Lucinda Sue Crosby, former Hollywood actress (Pretty Woman, Beaches, Frankie & Johnny, and more), has recently published Francesca of Lost Nation, which has most recently won three literary awards. Lucinda is also known as a recorded Nashville songwriter, professional athlete, award-winning journalist, commissioned poet, and winner of various environmental awards. Plus, she is also Roy Roger’s Goddaughter, which is just another perk to her already fantastic resume of experience and qualifications.
Francesca of Lost Nation is the story of a 59-year old woman and her granddaughter, Sarah, during the summer of 1947 "with the wounds and sacrifices of World War II still too fresh in everyone’s minds". The story is set in a small village called Lost Nation, Iowa. We are introduced to these characters and learn of their close friendship as best friends.
This story is told from Sarah’s viewpoint as she spends her summer with her grandmother. Her parents have won a trip to Europe and she will gain a great deal of knowledge, experience, and understanding while staying with her grandmother, Francesca. As a young woman that considers herself to be especially close and best friended with her own grandmother, I found this story to be remarkably heartwarming, close-to-home, and impressive.
LuckyCinda.com Book Description: "Unconventional, daring and intelligent Francesca, and her resourceful 10-year old granddaughter, Sarah, embrace the adventures of a lifetime over the summer of 1947 in Lost Nation, Iowa. Together, they enchant barnstorming pilots, wow Clinton County Fair goers, confront an escaped felon, conquer the skies, discover how Lost nation got its intriguing name and demonstrate to one another the greatest truth about love.
Lucinda Sue Crosby’s writing style is extraordinarily descriptive. I have never felt so close and connected to the characters in a book as with Francesca of Lost Nation. Crosby leads the reader through a barrel of emotions as we are taken through the summer adventures of Sarah and Francesca. They learn the truth about love and develop a deeper understanding of one another, which are opposite in age. Sarah is only 9-years old (going on 10!). We discover that although Francesca was once Sarah’s age, it seems we need help remembering life at that age.
Prior to picking up Francesca of Lost Nation, there was a bit of doubt and uncertainty. I was unsure if I would enjoy the book, but decided to give it a try after reading wonderful reviews on Lucinda Sue Crosby’s writing style. I am pleased that I decided to give it a try, but eventually I found myself unable to put the book down (which is good!). The storyline was captivating and I felt as though I was related to the characters and knew them for years. It is rare to find a writing style that captivates the reader at such a wonderful level of attention. Only a small handful of authors can captivate my attention so well that I can barely hear a bullhorn being blown in my ears. Lucinda had my attention after the first page and I was so sad to finish this book in
This book is one of those memorable stories that you will take on with you as life goes on. So many stories are forgotten, but Francesca of Lost Nation is one of those books that will stand out in your memory. I’ve already shared this book title with several of my friends (and suggested to my neighbor as a book for her Book Club next month!). There aren’t many of these that we come by in our lifetime. I wouldn’t pass up Francesca of Lost Nation and would highly recommend this book as a gift giving idea as well for the book lover in your life!
Learn more about Lucinda, Francesa of Lost Nation, and other products/music available at LuckyCinda.com! You can also read the first FIVE chapters of the book, which is a great way to kick off your reading of Francesa of Lost Nation with a running start!
Buy It! Francesca of Lost Nation can be purchased on LuckyCinda.com (click to purchase and download music too!), Amazon for Kindle, Barnes & Noble for Nook, or check SmashWords.com for all ebook formats.
Win It! I am pleased to announce Lucinda Sue Crosby will be sponsoring MamaNYC in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop which will begin at midnight, November 17th! Only a few more hours until you can enter to win your own copy of Francesca of Lost Nation!