February 8, 2010

Monday Book Give Away, #25

This is an ARC of a debut novel, that will be published April 13th. Jeffrey Stepakoff's writing reminded me of of Cassandra King's, one of my favorite Southern authors. I appreciate his background of writing in television; this novel is very "visual". I could easily see what was happening.

Publishers Weekly
Veteran television writer Stepakoff breathes new life into a familiar plot and setting in his debut novel. Lily Davis Woodward, once a headstrong, independent dreamer, acquiesced at age 17 to her wealthy parents' wishes and married Paul Woodward, the perfect high society Atlanta husband. Two weeks later, Paul ships out to serve on the European front, and Lily tends the home fires until the summer of 1945, when Lily, about to see her husband for the first time in three years, meets Jake Russo. The “pyrotechnics man,” who's planning the fireworks for the local July 4 celebration, spurs Lily to wonder whether her life is what she really wants. Sparks predictably fly, and after several passionate days, Lily is torn between what's expected of her and the chance to pursue an exciting and adventure-filled life. For sure, forbidden love's been done to death, but Stepakoff's spellbinding descriptions of Jake's unusual line of work and the lush countryside of northern Georgia, the unexpected plot twists, and a surprise ending give this story plenty of oomph.

If you're interested, leave a comment. I will keep the comments open until Sunday afternoon and then announce the winner on Monday morning when I offer a new book. The winner will chosen by the Random-Number-Generator.

Last weeks winners were Ann, of Film and Tread, winner of The Last Resort; and Paula, of Daily Pensacola Photo, winner of The Late Lamented Molly Marx.


  1. I'm excited about the Last Resort book. Thank you so much! I can't wait to read it.

    (This is a comment to thank you, not to enter for this week's book).

  2. This looks like a good one! Count me in on the drawing!


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