Jenny Colgan comes to the blog with the third in her Scottish Bookshop series, this one is a fish out of water story with
500 Miles from You
Lissie is a community nurse in one of the poorer sections of London, but she loves her job and her clients, and is always hoping for the best for them. But when she sees the younger brother of a man she used to date deliberately targeted to only die later in her arms, her entire sense of well-being is shattered. Not wanting to lose Lissie forever, her boss arranges a scheme where she can ‘job swap’ with another community nurse in the Highlands village of Kirrinfeif: the only option if she wishes to keep her job.
Cormack is the community nurse and ex-army medic in town. A hometown boy, he knows everyone in town, and is relied on for much. When the opportunity comes up for him to ‘take further training’ in London, to job swap with another nurse, he’s decided to take it on. London isn’t his sort of place: from the crowds to not knowing where he’s headed, even to Lissie’s next-door neighbor at the Nurse’s lodgings, Kim-Ange. But, he’s giving it a go, even as it seems Lissie isn’t particularly forthcoming or welcoming.
Slowly the two start to know one another and their new surroundings, and it’s not long before the ‘city edges’ start to wear off of Lissie as she meets characters we’ve come to know in earlier books, but her watchword, always, is the date she leaves. Gently giving us information on the two, allowing them to flirt in ways unexpected, and show why they both are meant to do the jobs they do, Colgan brings another story that will make you want to head to the highlands to make friends tomorrow. There’s no secret that everything Colgan writes I’m going to love, and return to frequently: this one just added another in the pile of favorites, and one that I’m sure others will love too.
Title: 500 Miles from You
Author: Jenny Colgan
Series: Scottish Bookshop #3
Also in this series: The Bookshop on the Corner, The Bookshop on the Shore
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Interracial, Mental Health, Multi-Cultural, Romantic Elements, Scottish, Second Chance, Setting: Scotland, Small Town
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 9 June, 2020
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 3 minutes
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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.
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, hoping that the change of scenery will help her heal. Lissa will be swapping places with Cormack, an Army veteran who’s Kirrinfeif’s easygoing nurse/paramedic/all-purpose medical man. Lissa’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 Lissa 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. Lissa and Cormack discover a new depth of feeling…for their profession and for each other.
But what will happen when Lissa and Cormack finally meet…?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.