chick-lit · romance

Five Hundred Miles From You – Jenny Colgan ★★★★

Blurb; 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 Cormac, an Army veteran who’s Kirrinfeif’s easygoing nurse/paramedic/all-purpose medical man. Lissa’s never experienced small-town life, and Cormac’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 Cormac 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 Cormac discover a new depth of feeling…for their profession and for each other.

But what will happen when Lissa and Cormac finally meet…?

My Review; It’s been a while since I’ve read Jenny but I got this one and I was hooked. This book made me rediscover my love for Jenny Colgan all over again. I do know this is book three in the Scottish Bookshop series, but it read fine as a Standalone for me. However, I will be going back to book one and two. I devoured this. I didn’t want it to end!

The beginning of the story is a bit sad and touchy but it’s well worth it for the story that follows after. A beautiful story. A new start/break for both the main characters in a completely different location than they’re use to. I loved both Lissa and Corma. This book had me smiling throughout. Uplifting. A breathe of fresh air. I honestly loved it. Loved the settings, the characters and the romance. Parts had me laughing out loud.

Highly recommend. I cannot wait to get back into Jennys books now and especially this series from the start. A well deserved four stars from me. One I won’t forget for a long time.

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chick-lit · romance

A Very Distant Shore – Jenny Colgan ★★★★

Blurb; Wanted: doctor for small island. Must like boats, the seaside and having no hope of keeping a secret…

Lorna lives on the tiny Scottish island of Mure, a peaceful place where everyone helps their neighbour. But the local GP is retiring, and nobody wants his job. Mure is too small and too remote.

Far away, in a crowded camp, Saif is treating a little boy with a badly-cut hand. Saif is a refugee, but he’s also a doctor: exactly what Mure needs.

Saif is welcome in Mure, but can he forget his past? Over one summer, Saif will find a place to call home, and Lorna’s life will change forever.

My Review; This is my first quick reads book I have read and I am very impressed, written by a brilliant author. Perfect for readers who don’t have much time for the thicker books. A Very Distant Shore is short, snappy, easy to read and just perfect!

This is the story of a small community who sticks together and one lost man looking for his place in the world after a tough time. With a heart breaking and heart warming ending. This was a lovely story I devoured in one morning. A well deserved four stars. I would highly recommend it and a quick read. Perfect!

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chick-lit · contemporary · romance

The Summer Seaside Kitchen – Jenny Colgan. ★★★★★

Flora is definitely, absolutely sure that escaping from the quiet Scottish island where she grew up to the noise and hustle of the big city was the right choice. What was there for her on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, and no one will let her forget the past. In the city, she can be anonymous, ambitious and indulge herself in her hopeless crush on her gorgeous boss, Joel.

When a new client demands Flora’s presence back on Mure, she’s suddenly swept back into life with her brothers (all strapping, loud and seemingly incapable of basic housework) and her father. As Flora indulges her new-found love of cooking and breathes life into the dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour, she’s also going to have to come to terms with past mistakes – and work out exactly where her future lies…

My Review: 
I have found a new favourite author! WOW!
I awarded five stars as this story just took me away (well to the beautiful island of Mure to be exact). What a beautiful story. I love the cover. I love the full story and I loved that ending. I am seriously impressed. This story is written well, easy to read and fast paced. I am already missing Mure and the wonderful characters there. I would highly recommend this story to you all. This felt like a holiday away even though I never left my couch! The perfect chick-lit read for me. I am now on the hunt for ALL Jenny’s other books, as if they’re anything like this one I will fall in love all over again. A beautifully written story about life, love, work, family and returning home.

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