Published by Berkley Trade on February 26, 2016
Genres: Adult Fiction
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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?
Finding Fraser is about a 29 year old woman in search of her real life version of Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series. Her journey takes her and her savings to Scotland for what I was hoping would be an epic tale of romance with men in kilts. Unfortunately though, it felt more coming of age, a journey of self discovery if you will. I didn’t get the humor or the romance. Maybe it was just me?
The writing is superb. I’ve struggled with this sentence for several minutes. Can the writing be superb and the story not? Can I say the writing is superb and still give it 3 stars. What is a 3 star rating. Well for me the answer is yes. Did I like the story? For the most part it was enjoyable. Did I enjoy the plot? In the beginning, yes. Is the writing itself fluid? Absolutely yes. Was the romance on point? Uh no. Did it feel like a 29 year old single woman on a jaunt to Scotland looking for a man? No not really.
There is so much description of Scotland, it’s towns, it’s people, that I kept forgetting the story was a romance. There is little to no romance in it. Maybe if you count the very end of the book. There is no sizzle no spark. Maybe that’s my issue. I felt a little let down. I was expecting one thing and got something else. The something else wasn’t bad per se it just wasn’t what I wanted or thought I was getting. I was bored at times trying to find the good bits. There were things I felt lacking in the story. For instance the relationship between Emma and her family. She takes off to a foreign country and barely speaks to them. She, one time, emails her sister. At 29 I would expect more. ANYTHING could have happened to her! At 29 I wouldn’t have expected a more “real” version of Emma. I felt like her character read as a 19 maybe 20 year old. She comes across extremely naive and a bit deluded.
Scotland though sounded charming. The side characters definitely give the story life. It was fun reading about some of Emma’s interactions with the locals along her journey. I just wish the story had tied in better to what it was selling as a romance.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*