Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer #BookReview
So first off, I’ll just break the ice here by confessing that I have not read Outlander, and I still enjoyed this story. So, no, you don’t need to be a Jamie Fraser fangirl to dig Finding Fraser. That said, I probably missed a lot of the subtext and references, so fans of the series will definitely find some extras in the story.
Where do YOU go when your heart is broken?
This is not a rhetorical question.
Some people hit the bar. Some throw themselves into their work. Some just leap into the arms of the first non-homicidal-looking person they find.
Me? I go to the bookstore.
Two things immediately resonated with me as a reader when I started this book:
- The narrator (main character) is an avid romance reader (Yay, kinship!)
- She’s also a blogger (More warm, fuzzy feels! Oh honey, how I sympathize with you about post comments, both the lack of them from real followers and the abundance of them from spammers!)
So. yeah—it turned out the commenters on my blog had all been bots. When I checked back, there wasn’t a single voice of support for my adventure. Nor a single vote of dissent, if you come right down to it.
But that’s okay. I don’t need external validation. Something — something larger than me is guiding this journey.
Little things in this story leave a big impression. Emma is slightly sarcastic and a little neurotic. I felt a connection to her immediately but found some of her journey frustrating. Finding Fraser is more of a fictional romantic adventure in self discovery than an actual romance. Yes, there is a love interest, but he’s not the point of the story. The whole motivation for Emma’s journey is the idea of her own Jamie, her quest for the perfect man. The root of that yearning is not really a man but happiness overall, and the story reflects Emma’s underlying drive.
Finding Fraser has some laugh-out-loud moments and some oh-my-god-girl-what-are-you-thinking! ones. I really wanted to see her true love interest make more of an appearance in the story, but I also understand that he wasn’t the point of the story. That’s where this book lost me a little. While, yes, it kept me engaged and entertained, Finding Fraser is not a typical romance, and that’s what I (for some reason, despite the fairly clear blurb) went in expecting. I don’t usually read finding-yourself stories because I’m past that point in my life, but readers who still yearn for their perfect match, who carry great wanderlust and fantasize about just getting away and starting over, will love this story. Especially fans of the Outlander books!
I loved the characters in Finding Fraser. Even the passing minor ones are infused with unique culture, originality, and personality—a difficult achievement in a story with so MANY characters who share a common nationality. And the accents…brilliant! I rarely had to try to imagine what a speaker sounded like, the accents are so well presented on page. Even variances within the Scottish language (by region and class) are easily differentiated. And Emma’s own voice begins to smoothly transition from American to hybrid Scot, so much that by the last half of the book, I was reading her in my head with an accent.
I don’t want to say too much more about the story and the men in it, to keep from accidentally spoiling the adventure, but if you are jonesing to travel, if you dream about finding your own Jamie Fraser and would happily follow Claire’s Outlander map around Scotland, Finding Fraser is definitely the story for you!
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