Book Review & GIVEAWAY of Five Years To Live by Frank Zaccari



Thanks to author Frank Zaccari and Providence Book Promotions I am giving away one (1) copy of Five Years To Live.
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Book Details:

Genre: Family/Relationship
Published by: Frank Zaccari (Createspace)
Publication Date: October 2012
Number of Pages: 245
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5yrstoliveBannerIt is the phone call every person lives in fear of receiving. There has been an accident and your loved one is paralyzed. A spinal cord injury is the single most devastating and life altering event.

Based on a true story, Michael and Donna were young, successful, in love and planning their life together. That life was radically changed by a tragic car accident. Now a wheelchair user as a quadriplegic, with limited movement, constant infections and multiple surgeries, doctors projected Michael’s best case life expectancy to be five years.

See how this young couple battles through his injury and spends his five years making a lasting impact on hundreds of people. It will make you realize what can be accomplished when a person does not let circumstances dictate their life.

My Review:

It is an easy to read, inspiring chronicle, especially when you realize that it is not a made up, feel good narration, but in fact based on a true life story.

Michael’s story is about hope against all odds. It’s about fighting to reach your goal, accepting set backs, but never giving up.

Having the outlook on life that good things will come, but with an attitude that says: If it happens, it’s great; if not, I don’t want to live my life with any regrets.

Taking up the challenge: what makes you a man is what you do when the storm hits, showing the world what kind of man you are, what you are made of deep down inside. Cuz that is what becomes visible when life-changing events happen in our lives.

It’s about learning the lesson that while we can’t control or change what happens or happened, we still do have control over how we react to our situations. And with that, we can take destiny in our own hands.

It speaks about family rallying together and finding buddy’s on the road you are gonna need walking the road of limitations, rehabilitation and disabilities, in whatever shape or form they come.

It is also about the big question that rises up inside: where is God in the midst of trouble and suffering? Michael’s life shows how looking at the bright side, the what-haves instead of the have-nots makes a difference of night and day. It inspires to see life itself as a miracle, as well as the way it is lived, rather than expecting a trouble-free life. Cuz the truth is: we each get our unfair share of trouble and suffering in this life.  The question is, how do we respond?

Michael’s story lays down a gauntlet for each of us to ponder, and challenges us in our attitude towards life in general and pain and  suffering in particular.

A truly stimulating and encouraging book.

AND one of you is going to be inspired by this book for free! So get going earning entries to this awesome giveaway!


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:

5yrsToLiveZaccariFrank 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.”
Visit Frank’s Website

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Every (e-)book received for review on the tours for Providence Book Promotions is given in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

17 responses »

  1. Fenny,

    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.


    • Thanks for visiting and commenting, Frank. I like to know the background, and love stories based on true life. It was a joy to read your inspiring book!

      • “Five Years to Live” is based my youngest brother Steve. It is very close and personal to my family because we lived it. We saw so many broken people and families during his surgery and rehab. We saw many who simply gave up and died. We also saw some of the most positive and dynamic people in the world. People like my brother, who would not like his circumstances dictate his life. What we learned is NO ONE survives this on their own. A strong support system from family and friends is a must.

        My other books “When the Wife Cheats”, “Inside the Spaghetti Bowl” and “From the Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program” are all based on true stories. I would be happy to send a copy of you like.

      • Wow, Frank, that is quite something to survive and hard to see a sibling struggle with the consequences of paralyses. Plus all that you see / experience with people you meet on the way. I am glad you both had a strong family and support network!
        I’d be very happy to read any of your other books – they will also be reviewed on the blog.
        Since December I am the happy owner of an e-reader, so this time I don’t need a print copy – E-pub would work beautifully. My e-mail is hotchpotchblog @

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  3. It sounds like Frank has taken on a tough subject – not just emotionally, especially given the family nature of its basis, but from a storyteller’s prospective. It’s tough to walk the line between allowing emotion to evolve into maudlin or saccharine, OR to be so factual that you sterlize the story and end up losing the emotions. From your review, it sounds like he succeeded in his challenge!

    P.S. Frank, where in Western ny? I grew up there; my father currently lives outside of Lewiston.

    • Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for the kind words. I grew up in Dunkirk, NY, not far from Lewiston. Left WNY when I joined the military at age 19 and came out west. Love the people in WNY – they are the best and I dearly miss beef on wick.

      Wishing you all the best. Frank

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