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Finding Fraser

by K.C. Dyer

Rated: Moderate

Though this novel isn’t a sequel, it references another novel so much that readers who haven’t enjoyed the first one won’t appreciate this as much. In Finding Fraser, American Emma Sheridan has been disappointed in love, but she has found a perfect match in Jamie Fraser, a devoted and manly Scot. Unfortunately, Jamie is a fictional character, the star of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels. That doesn’t deter her, however, from deciding to sell everything she has and fly to Scotland, where she intends to trace the path of Claire, the heroine of Outlander, and try to find her own Jamie.

Just getting from her home city of Chicago to New York, where she will get on an airplane to cross the Atlantic, is adventurous. She meets some interesting people, including a nice Scotsman who is a writer (but who, apparently, is taken), and even Herself, Diana Gabaldon, at a book signing. Of course, those meetings include embarrassing things on her part.

All the while, she blogs about her experiences, collecting a few followers.

She makes her way around Scotland, making some friends and continuing to hope to find her Jamie.

Emma’s story is pure entertainment. Fans of Outlander will likely enjoy following along in her footsteps and having another opportunity to armchair-travel through Scotland. The book is a lighthearted romp. A couple of plot points were glaringly obvious to me as the reader but somehow never occurred to Emma, which bugged me a little but didn’t take away too much from the fun.

Rated: Moderate, for a couple of uses of strong language and then five to 10 uses of heavily accented strong language that just don’t seem the same when written so differently. There are a handful of crude sexual references and an implied sex scene with no details, and some kissing.


(I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Finding Fraser
  • by K.C. Dyer
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Fiction
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