Title: Twelve Months
Author: Steven Manchester
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: The Story Plant
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary: Don DiMarco discovers he has terminal cancer and is given 12 months to live. What will he do with his time left?
Review: It didn’t seem to be a book to read during the holiday season, but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. Don is a likable guy – he’s lived a fairly good life. He married to the woman of his dreams, has a beautiful adult daughter and two wonderful grandchildren. But when he finds out he has terminal cancer, he realizes he hasn’t lived enough. He tells us his story in the first person. As he makes his final choices on how to spend his days, he also looks back at his past to see where he’s come from giving the reader the full introspective view of his decisions. He visits his past, makes a list, looks to God, holds his family tight, seeking to close his life with no regrets. It’s not always a strait path. Along the way, people he meets ultimately make him think and reconsider some of the things on that bucket list, and add a few more. Don opens his heart to us, and we are not disappointed to share his journey.
I love how the author worked in all those places in our lives where we might want to have resolution if we knew we were leaving our life behind. Don’s revelations on his journey tap into all emotions. Every stop along the way also makes the reader take stock of what exactly that might mean to one’s own life.
Don is very “folksy” in his telling of the story, as if we are sitting down with a close friend over coffee. One can hardly help but be moved by this story.
Recommend for everyone. Bring the tissues.
Note: I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.