500 Miles From You

500

  • Author: Jenny Colgan
  • Publication Date : June 9, 2020
  • Print Length : 432 pages
  • Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks

What happens when two medical professionals–ex Army medic from a village in the Scottish Highlands and an inner city nurse from inner-city London—switch jobs for three months and become unlikely pen pals?

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…?

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My Review:
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It took me a few days to read this book.  I checked this book out from my local library.

The summary of the book is up above, I am not going to repeat it.  I think the goings back and forth between Lissa and Cormack is cute and real.  They go on new adventures and have misshaps!  I love how both characters adjust to new settings.   They are both coping with trauma and learning new things about themselves.

The texts and emails between Lissa and Cormack are cute, funny and simple. It made me smile.  Don’t you just love that type of feeling?  I did want more of this interaction and kind of felt like it needed a little more development.  It mostly focused on Lissa’s trauma and trying to cope with it.  Cormace has trauma but I did not find out more about it.  Perhaps the story will continue on in another book?

The story covered a bit of romance, with every day aspects, emotions, laughter and learning how to cope.  I love the quiet of the countryside which made me want to go there.  London makes me miss it since I have visited there once!  One day  I will visit again.

The story was just there.
I do not know how to describe it.
I enjoyed it but didn’t love it to the max.
It was just an okay, cute read to escape.

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