by its cover, always get to know the person underneath, that love can stretch miles, and that we all have the strength inside us to defeat our darkest days. A really beautiful book, fantastically written, wonderfully researched, with fantastic cast of characters, some of which we have met before and a feel good, hug of a storyline that will really brighten your spirits and yes make you cry a little bit too. But where there is happiness there is usually a little bit of sadness too. Great work Jenny. A book you should be really proud of.
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  • anna ✩
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.500 Miles From You follows Lissa, a London based nurse, and her traumatic experience with a hit and run of a 15 year old kid she knew. After experiencing the crash, Lissa isn't the same; she is anxious and can't sleep and can't stop crying. It is suggested to her that she goes on an exchange programme in order to get her thoughts in order and to recover. And that is how Lissa ends up 3 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.500 Miles From You follows Lissa, a London based nurse, and her traumatic experience with a hit and run of a 15 year old kid she knew. After experiencing the crash, Lissa isn't the same; she is anxious and can't sleep and can't stop crying. It is suggested to her that she goes on an exchange programme in order to get her thoughts in order and to recover. And that is how Lissa ends up in Scotland, taking over Cormac's job and how he ends up in London, taking over Lissa's job. The start of this novel was incredibly powerful and left me full of hope. However as the story progressed I found myself getting more and more detached from it. There were a lot of descriptions of what Lissa and Cormac were going through in their daily job life but not really any meaningful interaction or story progression. I truly lived for the small and few moments we got of Lissa and Cormac interacting through their e-mails and later on through their texts but I felt like the experience of reading about them finally meeting up after everything they had gone through was a bit rushed and slightly disappointing. Jenny Colgan created a very well detailed contrast between London and Kirrinfeif and I was very enveloped in the way the places and the people were described and built. I didn't hate it, I actually really enjoyed it, I just didn't love it either. It was an enjoyable read with some really powerful moments and sections about real life, anxiety, ptsd and healthcare life.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the Bookshop on the Shore series, but it can be read as a standalone. However, you'll miss the wonderful character connections that make Colgan's books so superb.I always like returning to a place in a book that I've visited before and getting caught up with everyone again--as well getting to know new characters. I really enjoyed both Lissa and Cormac and their adventures both apart and together. Their very real dealings with PTSD, but also the heartwarming connections This is the third book in the Bookshop on the Shore series, but it can be read as a standalone. However, you'll miss the wonderful character connections that make Colgan's books so superb.I always like returning to a place in a book that I've visited before and getting caught up with everyone again--as well getting to know new characters. I really enjoyed both Lissa and Cormac and their adventures both apart and together. Their very real dealings with PTSD, but also the heartwarming connections that both of them learn to make when they are forced outside of their comfort zones. If you're looking for a book with great characters, some romance, a bit of humor, and all over good story, then Colgan's books are definitely ones to pick up.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Lissa is a tough homecare nurse living and working in South London. Cormac is an ex-army homecare nurse in a small town in Scotland. When they switch lives for three months, a romance blossoms despite their pen-pal-like relationship.Pros:- As a fan of Outlander, the Outlander reference made me giggle. And the colloquialisms are fun.- I like reading books with settings that are not in the United States, and there are /two/ here: London and Scotland. - Yay for semi-positive depictions of therapy. Lissa is a tough homecare nurse living and working in South London. Cormac is an ex-army homecare nurse in a small town in Scotland. When they switch lives for three months, a romance blossoms despite their pen-pal-like relationship.Pros:- As a fan of Outlander, the Outlander reference made me giggle. And the colloquialisms are fun.- I like reading books with settings that are not in the United States, and there are /two/ here: London and Scotland. - Yay for semi-positive depictions of therapy. Cons:- Why is there a character named Lissa AND Larissa? There are so many names out there... it totally isn't necessary to have two such similar ones in the same book. - The narration is garbled and garbage. It starts off as very third-person limited, but as Lissa and Cormac switch locations, we start to get the thoughts and reasonings of minor characters. And even quite a bit of Lissa's London best friend/neighbor's romance. Like, yes, the trans romance is lovely, but not important to the overall story of Lissa and Cormac. If you want to do a trans romance, make this a series, and give Kim-Ange her own story-- do true justice to her and her love. - The end bit of everything going wrong for Cormac is comedic in tone. And this book has had no previous tone of comedy. Why are you trying to turn what could be a nice and lovely romance into a disjointed rom-com?- It felt like a second draft, not a complete story written by an author who has published scores of other stories. On the chaste to steamy scale, it is a 0.5.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    First, thank you Goodreads and William Morrow for the advance readers copy of this heartwarmingly good read.Set in both London and a small burg in Scotland, two nurses switch locations for one (Lissa) to recover from witnessing a 15 year old boy being run down by an international driver and dying in her arms. The other is Cormac, an ex-army medic tending the needs of his quaint village, one “friend” at a time. Through daily notes on each other’s patients, they form an unseen relationship, while First, thank you Goodreads and William Morrow for the advance readers copy of this heartwarmingly good read.Set in both London and a small burg in Scotland, two nurses switch locations for one (Lissa) to recover from witnessing a 15 year old boy being run down by an international driver and dying in her arms. The other is Cormac, an ex-army medic tending the needs of his quaint village, one “friend” at a time. Through daily notes on each other’s patients, they form an unseen relationship, while intermixing with each other’s respective circle. At first, neither is thrilled with the culture shock of their starkly different locations. Sometimes exasperating, some times humiliating, and once in a while, rather humorous. The beginning was slow, in regards to Lissa. Too much repeating her PTSD. Too much interpersonal contemplation. But it evens out as characters begin to form and you get absolutely attached to them. The supporting cast is just as endearing. We get reintroduced to several from Colgan’s “The Bookshop on the Corner” and meet some fun new characters. Loved all the Scottish slang to add to my repertoire. Kirrinfief is for sure a place I would absolutely adore being sent to. It’s a feel good read for these dark times. Looking forward to more from this setting.
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  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a lesson in how books can be both wildly romantic but also impressively real life at the same time. It has been too long since I have been immersed in a Jenny Colgan novel and I am so happy to be back in her world once again, this truly was a triumph. I absolutely loved the premise behind this novel, the idea of a job swap and living in one another's lives in the best kind of meet cute there could be and both of these characters were the kind of people who needed that change to push This book is a lesson in how books can be both wildly romantic but also impressively real life at the same time. It has been too long since I have been immersed in a Jenny Colgan novel and I am so happy to be back in her world once again, this truly was a triumph. I absolutely loved the premise behind this novel, the idea of a job swap and living in one another's lives in the best kind of meet cute there could be and both of these characters were the kind of people who needed that change to push them out of their comfort zones and really make them sit up and take notice. I loved watching the journey that Lissa and Cormac both took during the course of this book. I loved all the intricate details they both knew about each other's lives and those we were let into as reader-it felt really special. Lissa is a really cool character to get to know because we know she has gone through a trauma, we start the book with that and so seeing how she deals with that instantly lets us into the secret of her character. Then taking her out of her comfort zone and dropping her in the middle of nowhere to sink or swim was really fun. I loved Cormac from the start, I would really love to have met him in real life and he is the person I would really like to see more from in future Jenny Colgan novels. I loved how he handled himself and I really liked watching his journey of bringing some Scottish heart to London. The book is a dual narrative of sorts which always make for a quicker read for me but there is occasionally a third voice, a kind of narrator who I can only assume is Jenny Colgan talking to us and this made the book read just a little like a fairytale, I felt it added another level and really appreciated it. I also feel like the setting added another level, I loved the juxtaposition between the Scottish setting and the urban hum of London. Having spent time living in both settings I could feel the difference coming off the pages and this writer’s description triggering lots of memories for me. I listened to this book on audio and the narrator did a really great job. When the book had both an English and a Scottish character I was prepared to be let down by the narrator's accents but she did really well with both accents and dialects and so I highly recommend this book to you in whatever format you choose.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the two previous books in this series so I jumped at the chance to request this ARC and Jenny Colgan did not disappoint.Lissa is a London nurse practitioner liaison (NPL). Cormac is an NPL in Kirrinfief, a small village in Scotland, he was in the Army and is finding life in his home village a little boring. When things get overwhelming at work Lissa's boss suggests she has a change of scenery and has a three month job swap with Cormac, he can get some big city work experience wh I really enjoyed the two previous books in this series so I jumped at the chance to request this ARC and Jenny Colgan did not disappoint.Lissa is a London nurse practitioner liaison (NPL). Cormac is an NPL in Kirrinfief, a small village in Scotland, he was in the Army and is finding life in his home village a little boring. When things get overwhelming at work Lissa's boss suggests she has a change of scenery and has a three month job swap with Cormac, he can get some big city work experience while she has a less stressful life.At first they are both fish out of water, struggling to cope with their clients and surroundings, but slowly they each come to appreciate things about their temporary situation. As they email back and forth about their clients Lissa and Cormac find themselves falling for each other, without having ever met!I loved this just as much as the other two books, a sweet romance leavened with some traumatic events, the novel is full of charming and memorable characters, we also see the main characters from the first two books. Absolutely perfect for anyone looking for a fish-out-of-water romantic comedy featuring a traumatised heroine and a gruff hero. Loved it and can't wait to read my way through Jenny Colgan's back catalogue.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.Bumped for release.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, my goodness tears! Sorry, this one is just full of the feelings... (I’m also offended for the author about the lower rating. Stingy as I am with 5s, kids books aside those are rated by my children). I was lucky enough to get a digital arc, and I have loved the Bookshop books and the town and characters created around them. This would technically be book three, and you could likely enjoy them independently, but I recommend reading in order. There are hard, emotional bits in this one. Real lif Oh, my goodness tears! Sorry, this one is just full of the feelings... (I’m also offended for the author about the lower rating. Stingy as I am with 5s, kids books aside those are rated by my children). I was lucky enough to get a digital arc, and I have loved the Bookshop books and the town and characters created around them. This would technically be book three, and you could likely enjoy them independently, but I recommend reading in order. There are hard, emotional bits in this one. Real life gets messy and has horrible things happening to good unsuspecting people. This book was beautifully divided into parts developed with the characters journey. (Side note, I should be sleeping but I couldn’t stop reading, so I hope this makes sense) I loved how the author delved into the the needs and emotions, honesty laugh out loud moments and the ending was amazing and perfect. I hope there is another book set around this town (please)! The friends! Ooh, READ IT! It will definitely destroy you in the best way. People are touchy about spoilers, so I trying not to. I will 200% (typo yet actually true) be recommending this book once it hits shelves.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    Another sweet and touching novel by Jenny Colgan. This one feels a bit more aware of the realities of society today than some of her others while still managing to hold on to the dreamy fantasy of small town living that make her books so wonderful. We get to see some old friends from other books, including Nina, Zoe, Lennox, and get an update on all the Kirrinfief characters as well as meet some wonderful new additions (Kim-Ange). Additionally, the male love interest is much kinder and more like Another sweet and touching novel by Jenny Colgan. This one feels a bit more aware of the realities of society today than some of her others while still managing to hold on to the dreamy fantasy of small town living that make her books so wonderful. We get to see some old friends from other books, including Nina, Zoe, Lennox, and get an update on all the Kirrinfief characters as well as meet some wonderful new additions (Kim-Ange). Additionally, the male love interest is much kinder and more likeable than her's usually are. This title features the formula Colgan readers have come to know (woman endures trauma/burnout, starts a new life in remote town, doesn't like it at first then makes friends, finds love interest, professional succces, comes to love the natural beauty of the land) but with some updates- the few things I've had issues with in her previous books were not present here. It works and if you've liked her other books you'll love this, too. I received a free ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    Visit the locations in the novelI've spent a very lovely but also very emotional weekend with this book. Between the Scottish highlands and the city of London, two medical staff change places in order to recover from past traumas and the result is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time..I nearly didn't read this as it's about hospital work and PTSD and what medical staff go through day to day, but this is Jenny Colgan so I knew I'd be in safe hands. I also loved being back in the little Visit the locations in the novelI've spent a very lovely but also very emotional weekend with this book. Between the Scottish highlands and the city of London, two medical staff change places in order to recover from past traumas and the result is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time..I nearly didn't read this as it's about hospital work and PTSD and what medical staff go through day to day, but this is Jenny Colgan so I knew I'd be in safe hands. I also loved being back in the little village of Kirrinfief where Jenny has taken us before. Imagine living here and then being placed in London to work. Imagine coming from London to here!The idea of a location swap and then the two characters finding that distance might not be the obstacle they first imagined is a lovely idea and one I was happy to read about. These are characters easy to care about and you wonder what you would feel like in the same circumstances.Despite the feel-good cover there are some tough issues in this book but that's what makes it so complete. Jenny writes about serious issues in a very accessible and careful way and...well...you'll just have to read it for yourself.
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  • thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a Jenny Colgan book, do I need to say anymore ! It’s absolutely marvellous, it kept me entertained and interested from the first page to the last.Lissa and Cormac are wonderful characters, Jenny always writes such wonderful characters, you want to be friends with them yourself and move to their towns it’s so happy a place. Jenny’s worlds are happy, that’s not to say there won’t be drama or upset, but I know I’m always guaranteed a smile and a warm, fuzzy feeling when I’m finished.Just anoth It’s a Jenny Colgan book, do I need to say anymore ! It’s absolutely marvellous, it kept me entertained and interested from the first page to the last.Lissa and Cormac are wonderful characters, Jenny always writes such wonderful characters, you want to be friends with them yourself and move to their towns it’s so happy a place. Jenny’s worlds are happy, that’s not to say there won’t be drama or upset, but I know I’m always guaranteed a smile and a warm, fuzzy feeling when I’m finished.Just another fabulous heartwarming contribution from Jenny Colgan, the reason she’s one of my favourite authors.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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  • Anna Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for a review. Every one of Jenny Colgan’s Scottish bookshop books gets better and better. This follows two nurses as they switch roles in the Highlands and London, but with deeper tons of loss and PTSD. I highly recommend this series because it gives me a little comfort towards the near constant homesickness I feel for Scotland on a daily basis. Trigger warnings for gore, descriptions of injuries, loss of a l Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for a review. Every one of Jenny Colgan’s Scottish bookshop books gets better and better. This follows two nurses as they switch roles in the Highlands and London, but with deeper tons of loss and PTSD. I highly recommend this series because it gives me a little comfort towards the near constant homesickness I feel for Scotland on a daily basis. Trigger warnings for gore, descriptions of injuries, loss of a loved one, PTSD, alcohol and substance abuse, and detailed injuries of a cat.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    I love Jenny Colgan...but I will admit to thinking she was just a hair on the fluffy side at times :) This book is the Jenny Colgan I wanted to see. There's nothing wrong with fluffy, we all need it, but usually she would be aiming for a particular mark, stray for a bit, and come back to it. I love all the description in this book, the two characters thrown into a new environment. And grea characters, happy to see old friends ;) I zipped through this on a long car ride and have a stiff neck now, I love Jenny Colgan...but I will admit to thinking she was just a hair on the fluffy side at times :) This book is the Jenny Colgan I wanted to see. There's nothing wrong with fluffy, we all need it, but usually she would be aiming for a particular mark, stray for a bit, and come back to it. I love all the description in this book, the two characters thrown into a new environment. And grea characters, happy to see old friends ;) I zipped through this on a long car ride and have a stiff neck now, but totally worth it!
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  • Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my free e-copy. All opinions are my own.I normally adore Jenny Colgan's books. They are always so warm and cozy. For whatever reason I had a hard time with this one. It seemed a bit disorganized and the pacing felt off. Some parts were slow and then the ending felt rushed. Her main characters didn't feel as well developed as some of her other series. I will always read what she writes, but this one was not a favorite of mine.
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  • Tripfiction
    January 1, 1970
    Romance novel set in the HIGHLANDS and LONDONYOU TUBE REVIEW: https://youtu.be/07RcUGYeK0MLissa is a nurse practitioner liaison, based in London. She knows her territory and patients very well. She is however knocked to the core when she witnesses an attack on a young man whom she knows. She is in shock and traumatised and her boss feels she should consider a three month job swap. Cormac, based in the Scottish Highlands and also in the nursing profession, is not long out of the army and feeling Romance novel set in the HIGHLANDS and LONDONYOU TUBE REVIEW: https://youtu.be/07RcUGYeK0MLissa is a nurse practitioner liaison, based in London. She knows her territory and patients very well. She is however knocked to the core when she witnesses an attack on a young man whom she knows. She is in shock and traumatised and her boss feels she should consider a three month job swap. Cormac, based in the Scottish Highlands and also in the nursing profession, is not long out of the army and feeling unsettled. Both find themselves on the exchange programme and swapping jobs.This is a poignant and sometimes gritty story, often overlaid with humour. What fun an author can have taking two people out of their familiar environments and dropping them somewhere new and so different. Cormac is convinced that London requires people to dress in colourful clothes to ease the daily grind of greyness. Lissa, up in the small village of Kirrinfief is taken aback by the rural community in which she finds herself. They don’t lock doors? Injuries from animals? It’s all so quiet. But she does meet a cute little hedgehog (called Neddie Needles)!Lissa’s time is overshadowed by the fact she will have to appear as a witness in court.After a while, Lissa and Cormac start to exchange e mails, purportedly to ease the other into the job. Gradually – including some great drawings from Cormac to Lissa – they discover more about each other. Where might this lead?Jenny Colgan has written many, delightful novels and this latest outing is uplifting, funny and real.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny Colgan returns to the magical town of Kirrenkief, Scotland, in 500 Miles from You. Unlike her other series, these books can be read by themselves, although characters from both Bookshop books do make appearances. Lissa is a community nurse in London who witnesses a horrific crime. Due to her PTSD, it's recommended that she swap places with a nurse who works in Kirrenkief, Cormac, who thinks having a chance to spend time in London would be great. I wasn't sure if I'd like the format- each c Jenny Colgan returns to the magical town of Kirrenkief, Scotland, in 500 Miles from You. Unlike her other series, these books can be read by themselves, although characters from both Bookshop books do make appearances. Lissa is a community nurse in London who witnesses a horrific crime. Due to her PTSD, it's recommended that she swap places with a nurse who works in Kirrenkief, Cormac, who thinks having a chance to spend time in London would be great. I wasn't sure if I'd like the format- each chapter is told from one of their perspectives, but it ended up being a lovely read.I received an advance reader copy of this novel from the publisher.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny Colgan always gives her readers a treat with her stories that are just the tonic for pure escapism!I loved the idea for this story - the life swap, or should I say 'job' swap, between Lissa and Cormac, two realistic characters who I liked immensely.This book is heartbreaking, heartwarming and will really stir up your emotions.The author covers some parts with great sensitivity and I imagine it also stirred her emotions whilst writing it.I love books that also contain humour and this book g Jenny Colgan always gives her readers a treat with her stories that are just the tonic for pure escapism!I loved the idea for this story - the life swap, or should I say 'job' swap, between Lissa and Cormac, two realistic characters who I liked immensely.This book is heartbreaking, heartwarming and will really stir up your emotions.The author covers some parts with great sensitivity and I imagine it also stirred her emotions whilst writing it.I love books that also contain humour and this book gave me plenty of laugh-out-loud moments!This book was just what I needed as it took me away from what was going on in the real world. I highly recommend it, not just for this reason, but because it's a wonderful story that isn't to be missed.Thank you to Little, Brown Book Group UK via NetGalley for this arc copy.This is my honest and unbiased review.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    NetGalleyMember ReviewCover Image: Five Hundred Miles From YouFive Hundred Miles From Youby Jenny ColganPub Date: 28 May 2020Review byjeanie m, ReviewerLast updated on 7 May 2020My RecommendationHaving read most of Jenny's books I was delighted to receive an arc.This is quite a change from Jenny's other books but was an excellent book over all, sensitivity was needed in writing this and it was there in abundance i enjoyed this book and would recommend.
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  • Priscilla
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny Colgan is an author who I can consistently recommend for a reader who enjoys anything from British lifestyle, to humor, to romance fiction. She is also a personal favorite. "500 Miles" is very different than some of her other books in that the catalyst of events is a tragedy. The main protagonist Lissa witnesses a hit-and-run on the streets of her native London, sending her into an emotional tailspin. She is numb from the experience; the shock of not only the accident but the ensuing crimi Jenny Colgan is an author who I can consistently recommend for a reader who enjoys anything from British lifestyle, to humor, to romance fiction. She is also a personal favorite. "500 Miles" is very different than some of her other books in that the catalyst of events is a tragedy. The main protagonist Lissa witnesses a hit-and-run on the streets of her native London, sending her into an emotional tailspin. She is numb from the experience; the shock of not only the accident but the ensuing criminal trial takes its toll on LIssa emotionally and professionally. When given an opportunity to escape to the Scottish countryside to regroup, she grudgingly heads North and the result is live-changing. Once again Jenny Colgan delivers a book with believable characters and a story that flawlessly submerges the reader into the sights, smells, flavors and people of the British Isles..
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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love Jenny Colgan and this story cements that. I won this book through Goodreads give away and am doing an honest review. I usually listen to AudioBooks, but when I saw this book was in a giveaway, I went for it. Picture this, two NHS nurses, one in London and one in a small village by Loch Ness, and a job exchange. The cultural differences, accent barriers, and the interesting people involved in the story as it weaves between these two lives touched by so much pain and healed by fr I absolutely love Jenny Colgan and this story cements that. I won this book through Goodreads give away and am doing an honest review. I usually listen to AudioBooks, but when I saw this book was in a giveaway, I went for it. Picture this, two NHS nurses, one in London and one in a small village by Loch Ness, and a job exchange. The cultural differences, accent barriers, and the interesting people involved in the story as it weaves between these two lives touched by so much pain and healed by friendship and love. You can give any Jenny Colgan book a go. She is an amazing story teller and this one is fantastic.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't read this book, I inhaled it! I love Jenny Colgan's book and this one is amongst my favorite.It's a great story with a cast of amazing characters and a lovely setting.I appreciated how well she wrote Lyssa and her path to heal and how funny were the two characters in facing and unknown environment.It was an excellent read and I strongly recommend it.Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    Five Hundred Miles From You by Jenny Colgan a five-star read you would go Five thousand miles for. This is number three in the Scottish Bookshop series but they truly can be read as stand-alone as I haven’t read the other two as I didn’t realise it was a series, I will be going back to read them though as I adored this one and if they are about who I think they are I can’t wait to hear more. This is a moving story and shows how life can change in an instant, and how everyone should carry a donor Five Hundred Miles From You by Jenny Colgan a five-star read you would go Five thousand miles for. This is number three in the Scottish Bookshop series but they truly can be read as stand-alone as I haven’t read the other two as I didn’t realise it was a series, I will be going back to read them though as I adored this one and if they are about who I think they are I can’t wait to hear more. This is a moving story and shows how life can change in an instant, and how everyone should carry a donor card, I have carried one for over 25 years now and live in Wales so even if I don’t have my card on me I know my wishes will still be followed. But that’s not all this novel is about, its about dealing with the aftermath of life and fixing the broken pieces back together again. Reading about Lissa and Cormac as they swap roles and email back and forth with patient updates made me smile, but it was the doodles that did me in, they just made me catch the light and showed me a different side to the story one that made the sunshine come out. Even after a few false starts through the fair and a fancy bar I loved seeing where this story ended I enjoyed this so much.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    4-4.5 stars This is a pretty perfect book with incredibly likeable characters and a charming story of falling in love at a distance. It’s not quite an epistolary novel, but it has elements of that kind of book, which I love (although I would have liked to see more correspondence between the two).I like how Jenny Colgan melds the frothy ‘escape-to-a-simpler-life’ genre with treatment of real-life issues in her books (mental health, bereavement, social inequality). She’s also less saccharine in he 4-4.5 stars This is a pretty perfect book with incredibly likeable characters and a charming story of falling in love at a distance. It’s not quite an epistolary novel, but it has elements of that kind of book, which I love (although I would have liked to see more correspondence between the two).I like how Jenny Colgan melds the frothy ‘escape-to-a-simpler-life’ genre with treatment of real-life issues in her books (mental health, bereavement, social inequality). She’s also less saccharine in her depictions of country life than some of her contemporaries, which I appreciate! It isn’t a case of ‘London bad’, ‘Highlands good’ in this book, as the city is given it’s due (although Highland living does come out on top).In this book, Colgan touches on a lot (perhaps too many) themes - including gang violence, organ donation, access to healthcare, mental health and transgenderism. I really admire how she weaves these important issues into her narrative without it seeming like tokenism, although the handling of some of them felt a little perfunctory at times.So, if this is a “pretty perfect” book, then why am I not giving it 5 stars? Apart from the (over-) abundance of themes, there were a few issues for me - not enough to ruin the book, but slightly irksome nonetheless. Firstly, I wanted to see more of Lyssa and Cormac's communications. While I could see them falling in love (because I'm a romantic), I wish I had seen more of that connection between them being built - through their emails and texts, but also by a less rushed ending.Which leads me on to my second point - I wanted more of the two working out their issues together at a distance and in person (particularly Cormac’s army past)- the curtain closes just when we're getting to the good part, the real business of being a couple. I know that's typically where these stories end, but the weightiness of some of the themes in this book warranted a slight change in MO, I think. There is also a madcap journey made by the male protagonist in the final part of the story which, while comical, strained belief just a little too much for me and was bordering on the farcical. That's the turning point/moment of conflict typical of these novels, but again, I think a different approach could have been taken without turning to that device. Their different pasts, backgrounds and the distance between them were already good (and more believable) sources of conflict and tension.
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  • Claire Mc Partlin
    January 1, 1970
    NARRATOR: Eilidh BeatonI don't know what it is about a Jenny Colgan book, but the minute I start reading one I'm immediately drawn into the story, none of the 'getting into the book' once you get over the first few chapters like some other books.This was set in London and Scotland (a welcome return to the village of Kirrinfief from previous books), with the main characters being Lissie and Cormac.  Lissie lives in London and Cormac in Scotland, and they are both nurses.  But, after a traumatic e NARRATOR: Eilidh BeatonI don't know what it is about a Jenny Colgan book, but the minute I start reading one I'm immediately drawn into the story, none of the 'getting into the book' once you get over the first few chapters like some other books.This was set in London and Scotland (a welcome return to the village of Kirrinfief from previous books), with the main characters being Lissie and Cormac.  Lissie lives in London and Cormac in Scotland, and they are both nurses.  But, after a traumatic event for Lissie in London, she needs a change and the powers that be arrange a swap between her and Cormac.  Lissie to get away from London for a while, and Cormac to brush up on his skills in a different place.But you couldn't have a much different swap, and both struggle with their new places, Lissie because it's too quiet and everyone talks to her (shock!) and Cormac because it's too manic and noisy and no-one talks to you.  But as time goes on they both fall in love with their temporary home in a different way from their real home and come to appreciate the differences.There is also a storyline in the background tying them both together, even though they don't realise it initially, which you know will come to the forefront eventually.  As they get used to living in a different place, and start emailing each other about their patients, they slowly get to know one another, even though - initially - they've never actually met.The ending was definitely emotional and I did have a tear in my eye!A really lovely book, as are all Jenny Colgan's books though, and read wonderfully by Eilidh Beaton who was the perfect narrator for this audiobook and has gone onto my favourite narrators list, the accents were so good.  A wonderful book that I would highly recommend.
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  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Lissie and Cormac are our focus for this story, and even though they don’t actually meet until very late on in the book it’s a heart-warming story of how they fall in love.Lissie is traumatised after helping a young boy injured in a gang-related attack. He was a cousin of someone she knew, but the upset and outrage she feels is palpable...and it’s no wonder that this incident leaves her anxious about work and living in London. The answer in this is that she’s encouraged to participate in an exch Lissie and Cormac are our focus for this story, and even though they don’t actually meet until very late on in the book it’s a heart-warming story of how they fall in love.Lissie is traumatised after helping a young boy injured in a gang-related attack. He was a cousin of someone she knew, but the upset and outrage she feels is palpable...and it’s no wonder that this incident leaves her anxious about work and living in London. The answer in this is that she’s encouraged to participate in an exchange. She goes to work for three months in a rural Scottish village near Loch Ness, and Cormac (the nurse she swaps with) gets to work in London.Inevitably, there’s the inevitable focus on the reaction of each character to their new setting. The Scottish landscape would win hands down - and Colgan’s love for her new home country shines through. The idea of three English girls settling in the same little village could be laughable, but I can completely see the reaction they get happening. We have quite a cast of characters, whose main role seems to be to highlight why Lissie and Cormac should get together. There were some upsetting moments, but at a time when we’re all so deeply indebted to those NHS workers doing their jobs, it was nice to have a reminder of why they’re so important.Another hit in the series, and I can’t wait to see who pops up next. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this before publication.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading 500 Miles From You with its complicated yet endearing characters, picture perfect Highlands village juxtaposed with a fast-paced, gritty London, and gently unfolding love story. I was easily pulled in at the beginning with Lissa struggling to cope with witnessing a terrible crime. I sometimes had difficulty getting through the interactions with side characters and subplots and looked forward to reading the email exchanges between Lissa and Cormac, craving more. The lead up to t I enjoyed reading 500 Miles From You with its complicated yet endearing characters, picture perfect Highlands village juxtaposed with a fast-paced, gritty London, and gently unfolding love story. I was easily pulled in at the beginning with Lissa struggling to cope with witnessing a terrible crime. I sometimes had difficulty getting through the interactions with side characters and subplots and looked forward to reading the email exchanges between Lissa and Cormac, craving more. The lead up to the end got a little too silly for me but I dug in and was rewarded with a moving, satisfying ending. I love this series set in idyllic Kirrinfief with its lovable, quirky characters and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to read more about characters like Robbie in a future installment. Many thanks to HarperCollins for an advanced copy of this book.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    Another Jenny Colgan novel and no, this does not really deviate from her usual formula.Lissa is a visiting nurse in London. At the end of one workday, she witnesses a tragic accident and suffers from PTSD, so much so that it’s affecting her work. She is forced to do a job switch with a male nurse, Cormack, from Kirrenfief, on the shore of Loch Ness in Scotland in the hope that the calmer, more quiet country atmosphere will help Lissa heal. Cormack, an Army medic vet, is no more happy than Lissa Another Jenny Colgan novel and no, this does not really deviate from her usual formula.Lissa is a visiting nurse in London. At the end of one workday, she witnesses a tragic accident and suffers from PTSD, so much so that it’s affecting her work. She is forced to do a job switch with a male nurse, Cormack, from Kirrenfief, on the shore of Loch Ness in Scotland in the hope that the calmer, more quiet country atmosphere will help Lissa heal. Cormack, an Army medic vet, is no more happy than Lissa to be uprooted and thrust into bustling London life. The two, having never met, start exchanging texts and emails re their routes and patients...and eventually about their lives.This really only deserves three stars, but I just enjoy Jenny Colgan books since I’m a sucker for sappy love stories and quirky characters.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny Colgan's books are always a treat, and Five Hundred Miles From You was particularly lovely. Jenny returns again to the Scottish village of Kirrinfief (which will soon be full of more English girls seeking refuge from city life than locals) and revisits several characters from previous books as well as introducing new ones. The new English girl here is Lissa, a London community nurse who is traumatised following her involvement in an incident where a young boy died. She's not sure about the Jenny Colgan's books are always a treat, and Five Hundred Miles From You was particularly lovely. Jenny returns again to the Scottish village of Kirrinfief (which will soon be full of more English girls seeking refuge from city life than locals) and revisits several characters from previous books as well as introducing new ones. The new English girl here is Lissa, a London community nurse who is traumatised following her involvement in an incident where a young boy died. She's not sure about the temporary exchange with Cormac, who does a similar job in a very different setting, but she knows something's got to change. The story then follows both Lissa as she adjusts to life in Kirrinfief, and Cormac doing likewise in London - stepping into each other's lives although they have never met. I loved both Lissa and Cormac, but there are some great supporting characters too, notably Lissa's friend and fellow nurse Kim-Ange, who probably defies description.... she just has to be experienced. There's a kind of subplot, though not really, about a heart transplant - which I actually thought would play a bigger role than it did. I really enjoyed all the nursing stuff, following Cormac and Lissa on their rounds, with many new experiences for both, and I always appreciate the diversity of Jenny's characters. A lovely, satisfying read with its heart firmly in the right place.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    This had a good premise, kind of like the film The Holiday but with a twist. The main characters were cute, though I could have had a little more time between Lissa’s 180 regarding the town. The medical stuff may be a bit off-putting to some but it was fine to me. I really loved Kim-Ange! Nice village setting to juxtapose with London. A bit rushed in the end is why I can’t rate this higher. Too many things squished in the last 5% of the book. Overall a decent escapist read. My copy was provided This had a good premise, kind of like the film The Holiday but with a twist. The main characters were cute, though I could have had a little more time between Lissa’s 180 regarding the town. The medical stuff may be a bit off-putting to some but it was fine to me. I really loved Kim-Ange! Nice village setting to juxtapose with London. A bit rushed in the end is why I can’t rate this higher. Too many things squished in the last 5% of the book. Overall a decent escapist read. My copy was provided by NetGalley for review all opinions are my own.
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