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500 Miles from You: A Novel de Jenny Colgan

500 Miles from You: A Novel (edição: 2020)

de Jenny Colgan (Autor)

Séries: Kirrinfief (3)

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Título:500 Miles from You: A Novel
Autores:Jenny Colgan (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow Paperbacks (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 432 pages
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Five Hundred Miles from You de Jenny Colgan



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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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I just finished reading 500 Miles From You. It was a good book that included some interesting story lines including organ donation. I loved reading about Kirrinfief, Scotland and the characters in both the small town and big city of London. I recognized some of the people in Kirrinfief from previous books written by Jenny Colgan that were set in the same town. It was a nice, enjoyable story and I also enjoyed the drawings. ( )
  AlanaB | Jun 29, 2020 |
I get so excited when I hear that Jenny Colgan has a new book coming out! 500 Miles from You is newly released - and it was everything I knew it would be. Colgan's works are perfect feel-good, rom-com escapist reads that will put a smile on your face.

Lissa is a public health nurse in London. After witnessing a horrible accident, she is diagnosed with PTSD. Her supervisor suggests a three month job swap to a quieter location and she reluctantly agrees. The exchange will take her to the Scottish village of Kirrinfeif in the Highlands. And Cormac, the local village health nurse will take her place in London.

The two of them are fish out of water as each environs is foreign to them. One quiet and one busy. I enjoyed seeing each place through their eyes. The two haven't met, but start to communicate by email. Slowly at first....

Colgan's characters are always so well drawn - people you'd like to meet and perhaps be friends with. They're engaging and the reader just can't help but like them. And in this case, hope that there might be more in store for these two...

Characters from previous (and just as wonderful) books are brought back in Kirrinfeif. Their lives have moved along and we get to catch up with them. The supporting characters are just as well drawn. The setting is so cosy as well - I'd love to have a wee cottage on the Loch. Cormac's sounds perfect!

The back and forth, missteps and miscommunications on the way to happily ever after are such fun to read. Colgan is quite funny. But, she also weaves a few serious topics into her books as wll. I'll leave it for you to find them. Well done.

Colgan is my go-to author when I need a warm, witty feel-good comfort read. And this latest did not disappoint. ( )
  Twink | Jun 9, 2020 |
This novel was sent to me by the publisher Harper/Collins via NetGalley. Thank you.

Lissa Westcott, a community visiting nurse in South London, is on the verge of a nervous collapse. After treating a patient in a not-yet-gentrified apartment block she witnesses a deliberate hit and run of a young teen she knows. In fact, he is related to a former boyfriend. Though she does her best to save him, she cannot. The accident continues to haunt her and when she is offered the opportunity to swap positions with another nurse whose practice is in a rural area she accepts. It is a chance for her to heal in a peaceful country setting and for her counterpart to see what life is like practicing medicine in a culturally rich, ethnically diverse, very expensive capital. Lissa accepts the assignment and leaves for Kirrinfeif on the banks of Loch Ness and Cormac MacPherson heads for London and Lissa’s tiny room and caseload. They exchange the clinical casenotes on patients, but neither is quite prepared for what awaits them.

Lissa find herself in a breath-taking beautiful setting and living in a quaint, quirky cottage. The townsfolk, wary at first, are welcoming and open when they get to know her. Cormac is first shocked by his patients who range from barely surviving in high rises without working elevators to wealthy drug users and anti-vaxxers in luxury penthouses . He is also shocked at the cost of living (a pint is seven pounds). Yet in a short time, he, too, appreciates the lure of London: the history on every corner; the bustling crowds on the South Bank enjoying the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre; the ethnic restaurants. And his email correspondence with the elusive and delightful Lissa.

Lissa and Cormac soon become more than just internet buddies. A bond forms over their mutual concerns for their patients and their appreciation of each others’ homes. Both wonder if the very real attraction can sustain a face-to-face meeting. Hint: This is Jenny Colgan novel…

What makes 500 miles so satisfying is the appreciation for both lifestyles, the richness of London and the beauty of Loch Ness. We meet new characters like Lissa’s neighbor Kim-Ange and revisit friends in Kirrinfeif. It was lovely catching up with the book mobile set. Nina and Lennox and their adored son, Zoe and her still-healing family, the pub and bookmobile patrons are all here. ( )
  Liz1564 | May 16, 2020 |
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