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Francesca and Sarah ride horses, enter a county car race, learn to fly airplanes and become local detectives when they accidently get entangled in a century old mystery and soon learn how the town: Lost Nation got its name.
If like a great love story, light suspense and old fashion adventures with some WWII post war history, you will love this book.
It is the story of a summer in 1947. The summer that Sarah is nine and her father has won a trip to Paris for himself and her Mom, leaving Sarah and her grandmother, Francesca, at the farm alone.
Francesca, not Grandma, or Nana, just Francesca. Elegantly beautiful, educated and way ahead of her time Francesca is the perfect best friend for Sarah over the summer. They swim, spend rainy afternoons in the attic, rescue a little red mutt....even rescue a neighbor or two.
Soon after they are left to themselves, the Sheriff stops by to report that a prisoner has escaped from a local prison, an arsonist, and he is heading there direction. The Sheriff's brother, Matt, in town recuperating from a plane crash, is enlisted to stay at the farm, to help protect the girls. As if Francesca needs protecting!
The writing is easy and smooth, much like a summer evening. There is warmth and music, humor and love in every line of this book. The characters are well developed, real and lovable. Grab a glass of lemonade, go sit in the rocker on the back porch, listen to the crickets and settle in for a fun trip!
The story is told through the eyes of Sarah, who is Francesca's 9 year old grand-daughter. The summer is spent at 59 year old Francesca's home in a small village town in Iowa. Sarah ends up there for the summer when her father wins a trip to Paris.
The book is a good, old fashioned, clean story. Perfect for all ages, completely appropriate for all. In the current day and age, it is hard to become a successful author when you do not fill up your books with curse words and sex scenes. `Francesca of Lost Nation' is a refreshing read in contrast to the popular modern books.
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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.
`Lost Nation' of the title is an Iowa town, the setting for this post WW II memoiresque story of a summer to remember. From the opening lines, written by the narrator - 10 year old Sarah who is staying with her 59 year old grandmother Francesca - the author's style of writing is set: `I write of a morning in Eden ... or, more precisely, in Lost Nation, Iowa in June of l947. A pale melon of sun peeked over a strand of rolling hills and, safe and sleepy in my bed, I could hear our red-shouldered hawk calling to its mate. It was another sunrise, a heavenly first-of-summer dawn of the most memorable year of my childhood. Adventure awaited me. The ancient oak down the hill beyond the weathered split-rail fence begged a climbing. I could also hear the cool depths of the fishing pond whisper my name. But first, the aroma of sweet cornbread, just done, tickled my nose. All other plans would have to wait.' Sarah has met her match and her heroine in Francesca and the two spend a summer of adventure that sparkles with atmosphere, irresistible fun, romance, a bit of danger, and a flock of new adventures of a young girl under the caring and loving tutelage of the feisty Francesca. There is a beautifully sculpted romance between Francesca and a recently injured pilot Matthew Mosley who imbibes too much, has poor manners, is suspicious of relationships, and has a mysterious past who lands at Francesca's Home Farm: neither expects it but a flame of attraction is ignited. Sarah Is aware of Francesca's reputation in the small town of being a secretive character - a no-nonsense pragmatic pioneer woman (with a penchant for adventures and fun) and the events of the summer unfold like a carnival of highs and some lows that bond these two inimitable characters for life (and unfortunately life for Francesca is not eternal as we learn near book's end).
What Lucinda Sue Crosby has created is a hefty slice of mid 20th century Americana that blooms like an armful of lilacs. Were there more books of this nature we all might just recall how important and precious is our heritage instead of seeing only the souring of the American dream we are witnessing at present. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, April 14