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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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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,553 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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63 of 71 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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18 of 18 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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11 of 12 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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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars another saccharine "inspirational" book November 10, 2012
I read part of this book as a kindle sampler. I think the reviewer who wrote" move over Nicholas Sparks" pretty much summed it up for me. This is the type of book that some people love and others can't stand. Sentimental, simplistic,"inspirational" ....boring!

It seems to be aimed at the same audience that ate up the whole Randy Pausch last lecture phenomenon. If that is your thing, you may love this book. I'm just sad that this was the first thing I downloaded onto my Kindle. It was the first thing I deleted as well. I guess I should be happy I only downloaded the sampler.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
My mom recommended this to me and, although we differ by a generation in age, the sincerity and truth of its message, delivered in engaging characters and 'real' life experiences,... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jean Marks
4.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Months is a good real life read.
This book helps you to feel what it is like to receive what could be absolutely devasting news and turn it into a beautiful live your life moment, no matter how much time you have... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Diana L. Haub
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Months
Beautiful story, insightful, humorous and a tear jerker
I connected so well with the character and learned many valuable life lessons which need to be practiced daily.
Published 8 days ago by Lady EJG
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
For those of us who have travelled the long and difficult road called "cancer" this story will bring back memories, tears and laughter. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Patricia Burak
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Dealt with terminal diagnosis in the best possible way and was not a depressing book. The characters in the book exhibited faith and strength and gave the message... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner and mind stimulator
This book got me right at the start. The author writes in a easy to read style but with plenty of development. The story makes you think about what's important in life.
Published 1 month ago by gas blender
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful books that I truly enjoyed reading!
This was the second book I have read by author Steven Manchester and I was moved by his stories. I felt the character's emotions reading his books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael J Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a winner!
It was very touching and made me think about the decisions I would make if I had a terminal illness.
Published 1 month ago by Eileen Schenk
5.0 out of 5 stars Live life!
This author did am amazing story of being grateful for very day you have in a loving, not too sappy story. Amazing, I will read it again throughout my life!
Published 1 month ago by Renee Arsenaault
4.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Gerald Ware, Fresh! Literary Magazine
Twelve Months is a page turner. Anyone would envy Don Dimarco his good life. Together with his devoted wife Bella and their daughter Riley, he enjoys a comfortable lifestyle,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by shirley ware
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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 critically-acclaimed, award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Pressed Pennies (due out May 2014) and Gooseberry Island (due out 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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