Finding Fraser by KC Dyer – BECKY’S REVIEW

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WHY I READ IT

After reading a couple heavy, emotional books, I was ready to read something refreshing. I was also ready for Outlander season 2 (I had a serious case of droughtlander) to start and Finding Fraser by KC Dyer seemed like the perfect solution.

WHAT I RATED IT

5 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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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BECKY’S REVIEW

How many times have you read a book and just completely lost yourself? How many times have you read a book and fell in love and wished that you could find your very own Jamie Fraser or a Mr. Darcy or… (insert favorite book boyfriend here)? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve swooned over a fictional man and wished that he existed in real life (mostly when I was single, before meeting my husband). How many times have you wished that you could just pack up and start over? Would you ever willingly go off looking for the real-life embodiment of your favorite book boyfriend? Emma Sheridan has the courage to try.

The best thing about Finding Fraser by KC Dyer is the heroine Emma Sheridan. I’m always reluctant to call female main characters a “heroine” because most of the time, I find nothing heroic about them. But Emma Sheridan truly earns that title. She is brave and courageous. She admits that she has no clue what she’s really doing, but her ingenuity gets her through each trial and tribulation. She is quick to think on her feet whenever a problem arises. And she doesn’t give in easily. There were countless times when Emma could have easily given up her quest to find her very own Jamie Fraser and return home but she doesn’t. Her naivete gets her into some sticky situations (like having all of her belongings, including contact lenses, stolen after she befriends another traveler) but even at her lowest point, she doesn’t admit defeat. I truly loved her tenacity and willingness to persevere.

KC Dyer’s writing is also wonderful. She weaves a masterful thread of humor throughout the story, which keeps everything light and yet, she still draws her readers in with emotionally charged scenes. Several times I found my chest tightening, tears starting to form, only to find myself smiling and laughing a moment later. While Emma is the main focus, KC Dyer creates a hilarious group of supporting characters. There’s Emma’s sister Sophia who is constantly begging her to return home and stop bringing shame to her family, a southern gentleman who is also looking for his own Jamie, and the father/son duo who run the coffee shop in Scotland where Emma works. They are all there in some way to help Emma in her journey and they each contribute to its eventual outcome.  

The resolution of this story is slightly predictable. I had it pegged fairly soon but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that even though this is appears to be a story about a woman in search of love, it’s really about a woman who ultimately falls in love with herself. This is a story about finding yourself, finding your passion, and finding your purpose. At the beginning, Emma didn’t have a purpose or even a path; she was floundering. Her adventure gave her something to focus on and in the end, brought her more joy than she could have ever imagined. If I was in Emma Sheridan’s position – single, thirty, no real career – then I’d probably be more than willing to sell all of my worldly possessions in order to travel the globe in search of my Jamie Fraser (or, in my case, Edward Fairfax Rochester. Or just Michael Fassbender) and myself.

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