Fireworks Over ToccoaLarge Print - 2010
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While Colleen decides whether or not to follow thru on her upcoming wedding to the 'perfect guy'. Her grandmother relates a story or her own choices in post WW2.
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[italics] Every so often a 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. [/italics]
Lily Davis Woodward was married for just days before her husband was sent abroad to fight in World War II. Now he and the other soldiers are returning, and Lily and the small town of Toccoa, Georgia, plan a big celebration. Jake Russo, a handsome Italian immigrant, also back from war, is responsible for the elaborate fireworks display the town commissioned. After a chance encounter in a starlit field, he steals Lily's heart and soul--and fulfills her in ways her socially minded, upper-class family cannot. Torn between duty to society and her husband--and the 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.
Debut author Jeffrey Stepakoff takes us to a moment in time that will resonate with readers long after the book's unforgettable conclusioni. Poignant and elegant, [italics] Fireworks over Toccoa [/italics] is a mosaic of all the emotions that only love can make possible.
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