Twelve Months by Steven Manchester
Published: August 14th 2012Pulisher: The Story Plant
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.
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 dealing with his life.
Don DiMarco has everything he wanted in life at that point: A wife he loves, a beautiful daughter who is married to a good man and two beautiful grandchildren he spoils whenever he wants. Add to that a job he enjoys and he is all set.
But that changes one day when he visits the doctor. He has cancer and only 12 months left to live.
This is where Don’s story begins. While trying to figure out why this is happening to him and how to deal with it, Don realizes that the only way to go is forward and one day at a time. It’s a very inspiring story of strength, hope, faith and love. Don lets us glimpse into his present and past.
Don takes his time and does everything he always wanted to do but didn’t have the time and hopes that 12 months is enough to get ready.
Steven Manchester surely knows how to write a heartbreaking story in a beautiful way. This is a story that can relate to a lot of people either from personal experience or from staying with someone who’s going through this. The characters and emotions are very realistic and pull you into the story taking you along Don’s journey.