Have you ever been such a fan of a book or series that you wanted to visit the places mentioned in the story? For Emma Sheridan, those books were the Outlander series and, most particularly the first book, Outlander. In an effort to shake the feeling that her life was going nowhere, Emma decides to travel to Scotland, retrace Claire's steps, and find very own Scotsman:
I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He was older than me. He was taller than me. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.—Finding Fraser by K. C. Dyer (Berkley paperbacks, 2016)
That he was fictional hardly entered into it.
- Setting: modern times, set mostly in Scotland
- Circumstances: Emma, wanting some adventure in her life, decides to travel to Scotland to visit the places made famous by the Outlander books--and to write about her experiences on her blog. The trip is nothing like she imagined, of course: Although she sees beautiful scenery and makes good friends, she also meets a thief, has some mishaps, and gets sick. But will she succeed in fulfilling her true dream of finding a red-headed Jamie all for herself?
- Characters: Emma, a huge Outlander fan; Sophia, her sister who advises against the trip; Susan, a fellow traveler; Jack, a novelist who starts following her blog; other men and women Emma meets on her travels
- Genre, audience: light women's fiction
- General thoughts: This is a quick, fun read; you don't really have to be an Outlander fan to enjoy the story, but you'll connect to Emma and the places she sees more readily if you are. I laughed a little and thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel. It may be a little predictable, but it was a very pleasant way to spend a few hours.
- Recommendations: Perfect for anyone who loves Outlander or is looking for a book to while away a lovely spring afternoon. Pack Finding Fraser in your beach bag or read it on the plane as you fly off on your own adventure--even if you aren't going to Highlands.
Thanks to Berkley Books, I'm able to offer one of my readers with a USA mailing address a copy of K. C. Dyer's Finding Fraser. All you have to do to be entered for a chance to win is to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via a random number generator on May 5. Once the winner has been confirmed and his or her address has been passed along to the publisher, I'll delete all personal information from my computer. Good luck!