Francesca of Lost Nation

Romance, General Fiction, Classics

By Lucinda Sue Crosby

Publisher : LuckyCinda

ABOUT Lucinda Sue Crosby

Lucinda Sue Crosby
Lucinda Sue Crosby is an award-winning author, journalist and environmentalist. She is a recorded and published Nashville songwriter and a former Hollywood actress. She's also a former professional athlete and sports announcer. Currently she resides in the Mojave Desert with her dog, Pooki More...


An unconventional, spirited and unforgettable 59-year old woman and her 10-year old granddaughter embrace the adventures of a lifetime over one magical summer in 1947 small town 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.

Francesca of Lost Nation is Fannie Flagg’s full-blown characters and quirky inhabitants smack dab in the middle of post-World War II America. Based on a flesh and blood woman, the title character, Francesca, will sweep you up in the sheer wonder of being alive. You’ll laugh at her stubborn streak and shake your head at the decades-long sibling rivalry she finally brings to peaceful terms with sister Maude.  

You’ll understand the loving kinship between Francesca and granddaughter Sarah that spans generations, rediscover the importance of sharing while alive and be reminded that love endures even after death. This is an adventure that every grandmother and granddaughter will want to share.

The most significant impacts on the person I am now – on my views, my dreams, my value system, the spiritual and physical me – were created by my grandmother, Frances Ella Pittstick Mendenhall and the most incredible canine companion imaginable, Babe the Wonder Dog. This novel gives me a chance to share the two great treasures of my life with others. And it keeps their memories warm and glowing in the forefront of my mind’s eye. Here’s the Trade Last: I got to recreate my father into a character any little girl would adore. That has proved to be more important now than when I began this literary journey 15 years ago.

Throughout the story, readers will get to know the woman the author adored and admired – optimistic, outspoken, gracious and full of life.

The Observer, DeWitt, Iowa


I couldn’t put it down.

-         Pat Farris,  Publisher, News Review


Heartfelt and honest, this story is sure to become a classic.

- review


This was such an inspiring book to read. Makes me strive to never slow down my drive to live life to the fullest.

-         Barnes and Noble Review


Women will love this new novel, “Francesca of Lost Nation.” This is one great story!

-         Barnes and Noble Review


 “I loved it!”

Gary Marshall, Hollywood icon