Sometimes searching for true love can be a little...Outlandish.
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.
At 29, Emma Sheridan's life is a disaster and she's tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There's only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?
Kathryn - 3 Star
At first, Finding Fraser did not grab my attention. I think the start of the novel could have been shortened and made more concise as Emma’s pre-trip tour around the US did nothing for the plot except make her seem a bit desperate. I also found it a little seedy in some moments which was a feeling that did not really transfer to the Scotland part of the novel. I didn't really like Emma at all until she got on that airplane. Until that point I thought her mission (and she) was nuts which did nothing to help me like her and I couldn’t work out if the popular character she was seeking was in her mind a real person or a romanticised hero. The super-fan situation was irritating.
Saying all of that I found myself liking the novel once she got to Scotland. There was something about her voyage of discovery that was honest and the format of the vacation/love blog was great. It also added something new to have the comments from readers on her posts. As she pursued her mission I began to like her more, there was more warmth or character development as we progressed and I was intrigued to see how the plot would play out. I was also more invested in her relationship with her sister at home (who was in the novel solely by her comments on Emma’s blog posts and emails).
The “love” portion of Finding Fraser was a fun, a bit silly and frustrating at times but I did find the link between them to be believable. It was sweet in the end.
Thank you to Penguin Random House for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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