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500 Miles from You

(Scottish Bookshop #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  9,800 ratings  ·  1,269 reviews
Lissa, 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 Lissa to spend a few months doing a much less demanding job in the little town of Kirrinfeif in the Scottish Highlands, hopi ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Meagan (she/her) It is not a direct sequel. It does, however, take place in the same small town and has cameos by some of the characters that were introduced in Booksh…moreIt is not a direct sequel. It does, however, take place in the same small town and has cameos by some of the characters that were introduced in Bookshop on the Shore. It follows a different set of main characters. I hope this helps.(less)
Caryn If I remember correctly she says something about 30 somethings. So the characters are a little older.

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In case anyone is wondering what the formula for happiness is, it's as follows:
1) Move to Scotland.
1a) If you already live in Scotland, leave for a few months and come back and realize how wonderful it is.
2) Fall in love (either in Scotland or with a person who is from / lives in Scotland).
3) Join a ready-made group of friends.
4) Whatever you do for work is beside the point, but it should probably be something quirky that by no means sounds like it pays the bills / substantiates the hours requir
Larry H
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, rounded up.

According to Jenny Colgan's 500 Miles from You , sometimes a change of perspective can do you good—and sometimes it’s even better.

Lissa is a nurse in London, working in some of the city's grittier neighborhoods. She’s been having trouble keeping it together, though, since witnessing a horrible crime. Her PTSD is making it impossible for her to focus, so her supervisors think a change of scenery will help, and they arrange for her to swap jobs with another nurse.

Cormac is
Karen Whittard
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
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.

- 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.
Lisa Wolf
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,
anna ✩
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
Alayne Emmett
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Jenny Colgan. This one was a fifth in the Scottish series with all the characters I’d grown to love as well as new ones. This was a sweet story to read and as usual with her books I read it very quickly.
It was funny and sad but as always it all turns out well in the end. If you haven’t read the others in the series you can read it as a stand alone but, I think you would probably want to read the others after reading this.
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
500 Miles From You was my first novel by Jenny Colgan, and I adored the way she brought the Scottish Highlands to live. Quaint little towns with quirky characters, surrounded by beautiful nature. It was so easy to picture it all. And I can’t wait to visit the Highlands myself.

To all my slow burn peeps, this one is for you! The love story between Lissie and Cormach was super slow burn. They pretty much fell in love with each other without ever meeting. They started to communicate by email, which
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I’m so effing far behind in reviews. My apologies for this half-assed content these final few days of this sucky year but here’s my lame attempt at bookpushing 500 Miles from You. Basically if you liked The Holiday this should be a winner. The trope is the “switching houses with a stranger” - the difference this time is it is two nurses who make the swap and then proceed to fall in love via a slow burning correspondence type of relationship. It was a delight and I have about seventy-two other Je ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Nothing. Happened. In 400+ pages. Our lead characters don't even meet until the last 5 pages and the previous correspondence between them held no chemistry. Both just complained back and forth.

Weird perspective shifts, Cormac to Lissa, to a randomly omniscient narrator all within in one paragraph.

Too many loose unexplained ends, too many random medical case details, overly detailed areas that have nothing to do with plot or character development.

Scotland was the only good character. And Ned. Who
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
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
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
The blurb for this book really appealed to me. The nurse practitioner h witnesses something that is really traumatizing for her, and she has PTSD from the event. She is persuaded to do a 3 month job exchange with another nurse, the former military man H, in Scotland. He will get a chance to sharpen his nursing skills in a new environment and she will have a chance to slow down and heal, while still keeping her job. The two of them have never met in person but soon begin to exchange emails and te ...more
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars.
Lissa Westcott is a nurse and loves her job as she really cares for others. But a traumatic incident she witnesses leaves her overwhelmed and not coping. After an episode at the hospital, the suggestion is made that she needs time away from the busy London scene. Reluctantly she agrees to a swap for three months with a nurse from the village of Kirrinfief in Scotland. The plan is to swap with Cormac MacPherson. He is not that keen on London but the swap means an upgrade in
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, tender, and heartwarming. Classic Jenny Colgan!
This. Book. Was. Awesome! Loved, LOVED, this story!!! The narrator was great too.

Jenny Colgan has written another funny, heartwarming, romantic, and totally satisfying story. After, what I thought was a slightly disappointing Book 2 in the series, Book 3 was absolutely wonderful! It has her signature snarky dialogue, characters you can really care about (both the MCs as well as their friends and relations). As an added bonus for Colgan fans, there are appearances from characters in Books 1 and 2
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: digital-arc-read
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
Fabulous Book Fiend
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-set-in-uk
Romance novel set in the HIGHLANDS and LONDON


Lissa 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
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
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
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
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After witnessing the death of a 15-year-old, Lissa’s life began unraveling. She reluctantly agreed to temporarily switch jobs with a Scottish nurse, Cormac. Kirrinfief, Scotland provided space for Lissa to rediscover herself, heal from trauma, and appreciate the beauty and serenity surrounding her. However, Lissa was perturbed by the friendliness, solitude, and nosiness of the Scots. Cormac felt like a fish out of water in London where his greetings and offers of assistance were rudely rebuffed. ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Five Hundred Miles From You is the 3rd of Jenny Colgan's books to be set in Kirrinfief in the Scottish Highlands. Lissa is a nurse in London who loves her job. Cormac is a nurse in Kirrinfief who's just out of the army and looking for a distraction and a change of scenery. When Lissa witnesses a traumatic event at work that leaves her more shook than usual, a suggestion is made that she swaps places with Cormac for 3 months. This will give Lissa a chance to slow down and recover, while still sta ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a sweet story about two nurses, one in the Scottish Highlands & one in central London, who trade places and workloads for 3 months. There were many funny moments of culture shock between rural & urban environments and cultures, and some great characters.
The plot advanced slowly but the pacing didn’t feel like it was dragging until the end, which is what knocked it down a bit from 4 stars for me.
If you want an easy read with lovely Scottish scenery, this is a nice summer time pick.
As a
Sep 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a mess. Divided into four parts...that are not distinguishable from one another in any way. Sometimes written in third-person limited, sometimes third-person omniscient, and sometimes with asides from a sudden narrator popping in for no apparent reason ("but please, don't ever let it put you off visiting our beautiful country; we would be so happy to see you, I promise"), so just as you're settling into a particular perspective, you're yanked right out of it into something completel ...more

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I'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
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow! another wonderful book by Jenny Colgan!!! I absolutely loved reading this one, i had such a good time with this book! It's very well written, I loved the settings (in Scotland and in London), I loved how the chapters were divided, I loved the storyline and I loved the romance part of the book. Everything was perfect! Yes this book is very very good! I can only recommend it!!!! ...more
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