Fireworks Over Toccoa Paperback – 15 March 2011
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312673515
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.73 x 19.05 cm
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312673512
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (15 March 2011)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
"An impressive debut." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A super emotionally charged love story." --RT Book Reviews
"Read it in the tub." --Redbook
"A luminous love story that readers won't soon forget, Fireworks Over Toccoa transports you to another time and place. It is at once heartbreaking and triumphant--an affirmation of love in all its forms." --NYTimes bestselling author, Emily Giffin
"Fireworks Over Toccoa pinches the heart, telling a poignant tale of love and loss, of making choices and letting go. Lily and Jake's passion shimmers from the pages, enveloping the reader in their private kudzu-covered world. With carefully-crafted characters, a lush and very real setting, this is a not-to-be missed book. Move over Nicholas Sparks!" --Karen White, award-winning author of The House on Tradd Street
"Fireworks Over Toccoa literally explodes with life. Its insights about place and love versus duty are as sharp as an eagle's eye. I absolutely loved every character and hated for their story to end. Kaboom! A brilliant first effort from Jeffrey Stepakoff! Congratulations!" --Dorothea Benton Frank, NY Times bestselling author of Return to Sullivans Island
"Fireworks Over Toccoa is the poignant recollection of a young woman's coming of age and finding love, set against the vivid tableau of small town America during the Second World War, Stepakoff skillfully crafts a remarkable tale of fate and chance, choice and consequences, rewarding readers with a mesmerizing experience." --Pam Jenoff, International bestselling author of The Kommandant's Girl and Almost Home
"Fireworks Over Toccoa is a terrific story--moving, whimsical and original, a real page-turner destined for the big screen." --Joanne Harris, International Bestselling author of Chocolat
"An unexpected love affair of Lily Davis, a WW II bride, is brilliantly portrayed by Jeffrey Stepakoff. Filled with suspense and surprise, I couldn't put it down. As dazzling as the fireworks which brought this war-time couple together, their passionate love affair is spellbinding. I was mesmerized to the last page!" --Marjorie Hart, National Bestselling author of Summer at Tiffany
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In my opinion, the story was good, but not fantastic. Because of my connection to Toccoa, I'll keep my copy of the book, but will not be reading any more of Stepakoff's books.
I continued to think I would find something, just one negative thing, because this book couldn't really be this good and finally, towards the end, I knew it was going to be a bit too predictable (which isn't even the worst thing I can say about some books) and then BAM! my whole predictable ending was shot down, as well as a chance of finding a flaw in the story. This was truly a lovely, delightful and delicious story. It made me want to sit down with a Coca-Cola in a bottle and watch some fireworks.
I love that the story came about after Stepakoff began research for a TV pilot that never came to be. The characters were so real, and I was so lost in the story that I forgot to wonder which parts of the story were actually real.
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.
Although the author did an excellent job of engaging the reader emotionally, there were several paragraphs that I found hard to read because they were basically one, long run-on sentence.
I liked the story, and was introduced to new thoughts regarding what it must have been like for many war brides during this difficult time in our nation's history, having world-wind romances that end quickly by separation and then everyone changes.
Lily's husband Paul, leaves for war after them being together for just three short weeks. He's gone for three years, and just when he's about to return, she meets Jake Russo, her soul-mate. The happenings between them are believable and extremely touching, and the way they are recounted by the older Lily adds to the angst of things.
Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.