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Fireworks Over Toccoa Paperback – March 15, 2011
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't finish it. The plot was just too schmaltzy for me. The author laid on the flowery romantic prose much too thick. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ruth Bain
Sweet story. If you like Nicholas Sparks, you will love Jeffrey Stepakoff.Published 20 months ago by Debbie Johnston
I enjoyed this book of love and love lost . Jeffery Stepkoff was a new author to me and i enjoyed it very muchPublished 23 months ago by Barbara C. VanBurger
Very predictable and a very easy read--no critical thinking necessary. This book reminded me too much of The Notebook.Published on August 17, 2014 by Ariel Barker
Lily's husband is on his way home after being away for over 3 years fighting in WWII when she meets Jake Russo, the guy sent to Toccoa to set up the fireowrks display for the 4th... Read morePublished on June 24, 2014 by Shuffy2
Fireworks Over Toccoa was a mixture of Bridges of Madison County and The Note Book for me. It's the story of an elderly woman and her secret love affair during WWII in 1945. Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by BLS59
This isn't your normal run-of-the-meal romance novel. It outlines real emotions and thoughts that most are afraid to touch. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by CarolinaCassie