500 Miles From You

500 Miles From You by Jenny Colgan

Published:  June 2020 – Harper Audio

Borrowed from my library via Libby App


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…?  (publisher)

My take:  Two nurses, he’s from Scotland and she’s from London, change places and jobs for three months. She’s never lived in a small town and he hasn’t spent much time in the big city. Themes of loss and PTSD figure strongly in the novel. Jenny Colgan’s characters are warm, sympathetic and believable. I wanted to keep reading about Cormac and Lissa. This is the third in a series but can stand alone.  Recommended, especially on audio.


14 thoughts on “500 Miles From You

  1. It sounds such a good story, never mind if a romance materializes or not. I like the strands of PTSD and nursing coming in to the story as well.


  2. When I saw the title in my blog feed, I thought you were far far away this week LOL – Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Mary.


  3. Hi Mary,

    I’ve never read any Jenny Colgan books before and I didn’t realise she lives in Scotland, so she is writing about a geography she probably knows quite well, albeit that the location she uses has a fictitious name.

    I like the sound of the storyline too, so I am adding this one to my list, especially as it works as a stand alone.

    Thanks for the feature and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂


  4. I REALLY enjoyed this book. I didn’t listen to it on audio- read the paperback. Thought this was a bit “heavier” than some of her previous books I have read- but that did not take away from my enjoyment.


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