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Francesca of Lost Nation: Lucinda Sue Crosby [Book Review & Sponsor Spotlight]

Francesca of Lost Nation by Lucinda Sue Crosby

 Francesca of Lost Nation by Lucinda Sue Crosby

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. 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

Lucinda Sue Crosby

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! 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 (click to purchase and download music too!), Amazon for Kindle, Barnes & Noble for Nook, or check 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





My name is Nicole Napolitano and I am a full-time professional parenting blogger and work-at-home mom of two adorable and vivacious children (boy - 6 & girl - 2.5). I decided to develop MamaNYC in 2010 shortly (1-month) after transitioning from work-a-holic Internet marketing pro to the shoes of a stay-at-home mom (bored!). As a dedicated business manager for over 9-years, I was determined and positive that I would once again be a successful business woman -- whether or not I had a diaper bag tagging along! I am a New York City native, but relocated with my husband and our two kids to sunny Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. Leaving everything behind was scary, but it's time to make new memories. My interests include web design, Internet marketing, product development and research, SEO, movies, friends, and spending time with my family.

6 thoughts on “Francesca of Lost Nation: Lucinda Sue Crosby [Book Review & Sponsor Spotlight]

  1. Thank you for reviewing this book I wish I had read it before the holidays…but I will purchase and give it to my sister who I know will love reading it.

  2. I know what you mean about dreading the end of a book! I love their adventures and want to know how they dealt with an escaped felon! I never lived close enough to either of my grandmothers to have spent much time with them but I have had some older women friends and been interested in their stories.

  3. Lucinda Sue Crosby, a jack, or shall I say jill, of all trades! I tend to enjoy reading books that are set in or around the time of either one of the world wars, and this sounds like one that i could really get into. I appreciate an author that can truly paint a picture with their words. Thanks for your insight on this book 🙂

  4. Lucinda is a very talented woman and a great role model for girls of all ages. Thank you for this review. I’m going to pick up a copy for myself. 🙂

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