Monday, April 12, 2010

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffery Stepakoff

Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Thomas Dunne 
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 272
Challenges: New Author Challenge
New-to-me Author: yes

Author's Website

Simple Description:
It's the summer of 1945.  WWII has ended and our boys are coming home.  Lily's husband of over 3 years will be back home in a couple of days.  They married before he left to join the war and only had 2 weeks together.  The excitement in town is that there will finally be a fireworks display.  When Lily is driving to her house one afternoon she stops and walks out into a field where the pyrotechnics man is setting off fireworks.   She doesn't realize she is in any danger until he tackles her and protects her from the debris.    He takes her to his truck to clean her scratches and things just go from there.  She is attracted to this man. He is different from any man she has known before.   So starts an affair.  It only lasts a couple of days but it's life changing for Lily.    She has to decide if she is going to forget this man, the one she just met and believes is her soul mate, or forget him and go back to the man she is already married to.

Now what you really want to thoughts:
I was excited to get a copy of this book for review.  I've read a bunch of positive reviews regarding this book and I'm happy to report that this book did live up to my expectations.  It's a love story. It's about a girl who married young, maybe too quickly, and after spending over 3 years apart from her husband, she's having second thoughts.  Then comes this man who seems to be different from all the other men she knows and he seems to get her.   I can't say that I loved Lilly, she seemed rather immature at times, but at the same time I couldn't help loving her free spirit.

I definitely recommend this book.  It's a great story, one that kept me coming back to it and wanting to know exactly what was going to happen.  

Thanks to Sarah at St. Martin's Press for providing this book for review.


bermudaonion said...

The reviews for this one seem to be mixed, so I'm anxious to see what I think of it.

Kris said...

Bermudaonion - I wasn't sure what to expect either, I'm really glad I liked it. Hopefully you do too.

bookmagic said...

I saw another review that was also positive. I will definitely check this one out.

Serena said...

I liked the book well enough, but I think using the granddaughter as a plot device, and a flimsy one at that was unnecessary.

Kris said...

Bookmagic - I hope you enjoy it!

Serena - I agree, regarding the granddaughter. In fact, I never even mentioned her or that part of the story in my review, it obviously didn't hold much importance with me.

Anna said...

I had mixed feelings about Lily, but overall, I enjoyed this book more than I expected to since I'm not a big fan of romances.

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