Twelve Months [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611880540
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 35,761
  • File size: 9 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Why??

    Why do people feel the urge to write about the whole book?! Just write what you think ABOUT the book. Sheesh you ruin it for people that haven't purchased the darn thing.

    17 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    Twelve Months kept me reading from page one to the last. This b

    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!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Steven Manchester has written a winner! Twelve Months is yet ano

    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!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    By finding acceptance and discovering love, Don Dimarco's initia

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    What a wake up call!

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Good read.

    I REFUSE to tell ALL about this book like so many IDIOTS are doing! REAllY!?! We want to read the BOOK, not your blasted review about every single detail in it! I love Free Fridays BN, but can you NOT post this long reviews from these morons?

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Idiots, telling the entire story and ruining it for people!!! He

    Idiots, telling the entire story and ruining it for people!!! Heart2Heart, do you not have a life that you have time to post the entire story? People, when you see these HUGE ramblings from other readers, do not read them!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    Will leave an indelible mark on your heart, soul and mind!!

    WOW!!!! Comparisons: One of the first publishing houses I started to review for, when I came onto the scene, was The Story Plant for a book entitled Crossing The Bridge by Michael Baron. From that moment on, I have become a fan of Michael Baron and have been introduced to many new authors, which are now on my "TBR authors" list. Just recently, The Story Plant started a program called "Spread The Word Initiative", which I am a reviewing member of. So when the call went out for this title, and the fact that this author was compared to Michael Baron, I HAD to read it. And continuing along the path of comparisons, this book is beautifully written, but at times, was very hard for me to read because of the comparisons to my own life. It triggered memories of my past, so much so that the plot was so engrossing, that it felt as Mr. Manchester was writing portions of my life. The story is told through the eyes of Don DeMarco, a gentleman approximately my age, a family man and newly retired and looking forward to the next chapter of his life. However, that chapter was rewritten in a blink of an eye and turned his world upside down. He now had the choice as to how he was going to edit it and what path the story would take. As I said, Mr. Manchester's writing style and narrative was wonderful. So realistic, with the characters becoming your family. The emotions unequivocally palpable. The settings vivid, but I did have a certain edge, since it took place not far from where I live and encompassed certain areas and establishments that I am familiar with. The composition flowed where it was hard to put down even though the reader knows the outcome. Poignant!! What would you do if you were told you had a year to live? Not only is this novel an emotional read, you can't help but think of how and what you would do if faced with the same situation. Thought provoking! Not only if you were confronted as the main character was, but also those in his life, as a spouse, as a child and as a grandchild. How a real life situation, written with such compassion as a fictional novel, impacting the reader to be put in all of those roles. Impeccable writing!! Mr. Manchester has written, a story that is so moving, heart wrenching and intense, that will bring tears to yours eyes, but able to weave humor into a serious plot, that will also make you cry from laughing. A story that is sorrowful but also soothing. An undeniable heart tugging read that you will not forget and leave you with a feeling of serenity. An extraordinary read!! Not only do I highly recommend this book but would absolutely state that it is a must read!!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Ra2Riv

    touching

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Imagine your life being really no different as all your other da

    Imagine your life being really no different as all your other days,
    until one day you begin to notice some changes in your health. At first,
    like most of us, you wouldn't think too about it, probably something
    that will get better over time, maybe something you ate, or something
    you did. But then over the weeks it wasn't getting better and in fact it
    was getting worse. Like most busy people who have too much on their
    plate, it might take you awhile to get around seeing your doctor
    depending on the severity of your symptoms. So you schedule an
    appointment and the news you weren't expecting, was the news you got.
    That little thing you thought was nothing, that perhaps taking a pill
    might remedy, turns out to be your death sentence and now the only thing
    you can do is find a way to "live" for the next 12 months of
    your life. What would you do? Now you have the premise of the latest
    novel by Steven Manchester, Twelve Months. In this novel that is exactly
    what happens and we, as the readers, get an inside look at how just Don
    DiMarco deals with his devastating medical diagnosis and how he chooses
    to spend his final twelve months of life. I received this novel, Twelve
    Months, compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and The Story Plant
    publishers for my honest review and I think it does a great job at
    defining for most of us, what we would potentially do in the same
    predicament. I know for one, it would seriously make me take a hard look
    at the choice we've made up to this point in our lives and look at what
    we can do in just a years time to potentially change some of them,
    restoring broken relationships, taking those vacations we already
    dreamed of but never found the time, reliving favorite moments from our
    pasts, and truly doing something that others will remember us by.
    "I've learned that anyone can change the world; you just have to
    start with one person at a time. I've also learned that not caring what
    other people think of me has allowed me the energy to focus on what I
    think of myself. For me, life is like looking through a kaleidoscope.
    With every turn, a different view will be brought to life. "I've
    taught my grandkids that good things come to those who wait, but great
    things come to those who go after it; that a gift within is meant to be
    shared or else it wouldn't be a gift; and no matter how large or small,
    everybody's problems are enormous to themselves. Though the list goes
    on, the most important thing I've passed on is that life can be a
    beautiful dream, or a living nightmare. It's all about your attitude -
    your perspective. But I didn't always see things this way..." (pg.
    22) I think everyone needs a great book like this sometimes to
    challenge us in our lives because we've grown too complacent, and take
    the little things for granted. This book shakes you up and makes you
    realize it's time to wake up and see things with new eyes. God didn't
    create our lives for us to waste them waiting on His return but to have
    a life and an abundant one. I think this novel does just what the author
    intended to show us what we are missing before it's too late! I think
    this one rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars!

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    Don DiMarco considers himself happy with his life. loving his wi

    Don DiMarco considers himself happy with his life. loving his wife,
    daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. Now he suddenly learns he is
    about to lose all because he has terminal cancer. Heads up - most
    stories in this mode have a definable morbid mood present below the
    surface. That mood is noticeably absent in this story about a brave man
    who begins how to love life and the relationships that have blessed it
    so far and continue to do so! So Don, and his gracious wife assisting,
    begin a new life, planning and living Don's "bucket list."
    First, he woos his wife again and romances her to a new wedding. This
    is followed by traveling to places he always wanted to visit, things
    like car racing and other exciting adventures that the couple embraces
    and so much more that are the heart of this joyous story. As the
    disease progresses, it doesn't slow Don and his wife down at all. As
    well as doing pleasurable things, Don recognizes the need to forgive and
    acts on it in a scene that could go wrong just as much as it might turn
    out perfectly beautiful. Most of all, he makes sure to speak truth to
    all he knows, leaving a legacy that is more about his realization of
    what really matters rather than just seeking to be egotistically
    remembered. Twelve Months is a beautiful, heart-warming, and necessary
    read for all, especially those caught up in the monotonous schedule of
    work, food, TV (or other techno gadgets), et al. Steven Manchester
    writes about life as it really is and really could be! Terrific!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Steven Manchester's writing captivates your attention from the b

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Many need a "wake-up call" before they begin to legiti

    Many need a "wake-up call" before they begin to legitimately live their lives. Thanks to Steve Manchester and his poignant tale about Don DiMarco, Twelve Months gives readers the ability to step above the daily chaos that prevents them from asking the important questions. Readers will be encouraged to answer the questions instead of avoid them in fear-- a relief that is rarely experienced, but will be after reading this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Steven takes an in-depth look at one man's life and turns it int

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Truly a great read. A very touching and inspirational look and life.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

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    Wow, what a powerful story full of so many different emotions. T

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Excellent!

    Excellent!

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    Very rarely do I find a book that causes real tears to fall from

    Very rarely do I find a book that causes real tears to fall from my eyes, but this is indeed a book that accomplished this feat. This is one of those books that I think has something for everyone, and the message is timeless. It goes right in line with Tim McGraw's Song "Live Like You Were Dyin.'" The difference is that Don has but 12 months to live. And he has decided to live now that he is dying.




    There were a few activities that did not interest me as much as others--for sure. But that is what gives this book its distinctive air. There is some minimal profanity, but there are no sex scenes. I truly appreciated the first person voice throughout most of the novel, but I was unsure about which person's voice told the last few pages. It would have been nice to have that clarified. The view of God is somewhat skewed in the book but not too bad for a secular novel. I also would like to know how they had so much money! The recession certainly has not affected them!




    I think this book resonates with humanity. Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way. My grandfather and great-grandmother both died of colon cancer, and this gave me a glimpse into some of what they must have suffered. The section on Vietnam opened my eyes to that little-talked-about conflict. And Don's outlook on life in spite of his suffering completely humbled me. I was again reminded about my priorities in life.




    If you are looking for a book that will truly touch you, I would recommend this book. I think that anyone who has experienced any kind of loss will find this book a welcome release.




    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Enjoyed this book.

    Read this on vacation. Enjoyed following his life while he prepares himself to die. Definitely thought provoking as to what's important in life.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    Intense.

    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.

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