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Twelve Months

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  694 ratings  ·  176 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by The Story Plant (first published 2012)
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Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review copy kindly provided by GR author and friend Steven Manchester.

This book attempts a difficult feat: to portray a man's effort to face his mortality and find meaning in his life. It also shows how this struggle affects the people around him.

I wasn't sure what to make of this novel. The narrator, Don DiMarco, seemed too nice. Even though he finds out at the beginning of the story that he has a terminal illness, he seems quite well adjusted and carries on having interesting experiences,
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
I received this book as an ARC from the author. Little did I know how much this amazing book would affect my life ad change some of my perspective too. Fans of Nicholas Sparks will not be disappointed in the poignant tale of a person that learned it's never too late to learn how to live. Here are my thoughts:

Donald DiMarco thought he had all the time in the world to do the things he wanted to do. Yet when he learned that he had colon cancer his world and life plan came crashing down around him.
Author: Steven Manchester
Published by: The Story Plant
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5


"Twelve Months" by Steven Manchester was a very important read for me that was very interesting. This author did a wonderful job at presenting this man's mortality and finding out the true meaning in his own life.' I wasn't sure if I was really going to like this sad read but I am so glad that I was able to make it to end.

"Twelve Month" was told in first person
Nov 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ehh-not-so-much
Did I miss something? I bought this book prepared to take an emotional, insightful and God-inspiring trip through the last year of someone’s life. I fully expected to cry (sob actually) and be done with the book in a day or two. Not at all what I got. This book is unrealistic, someone with stage 4 colon cancer (taking extremely high doses of pain meds) would not be traveling to Vietnam, driving race cars (at a 170mph I might add), or going on a two-day, horseback cattle drive through the deserts ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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 ...more
Ruth Hill
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Julie Barrett
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Twelve Months by Steven Mancheste
ISBN: 9781611880533
Don DiMarco lives with his wife Isabella who not only loves her job in the house but also her job with disabled people.
Riley their daughter after college is now an advocate for disabled people. She is now married to Michael and they have 2 kids.
He is now retired, early at 57 and lives in a neighborhood where life is peaceful.
He finds out he has stage 4 colon cancer and after talking to many docs he decides what path to take.
They hadn't even
Andrea Maceachern
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I read the synopsis for this book, I thought it would just another “complete the bucket list and do all the things I didn’t get a chance to before I die” book. I was wrong. I loved this book and for many reasons. First of all, I love a book that evokes all sorts of emotions and this book did that for me. Humor, sadness, pride, happiness, regret and contentedness. Most of the story takes place over the course of a year, the last year in the life of the main character, Don, who had been ...more
Colleen Flannery
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
So sorry to disagree here. Yes, this is a lovely NOVEL. Please Please Please do not read this book expecting to understand, cope, care, love or treat someone with cancer. Do NOT lose sight of that line that is FICTION vs reality. This is a fairy tale!!! I really fear that someone will expect their cancer person to be this altruistic, romantic, charming, generous, strategic.... NOVEL. FICTION.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-read
Twelve Months by Steven Manchester
Published by The Story Plant (Spread The Word Initiative)
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
ISBN-10: 161188053X:
ISBN-13: 978-1611880533:
Pages: 326 pages
Review Copy from: NetGalley
Edition: Kindle
My Rating: 5

Synopsis from Amazon:
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
Claudia Castaño
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Twelve Months is the best example of how you can immortalize through words the beauty of life. Don DiMarco is, for me,is the character who has all the requirements, not pf a "spectator" but the best "love of life", whenever you read a page of this book and you find Don's thoughts, can feel like life can have as many lessons accumulated in one person.
The whole book itself can be a source of strength and wisdom. Every sentence, every teaching to be found in its
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5
Opening Line: They say - whoever they are - that every story has to start at its beginning.
Favorite Moment: Ugh, there were so many heartwrenching moments that made me cry and grieve for Don and his family. But I think one of the biggest moments I loved of the book were Don's interactions with Sophia.

Okay, now that my eyes aren't so swollen from bawling my eyes out, I can properly write this review. Twelve Months is about Don DiMarco's journey after being told he has twelve months
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, memoirs-bio
I was so impressed by the main character that I wished he was real and also a friend! Needless to say, I am now a Steven Manchester fan.

Don DiMarco had a great life, a loving wife, loyal dog, son and daughter and grandchildren that make me envious, a great house and job. But, he wasn't feeling well so he went to his doctor, had the tests and was told that he has colon cancer. He got a second opinion and he did have colon cancer and it was too late for surgery. He could have chemo but it might
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
`For me, life is like looking through a kaleidoscope. With every turn, a different view will be brought to life.'

Steven Manchester has authored such successful novels as `The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy' and many short stories that deal with one man's view of the universe in a lighter tone. But here, in this very well written novel TWELVE MONTHS, he has managed to bridge that nearly impossible gap of making a story about a life that is finite into a work that is never maudlin, ever
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
The author of this book asked the book club of which I am a member to read and review this book to which we agreed. The book is essentially about a dying man's journey and how he spends his last twelve months. The book started off okay for me though it did tend to get a bit boring at times.

As a born and raised Barbadian I was particularly incensed when I read about Don's visit to Barbados. It left me wondering if and when the author has visited Barbados. The portrayal was horrible. Every
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This is a wonderful book. The first thing that caught me was the writing style. It so soft and slow and emotional. It just flows naturally over the pages. It is one of those books that when I first pick it up I knew I was in for some tears (Then again, I cry at everything), which made it hard to get on reading it... I just didn’t want to cry.
But once I got to know Don, I couldn’t stop. I needed to know what was happening to him. How he was
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Ah, a finished book in a time when I've really been slacking with my reading as of late. I can't continue that trend. I love reading, and like this book did a good job of reminding me: life is precious and things that one enjoys should be savored. Reading is definitely one of those things for me.

This book was a simple book dealing with the complications, that I'm sure most have experienced indirectly or unfortunately directly, cancer. I know too many who have passed due to it, but unfortunately
Rebecca Jo
I cant even rate this...
why? Because I couldnt even finish it...

The idea sounded like a good one when I bought it - a man who learns he has 12 months to live & what he does in that time.
... I didnt take in consideration the heart ache & sadness in it.
A good man, with a loving wife & a daughter & son in law that adored him & grandchildren that didnt want to loose him.
It was just too much.

I started reading it, had to stop... thought, it'll be good... & tried again

I got a
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Twelve months is definitely a must read. I'd say it is a story that will bring tears to many of its readers' eyes, get to their very souls and teach them a life lesson. I started reading the book and I connected so deeply I felt it was brought to my hands by one of God's little miracles. Some parts have been so touching that now I find myself rethinking my own life, reviving old hopes and obtaining new ones.

From warm romance to hearty laughter and soothing feelings, the author takes us on a trip
Catherine Richmond
You wouldn't say someone diagnosed with cancer is lucky. But Don DiMarco is. His daughter is grown. He has a wonderful wife. He had enough money to quit his job and travel. The cancer makes it difficult, but not impossible to do what he wants with the time he has remaining. I'd say he's lucky, because I work in oncology. I see patients who don't have any support network and don't have money. I see patients who spend the end of their lives in the hospital with more misery than joy. Some patients ...more

I'll be honest right now and say that if it wasn't for the author requesting that my book club read his book, I would not have picked this up.

This book, for me, was grueling and a show of the strong effort that I had to put into it just to finish it. It was long - at some times I felt like my percentage read was going nowhere - it was drawn out and there were many parts that just left me going "Meh" at the things I read.

And all those trips that the protag was taking in order to fulfill his
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-kindle-fire

This book was good, but nothing that hasn’t been written before. With this type of plot, you know the person is going to die at the end and although it is sad the story is about how to celebrate one’s life with the last of the time God has granted you. So with that in mind, there should be some kind of revelation, excitement, or climax to differentiate from all the other “last months to live” books out there. This book just did not do anything for me. I felt the characters weren’t very developed
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
This read more like a travelogue then the last month of someone's life. I not only found it mostly boring, but it definitely did not ring true of what I would want to do with my last year of life. I think it does have a Nicholas Sparks feel, but I didn't find it poignant (as I thought I would) or particularly entertaining.
Matthew Holman
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a really good book. I had to knock off 2 stars for 2 reasons. 1) The book could have been a little shorter. At times it seemed to ramble on. 2) Without giving away any spoilers, there are a few situations in the book that the author could have expanded on and explored more but didn't. But overall I did enjoy the book. The author appears to be good writer too...
Dec 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
I do not want to be unkind to the author, it jut wasn't my cup of tea. I do appreciate what he was trying to convey, though, and how difficult it would be to write about life ending.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Not alot of depth, pretty predictable
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
interesting, had some noteworthy quotes to pull out from time to time, but didn't pass the "believable" test for me.
Melissa T
This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on November 5, 2012.

I don't quite know where to start with this book. I have so many thoughts and feelings surrounding this book that it's hard to quite articulate the complexity of them all. I really wish I had read this sooner instead of having it sit on my shelves for so long. Some of you might remember that Steven Manchester stopped by to do an interview a few months ago. You can check out that interview HERE

The book starts off
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very heartfelt novel!

As I always do I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! Steven Manchester is one of my favorite authors. His writing style is so unique. Always engaging, told in a way that makes you feel like you're right there as things unfold. Although a tear jerker, this was one of my favorite novels. It got to the heart of family, feelings, life and death. Great job Mr. Manchester, keep them coming!
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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, ...more
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