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250 Word review: Twelve Months, Steven Manchester

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Summary (From Goodreads.com)
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.

Title: Twelve months
Author: Steven Manchester
Length: 324 Pages
Source: Review copy from the author

Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Readability: ★★★★
Overall: ★★★★

My opinion:
This novel is what I expected from The Fault in Our Stars; it’s a beautiful, heartrending read that lingers with you afterwards.
Emotional, inspiring and beautifully written, Twelve Months begins with Don’s diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer. The novel follows Don as he sets off to fulfil his Top 5 fantasies, spend time with his family, and enjoy his remaining time to its fullest.

The characters in Twelve Months, particularly Don’s wife and grandkids, are wonderful and amazingly lifelike.  The whole book, in fact, reads almost like a memoir rather than fiction, and you can almost feel Don growing as a person throughout the novel. From scenes that made me giggle out loud to heartbreaking ones that made me cry, once I got into the book, I couldn’t put it down.

I did find Don a little too perfect at times, but he also reminded me of my Grandad – there are real people that inspiring, I’m just not one of them!

I also worried towards the end of the novel when Don started contemplating his faith – for me, religion in fiction tends to be an instant turn-off. However, it was pretty minimal and perfectly fitted in with both the plot and Don’s character.

The incredible characters and Don’s heart-warming desire to “Leave more than you can take” will have you reassessing your priorities, and inspire you to be the best person you can be.

Buy it? Definitely.
In a nutshell: An inspiring, thought-provoking, beautiful read.

Other Reviews of Twelve Months: A Book of A Different Color | Turning the Pages | Kim the Bookworm
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