As you might know I had to buy my own Christmas presents this year and there are certain benefits to that such as finally getting some of the Outlander related stuff I have wanted for so long but been reluctant to buy for various reasons. One of the things I got myself was the book “Finding Fraser ” by KC Dyer.
The outline was really good and caught my attention immediately: “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 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.” – KC Dyer “Finding Fraser”.
This taps right into many Outlander fans’ secret dream (and mine as well) that it might be possible to find a man the like of Jamie Fraser. Not necessarily a man looking like him but a man with a high moral code, a good sense of humor, caring for and protecting his loved ones, and trying to do the right thing – at least most of the time. A man who will love you for who you are despite your flaws. Basically this shouldn’t have to be so hard but it is a fact of modern life that around every half of all marriages end in a divorce, so many of us must be doing something wrong. But that is another post entirely.
Emma Sheridan, the protagonist of the book, is 29, fan of Outlander, unemployed and without a boyfriend, so she decides to go to Scotland and find a Jamie of her own. “But for now, I’m sipping bitter tea – just like Murtagh would make it! – and grinning like a fool at everyone who passes. I’m here. In the land of Jamie Fraser. I love it already.” (page 67).
We follow all of her ups and downs on this life changing journey and I must admit that I found it quite interesting and very entertaining as well, especially since the Outlander story plays such a big role in the book. “I swung my pack up onto my shoulder and turned toward my bike when I saw a light bobbing between the Cairns. I dropped behind one of the stones like a ninja, all thoughts of the return trip to Inverness gone from my brain. The light must have come from somewhere behind the center cairn, because I could see the shadow of one of the standing stones nearby.” (page 126).
It is really well written, has lots of humor and some interesting characters as well. Some of the storyline is a little predictable but that didn’t make it a less enjoyable read for me. I read a lot of different books and sometimes I just need to be entertained without having to ponder life’s mysteries and this book is a very pleasant light read. It made me laugh and even though Emma sometimes doesn’t think things through or even acts a bit stupid it’s not worse than Outlander’s Claire and her actions, some of which made me want to yell at her.
All in all I really recommend this book, especially to fellow Outlander fans who will truly appreciate the historical places visited by Emma and the Highlander ghost reference among other things.
Have you read the book? Leave a comment as to what you thought of it.