Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Funeral With A View by Matt Schiariti Reviewed by Samantha

Thirty-two-year-old Richard Franchitti didn’t believe in love at first sight until he met free-spirited Catherine and started a brand new life. A devoted father and husband, Richard fought to keep his family together when it would have been easier to walk away.

Tragedy left him with unfinished business.

Now a disembodied spirit, Richard relives his most important days. From the beginnings of unconditional love, to the joy of his daughter’s birth, and all of the difficult times in between, each treasured moment brings him closer to answering the question:

“Why am I still here?”

He was born Richard Franchitti, but his friends call him Ricky. Welcome to his funeral.


Ricky is a graphics designer with a Best Friend named Bill. Catherine used to date Bill but after they didn't work out Ricky and Catherine fell in love. This book is about Ricky reliving moments in his life during his funeral. He's not really sure why he is there hanging around. But each newcomer seems to stir up a new memory. Some good. Some bad. Some wonderful and some awful.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 +

I have read some of Matt's other work and this book is definitely different then what I have read before. I have to say that it is rare for a book to touch me the way that this one did. This book brought out a lot of different emotions in me. Humor, joy, anger, and sadness. I definitely shed some tears during this book, along with sporatic bursts of laughter, making my husband constantly ask me what. So I proceeded to tell him about this amazing book then he was just doomed to be my sounding board for the rest of the book. lol. This book is definitely worth way more then 5 stars! Funeral with a View has definitely made it's way to one of my favorite books and I highly recommend reading!
When an ill-fated joint writing venture went horribly awry, mild mannered engineer Matt Schiariti decided to strike out on his own. The result? Selling his short story 'Hollow' to Padwolf Publishing for inclusion in the recently published anthology, 'Apocalypse 13' in late 2012. Gaining confidence from seeing his first ever published story in print, he plowed on and dove into the self-publishing pool with the dark fiction/horror short story, 'Words With Fiends'.

Matt has always been a voracious reader and reviewer of books and, after 37 years, has decided to make the transition to writer. Better late than never. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, 2 children, crazy dog, and overly personable guinea pig. He's written two novels in 2012 which is he currently editing and continues to work on short stories. Look for more from the self-proclaimed "dude who writes" in 2013.


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