- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (March 30, 2010)
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
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.
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