Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blog Barrage - Francesca of Lost Nation by Lucinda Sue Crosby

Welcome to my stop on Lucinda Sue Crosby's Blog Barrage for Francesca of Lost Nation.  Please be sure to leave a comment or question below for Lucinda to let her know you stopped by.  You can use the Rafflecopter form below to enter her tour wide giveaway of 3 Print Copies of “Francesca of Lost Nation” (US) and 5 Kindle copies of "Francesca of Lost Nation" (Int). Contest ends Nov 20. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  You can follow the tour here, the more often you comment, the better your odds of winning. 


Francesca of Lost Nation
by Lucinda Sue Crosby
Published by LuckyCinda
244 pages (Paperback & eBook formats)
Historical Romantic Adventure 

Heat Level: Sweet

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

“Funny at times and filled with little pearls of everyday wisdom, this book is as much a romantic thriller 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.”

Romantic Adventure Book suitable for all ages!

This book is about an unconventional 59-year old woman, Francesca, and her resourceful 10-year old granddaughter, Sarah, who share the adventures of a lifetime over the summer of 1947 in Lost Nation, Iowa. Together, they enchant barnstorming pilots, wow Clinton County Fair attendees, conquer the skies, confront an escaped arsonist, discover how Lost Nation got its intriguing name, and eventually demonstrate to one another the greatest truth about love.

Anyone who loves their grandmother will enjoy reading this Romance Fiction about family, friendship and strong women.

First three chapters available:

“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 Kindle Bestseller and 2011 Winner by TheAuthorShow of “50 Authors You Should be Reading.” In addition, Crosby is a Nashville songwriter, commissioned poet, award-winning journalist and prize-winning author. Her novel, Francesca of Lost Nation, has been on the Kindle International Bestsellers list in Romance categories and has won four literary prizes.

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My Review:

Both a second chance romance and a coming of age tale, Francesca of Lost Nation by Lucinda Sue Crosby is sure to please  a varied crowd.  With likable characters, a criminal mystery and a town with a quirky history, Ms. Crosby captured my attention and never let go.  Taking place right after the end of World War II, the author captures the emotional and cultural temperament of a country recovering from war.

Beginning as the recollection of an adult Sarah, we learn about her life growing up at "Home Farm" in Lost Nation, Iowa.  Living in a house which houses three generations, Francesca, Sarah's maternal grandmother, her parents and herself, Sarah keeps busy during the summer by helping both her mother and her grandmother with their daily tasks.  When Sarah's father, whom she calls "Daddyboys", wins an all expense paid trip to Paris for two, Sarah and her grandmother "Francesca" find themselves spending the summer alone.  

As Francesca, a woman near 60 years of age, and Sarah, a ten year old girl, spend the summer together they discover their strong bond being tested by the events which take place.  Ms. Crosby did an excellent job providing us with the widely different viewpoints of two characters with vastly different ages and experiences.  As they spend time together, Sarah receives lessons about her family and the town that she calls home.  When adventure comes calling, both Sarah and Francesca will have to decide just how far they're willing to go.  

With an arsonist setting fires in nearby towns, an airshow which comes to town, and a man who comes to live on the farm and run "Daddyboys" shop while he's out of town, Francesca and Sarah spend a summer together neither will ever forget.  

Will Francesca take a chance on love with a younger man?  Will Sarah realize her family and the memories of that summer will be the best she'll ever have?  You'll have to read Francesca of Lost Nation to find out.  I really enjoyed reading this story and I think you will too.  I know I'll be looking for more of Ms. Crosby's books to enjoy!

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  1. I love the concept for this book. My grandmother raised me and I thank God everyday for having her in my life and for everything she gave & taught me.

    Definitely going on the TBR!

  2. Well that just seems like a great book starting from the title ;)