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Fireworks Over Toccoa by [Stepakoff, Jeffrey]
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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran television writer Stepakoff breathes new life into a familiar plot and setting in his debut novel. Lily Davis Woodward, once a headstrong, independent dreamer, acquiesced at age 17 to her wealthy parents' wishes and married Paul Woodward, the perfect high society Atlanta husband. Two weeks later, Paul ships out to serve on the European front, and Lily tends the home fires until the summer of 1945, when Lily, about to see her husband for the first time in three years, meets Jake Russo. The pyrotechnics man, who's planning the fireworks for the local July 4 celebration, spurs Lily to wonder whether her life is what she really wants. Sparks predictably fly, and after several passionate days, Lily is torn between what's expected of her and the chance to pursue an exciting and adventure-filled life. For sure, forbidden love's been done to death, but Stepakoff's spellbinding descriptions of Jake's unusual line of work and the lush countryside of northern Georgia, the unexpected plot twists, and a surprise ending give this story plenty of oomph. (Apr.)
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Television writer Stepakoff, author of Billion Dollar Kiss (2007), turns to fiction with a sweet, nostalgic tale set at the end of World War II. The daughter of a prominent family in Toccoa, Georgia, child bride Lily Davis Woodward hasn’t seen her husband, Paul, since he was shipped off to war three years ago. She is now nervously anticipating his return, until she comes across a handsome stranger named Jake setting off fireworks in a lush field. The chemistry between them is explosive, and before long, Lily finds herself showing Jake the secret abandoned cabin where she goes to create her artwork and entering into a torrid affair with him. Lily is predictably torn between love and duty, and wrestles with her desire to be with Jake and her fear of upsetting her genteel parents and the husband she barely knows by running away with him. Pleasant if not groundbreaking, Stepakoff’s fiction debut should appeal to readers who liked The Bridges of Madison County (1992) and other tearjerkers that celebrate forbidden but passionate love. --Kristine Huntley

Product Details

  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DX0HZ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In large pot add one part "The Bridges of Madison County", two parts "The Notebook", cover with Coca Cola and sprinkle with one heaping teaspoon pyrotechnics. Consume in front of a crackling fire with a bottle of your favorite wine, keeping tissues handy in case of overflow.

Author Stepakoff has crafted the perfect book. I was so riveted by FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA that I stayed up half the night reading. I won't describe the plot because the product description has already done that. What I will do is rave about how engrossing the characters were, and how gripping the plot, and how deep the heartache is in this fine little book which is destined to be a national bestseller. It has all the ingredients of a hit movie, as well.

The only drawback that I could find was one lengthy and overly graphic love scene, which may somewhat limit the scope of the reading audience. I know I would think twice before passing it on to, say, one of my mother's friends. And I most definitely would not want to be the high school teacher suggesting that his students read it, although I know they would LOVE it.

That said, the rest of the book is flawless. One will laugh, cry, think, and ponder their life's choices while reading FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA. Read this book as soon as you can get your hands on a copy. It's that good.
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This was a really good story but I like to save my 5 Star ratings for the top books. I would really recommend this book and am glad I read it. It was a real page turner! The story starts out with the present life an older woman who I think is 80 years old. She finds, in a museum, a "mystery" item that only she knows about that has been incorrectly identified in the museum as an item from WWII. She tells the story of her life to her neice, who is with her, and the museum leader. The story goes back to prior to WWII but mainly immediately after WWII when the soldiers are coming home. The story takes place in this small southern town. She is married to a returning soldier that she has only known for a relatively short time and only been married to few weeks. He is one of the returning soldiers and she has not seen him in over 3 years. She meets a man that is there to do the fireworks display for the 4th of July celebration. The story is basically about following your heart or doing what is expected of you. You don't find out what the mystery item is until near the end! Romance and mystery in one book is a great book!
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Let's see, I read this because the author is coming to our local Sr. Ctr soon and I wanted to be familar with his writing.
There is so much that is so southern from the southern girls do not sweat but rather glisten to all the references to Coke, the national soda drink in the South.
In many ways it is a romance novel and truly if I did not know that the author was a man, I would have thought a woman wrote it. There are many delicate moments in it. Lily's mom, Honey, is so typical of many southern mothers I met when going to college in Charlotte in the early 60's and Lily reminds me of those college gals of the time. Lily's dad is distant but can read her like an open book. Does he see himself in her? Jake also reminds me of a typical nothern guy of Italian descent. Knew them too.
This is a good read with a good point and brought me to tears.
Only negative is that if you live in Cleveland, OH you do not go to Lake Michigan to fish, you do it in Lake Erie.
Enjoy a nice read with good details.
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I just finished reading "Fireworks Over Toccoa" by Jeffrey Stepakoff. This is the first book he has written, although he has been a successful playright for many years.

The story begins in the present time, and takes the reader back to the 1940's, right when America entered WW2. The setting is in Toccoa, a small city outside of Atlanta, and the story focuses on the life of Lily Davis Woodward.

Lily's father, Walter Davis, is a Coca Cola executive, and the family is considered very prestigious in their small town. Lily married very young, and her mother, Honey, has many expectations involving Lily's marriage. Lily's husband to be, Paul Woodward, is an employee of her father's, and was considered to be a good match for Lily.

Soon after Lily and Paul's wedding, Paul was sent overseas to help fight in WW2. Lily was left at home, like many women in those days, to set up their house and to contribute from home to the war effort. The sense of pride to be an American was deftly woven through this story.

Shortly before Paul is due to come home, a little over three years from the date he left, a family owned fireworks expert comes to town, to put on the grand 4th of July show for the members of the community. Lily hadn't remembered ever seeing a fireworks show, and in that day and age, the material used to make the colorful fireworks displays was needed for the war effort.

When Lily has a chance encounter with Jake Russo, who is in charge of the show, Lily learns all about the art of making fireworks, and her life changes forever.

I won't describe any more of the plot, as I feel it is best left for the reader to discover.

I feel that there was more that I liked about this story than what I didn't like.
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