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Fireworks Over Toccoa (2010)

by Jeffrey Stepakoff(Favorite Author)
3.6 of 5 Votes: 1
0312581580 (ISBN13: 9780312581589)
St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books
review 1: Fireworks Over Toccoa was a mixture of Bridges of Madison County and The Note Book for me. It's the story of an elderly woman and her secret love affair during WWII in 1945. Although the author did an excellent job of engaging the reader emotionally, there were several paragraphs that I found hard to read because they were basically one, long run-on sentence. I liked the story, and was introduced to new thoughts regarding what it must have been like for many war brides during this difficult time in our nation's history, having world-wind romances that end quickly by separation and then everyone changes.Lily's husband Paul, leaves for war after them being together for just three short weeks. He's gone for three years, and just when he's about to return, she meets Jake Russo... more, her soul-mate. The happenings between them are believable and extremely touching, and the way they are recounted by the older Lily adds to the angst of things. Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
review 2: I liked the characters a lot and I liked how we saw both points of view. However, I did feel like Jake's story was left unfinished. It felt like the epilogue was a rush to get in what happened with him. I would of liked a more in depth of what happened when she never showed up. I felt there could of been more written to make it even better. I also felt there should of been a bit more to Lilly's granddaughter's story. Despite all that, it was written well and it was an enjoyable read. Those were just a few things that personally bothered me a bit. less
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Good story of forbidden love. It was a quick easy read, but enjoyable.
Wonderful love story. Reminded me of The Bridges of Madison County.
Good story with potential, but bad writing.
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