Twelve Months

Twelve Months

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by Steven Manchester
     
 

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Don DiMarco has a very good life – a family he loves, a comfortable lifestyle, passions and interests that keep him amused. He also thought he had time, but that turned out not to be the case. Faced with news that might have immediately felled most, Don now wonders if he has time enough. Time enough to show his wife the romance he didn’t always lavish

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Don DiMarco has a very good life – a family he loves, a comfortable lifestyle, passions and interests that keep him amused. He also thought he had time, but that turned out not to be the case. Faced with news that might have immediately felled most, Don now wonders if he has time enough. Time enough to show his wife the romance he didn’t always lavish on her. Time enough to live out his most ambitious fantasies. Time enough to close the circle on some of his most aching unresolved relationships. Summoning an inner strength he barely realized he possessed, Don sets off to prove that twelve months is time enough to live a life in full.A glorious celebration of each and every moment that we’re given here on Earth, as well as the eternal bonds that we all share, TWELVE MONTHS is a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit.

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ISBN-13:
9781611880533
Publisher:
Story Plant
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
1,246,618
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Twelve Months 4.3 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 82 reviews.
NoonieF More than 1 year ago
Steven Manchester has written a winner! Twelve Months is yet another tear jerker; a truly inspirational story. Steven Manchester combines real life into fiction in the most amazing ways imaginable. Twelve Months is a must read!
BillySunday More than 1 year ago
By finding acceptance and discovering love, Don Dimarco's initial thoughts about the limits of mortality are transformed into an endless celebration of the beauty of life. Like the pieces of a puzzle being brought to life, author Steven Manchester tells a fantastic, mesmerizing story of a life lived with no regrets.
busygirlAS More than 1 year ago
Twelve Months kept me reading from page one to the last. This book touched my heart like no other, bringing me to tears and actual sobs. Steven Manchester’s story will make every reader stop and think with putting the important things in their life first; living life to the fullest, loving, and having faith in God. I was pulled into each character from the very beginning to the end. I couldn’t put this book down, and became attached not only Don DiMarco, but his wife Bella, Riley, Michael, Madison and Pudge. In truth, I'm lost for words on how this book hit me so hard, as it was a told in a voice so real that I had to keep telling myself that it’s fiction. Great storytelling, emotional writing, and a great imagination to write this powerful book with so many lessons in it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steven takes an in-depth look at one man's life and turns it into an examination of all of our lives. Humorous, sad, joyful, touching – every page can elicit a tear of sorrow or joy.
AuthorBrianThompson More than 1 year ago
Steven Manchester's writing captivates your attention from the beginning with a heartwarming tale of love and living life to the utmost. Inspirational and charming – five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you think your life is useless and pity yourself, you need to take a few hours and read this book. You will soon realize that your is what you make it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
touching
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a powerful story full of so many different emotions. The narrative coming from the perspective of the main character Don really made me feel everything he was feeling both physically and mentally. There were moments of fear, excitment, uneasiness, wonder, and sadness. I don't think this is a book to rush through reading. It's one that will make the reader stop and really reflect on the things they've done and what they'd like to do with their lives. I highly recommend this title and was so happy I took the time to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of a man's struggle to do all the things he wanted to do before he died of terminal cancer... from his own perspective and what his wife & family were doing in the meantime !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Albeit, sad, but very inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a great read. A very touching and inspirational look and life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this on vacation. Enjoyed following his life while he prepares himself to die. Definitely thought provoking as to what's important in life.
katyfitz More than 1 year ago
An interesting concept of following someone through their last year of life. It is intense, not as positive as I hoped, more realistic at points than I wanted, probably brutally honest. I am glad I read it.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
What I hoped would be a 5-star read really fell short. Books about the end of one's life and the journey to finding closure and acceptance should be very compelling. This story and it's characters didn't meet expectations. I wanted more about the man himself and not just chapter after chapter of him crossing things off of his bucket list. It started to drag about half way through the book and actually got very boring. I had to force myself to finish it. There were parts that were very unrealistic. Maybe the author hasn't expeienced people dying of cancer in real life. The main character would describe taking a handful of pain pills and then he gets behind the wheel of his car and drives his grandchildren on some type of field trip! Who would let their children get in a car with a person on heavy pain medication? Honestly, if someone is that sick and in that much pain, they aren't racing race cars, flying 24 hrs to Vietnam, etc. Then there was the medical care. No options were really offered to the dying man. Yes, his cancer was advanced but his only real choice per this doctor was to go home, do what he can, take pain pills and wait for dealth which would take place in about 12 months. The doctor didn't even discuss choices such as palliative care, hospice, etc. The patient may choose not to try any medical interventions but at least offer them to the individual. All in all, the book was OK but I've read better.
ScrappyDew More than 1 year ago
Not what i had expected. Maybe I had unreasonably high expectations for this book. I liked it well enough, but wasn't captured by it. It felt like I was reading a fictional memoir in parts. The chapters were joined enough to be continuous, but disjointed enough to feel like each could stand on its own. I didn't sit up at night gripped to the cover in order to see what was going to happen. It was entertaining, but the message that I felt I should be getting from the book just wasn't there. The content did stimulate my mind to think about what is truly important in life. I didn't identify with any of the characters well either (perhaps because I've not experience the sort of turmoil associated with the news of impending death). I found the descriptions of the events in the story to be good, and even realistic. I could visualize this person doing these things, but i didn't feel connected to him. I really wanted to feel something more and understand him on a greater level. Full disclosure: I have been provided a copy of the book for the purpose of providing a review; however the opinions presented are my own and not influenced or dictated by publisher or author.
Anonymous 3 months ago
would call Mr. Manchester's style of writing like the TV/Movie category of "drama"(unfortnately fiction does not have this kind of category). The book is about a man in his fifties who discovers he has only twelve months to live and what he does for those last twelve months. It is very readable. My one compliant about the book is that I thought the book should more of a conclusion or point. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
It's definitely a page turner with an engrossing story. I recommend it. ~*~LEB~*~
Steele Holley More than 1 year ago
A poignant story about a man's hopes, dreams and relationships when he knows he only has a short time to live.
SAC112750 More than 1 year ago
Didn't get past the 1st 5 pages. Too morose and depressing for me!
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Fantasic writing. Very moving.
im2boysmom More than 1 year ago
The subject matter of Twelve Months was one we've all witnessed in real life. But the way it was handled by writer, Stephen Manchester is an entirely different story. Both uplifting and heart wrenching, the journey spans Don Dimarco's memories from childhood through the present, living his 'bucket list' and making many more along the way. While a story about end of life is never going to be a happily ever after, this one left us knowing the final breath and heartbeat. We find out what it is like to just let go. I had to check several times to see if this was based on real events because it rang so true to life. I read it in a weekend.