BooksFireworks Over Toccoa

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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.

Lily was married for just days before her husband was sent abroad to fight in WWII. Now, he and the other soldiers are returning, and the small town of Toccoa, Georgia plans a big celebration. But a handsome and kind Italian immigrant, responsible for the elaborate fireworks display the town commissioned, captures Lily’s heart and soul. Torn between duty to society and her husband, and a 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.

Poignant and elegant, Fireworks Over Toccoa is a mosaic of all the emotions that only love can make possible.

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Jeffrey Stepakoff’s novel Fireworks Over Toccoa. 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.

Praise for Fireworks Over Toccoa:

“Stepakoff’s spellbinding descriptions…the unexpected plot twists, and a surprise ending give this story plenty of oomph.”
— Publishers Weekly

“An impressive debut.”
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Undoubtedly destined for big things.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“The characters are as compelling as in any juicy TV drama. Read it in the tub.”
— Redbook

“A luminous love story that readers won’t soon forget, Fireworks Over Toccoa transports you to another time and place. It is at once heartbreaking and triumphant—an affirmation of love in all its forms.”
—  EMILY GIFFIN, Bestselling Author of Love The One You’re With

“Literally explodes with life. Its insights about place and love versus duty are as sharp as an eagle’s eye. I absolutely loved every character and hated for their story to end. Kaboom! A brilliant first effort from Jeffrey Stepakoff!”
—  DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK, Bestselling Author of Return to Sullivan’s Island

“A terrific story – moving, whimsical and original, a real page-turner destined for the big screen.”
—  JOANNE HARRIS, Bestselling Author of Chocolat

“Stepakoff skillfully crafts a remarkable tale of fate and chance, choice and consequences, rewarding readers with a mesmerizing experience.”
—  PAM JENOFF, Bestselling Author of The Diplomat’s Wife

“Filled with suspense and surprise, I couldn’t put it down. As dazzling as the fireworks which brought this war-time couple together, their passionate love affair is spellbinding. I was mesmerized to the last page!”
—  MARJORIE HART, Bestselling Author of Summer at Tiffany

Fireworks Over Toccoa, a novel, St. Martin’s Press, Hardback     

  • Announced North American first Hardback printing – 100,000 copies
  • Indie Next List Notable by ABA (American Booksellers Association) 
  • “Summer Says” Pick by Books-a-Million, special front of store placement
  • Featured in the nation’s Walmarts, Sam’s Clubs, as well as in over 70 airports across the country and the Mother’s Day sale at Barnes & Noble
  • Widespread praise from Kirkus to Redbook, Publishers Weekly to Southern Living
  • Featured Main Alternate Selection for Doubleday Book Club, Doubleday Large Print Book Club, Book of the Month Club, Literary Guild, Rhapsody Book Club
  • Extensive foreign and subsidiary rights sales include:  French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, France Loisirs (the French Book Club) Avant Premiere (Main Featured Selection), Random House Germany Bertelsmann Book Club

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