Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff

Fireworks Over Toccoa is a love story about a young, wild girl named Lily and her very brief love affair with an Italian firework maker named Jake.  The story starts off with Colleen visiting her grandmother Lily.  At this visit, Lily happens to see an article in the paper about some new finds that were displayed at a military museum.  Lily recognizes one of the artifacts as being part of her property that she lost many years before.  Colleen and Lily visit the museum to collect that artifact.  This is where the real story begins as Lily tells Colleen and the museum owner the tale of the artifact in order to retrieve it.  The tale she tells is of the brief love affair that she has with Jake, even though she was married to Paul.

In all honesty, I had this book figured out from the beginning.  I think that if you read a good deal of love stories, or even watch them on television/movies, then you have a good chance of guessing what is going to happen in this book.  There was only one part that actually surprised me, and that was towards the end.  Knowing the plot did not deter me from enjoying this book however.  The writing is beautiful.  There are times that I feel like it is lyrical like a poem instead of prose.  Stepakoff does an excellent job of describing the setting.  Toccoa sounds absolutely gorgeous, and from the bits that I have heard he really does the land justice in his descriptions.  Lily is a very dynamic character as well.  I got wrapped up in her emotions and struggles.

All in all, I recommend this book as a quick read that will leave you with some warm fuzziness.  Even if you feel like I did and know what the basic plot line is going to be, follow it through to the end.  There will be at least one surprise in there for you.   3 out of 5 stars

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  1. I had a feeling about where things were going, too. I agree about the beauty of the writing, also!

  2. The way you describe this book is lovely! I’m glad to hear that the predictable plot didn’t lessen your enjoyment. It sounds like a beautiful story – I’ll definitely add it to my TBR pile! Thanks so much for the great review!

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