Saturday, January 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Five Years to Live by Frank Zaccari (Review and Book Giveaway!!!)


Frank Zaccari (Createspace)

Release Date:
October 2012


When Michael Battaglia meets Donna Harris, they fall in love and expect to spend the rest of their lives together. Then, tragedy strikes. Michael is involved in a car accident leaving him a quadriplegic with only five years left to live. This changes everything as Michael fights for his life and battles various illnesses and infections associated with his condition.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but as soon as I started reading, I knew I’d be captivated and totally engrossed in Michael’s story. It's very realistic, nothing is sugar-coated and it even tackles the issue of insurance companies. It's very true-to-life.

It’s an amazing book that reminds you of the important things in life. It is a story of hope, inspiration and determination. This book will tear at your heartstrings. It grabs you and never lets you go. I shed many tears reading this book. It’s an emotional rollercoaster ride. I was thinking about this book long after I read the last page. When a book effects you this way, it’s definitely a five kitty read!

FTC Disclosure: Providence Book Promotions provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.



With terror in his voice, he said, “I’m not going to walk again, am I?”

“We don’t really know yet, like I said…”

Michael angrily cut her off “Answer the god-damn question. I’m not going to walk again am I?

“I don’t know Michael.” Tears began to will up in his eyes, and he looked at her, begging for an answer.
After she wiped the tear from her eyes she said “The odds are not in your favor.”

Author Bio

Frank Zaccari is a native of western New York. He received his bachelor’s in finance from California State University at Sacramento after serving as a military medic in the United States Air Force. He spent more than two decades in the technology industry, holding various positions from account representative to CEO. He also spent time specializing in turn-around management of companies under $100 million. Zaccari left the industry to provide primary care of his children, purchasing a small business that was more accommodating to his family. He presently owns an insurance agency in Sacramento, where he currently resides. “Five Years to Live” is not his only book for sale. He has also written, “When the Wife Cheats,” “From the Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program,” and “Inside the Spaghetti Bowl.”

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How would you like to win a print version of one Frank Zaccari's books? I have a copy of Inside the Spaghetti Bowl for one lucky winner!

Synopsis from Amazon:

Like many of the “baby boomers” my family faced the difficult task of burying our Mother. The book is based on the last eight days of our mother's life. It is a celebration of life, family, culture and tradition. As my relatives came to pay their last respects, we heard so many wonderful stories about the trials and sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents so we could live the American dream. This is our story, this is your story. It is a story for every beating heart that has loved or has been loved. It is the story about the struggles and pains endured by those virtuous individuals who poured their lives into ours and filled our years with intimate memories and a gladdened heart. It is the story you will want to pass down to your children and grandchildren. This is a book about family and unconditional love through the good times and bad. It is about a family who is and always will be there for each other no matter what. We hope you see your family in this book and the memories make you smile.

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  1. Superb review and post. I have this book in my TBR pile and after reading your review, I can't wait to read it!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  2. Great review! I've only heard wonderful things about this book.

  3. Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and your readers and for your wonderful review.

    I hope your readers are inspired by this true story. "Five Years to Live" is actually three stories rolled into one; it is a self-help book and a true to life family drama wrapped in a romance novel.

    The main message is: bad things happen to good people; but it is the ones that keep moving forward that get ahead. Even the art work on the cover suggests that those who keep moving onward will also move upward. We could wallow in self-pity and remain chained to our own proverbial wheelchairs or we could find and follow some positive role models. When you are going through hell, don't stop and pick out a summer home.
    It is also a study into family dynamics; where love and courage can conquer fear and grief. It has a very, "He ain't heavy, he's my brother" feeling to the story.
    It is a story about the one who not only made his way through the wilderness but also grew stronger and wiser because of the journey.

    1. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in this blog tour. The book is a true inspiration.

  4. This is a great review! I'm glad you awarded the book 5 Kitties as it sounds very worthwhile. :)

  5. The plot sounds good.

  6. Wonderful review! Five Years to Live sounds like a book I would enjoy.

  7. I enjoyed this book :)


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