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Francesca of Lost Nation: A Romance Adventure Novel [Kindle Edition]

Lucinda Sue Crosby
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Book Description

A Must Read Novel – a light romance

Winner of Four Literary Prizes / Author selected as one of “50 Authors You Should be Reading” by The Authors Show online media outlet

This family saga is “funny at times and filled with little pearls of everyday wisdom, it is as much a romantic suspense as it is a perfect little capsule of a time gone by. It is a book about love of all kinds - between grandmother and child, between child and dog, between man and woman.”

Here's a little about the story:

When a mysterious man named Matthew appears in the small Iowa town of Lost Nation, his sudden arrival raises questions about his past. Quiet with an apparent taste for rum, Matthew makes it clear he doesn’t want to make friends. He isn’t too pleased to be dropped off at Home Farm where the independent and eccentric Francesca doesn’t accept bad manners or booze binges.

Matthew doesn’t want to form personal ties and intends to move on as soon as his damaged leg from a recent plane crash heals. But a series of events draw him into reluctant relationships: One with the feisty Francesca, the second with her 10-year-old granddaughter Sarah.

In spite of her own reservations, Francesca finds herself falling for this brooding pilot but his past looms between the pair and what neither knows is that Sarah, Francesca's 10-year-old granddaughter, has encountered a stranger of her own ... leading to a climatic confrontation that will put her and her grandmother’s life in danger.

There are plenty of eccentric characters, including Francesca who is quirky and full of secrets – she keeps the town gossips busy. There are some dramatic family dynamics that cause tension and uneasiness at times. Because the story is told through the wide-eyed 10-year-old Sarah, this romance mystery is humorous at times too.

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The tale takes place in late 1940s Iowa in an Urban community. It is a family saga with romance, drama and suspense. Enough of each genre to keep the reader engaged. This romantic novel has women leads and heroes, but surprisingly the literature has appealed to a lot of men too. Judge for yourself.

But more than that it is about days long gone - post WWII in rural Iowa where people pulled together, worked hard and respected structure, honor and duty.

The story also hints at the sentiment of the time about family bonds. You can see it especially between the friendship of Francesca and her granddaughter. The young girl drawing and learning from the wisdom and experience of the elder.

Here’s a couple noteworthy quotes from the book:

"Happiness is a treasure, Sarah, especially someone else's. It is therefore civilized behavior to think carefully before you set about spoiling it." (p. 27)

"It's a terrible thing when you discover something truly important about someone you love only after they're gone." (p. 90)

As a side note:
Fans of the movie Pretty Woman will be interested to note that this romantic suspense novel is penned by Pretty Woman actress Lucinda Sue Crosby who had a role in the runaway love film of our times, as one of the Olsen twins.

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About the author:
Lucinda Sue Crosby is a Kindle Bestselling author of four books. She is a former Hollywood actress of “Pretty Woman” and “Beaches” fame. But she is best known for her writing resume: Nashville songwriter, award-winning journalist and commissioned poet. In addition, she is an award-winning environmental writer and author.

This novel is based on the author's real grandmother who was a car-race driver, poker player and known to have the best legs in the county.

Editorial Reviews


Lucinda Sue Crosby is the most talented writer I have ever worked with. Her words touch the heart and allow the reader a glimpse into her soul. You'll find yourself enticingly drawn into her novel experiencing a rare intimacy with the characters as well as feeling a connection to the author. --Gary Mule Deer, comedian, entertainer,musician

Throughout one's lifetime, it is such a rare thing to meet someone who is truly unique and brilliant. When you do, you know your life has been touched by greatness. I am so grateful to have met such a person, named Cinda the Songwriter, over a decade ago. I have had the honor and privilege of vocally interpreting her beautifully crafted stories. Do yourself a huge favor and take a moment to explore her heart and life experiences while basking in the warmth and glow of her handy work. --Renee Martin, Christian recording artist

I loved the book. --Garry Marshall, Hollywood Icon, film director, author

About the Author

Lucinda Sue Crosby is an International Kindle Bestselling author and award-winning journalist and environmentalist as well as a published and recorded Nashville songwriter. She's also a former film and television actor, professional athlete and sports commentator. Lucinda Sue has always had a love affair with the written word.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: LuckyCinda (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MGKA5Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love beckons in all shapes and sizes January 23, 2011
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Francesca of Lost Nation by Lucinda Sue Crosby is set in the early 1940s post World War II in a small village in Iowa. It is the story of one adventurous summer which nine year old Sarah spent with her grandmother, Francesca. Francesca is a 59 year old feisty woman with ideas which are well ahead of her time and Sarah is a precocious little child wise beyond her years. The two share an unusually close relationship. When Sarah's parents set sail on a cruise to Paris, Francesca and Sarah have the farm all to themselves. That is when all their adventures begin and that summer becomes for both Sarah and Francesca the most memorable summer of their lives. Learning to drive a truck, finding a lost mutt, an encounter with an arsonist, a strange but beguiling man called Matt Mosley who comes to live on their farm and ends up charming both Sarah and her Grandmother are only some of the things that happen on Main House and Home Farm that summer.

Francesca of Lost Nation is a story on many different levels. It is a coming of age story. It is a story about relationships between different people where barriers of age and conformity are broken down. Francesca learns to let go of her past and falls in love with a man far younger than herself. Lucinda Sue Crosby writing from the perspective of a nine year old child deals with these relationships with remarkable sensitivity. When Matt comes into their lives, little Sarah remarks with a foresight far beyond her years, ` ...something closed -down in Francesca began to bloom again" as she realises that her beloved grandmother has found true love with a man that they had both initially disliked so much. The nine year old girl is confused and a little sad.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one great read May 16, 2010
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Francesca of Lost Nation is one great read. Lucinda Sue Crosby is a master storyteller. She weaves the tapestry of her story from quirky characters, heartfelt encounters, and a childlike innocence. Can't wait for her next one!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and great characters! January 5, 2011
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I was sorry to have this story end--I didn't want to put it down and enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. And the characters would be fun people to know!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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This book reminds me so much of my own Grandma. She was Adventurous, Loving, Caring and quite DARNING. I wanted the book to go on and on. She is gone now, I miss her and wish my Children and Grandchild had had the HONOR of meeting her. Love you always, Grandma

I am looking forward to the next book by this author.
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One of the most memorable characters I can remember: Francesca, the grandmother of nine-year-old Sarah, the book's narrator. Theirs is a grandmother-granddaughter relationship like no other: more friendship than generational, yet without any pretense of being the same age. Francesca is a free spirit, a unique woman in her own right, although she is at home on the small farm in Iowa where the bulk of the story takes place. A lovely tale....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Meaning of Love February 9, 2012
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Every so often you run across a book that grips your heart and puts you in a place you never want to leave. This is one of those wonderful but rare works. I can't recall a book that has meant so much to me.
In todays world the word 'relationship' has turned into a very shallow, non-committing term. This was not the case with Francesca and Sarah. Their 'relationship'
defines love. Love that is rarely granted to anyone.
For the author to share that love, I'm sure was not an easy task. You will live the lives of these two souls through good times and bad. You will be introduced to their friends and families in a manner that will make you long to be there with them.
Just a beautiful, well written book that will tug on your emotions long after you tearfully turn the last page.
I read a lot of books on war, mans' cruelty to other men, and sometimes disturbing
events of history.
Whatever your taste in reading, leave it behind for a spell and enter the world of a love that never ended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Francesca was like my mother . . . January 4, 2011
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I was young in 1947 and author Crosby captured my remarkable mother in her tale of Francesca. Marie Gorman spoke with Francesca's terse confidence and generous love. Lucinda Crosby also included the peripheral sounds and scents that carry her memory most strongly. This is a singular achievement for an author. It was a delight to witness the development of character as she gains a life that one begins to recognize, quite beyond the confines of the narrative and into a very personal theme. I have been blessed over my year by associations with many truly remarkable women. Crosby's Francesca is now the latest of them. Very nice going, Lucinda Sue Crosby!
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When I was a kid, my mother gifted me with the "The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The adventures of this pioneer family intrigued and charmed me--the development of Laura, her honest character, her desire for achievement, her romance with Almanzo Wilder--were all synonymous with the, at that time, quintessential Americanism of which every idealistic child strived. To a very real degree, Lucinda Sue Crosby's "Francesca of Lost Nation" embodies that same sense of depicting American life in a small town after World War II with the same sense of adventurous integrity.

Francesca of the title prides herself as being a pursuer of the unconventional. Ahead of her time, she disregards the stereotypical profiling of women by cultivating her own very special and specific identity. Her granddaughter Sarah, whose first person narration tells the tale of one transitionally paramount summer, loves her fiery personality with a ferocity that anchors her firmly within the nurturing yet non-stifling security that can only jump start her growth and burgeoning personality in the most positive of ways.

Sarah has always known that Francesca is a "character" in the straightforward way she handles family, friends and the neighbors in the small town of Lost Nation. Nonetheless when her father the wannabe writer Daddyboys, wins a trip to Paris through a travel magazine and her parents go off for a summer of European exploration, she discovers that her grandmother is not just the intrepid tomboy willing to embark on any and all escapades dear to an almost ten-year-old's heart.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a cute book
Francesca of Lost Nations is set in the 1940s, following the life of Sarah and her grandmother, Francesca. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hanny
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible story that will keep you glued to your Kindle
There was so much I loved about this story. I was instantly drawn in and fell in love with Sarah and her grandmother. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chelsey McQuitty
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story
I really liked the characters, the plot and the author's writing style in this book. While reading this story I could see a mental movie in my imagination about how Matthew and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrii
5.0 out of 5 stars How we finished each other’s sentences and knew each other’s...
Francesca of Lost Nation by Lucinda Sue Crosby is a 341 page family saga. It has a companion song, thirty-eight chapters and discussion questions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LA Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Francesca of Lost Nation- A Simple Heart Warming Novel
Francesca of Lost Nation is a simple and beautiful book that warms your heart. The author has written the book in an autobiographical manner and she remembers to throw in hints at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Life
A family saga, wonderfully written so that it totally catches the reader's attention. The action takes place during a time I never knew, but always loved reading about - between... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Agatha Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This book was a great read. I love how the story was told from a young girl's point of view who is named Sarah. The book focuses in on Sarah's grandmother Francesca. Read more
Published 2 months ago by arky
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful romantic adventure
I love romance that is set in the past so that I can experience a bit of history as I am entertained along the way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TrishFLReader
5.0 out of 5 stars This book caused me to curl up in my reading chair and stay there. I...
I usually read non-fiction but loved my time with Francesca Of Lost Nation. It's been a long time since I cried through the final pages of a book.
Published 2 months ago by Mimi Monahan
5.0 out of 5 stars this touched my heart
So much of this feels like it should have been my story! I feel a kinship to both Francesca and Sarah.
Terrific reading.
Published 3 months ago by Diana Broome
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More About the Author


Lucinda Sue Crosby is an Amazon bestseller, award-winning journalist, Nashville songwriter and commissioned poet. She is also a former Hollywood actress and professional tennis player.

Crosby has had a love affair with the written word since she was a little girl. Her writing passions have led her through a number of writing careers and numerous writing awards including being selected by in 2011 as "One of 50 Authors You Should be Reading."

Her novel, Francesca of Lost Nation, is the winner of four literary prizes and has been a Kindle bestseller in various categories of Romance Fiction.

Crosby has also authored two other Kindle bestsellers:

The Adventures of Baylard Bear - a story about being DIFFERENT which is a Children's Fiction with an adoption theme for ages 6 to 10.

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All her books are available in paperback or on Kindle.

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