Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff

Title: Fireworks Over Toccoa
Author: Jeffrey Stepakoff
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/2010
Pages: 272

Book Blurb:

Lily was married for just days before her husband was sent abroad to fight in WWII. Now, he and the other soldiers are returning, and the small town of Toccoa, Georgia plans a big celebration. But a handsome and kind Italian immigrant, responsible for the elaborate fireworks display the town commissioned, captures Lily’s heart and soul. Torn between duty to society and her husband, and a poor, passionate man who might be her only true love—Lily must choose between a love she never knew and a commitment she'd already made.


The story takes place during WWII, where Lily Davis Woodward, is awaiting the return of her husband Paul. Married very young, the couple only had two weeks together before Paul had to go. Lily, her family, friends, and the whole town of Toccoa, Georgia, are ready to welcome home their soldiers, including Paul. Jake Russo, a handsome, dark-haired Italian, is using his skill as a a pyrotechnics specialist to put together a fireworks show, the best one ever. Lily stumbles upon him and falls in love with him, days before Paul is supposed to return.

The novel is about the conflict in her mind, what she would choose. The characters are plausible and realistic. Narration and dialogues are good. The novel does tend to be a little trite at places but has beeb written well enough to hold interest, what with a pyrotechnics, the art from coca cola glass. It brings the place to life. The writer gave it the right ending although it might disappoint a few readers. This book has its moments and good for a readathon or afternoon read as it reads very fast.


rhapsodyinbooks said...

I forgot about the coke glass art. I liked that part!

fredamans said...

This has been on my list for some time now.