Francesca of Lost Nation
By Lucinda Sue Crosby
Genre: (an old-fashion) Romantic Suspense
http://amzn.to/1pPmvXN – Paperback
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.
Post WWII 1940’s in the small hamlet of Lost Nation, Iowa – Francesca of Lost Nation tells of an adventurous summer of nine year old Sarah and her grandmother. Francesca of Lost Nation is an absolutely lovely story. I was delighted with the narrative and characters from start to finish. I found myself envious of Sarah and Francesca’s relationship, having lost my grandparents at a very young age, I was cheated out of the great pleasure of grandparents.
The setting sets the tempo. You feel the friendliness of the era as well as the closeness of the community of Lost Nation, Iowa. You are fed a plate of Americana with its warmth, serenity, laziness all acutely palatable . The relaxed atmosphere causes the reader to slowly take in Cosby’s well crafted words and loving cast. A wonderful glimpse into yesteryear.
Francesca is a woman clearly ahead of her time. She’s determined, independent, fearless, loving, regal and magical. She exemplifies the meaning of grandmother. Her bits of wisdom and full on grace leave you awestruck. Her love and relationship with Sarah is nothing less than beautiful. Sarah a young girl completely taken with Francesca, acutely aware of the unbreakable bond, is quite unique herself. She absorbs all the wisdom her grandmother bestows upon her as if she were a sea sponge. Their interaction, unspoken connection and love tugs at your heart and creates a longing for a relationship of that magnitude, you too will suffer pangs of envy as well as contentedness.
Cosby crafts a narrative with extreme foresight as we witness the surroundings from the lens of a tender, innocent nine year old girl. The narrative is not exclusively targeting the bond between the two main protagonists, rather, encompasses much more. A coming of age story, breaking down barriers, examining various interactions and relationships, love. Both females grow, face highs and lows, most of all evolve.
I was thoroughly entertained and absorbed by the story, however, the one area serving as a small let down was the ending. To clarify – the ending is great as it is. However, it felt a bit abrupt and rushed. Crosby conceived a narrative with the ability to continue. Having the correct ingredients with characters and a flexible narrative, I am hoping she continues by expanding with Francesca of Lost Nation. I’d certainly feel privileged to learn of Sarah’s future as well as her family, or perhaps the destiny of the other players. Basically the storyline is too well formed with boundless potential to call it quits.
Author Info 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.