Item description for Fireworks by Elizabeth White...
Overview In her debut novel, a precocious new talent tracks the daily rhythms of a writer's disintegrating life in an eviscerating comic portrait of suburban despair, and a deeply affecting tale of grief and renewal.
Publishers Description Susannah is out to prove that pyrotechnics genius Quinn Baldwinis responsible for a million-dollar fireworks catastrophe during a Mardi Gras ball. With her faithful black Lab Monty she moves to the charming backwater city of Mobile, Alabama to uncover the truth. But this world-traveled military brat with a string of letters behind her name finds herself wholly unprepared to navigate the cultural quagmires of the Deep South. Captivated by the warmth and joy of her new circle of friends, Susannah struggles to keep from falling for a subject who refuses to be anything but a man of integrity, compassion, and lethal Southern charm. Fireworks offers a glimpse into heart of the South and a cynical young woman s first encounter with Christ-like love."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.88" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310262240 ISBN13 9780310262244 UPC 025986262242
Reviews - What do customers think about Fireworks?
GREAT READ! Will be looking for more from this author! Feb 28, 2007
This is the first book I've read by Elizabeth White and I was hooked from the first page. The story made you want to laugh, cry, kiss someone you love, kick something and hang the villian by his toes!!!... you name it, the author brough them all together. Going on line right now to find more by Ms. White.
Great Christian read Feb 6, 2007
This book took me longer to get through then most books but it was very well written and funny. It was hard for me to like Susannah throughout most of the book but at the end she gets a good dose of character. I loved that it was set in the south! I definatly suggest reading this book.
Definitly Fireworks! Aug 9, 2006
I just love Elizabeth White and how she is such an incredible writer. She writes in an easy way that you just can't put the book down after the first page. All her books including Fireworks keep you on the edge of your seat. I read this book on vacation a couple weeks ago and literally couldn't put it down. I loved the characters-Susannah & Quinn. They were meant to be together. What a wonderful romantic book! I would recommend it to anyone for a great read!
Great Read May 12, 2006
I loved this book. It was funny, witty, charming, and also tugged at your heartstrings. It starts off with action that made me laugh. And then cringe. I immediately loved the characters. I so identified with Susannah. I fell hard for Quinn. I'm a southern gal and this book brought back so many fond memories. why I could just hear all them drawls. Sigh! I immediately connected with Susannah although we are not alike at all. The secondary characters were so real I felt like I'd been sitting on the porch with them sipping sweet tea. I loved Quinn and the pages just kept turning so I could find out what happened next. What's more it was all laid out in a way that I could totally follow.
Oh, and all Flybabies, you have to read this book. I won't tell you why, but you will love it.
Definately worth the read.
Should have been called:EVERYONE'S WOOING SUSANNAH--sweet, spiritual, gentle love journeys May 1, 2006
FIREWORKS is, in the main, a salvation story imbedded in a romance that's part Southwestern-Gal-in-Alabama/fish-out-of-water tale blended with a leisurely-solved mystery.( It's pretty easy to figure out who did what and even why.)
FIREWORKS opens with a scary pyrotechnic mishap that nearly kills Quinn Baldwin, the owner of the company staging the show. No one is hurt, but a lot of damage is done to a key civic edifice. Even though authorities call the mishap an "accident," the insurance company receives an anonymous letter saying otherwise. And so, pretty, blond, leggy Susannah Tait, multi-degreed explosives expert and investigator, is dispatched to find out what happened and, her boss hopes, nail Quinn so that the insurance company is off the hook moolah-wise.
The rest of the novel is a strolling Christian romance. Quinn and Susannah get to know each other, while, Susannah's deceit becomes a burden. (She befriends Quinn to get info, slips into his circle of friends, and must hold up her deception.)She falls under the spell of the man, the city, the people, the donuts, and the God who hovers over her life like a lover waiting to be noticed.
To non-Christians, this novel will come across as decidedly preachy. Almost every significant character--from her landlady to her brother (who only shows up via phone calls)--is a strong believer, and all of these are out to get Susannah converted.
Outsiders don't understand the evangelistic fervor we Southern Evangelicals can display in real life. Within the confines of a novel that, naturally, compresses major incidents, having a good percentage of the scenes relate to getting Susannah to surrender to Jesus could leave a less than devout reader feeling a bit overwhelmed, religiously speaking.
However, once I said to myself, "Okay, the real romance here is between Susannah and the God who is wooing her through his people, not between Susannah and Quinn," I was able to settle enjoyably into the tale. That's the key. Tell yourself, "This is a God-courting-Susannah story." It will fall into place. That's what the marketing should have been. The romance with Quinn has its own secondary place, and the mystery is a straggling third on the list.
It took me well past a third into the book to feel the spell of the romance(s). Quinn is just too perfect in the early part. It's when we start seeing his vulnerability--his first fib, even--that we can connect. Ah, see, he's human. Susannah is likable, although I hated that she was turned into something of a "Southern Girly-Girl". I understand the metaphor the author is using there, but it was nice to have her be the natural beauty without regard for the rituals of prettied up femininity.
Susannah, btw, makes some serious missteps that made me question if she deserved all those educational letters after her name. One especially huge error, professionally speaking, is particularly annoying, and seemed to be a plot contrivance to allow her to hold off some information until the very end. But by then, I very much liked this young couple, as well as the older Elva May, and I also had a small fondness for the quirky secretary and Skeet and Dana. I liked spending a bit of time with the group.
Beth White has a smooth, uncluttered style of writing. It doesn't force metaphors. It doesn't attempt stylistic flights. It's a gentle, clean style that will suit a quiet afternoon or evening's reading when your mood is matched by a novel that doesn't rush, doesn't offer anything offensive, and walks you unhurriedly beside a young woman as she encounters all sorts of new loves--God's love, a good man's love, the love of a faith community.
This is a novel of a woman finding her place, and it's about a man learning lessons about forgiveness, even as both of them learn that what God brings into one's life, even when it seems awful, may ultimately turn out for a whole lotta good.
Lovers of sweet Christian romances should enjoy this novel quite a bit. The romance is believable. The first kiss is utterly exhilirating and delightful to read. The book and its author, I believe, seek to honor a very traditional faith experience--an unsullied and honorable progression from unbelief to belief, from non-love to love--and it succeeds at that.
If this is the sort of gentle read you gravitate to, I recommend it. For me, ie. someone who prefers more extreme fiction, it provided a few hours of tenderness and uncomplicated storytelling. And that's not at all a bad thing now and then . . . for anyone.
Mir's rating of the various components of FIREWORKS: The mystery: 2.5 stars The romance: 3.5 stars The spiritual journey: 4 stars