26 April 2016

Review & Giveaway: Finding Fraser by K. C. Dyer

Review: Finding Fraser by K. C. DyerHave 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.

That he was fictional hardly entered into it.
Finding Fraser by K. C. Dyer (Berkley paperbacks, 2016)

Quick Facts
  • 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. 
The Giveaway

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!


Karen and Gerard 4/26/16, 6:09 AM  

I never read the Outlander books; think I'll pass on this one.

rhapsodyinbooks 4/26/16, 6:35 AM  

I have a review of this also coming up some time or other. I really wanted more about Outlander though. (Well, I suppose that's a sick-fan thing to say, LOL)

sjhigbee 4/26/16, 7:12 AM  

This sounds a bit of fun - an ideal holiday read:). Thank you for a thorough, articulate review. My TT this week is a new take on an old story.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 4/26/16, 7:44 AM  

I don't think this would be a "me" book especially since the Outlander series was a collection I passed on.

Daryl 4/26/16, 8:15 AM  

i love the Outlander series .. even when some of the books aren't all that and a bag of chips they still entertain .. like Mr Martin, Ms Gabaldon owes us a book (or two) .. meanwhile i could get some enjoyment from this giveaway should i be the lucky number!

JoAnn 4/26/16, 8:55 AM  

Sounds like a fun book for Outlander fans.

Kathy Martin 4/26/16, 8:56 AM  

I haven't read Outlander but can identify with the sentiment. Unfortunately, I'd have to travel to Barrayar or Surebleak to meet my fantasy heroes. My teaser this week comes from The Witch with No Name by Kim Harrison. Happy reading!

bermudaonion 4/26/16, 8:57 AM  

I know so many people who would love this book!

Amanda 4/26/16, 9:07 AM  

This one sounds awesome! More so BECAUSE I've never read Outlander - the last time I read a book about a person obsessed with a book I loved, I hated it, so I'd rather let this one persuade me to read Outlander than the other way around, haha!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian 4/26/16, 9:15 AM  

Sounds like a fun read! I'm going to recommend it to the Outlander fans in my book club.

Laurel-Rain Snow 4/26/16, 10:04 AM  

I haven't read this series or seen the show...but it does sound like a good one. The idea of visiting fictional characters' settings reminds me of how much I wanted to see Anne Shirley's world in Anne of Green Gables.

Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “LIES & OTHER ACTS OF LOVE”

Sandra Nachlinger 4/26/16, 11:32 AM  

Even though I haven't read the Outlander books, this story appeals to me. I like the idea of the character's quest.
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Shawnee Goodnight 4/26/16, 12:27 PM  

I loved the Outlander series and this book sounds like fun. Fingers crossed for winning a copy.

Nise' 4/26/16, 12:32 PM  

I love the Outlander series. I have reread and re-listened many times and look forward to this book.

Margot 4/26/16, 1:32 PM  

The opening paragraph sounds very sweet. I mean that in a good way. Hopefully the book matches my expectation.

Heather Fineisen 4/26/16, 4:47 PM  

I have this book to review and I think it sounds fun. Enjoy!

Tina 4/27/16, 6:31 AM  

I am a fan of the Outlander book series, not so much the tv series. Looks like a fun light read.

Jasmine Jones 5/5/16, 5:20 AM  

Anyone who has planned a trip to Prince Edward Island hoping to meet Anne (with an e), or taken their child into the tube station looking for half a platform knows a reader's wistful longing to meet a much loved character. Or at least stand where they once stood. Finding Fraser is a tribute both to Diana Gabaldon's creation.. but to that secret desire of every reader to find themselves, someday, between the covers with their favorite character.

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