Fireworks Over Toccoa

Fireworks over Toccoa, a novel written by Jeffrey Stepakoff and published by St. Martin’s Press, is a love story that takes place in Toccoa, GA.

The City of Toccoa celebrated the book release with a number of events culminating in a fireworks show in the evening.

The fireworks show was sponsored by 1st Franklin Financial Investment Center, Stephens Federal Bank, AM 630 WNEG Radio, Stephens County Historical Society, [ash-ling] Booksellers, BJ’s Restaurant, Acree Oil, First Citizens Bank, City Tatum, Dale Moseley and Main Street Toccoa.

Music for the fireworks show was provided by the TFC Jazz Band and Vintage Vocals.

About the Author

Author Jeffrey StepakoffJeffrey Stepakoff has been writing professionally since receiving his MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon in 1988. His credits include the Emmy-winning The Wonder Years, Sisters, Major Dad, Disney’s Tarzan, and Dawson’s Creek (as co-executive producer). This is his debut novel. He lives with his family north of Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit Stepakoff’s Facebook fan page or visit his website.

Book Summary

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 enhanced online excerpt of the book can be found on this website.)

Firworks Over Toccoa book coverAn 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.

Attention Fireworks Fans

Tour downtown Toccoa with narration by Jeffrey StepakoffTour downtown Toccoa while listening to Jeffrey Stepakoff talk about places that inspired his novel. Download the map and thepodcast and begin your tour. This podcast was developed through a partnership with AM 630 WNEG Radio. Main Street Toccoa thanks News Director Charlie Bauder for his help in this Main Street Toccoa project.

Into Geocaching? Visit the Fireworks Over Toccoa cache at N34 34.722 W083 19.936 or visit

Visit the Fireworks Over Toccoa display in the Currahee Military Museum gift shop.

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