Published: 06 October 2020 06 October 2020

Five Hundred Miles From You by Jenny Colgan

Five Hundred Miles From You is the third of Jenny Colgan’s books set in the Scottish village of Kirrinfief, but works fine as a standalone. The action is split between Scotland and London, and somehow the contrast gives the narrative a disjointed feel.

Lissa and Cormac are both Nurse Practitioner Liaisons working in the community, who swap locations for six months after Lissa experiences a traumatic event while on duty in London. To begin with they are both well out of their comfort zones, but slowly come to appreciate things about their new surroundings.

I loved the idea behind the story, but did not feel that it worked all that well. There was little or no chemistry in the exchanges between the main characters, they seemed to spend more time getting to know their neighbours than each other, and the ending was disappointing and a bit far-fetched.

I loved the descriptions of the Scottish countryside, but found the gritty realism of life in London too much of a contrast. I have read and enjoyed a lot of Jenny Colgan’s earlier books, and will continue even though this one did not really work for me. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC to review.