Saturday, March 20, 2010

Jeffrey Stepakoff; Fireworks Over Toccoa




  • ARC
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (March 30, 2010)
  • Synopsis




Every so often that story comes along that reminds us of what it’s like to experience love for the first time—against the odds, when you least expect it, and with such passion that it completely changes you forever.
An unexpected discovery takes eighty-four-year-old Lily Davis Woodward to 1945, and the five days that forever changed her life. Married for only a week before her husband was sent to fight in WWII, Lily is anxious for his return, and the chance to begin their life together. In honor of the soldiers' homecoming, the small Georgia town of Toccoa plans a big celebration. And Jake Russo, a handsome Italian immigrant, also back from war, is responsible for the elaborate fireworks display the town commissioned. But after a chance encounter in a star-lit field, he steals Lily's heart and soul—and fulfills her in ways her socially-minded, upper-class family cannot. Now, torn by duty to society and her husband—and the poor, passionate man who might be her only true love—Lily must choose between a commitment she's already made and a love she’s never known before.
Fireworks Over Toccoa takes us to a moment in time that will resonate with readers long after the book’s unforgettable conclusion. A devastating and poignant story, this debut novel will resonate with anyone who believes in love





My Review
  Lily was young and a free heart stuck in a high society. Paul is Lily's husband who is away at war. While he is away Lily stumbles upon Jake a pyrotechnic. Reflecting back on the book I don't know if Lily was ever really ready to be married. Instead of taking action and getting the house in order when her husband was supposed to return she was dancing with air.  Being married myself I couldn't help but feel a pang of disgust at her choices.  Even after all that I still LOVED Lily's character. She was free and at heart a good person. I am a firm believer of don't judge a person by their worst or best moments in life.  I couldn't help but compare this to the bittersweetness that was in the Titanic.
   The plot never became tedious. It kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed that the book was written in our time era but went back to tell a wonderful tale.  Fireworks Over Toccoa was really memorable. I doubt I will forget this one. I do recommend this, except for the faint hearted.




You can check out more about the book and Jeffrey Stapakoff here!

26 comments:

bookaholic said...

Well I can't say that I find the plot lovely but the cover certainly is!!

Melissa said...

Love the cover and your review...sounds like a great read :)

Kristin Rae said...

Hmmmm... definitely don't like the idea of cheating, but since he's Italian, I may look into it! ;)

Milli said...

Love the cover, I'll look into it:]

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Nice review, this cover is really sweet!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds lovely. Great review :D

bianca_riot said...

Loving the cover, the plot has made me quite curious, im sure i could enjoy it. great review :)

Charlotte said...

I'm not sure this one is for me--I tend not to like "devestating" books!

Giada M said...

I like the storyline and cover. Definitely a book to check it out!

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elizabeth said...

This book sounds really interesting. Thanks for the review. I think I would like this book. :)

InABox said...

I'm not partial to books about possible infidelity, but if approached in the right way (and it sounds like it is), it might make for an interesting read. Nice review!

Alex said...

Haven't heard anything about this, but think I will pick it up!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

The cover is beautiful and the story sounds intriguing. :-)

Katy said...

I hate to admit this, but I totally judge books by the cover.. I can't help it. And this cover just looks like it wants to be read. Your review pushed me more in that direction too. I'll have to check it out.

Samantha said...

It's a good thing I have a Barnes and Noble in town lol. I have to go find this book and the other two this weekend! It sounds so good!

Angelia said...

This sounds soo good! Everyone remembers the butterflies from their first love! I can't wait to read this!

EVA SB said...

This looks great and I must recommend it o my mother as it is set in her favourite time period.

Brodie said...

You had me at the Titanic reference (I love Titanic!). Actually, you had me at the cover! This sounds great. I am definitely going to give this a read!

Brianna Bruce said...

This is a unique concept for a novel. I think I'm going to want to read this!

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Erika said...

this sounds like an amazing book! i love interesting, poignant plots, so i'm really hoping to read this one. and the cover is beautiful! i know books shouldn't be judged by the cover, but this one was so nice i wanted to read it just after seeing the cover image

Amy J - Book Addict said...

I have this book, but my mom snagged it before I could read it! It reminds me to get it back from her! LOL

Amy J
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Tina said...

Owwww... the cover is LOVELY! And the plot too! I love this first-love experience books :)

ChickLitGirl said...

The cover is beautiful, and the story seems magical! Thanks for the review.

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

Great review! The cover to this book is beautiful *swoons*

Readerly Person said...

Oh, that's lovely... It seems sweet and wistful. This one is a nice change of pace from the YA paranormal I've been into these days.

- Rebecca
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