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500 Miles from You: A Novel by Jenny Colgan
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500 Miles from You: A Novel (edition 2020)

by Jenny Colgan (Author)

Series: Scottish Bookshop (3)

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Member:madichi
Title:500 Miles from You: A Novel
Authors:Jenny Colgan (Author)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 432 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Have Read, Fiction, Romance, Nurse, London, Scotland, Epistolary

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Five Hundred Miles from You by Jenny Colgan

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Sweet little small Scottish town romance.
Lissa is a nurse who swaps her London dwelling for a secondment in the Scottish highland and exchanges email and text with the Scottish male nurse who is her replacement.

Lissa is recovering from PTSD after witnessing a fatal accident where she tried in vain to resuscitate a young boy she knew. The deliberate hit and run left her traumatised and unable to do her work and she joined a pilot exchange programme.

Cormac is a former army medic with his own issues, and we follow his adventure too as he tries to fit in the bustle and chaos of London. The two occasionally correspond but never see each other until the last few pages of the novel, which of course ends happily for everyone.

Issues dealt with: Addiction, grief, rehab, organ donation, teenage violence, and healing. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Enjoyable couch reading with a few exceptions:

1. the constant revival of Lissa's anxiety does not create plot suspension, rather a tedious not-again response
2, the trial events were ridiculously contrived
3. Lissa's on=going refusal to open Cormac's informative emails likely causes reader ambivalence to any character development

Still, the wide 583 mile romantic separation and engaging descriptions of rural Scotland make for compelling reading! ( )
  m.belljackson | Jun 7, 2021 |
Again a 5 star for Jenny Colgan, she never disappoints for a sit down and feel good read. Yes, her books are written well, sometimes are continuations of small towns and small town characters, but I always have trouble putting them down and getting back to real life. After the year and some that we have just had what better way to sit and unwind. I always pick her books up the minute they're published but sometimes will savor them and wait awhile to read. ( )
  mchwest | May 12, 2021 |
I love Jenny Colgan’s books for a myriad of reasons. She draws the best characterizations of everyday people who make mistakes, fall in and out of love, and just go about their business and live their lives. Her descriptions, especially of the Scottish Highlands, are so brilliant:

“But take Scotland by surprise and you might just get a day like this, in early June, when the sun warms every nook and cranny, and the breeze gently pootling over a loch as calm as glass.....The sky is a freshly washed blue, the green of the meadows is far greener than anything you would expect.... and the evenings last forever.”

Colgan gives you the place, the people, the situations and invites you to come along on what is always an interesting journey. ( )
  kimkimkim | Dec 31, 2020 |
“500 Miles from You” offers readers who enjoy the ‘fish out of water’ genre a double treat. Lissa Westcott is a nurse, originally trained as an accident and emergency nurse, who transitioned to a position as a nurse practitioner liaison (NPL). In this capacity she makes home visits to patients discharged from the hospital who have trouble making it to outpatient clinics for follow-up visits. Cormac MacPherson is a former Army medic, now working as the NPL in his small hometown, Kirrinfief, located on the shore of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The gore and mindlessness he witnessed on assignment in the middle east prompted him to resign and return to his home. Lissa witnesses the intentional hit-and-run murder that claims the life of a young teenaged boy she knew personally. Despite her heroic efforts, the lad is beyond saving, and the trauma leaves Lissa suffering from PTSD. No longer able to function effectively an NPL, her supervisors convince (force) her to trade places with Cormac for three months. The hope is that bucolic Kirrinfief will allow Lissa to recover from the trauma while the time in London will allow Cormac to broaden his training.

This is a gentle romance focused told primarily from Lissa’s point of view, with maybe thirty percent from Cormac’s POV. The pace is leisurely, but for the most part not slow. The earlier scenes with the parallel introductions of Lissa to the colorful characters in Kirrinfief and Cormac to the equally colorful but more jaded characters in London are among the best in the book. I would have liked to see a few more in each location.

The story begins to lag toward the end and I began to have a ‘wrap it up’ feeling for the last 50 pages or so. That becames salient when Lissa returned to London as a witness in the hit-and-run trial. The scene in the courthouse and the following complications that prevent Lissa and Cormac from communicating with each other feel contrived and tedious. It’s a shame to end a rather fun story on such a weak ending. ( )
  Tatoosh | Jul 21, 2020 |
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