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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Stepakoff, Jørgen Brekke, Kathleen McInerney Narrator: David Menken, Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781427209191
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 2/15/2014

    " Nice book...quick read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisi | 2/10/2014

    " All I can say: Nicholas Sparks meet Jeffrey Stepakoff. Very moving love story. I kept thinking of the notebook thru some of the sad parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janssen | 2/9/2014

    " Did not like. Kind of stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 2/4/2014

    " Light summertime novel - and there's nothing wrong with that. It was just predictable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 2/2/2014

    " recommended by Lisa Hughes "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe | 2/2/2014

    " Too unrealistic. Way, way to unrealistic. If life could be lived without punishment, than maybe I'd give it a second thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Ginocchio | 1/29/2014

    " Awww, this book is so sweet and romantic and heart-breaking and poignant! It's a quick read about a couple who meet in the heady days as World War II are ending and fall madly, irrationally in love. This is a story about passion over duty - or is it the opposite? Have to read it to find out! It's one of those books that you can't put down because you just have to know how it ends. Reminded me a lot of Nicholas Sparks' "The Notebook" and I can totally see this becoming a wonderful movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Horkey | 1/28/2014

    " Good but not wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KrisT | 1/19/2014

    " This was a war torn relationship story. I think it was an easy read and held promise to be a really good love story. The story has it's moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/15/2014

    " Wonderfully written story. Beautiful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/2/2014

    " Jamie this would be a good book to get from library. Easy book and short to read, but good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna Call | 12/27/2013

    " This book was such a quick and easy read. Finished it in less than 2 days. Very romantic and it reminded me a lot of Nicholas Sparks. I would recommend it to anyone who like WWII era stories, romances or coming of age stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teddi Witt | 12/20/2013

    " Wonderful love story! I was kind of shocked by the ending but what good book doesn't have a surprise ending? I rated it a 5 star because it had everything I was looking for in a good romantic story! Nice job! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 12/13/2013

    " Received this as an advance readers edition. Jeffery Stepakoff writes a love story that puts you inside the lives of Jake, and Lily. You feel every emotion they do. I couldn't put this book down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicolette | 12/4/2013

    " This book was cute and touching. It was a very quick read which left me with a feeling of ease. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a simple love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/25/2013

    " Good book. Interesting read as I know this area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabrielle | 9/26/2013

    " I liked this book for the most part. I would have liked a different ending but will live with the current one. This is the second book in a row that I have read about true love lost. It makes me question whether true love can really concur all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missk2u | 8/9/2013

    " I did enjoy this and even had a few sniffles even though this read like a screenplay. The story was strong enough for me to overlook this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 8/8/2013

    " Loved it - a good romance without so much sap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheldon Lehman | 6/29/2013

    " It was o.k. I mostly read it for the landmarks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teechbiz | 2/5/2013

    " I think this is a good book about forbidden love set in WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 1/22/2013

    " I liked this book. A good love story that does not end the way I wanted it to, but was enjoyable. Warning steamy at times, nit for the light hearted. I know I know I read everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 6/27/2012

    " I really liked this story. It is by a local author. It reminded me of titanic in the beginning and the end of the story and also reminded me a bit of The Notebook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 6/3/2012

    " based on a true story. Enjoy it and was a quick read :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Miller | 3/30/2012

    " This is a powerful, beautiful and bitterweet love story. Fireworks over Toccoa is an emotion and thought-provoking triumph! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ieleen | 12/16/2011

    " The best secrets are in the family. History is who we are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Boyd | 8/5/2011

    " Moving tale that read like a short story, interesting historic information about fireworks, Coca Cola CO. and soldiers returning to the south at the end of WW2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mackenzie | 8/5/2011

    " Didn't really like the ending, but the story was good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susie Shircliff | 6/14/2011

    " bland and stupid "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/18/2011

    " Beach read. Entertaining for a couple of hours. Stretching coincidences. A little interesting history -- just a little. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renae | 5/9/2011

    " This book is a very easy book to read. The plot and writting style are great. I was intrigued by the love story, it is quite different from any other book that I have recently read. The reader's heart will jump at the suspense of this well-crafted and heart-wrenching tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 5/4/2011

    " One of the best love stories ive ever read! It made me root on for this couple to be able to be together. It really makes you appreciate the person you love even more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/11/2011

    " Pretty much Bridges of Madison County meets The Notebook, which was a perfect read for a beach or recovering in a hospital. also, it had a lot of Southern history, which was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/10/2011

    " This could be made into a movie...and I will go see it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelaine | 4/4/2011

    " Read a like for Nicholas Sparks. Great star-crossed lovers story and historical trivia about Coke during WW2. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 3/30/2011

    " Shades of Robert James Waller!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Everydaylittlegems | 3/27/2011

    " I loved the cover of the book...the storyline was interesting. I like the main character Lily who seems to find more about herself. This book was different for me to read. I think it was an okay book.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria V. | 3/17/2011

    " This was a sweet book and short - bonus points for that. The point of view, though was all over the place and distracting for my writer's sensibilities, but once I shut the writer up, I enjoyed the story and characters. I had hoped for a happier ending, but it was thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate | 2/15/2011

    " Loved this story set not too far from where I live. He tells a great story that moves along with emotion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi | 2/4/2011

    " I really liked this book. I'm not a love story type person, but this was really good. It was believeable and a very easy read. It kept me very interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheldon | 1/24/2011

    " It was o.k. I mostly read it for the landmarks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/30/2010

    " How many times can we do the story of Titanic and the Notebook... "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey Stepakoff

Jeffrey Stepakoff wrote for the Emmy-winning shows The Wonder Years and Dawson’s Creek, where he was co-executive producer. He holds a BA in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MFA in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon, and is a graduate of the prestigious Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute.

About the Narrator

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.