Monday, February 1, 2010

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff

It's rare that I would give a book five stars, but there isn't anything that I didn't absolutely love about Fireworks Over Toccoa! I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive an Advanced Reading Copy through the publisher via a Goodreads Giveaway and was so pleasantly surprised to discover I'd received a copy in the mail.

I probably read more than half of the book while soaking in the tub with a cold drink. And after the water had gone tepid, I would refill with more hot water & just keep on reading. I could not put this one down! I thought it was in the ranks of a Titanic-ish, epic love story. Romantic, tragic, passionate, captured me from page one straight through to the end. And what really adds to the story, is that it takes place during World War II. It's just my opinion, but I think it would make for a terrific movie. I highly recommend this one - you'll find it in stores on March 30th!

Description: 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.

Poignant and elegant, FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA is a mosaic of all the emotions that only love can make possible.

Rating: *****

Recommend: For sure - but be aware, there is one steamy passionate love scene!


Janssen said...

I cannot WAIT to read this one. I have a copy of it too, from ALA.

Sarah G. said...


Glad to see you loved the book! It's one of my favorites of the year...

I'm writing because I'm setting up a special "sneak peek" campaign for people to read, online, a chunk of the book & have a chance to win a copy. I'd love for you to tell your readers about it--if you're willing, would you email me at


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