by K.C Dyer
Re-released February 26, 2016
“Jamie Fraser would be Deeply Gratified at having inspired such a charmingly funny, poignant story—and so am I.”—Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series
Escape to Scotland with the delightful new novel that readers have fallen in love with—inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series.
I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. He was, in fact, the perfect man.
That he was fictional hardly entered into it…
On the cusp of thirty, Emma Sheridan is desperately in need of a change. After a string of failed relationships, she can admit that no man has ever lived up to her idea of perfection: the Scottish fictional star of romantic fantasies the world over—James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
Her ideal man might be ripped from the pages of a book, but Emma hopes that by making one life-altering decision she might be able to turn fiction into fact. After selling all her worldly possessions, Emma takes off for Scotland with nothing but her burgeoning travel blog to confide in.
But as she scours the country’s rolling green hills and crumbling castles, Emma discovers that in searching for her own Jamie Fraser, she just might find herself.
Finding Fraser is the first book I have read by K.C. Dyer. I looked at it many times last year, but wasn’t sure about it. I finally decided to give it a try. I loved the idea of this book. I am a huge Outlander fan of the books, and the Starz series. While I feel that parts of this story was cute, and entertaining, parts of it seemed to drag a bit. I really wanted to love this book, but I couldn’t. I liked it.
Emma Sheridan is approaching her 29th birthday. She has an unsatisfying job, and ex cheating boyfriend. She is looking for something more in her life. So what is a girl to do? She sells everything she owns, minus her clothes, and her laptop, and buys a ticket to Scotland to find her own Jamie Fraser. Makes sense, right?
“I haven’t told you the whole truth. I’m not just a normal tourist. I’m here– well, I’m chasing a fugitive… A fugitive from the past. A ghost. A person who has never existed, but is so real that I believe he must be here somewhere. Here for me.”
I was cheering Emma on when the story started. I am sure there have been many woman (yes, grown women) at some point in their lives that just wanted to sell everything they own, and run off to Scotland to find their our own Fraser. As Emma’s journey gets started, she starts a blog to document her travels in Scotland. Before she even gets on the plan to fly to Scotland there are a few mishaps, which were entertaining, and fun.
“You can’t start ticking things off your bucket list when you don’t even own a bucket.”
Once arriving in Scotland it’s her plan to travel the route that Claire traveled in Outlander. There are a few references in the book to ‘what would Claire do.’ She would not have done any of the things that Emma did. Along the way Emma meets a few shady characters, and some great people. I like that the author described the places that Emma was visiting in Scotland (Inverness, Fort William, and the Wallace Monument). I also enjoyed the descriptions of each standing stone sites that she explored.
I did not like Hamish, Emma’s newly found Fraser. Hamish just didn’t do it for me. He was childish, shallow, and only concerned with ‘getting to California’. I felt that this part of the story dragged a little bit. I did however like the secondary characters that Emma met along the way, Jack, Morag, and Gerald. I wish that the author had added more interaction between Emma and her ‘happily ever after.’
“Ye have to love yersel’ first, Emma. My greatest regret is that I walked away from Willie without chasin’ him down and showin’ him what he’d lost. I’d hate tae see ye make the same mistake, lassie”
Through parts of the story I felt like I was reading about an 18 year old girl on her first Spring Break away from her parents. Emma’s actions, and the some of the things she said just were not those of a grown woman. All in all this was an light and entertaining read, and was written very well. It was a story of self discovery, finding love where you least expect, and of course lots of talk about James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
If you like Jamie Fraser, Scotland, and reading about about self discovery then this book is for you.
I received a free eCopy of this book from the Publisher through NetGalley.com in exchange for my honest review. You can read my Disclosure Policy here