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Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer #BookReview

 

 
Overview
 

Author: K.C. Dyer
 
Title: Finding Fraser
 
Genre(s): Women's fiction
 
Release date: February 26, 2016
 
Publisher: Berkley
 
Length: 368 pages
 
Heat level: Very low
 
Review copy provided by: Publisher, in exchange for honest review
 
Reviewer recap: Emma Sheridan sells everything she owns to finance a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Scotland, on a mission to find her very own Highland warrior like Jamie Fraser. What Emma finds is the adventure of her life, learning some valuable lesson in trust, dedication, and self-worth along the way. This is a romantic coming-of-age story first, and a true romance second. Fans of the Outlander series will adore this creative tribute to Jamie & Claire.
 
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Writing style & finesse
9.0


 
Originality
9.0


 
Authenticity
9.0


 
World-building
8.5


 
Character development
8.7


 
Likeable/relatable characters
8.8


 
Plot tension
8.0


 
Flow & pacing
8.3


 
Heat &/or sexual tension
7.5


 
Total Score
8.5
8.5/ 10


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Bottom Line

Finding Fraser has some laugh-out-loud moments and some oh-my-god-girl-what-are-you-thinking! ones. I really wanted to see Emma’s true love interest make more of an appearance in the story, but I also understand that he wasn’t the point of the story. This is a romantic finding-yourself story, steeped in Scottish wanderlust, and any readers who still yearn to find their perfect match and fantasize about just getting away and starting over will love this story. Especially fans of the Outlander books!

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Posted May 15, 2016 by

 
Full Review
 
 

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:

  1. The narrator (main character) is an avid romance reader (Yay, kinship!)
  2. 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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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


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