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Review: Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer



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“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.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Emma Sheridan has left her job and decided to travel to Scotland by herself.  She has sold off her old life and is trying to make a fresh start against the wishes of her family.  Yet she feels she needs to do this.  She is determined to find her Jamie from the Outlander book. She decides to blog her adventure.  She also maps out her trip to match Claire’s.  She isn’t sure what she will do but her end result is her highlander.
She sets out on a bus to New York, stopping in Philadelphia to meet Her!  Her is the author of The Outlander.  After humiliating herself in front of Her, Emma meets some colorful fans and another writer.  Once she makes it to Scotland and she officially starts her search, she is determined that nothing will stop her, not even her sister.
Of course nothing goes as planned.  She helps search for ghosts with another new friend.  She is robbed then adopted by an entire town.  She even comes face to face with her Jamie.  Then reality sets in and nothing is as it seems.
I love the idea of this book.  The main character takes off to explore Scotland in search of her hero when in fact she is searching for herself.  The friends she meets along the way add to the story.  In fact I’m a bit jealous about how she is accepted in Nairn.

I also like how the author uses Emma to show her expectations of what Jamie is doesn’t translate into real life.  It was fun to watch as Emma got caught up in the illusion that her favorite author created.  It was a fascinating read.  The author centered her adventure around another book by another author.  Awesome idea.  I did however want to smack Emma on more than one occasion.  If I didn’t like the idea of the story so much I probably would have stopped reading it on account that the main character drove me nuts.  She was a complete basket case and beyond na├»ve for a twenty-nine year old woman. Ugh!  I could hardly read some of the scenes.  Anyway with that in mind I give this book a 3.5 out of 5.




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