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Twelve Months [Kindle Edition]

Steven Manchester
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Book Description

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The (August 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D30W9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing September 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Twelve Months by Steven Manchester is a novel about living. Don is diagnosed with stage four cancer and is given a year to live. So he lives. The book follows his journey through a bucket list and back to his family's side.

I definitely teared up at the end. But I'm having trouble voicing my opinion on this one. It was a lot of telling, but in a way that is different from the norm. I didn't feel like I was being chastised or lectured. I felt like I was getting to witness someone else's experience, but it felt so perfect that I couldn't really believe it. I wasn't emotionally involved except that the writing pulled emotions from me.

The writing was great. It was poetic at times and portrayed daily life in a beautiful manner. I didn't necessarily love any of the characters, but I certainly loved the prose. Perhaps it's better that way because you are allowed to be a bit numb while reading about someone dying. It wasn't gruesome, and it seemed that Don (though it was first person) hid a lot of his pain and feelings from his family and the reader.

I liked it, but as with any controversial book, I'm torn. It's hard to get a message like this one across smoothly. It has some great messages, some real gems, but they were too obvious for me. I will recommend this one for the writing alone, as that hooked me.

I received this book from the author for review.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Death on Don's Terms! August 31, 2012
I first met Steven Manchester through his book, Pressed Pennies! (Check out my review). I still remember the book's title and it brings the book to mind. Titles are important, but they don't necessarily guide you in knowing what a book will be about. Indeed, I thought Twelve Months was a thriller. And, you know what, in many ways it is! Just not the type of thriller I'd expected...

His name is Don DiMarco, but it could have just as easily been...yours! At my age, it was easy to put myself in Don's place. My mother had lived with me during her last years and I had oftened sat and watched her chest to ensure she was still breathing...just as I now watch for signs in my own life... But Don was not my age. He had retired early, at 57, to spend time with his loved ones. He was also like me in that, we are both thinkers--those that spend time on reflection, our lives, our relationships. Are you like that?

Maybe not now. But what if you were given 12 months to live?

That's right, Don's doctors told him to "get his affairs in order" and they would do the best they could to make it easy for him...

I was still working at 57, although I did retire early due to Job Burnout. But, I wasn't even thinking about death at that time. Don hadn't been either. And I'm assuming you haven't either...

Don DiMarco did not immediately start to get his affairs in order. He began a celebration--a year of celebration for him and his family. A joyful, loving time of togetherness! Readers, you've just got to read about that year!

You may have seen The Bucket List several years ago and even created your own bucket list--things you want to do before you die.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVE OVER, NICHOLAS SPARKS! August 14, 2012
Move over, Nicholas Sparks! Steven Manchester's "Twelve Month"s is a book that will stay with you long after you've read the last page. This is not a book to borrow from the library - it is a book to own and treasure and read again and again. Its story offers the reader a precious peek into heaven and will make you want to live better and love more. Steven Manchester is my new favorite author!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that could move anyone. September 2, 2012
Typically I enjoy reading stories I can relate to. However Mr. Manchester's Twelve Months has been an exception. A story of an older man facing his short life after receiving horrible news of Cancer is a story that will touch everyone who reads it. This novel is realistic... a story about life, family, the bond between two truly in love, living in the moment, and realizing what is truly important. Twelve Months has touched me greatly as I cried throughout the book. With fun childhood stories, romance in finding one's true love, and the journey of life, that we all ultimately face, the life of Don will certainly not be forgotten once read. I highly recommend this story to people of all ages that are looking for a good read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I just got Type-II Diabetes April 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Good Lord, I expected this story to be somewhat sappy, but there was enough saccharine to flavor a swimming pool of Tab. Also, there was no plot to speak of, just a check-the-box bucket list and too much maudlin sentimentality. I expect the movie version to be on the Hallmark channel next year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
When I began reading the book TWELVE MONTHS by Steven Manchester I was caught in the storyline from the very beginning. To see how Don DiMarco was able to deal with the diagnosis he was given and not allow it to define him showed what all of us can do with the life we live.

One of the most powerful parts of the book was when Don and his wife sat down with the family to tell them the prognosis. Don being able to say that he was going to live life showed that he was not going to allow circumstances to define him. He was going to make the most of his life regardless of what was coming his way.

There are so many great lessons in this book, but I want to focus on two: faith and the power of one. All of us have the ability to do great things with the time we have here. It is all about making the decision that we are going to live each day to the fullest and not allow the limitations others might try to put on us deter us from moving forward.

When it comes to realizing what he could do and how his life could really be of value to others, Don was able to use his time in such a way that was not just about him. He got the bigger picture, and that is what he was able to share with his family and those around him as well.

Steven Manchester is a storyteller that is not only able to draw you into the characters and their conflict but helps you to see pieces of yourself as well. Realistic and powerful, TWELVE MONTHS shows the importance of living each day as if it is your last.
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More About the Author

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, Twelve Months and The Rockin' Chair. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as the critically-acclaimed novel, Pressed Pennies, A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novella), Just in Time (novella), The Thursday Night Club (novella, released November 2014) and Gooseberry Island (novel, released January 2015). His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit:

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