Book Review: Finding Fraser

I discovered the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon last summer and read all eight of these heart pounding, tear inducing, fabulous novels over the course of a few months. 
If you have not read them, I encourage you to do so….life will never be the same once you are introduced to Jamie Fraser; the tall, redhaired hero of this series.  Jamie is also referred to as The King of Men.  ( once you read it, it will all become clear!)

Today's book review is a fictional account of a woman who goes to Scotland to find her own Jamie Fraser! 

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In Finding Fraser, Emma Sheridan, who is about to turn thirty, decides she has had enough of bad relationships and mediocre existence. She sells everything she owns -including her hair straightener, starts a travel blog and books a flight to Scotland. There, she plans to retrace the steps of Claire, the Outlander heroine and find true love along the way. 

Of course the path of true love never runs smooth. Obstacles and mishaps find Emma and while searching for true love, she just may find the missing part of herself. 

This book is a treat for an Outlander fan.  The chance encounter Emma has with Herself ( the honorary title for the authoress of Outlander)  is especially noteworthy. 
The locations I had come to love are revisited in modern times and still have a charm to them. I have been wondering if travel agencies book these kind of tours maybe lead by a man in a kilt?!

 Finding Fraser is a fast paced, enjoyable read; perfect for the weekend!

 

Book Review: The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

Midafternoon found me wandering around my local library in search of something new to read.  I decided it needed to be fiction with romantic comedy tones, something I had never read before and a new author would be nice.

You would think I would walk away empty handed with a list like that. Because how do you pluck all of that out of thin air?

I don’t know – But, somehow I did!

I can now say that I have read my first Nora Roberts novel. Actually, I have read my first Nora Roberts series.  A new to me author, she is no newbie to the publishing world- she has more than one hundred books published! 

February being the month of love and all things romantic I picked out the title: Vision In White, book 1 in the Bride Quartet. I read this charming book over the course of a weekend. I then powered through the entire series in no time at all.

The Bride Quartet series tells the story of four childhood best friends. Growing up they would play “Wedding Day” over and over. This game develops individual talents in the four girls.
Entering adulthood they turn this “game” into a thriving Wedding Planning business called Vows. Each character uses their talents in a different aspect of the business.

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Book 1 focuses on Mackensie ( Mac) Elliot the photographer
Book 2 is about Emma Grant the flower bouquet maker
Book 3 centers on Laurel McBane the cake maker
Book 4 tells about Parker Brown who is the business master mind.

But these books are not only about work!  Love does find each character in a special way even while running a business.  These stories all build on each other and the characters are well developed and entertaining.

I highly recommend these books for a weekend where light, romantic reading is just what you want.  The only downside to them is that you will want cake, and not ordinary cake, but a delicious three tiered kind of cake while reading!

 

Weekend Reading for the Downton FANatic

I would never consider myself a Downton Abbey fanatic. 
I am most definitely a fan of normal proportions.  I have my favorite characters and I set aside Sunday nights when the season starts. 

But knowing that this is the final season I have been a bit more curious about all things Downton Abbey.

Enter my recent book findings perfect for the Downton fan or the FANatic.

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 A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey:  This book is separated into months of the year. Each month focuses on a different area of life at this large estate. Under the chapter is also a spotlight on an aspect of the filming of Downton Abbey.  The book is filled with beautiful photographs and even a recipe or two. 

A Year of DA

 Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey Just like it says on the cover, this is the backstage pass to the set of Downton Abbey! This book is loaded with photos of the actors, props, costumes and the set.  Along side these photos are the insider how to's with a smattering of the actors thoughts. A great read for those fans who want to know how Downton Abbey is produced.

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 The World of Downton Abbey This book is like revisiting the show in book form. It has a storyline quality to it.  Again, great pictures of the actors and the set. It also included bits on how the designers came up with or how they produced the look and feel of the time period.  My favorite bit of this book was the quotes by the characters.  These really gave the book a Downton-ish quality that I enjoyed.

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 Last but not least is-  The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook:   This book is filled with yummy sounding recipes. A mix of traditional English  and Downtonesque recipes featuring characters names.  I have not tried any of these recipes yet, but I am mulling over the idea of a Downton dinner for the last episode.  Hmmm, or would a tea be better?

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It is pointed out that this book is an Unofficial cookbook.  I wonder if an official one will come out by Masterpiece or Carnival? Hint, Hint to the powers that be….oh and add pictures!!

These books have kept me entertained and will keep me entertained as I enjoy this last season of Downton Abbey.

Have I missed any good Downton books?

 

 

 

Fiction Fill Up

It had been gloomy and raining off and on here for four days!  When more of the same was forecasted for the following weekend, I made a decision.

To stop at the library for a fiction fill up!

I randomly selected two books from the new arrival table. One was a tried and true author, the other I liked the cover and the title-it looked promising.

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The third book was a recommendation, so I pulled that from its place on the library shelf.

All three turned out to be worthy weekend reads!   Here is what I thought about each book.

Ladybugbook

A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball.

Three middle age best friends are ready to make a change, do something different.  So they uproot themselves from comfortable homes and lives and move into a rundown, in need of TLC home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 
The story follows the friends through a year at their new home with all of its ups and downs.

This was a charming story!  I was ready to call my favorite gal pals and suggest moving to a rundown antebellum home.  Then decided I would enjoy it more through the pages of a book. 🙂

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The Marriage Season (The Brides of Bliss County) by Linda Lael Miller

This is the third installment from a series called The Brides of Bliss County. It did not impede my enjoyment or understanding of the book even though I jumped in at book three.

This is a cute romance novel set in today’s time.  I have enjoyed Linda Lael Miller books for years, especially her historical romance novels.  I can safely read her books knowing that all will end happily. 
This novel was no exception.

Happinessbook

This book was chosen based on its cover and title.  I had never read anything by this author before…but I will in the future!

Happiness for Beginners: A Novel by Katherine Center.

I read this page turner, cover to cover in one sitting.  Well, there might have been a snack break, but you know what I mean.

Helen Carpenter is in her 30’s, divorced, and wants to pull her life together or at least change something.
What do you do when you want to change something?  You sign up for a survival course in Wyoming of course! Even if you are not outdoorsy!

Enjoy the journey Helen takes as she learns what it means to be happy and understand herself in a whole new way.

 

Happy Reading!