Twelve Months by Steven Manchester
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don't usually read true to life dramas. For me reading is usually about a good fantasy. Even with that in mind I decided to review Twelve Months anyways. I have recently lost three close relatives two of which was to cancer. I often wonder how anyone faces a Doctor telling them their time is short. In Steven Manchesters novel the reader is taken first hand through one mans journey to the end of his life.
Summary: 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.
My Take: Don is the kind of man who refuses to just give up and lock himself away to the end. Instead he embarks on a journey of new experiences and long forgotten dreams. Along the way he has time to reflect on his life as a whole, often remembering important pieces of his life for the reader to enjoy.
Although the premise is sad this novel is more one of inspiration. The writing is beautiful and flowing in an almost poetic way. This is surely a novel not to be missed!
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