Jun 22 2018

Review for The Lost Queen of Crocker County: A Novel by Elizabeth Leiknesr

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review for The Lost Queen of Crocker County: A Novel by Elizabeth LeiknesrThe Lost Queen of Crocker County: A Novel by Elizabeth Leiknes
on July 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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For fans of books like THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND, a feel-good story of going home again to get things right.

Crocker County crowns a new Corn Queen every year, but Jane Willow's the one you would remember. She can't forget Iowa, either. Even though she fled to LA to become a film critic years ago, home was always there behind her.

But when a family tragedy happens, she's forced to drive back to Crocker County. The rolling farmlands can't much hide the things she left behind: the best friend she abandoned who now runs a meatloaf hotline, the childhood front porch that sits hauntingly empty, and that fiasco of a Corn Fest that spun her life in a different direction.

Before Jane can escape her past a second time, disaster strikes, and she will have to find a way to right her mistakes and save herself from her regrets. An unflinchingly love letter to the Midwest that unfolds through a celebration of movies, this ferociously endearing novel brings home the saving grace of second chances.




Jane Willow left home and became a pretty well known movie critic. When she gets a devastating phone call, it wasn’t a question that she needed to go back “home”. The place she swore to never step foot in again. But when it comes to family, it’s what you do.

I found Jane to be quite refreshing. She is blunt, feisty and reviews her movies with tenacity and no holding back. But going home brings out a different side of her. It means she will have to deal with the tragic accident as well as whatever made her leave in the first place. What caused her to leave the place she grew up in? What caused her to never look back? Those are the questions we learn slowly about.

The setting of the small town, True City, Iowa, where everyone knows one another in some way or another. Either family and friends of family and friends of friends. I really enjoyed the small town setting, it reminded me of the town we live in. The townspeople were just amazing, especially Charlotte. The best friend that Jane left behind all those years ago.

The movies being woven in throughout this was a bonus to me, I liked seeing her take and how they played a part in her going back home. Jane’s story had plenty of sad moments of loss and heart break that brings tears to your eyes, I know it did mine. But it also some laughable moments as well.

The biggest part of this that I enjoyed so much was that this is a story of self forgiveness and redemption. I think fans of contemporaries will enjoy this one.




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12 Responses to “Review for The Lost Queen of Crocker County: A Novel by Elizabeth Leiknesr”

  1. Sophia Rose

    I don’t usually gravitate toward books that have the potential to make me cry, but sometimes they are just the thing. I do love ‘coming home’ stories. The movie review element sounds fun. Thanks, Jenea! I’ll have to look this one up.

  2. verushka

    A movie critic? I love this — and that movies are so interwoven with the story! Awesome review, Jenea — you never cease to intro me to new books!

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