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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Twelve Months by Steven Manchester

 Twelve Months
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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Length: 324 pages (Paperback)
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: August 14th 2012 by The Story Plant
I cannot say enough great things about this book. It's one of those rare novels that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and leave you questioning the big picture. This is a book that will make you think. At least, that's what Twelve Months made me do. It's rather hard not to do such a thing when the main character is diagnosed with cancer and given only 12 months left to live.
Steven Manchester wrote a wonderfully heartfelt novel about one man's final twelve months to live after being diagnosed with cancer and his emotional journey of discovery what life well and truly means and how to make time, no matter how little or how much worth living.
When I read Twelve Months I was in one of those moods. You know those moods where you just want to read something to make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside? That was me on the day I decide to sit down and read this and you know what it turned out to be the best time to read it.
I don't come across books like this all the time but when I do I always end up refreshed and rejuvenated after reading them and Twelve Months was no different. I loved the characters in this story. Don has got to be one of the most well rounded and well thought out characters that I've stumbled upon. I couldn't hep but fee for the man and all that he was going through.
What I loved most about Don was that he was so determined to keep living and make the most of the time he had left with his family and friends, earning from them, teaching from them and loving them with all he has in them. His journey was deeply emotional filled with times of sorrow, pain, and anger but most of all what I took away from the book was the amount of warmth there were times that the book had me laughing so loud and times that I had to have a tissue box by my side. It's a talented author that can make their audience feel so many things in the pages of a 320 page novel and I think that this is a fine example of what one of those talented authors can do.
So I know this comes as no surprise to anyone but I loved this book. I walked away from reading it feeling lighter and refreshed ready to take on the world much like Don did and I'd like to thank the author for that experience. Sometimes, I think we all forget that life can change for the better or worse in an instant and that we have to live every day as if it were out last.
The characters, plot and over all message and feelings this book made me feel is why I'm giving it the rating I am. I strongly recommend that everyone gives this book a chance no matter what age you are or what book genres you like. Books like this are rare so it is best not to miss a chance of reading it. Also, I would like to thank the author Steven Manchester for providing me with a complimentary copy of his novel for review. Thanks so much Steven and I can't wait to see more of your work in the future!
* I received a complimentary copy of this book for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed therein are my own and I was not compensated in anyway to provide a favourable review.
Awesome, I loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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  1. Reviews have been wonderful for this novel and I love your thoughts on it. Now all I need are some tissues, wine and chocolate <3

  2. Excellent review!

    Tiffany Craig

  3. Oh this does look like a great albeit sad read. Surely going on my TBR.


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