Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fireworks Over Toccoa

An advance reader's edition of Fireworks Over Toccoa written by Jeffrey Stepakoff was graciously sent to me by St. Martin's Press.

(Visit the linked site before March 30th for:
1) A note from author Jeffrey Stepakoff;
2) An enormous online excerpt from the book;
3) An audio excerpt;
4) Crazy awesome sweepstakes!
a. 1 grand prize winner will win a romantic picnic basket for two complete with caviar, crackers & cheese, cookies, chocolates & truffles and MUCH more
b. 300 runners-up will receive a copy of FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA.)

It's definitely a quick read, with a storyline that hooks you early on, hopping from the year 2007 back to 1945 before page 30.

Lily is a proper Georgian girl, awaiting the homecoming of her husband who has been away at war for the past 3 years.  (I totally picture Rachel McAdams for this movie role.)

Yet over a mere five days during that fateful summer of 1945, Lily's life changes upon her chance meeting with Jake Russo, an Italian immigrant loner who is in town to create the annual fireworks display.  (TOTALLY Adrian Grenier for this part.)

This book reminded me of Bridges of Madison County.  Fate.  Desperation.  Lust.  Love.  Guilt.

"Lily found herself wondering what would have happened if she had never gotten out of her car to walk into that field and never met Jake Russo...Because now that she knew what this was, what exactly had been missing, and how it had rushed into the void she had felt, how could she now unfill it?  How could she ever extract Jack Russo from the emptiness that had once been her soul?...

No, she thought, looking at him, feeling his arms around her, no, she would rather have a few days of this and know what it was...No, she would rather be underwater with her eyes open than above ground, a phantom of a woman in a soulless world."

See what I mean about reminding me of Bridges?

Just like in real life, there are not always happy endings...

Want to read this?  I'll send you my copy!  Leave me a comment (make sure I have your e-mail address) and I'll pick a random winner on Friday!

(Don't forget about my other giveaway going on right now too!)