There is so much to this wonderful book that it’s hard to know where to begin a review. Funeral with a View is a poignant tale of one man’s life and experiences. When Richard Franchitti’s life is brought to an untimely end by a freak accident, he finds himself in an out of body experience as he attends his own funeral and relives the memories – both beautiful and tragic – of his all-too-short life.
Ricky is not a perfect man, but I think he epitomizes a good man; a man that others would look up to and admire. This book drives home so many of life’s experiences, from the highs of being in love with that one person who completes you and the birth of your child, to the lows of loss and death, as well as everything in between. The writing style is fluid and is incredibly well done, while the editing is excellent. The imagery is vivid and the story sucked me right in. Many times I found myself either laughing out loud at the antics of some of the characters (like Ricky’s mother – she’s a hoot) or wallowing with a broken heart at the unfairness of it all. Something else I really enjoyed seeing in the book was the character growth as they grew older and more mature. These are not two-dimensional characters that are established early on and never change, these characters seem real. They are people that grow, learn and change as time goes on and as they gain life experiences. They have fears, flaws and emotions, and I think that many of us could stand to learn a few things from them, especially Ricky. Life is just too short and we should all make the most of every moment.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book and award it 5 platypires!