By KC Dyer
Category: Women’s Fiction | Romance
Penguin Random House/Berkley (reissue)
May 03, 2016 | 368 Pages
E-Book Feb 26, 2016 | 368 Pages
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
“Jamie Fraser would be Deeply Gratified at having inspired such a charmingly funny, poignant story—and so am I.”—Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series
Escape to Scotland with the delightful new novel that readers have fallen in love with — inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series.
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.
This is an interesting break-out series from an Outlander fan: the whole story is a relationship between the blogger and her world, and to some degree with the commenters to the blog. The story takes us along on the blogger’s physical and emotional journey. In a way it is about this character’s life imitating art, or trying to find a way to get into one’s favorite book. She meets a lot of unique people along the way. Every reader knows the feeling of wanting more, wanting the book world to be yours or to have the characters come to life.
There is an unexplained paranormal event, but I don’t think it was paranormal, but it was left up in the air so who knows.
I enjoyed the idea of facing one’s fears, and going out on a quest for love. I know a lot of women and men who do search for their special someone. Only they just go to a bar, or out with friends, or to church, searching for someone to love and with only the generalized ideal mate in their mind.
After 33.5 years of marriage I can tell you that the ideal mate does not exist. What you may find in a quest, however, is a real mate: someone as special and as imperfect, as wonderful and flawed as you are.
I thought the characters were fairly interesting, if, for the most part, caricatures. Emma seems young for 30; somewhat disassociated from life, friends and society. I am not sure what she planned for life other than working as a barista, which is fine unless one was not satisfied, and she was not. But, at 30, divorced, and unemployed, she has nothing to lose by taking a risk.
Actually, if it doesn’t kill her it could only make her stronger and more focused.
I also loved all the little trips, within the larger journey, as well as the story being absolutely non-pedantic in relaying historical notes and facts.
I did get confused, however, on whether it was Claire and Jamie or some combination of OUTLANDER and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. In my eyes it was more about the P & P basis than it was about OUTLANDER.
Still, I enjoyed reading the book, and couldn’t find much in the way of inconsistencies. It’s a fun read for any OUTLANDER fan. I do think it would be better to read after reading OUTLANDER though.
BOOK SITE: http://findingfraser.com/the-book/