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Fireworks over Toccoa | [Jeffrey Stepakoff]

Fireworks over Toccoa

Married for only a week before her husband was sent to fight in World War II, Lily is anxious for his return. In honor of the soldiers' homecoming, the small Georgia town of Toccoa plans a big celebration. And Jake Russo, a handsome Italian immigrant, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 84-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 World War II, 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 listeners long after the book’s unforgettable conclusion. A devastating and poignant story, this debut novel will resonate with anyone who believes in love.

©2010 Jeffrey Stepakoff (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"For sure, forbidden love's been done to death, but Stepakoff's spellbinding descriptions of Jake's unusual line of work and the lush countryside of northern Georgia, the unexpected plot twists, and a surprise ending give this story plenty of oomph." (Publishers Weekly)

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    I listen to books based on the reader first, the story second. I always enjoy the reader and was surprised that the story was good too.


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    I want more books read by Kathleen McInerney.

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    Great Story. Sad, but well done. I would recommend this one for certain. It's with the credit.

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