Fireworks Over Toccoa (Compact Disc)
April 2010 Indie Next List
“In each other, Lily and Jack find comfort, passion, and acceptance for who they really are, rather than what's expected of them. But have they found each other too late? This carefully crafted novel explores what one must embrace--or sacrifice--for love. The characters and their struggles touched my heart, and the setting in post-WWII Georgia is charming. I could smell the pecan pies!”
— Jennifer Sorensen, Literary Life Bookstore & More, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
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.
About the Author
JEFFREY STEPAKOFF has been writing professionally since receiving his MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon in 1988. His credits include the Emmy-winning "The Wonder Years, Sisters, Major Dad, "Disney's "Tarzan, " and "Dawson's Creek" (as co-executive producer). This is his debut novel. He lives with his family north of Atlanta, Georgia.