A BODACIOUS READ!!!
Once in a while a novel emerges that defies genre classification, thus confusing readers who shop for specific content. Unfortunately, those readers often overlook an outstanding story that could lift them to another level. I’m not dismissing genre classification because it’s how most people choose their next title (myself included). I’m simply saying readers sometimes bypass a good novel if it’s not within their search criteria.
I believe Francesca of Lost Nation is such a book. It’s touted as “old fashioned romantic suspense” but what it contains is so much more.
The tale revolves around Sarah, a precocious nine year old and her grandmother, Francesca, a larger-than-life free spirit who infuses the child’s life with countless adventures during one summer together. Amid the eccentricity, family relationships, new relationships and underlying element of danger emerge little nuggets of wisdom like, ““Happiness is a treasure, Sarah, especially someone else’s. It is therefore civilized behavior to think carefully before you set about spoiling it.”
Set in post war 1947 in a rural hamlet of Iowa, Ms. Crosby presents an accurate description of the era as well as the location, adding zest with an array of colorful characters. It’s a simpler time but the emotional polarities are the same i.e. joy and sadness, confidence and insecurity, courage and fear, love and loss.
The deep connection between grandmother and grandchild is indisputable in this coming of age story. It reminds me of similar titles such as To Kill A Mockingbird but the subplots are not quite as dark. This fearless duo adopts a lost dog, rescues a physically and emotionally damaged pilot, discover a town secret and dodge a vicious arsonist. Dotting the subplots are car races, plane rides and overcoming old hurts.
I’m urging you to go beyond your search for paranormal, fantasy, historical, contemporary, women’s fiction, mystery, erotica . . . or whatever genre you typically read and give Francesca of Lost Nation a try. I honestly think there is something in this captivating saga for everyone. Keep a box of tissues nearby. You might need them.
RATING: Easily 5 stars
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FRANCESCA of LOST NATION
Francesca of Lost Nation
Lucinda Sue Crosby
Genre: (an old-fashioned) Romantic Suspense
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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.
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.
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.