Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1 edition (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.
I know many of you just LOVED this book, but I didn’t. I started reading it thinking I was going to love it. What’s not to love after reading the blurb? But for me, it just never took off. In fact, I picked it up 4 times before finally, grudgingly, I decided to just put it down. Yes…me, the one who always has to finish every book she starts no matter what, DNF this one. I’m kind of sad I didn’t like the book more, but also proud of myself for finally being able to stop reading a book I just didn’t like.
First of all, in the beginning the characters were so worried about their own likes, wants, etc. that they didn’t seem to really care about each other. And once the story starts focusing on Lily and Jake, you’d think it would start getting more interesting. But it doesn’t. It also goes into great detail about their love affair and it’s just a bit much for my liking.
I’m really sorry I didn’t enjoy this book, it’s been on my bookshelf for a long time and I was really looking forward to it. Makes me a little sad.
Did I mention I was finally able to put a book down without finishing it??? GO ME!!