Monday, May 31, 2010

Fireworks Over Toccoa Book Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*




I'm all about a good book. I love to read. I don't always have a lot of time and I don't finish books very fast. But I do love a good book.

Fireworks Over Toccoa is a book that I couldn't put down. They compared Jeffrey Stepakoff to Nicholas Sparks and they were so right. I love me some Nicholas Sparks so I knew I would enjoy this book. 


Every so often a story comes along that reminds 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.
I really enjoyed the book and it was written very well. This is a book that would appeal to all ages. Although there are a couple of heated sex scenes. I think that a Young Adult could appreciate this book. It's about being torn in half over love and I think anybody can learn from this book.

It tells the story of Lily Davis, married just three weeks when her husband was shipped off overseas in 1942. We find her in 1945, just days before her husband is set to return. Set in Toccoa Georgia, Lily goes about her normal life, if you want to call it normal, unpacking everything and setting up house. In the course of all this, she runs across Jake Russo, who is in town to create the fireworks display on the 4th of July. Meeting him shakes up Lily's life. She realizes she barely knows the man she calls her husband and that she is tired of her organized, planned out southern life. She feels passionate about this dark stranger, who she has only known for a short time. Passionate enough to leave her entire life behind?

I was intrigued by Jake Russo, an Italian American, who fought in WWII while his own father was being kept in an interment camp back in America. There's a great flashback scene where Jake is talking to his father through the gate of the interment camp he's being kept in. He's confused and asks his father how can he fight for this country who is keeping his father - who has never caused no harm to anyone - locked up? I'm glad that this subject was brought up in this book. Interment camps are often overlooked in American history. And Italian interment camps are something that the government has barely acknowledged even happened. 

This story left me breathless and actually made my CRY in the end. Books never make me cry. When a book makes me cry it's an automatic 5 STAR. 


Price: As with any book this one runs about $23. So worth it. 

Overall: ***** Definitely. And then some!


GIVEAWAY
Jeffrey was so nice to send me ANOTHER copy to give to one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader. Did I mention it's a SIGNED copy???
GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE U.S. ONLY
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Tell me the name of one book that has made you CRY???
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 *Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*


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