Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-611880-53-3

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-936558-70-4

Publication date: August 14, 2012

326 pages

“Move over, Nicholas Sparks! Steven Manchester’s Twelve Months is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page. Its story offers the reader a precious peek into heaven and will make you want to live better and love more. Steven Manchester is my new favorite author!”

– Susan Farr-Fahncke, author and editor,

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 emotionally charged novel is a wonderful exploration of the meaning of living life to it’s fullest, before it’s too late.”

– Cat’s Thoughts


Twelve Months 

Steven Manchester


"An undeniable heart-tugging read that you will not forget and leave you with a feeling of serenity. An extraordinary read! Not only do I highly recommend this book but would absolutely state that it is a must read!”

– CMash Reads

“I highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone. It will burn the will to live into your soul. But you may want to keep a box of tissues near by, just in case.”
– The Coffee Cup

“A story well worth reading…. The book won't be for everybody but for some it could easily be their favorite book of the year.”
– The View from the Philpside

Twelve Months is a beautiful, heart-warming, and necessary read for all, especially those caught up in the monotonous schedule of work, food, TV (or other techno gadgets), et al. Steven Manchester writes about life as it really is and really could be! Terrific!”
– Crystal Book Reviews


“This is an awesome book. It sure makes you sit back and be thankful for what you have in your own life, and to live every day to the fullest!”
– Hanging Off the Wire

“I think everyone needs a great book like this sometimes to challenge us in our lives.”
– Reviews from the Heart

“Steven Manchester doesn’t just write books; he authors life lesson plans. Twelve Months is a powerful work of fiction.”
– Heather Froeschl, reviewer,

“You won’t want to skim-read Steven Manchester’s Twelve Months because you won’t want to miss a word of the delightful prose. This poignant, yet humorous story will lead you to question your spiritual beliefs, reconsider your own life, and determine what is of value.”
– Linda Pynaker, author, Messages of Hope & Healing

“Like the pieces of a puzzle being brought to life, author Steven Manchester tells a fantastic, mesmerizing story of a life lived with no regrets.”
– Albie Cullen, author, Drown

“A deeply moving book that I strongly recommend. (warning – tissues at the ready).”
– Lou Graham’s Blog

“Steven Manchester is amazing at painting beautiful pictures with his words.”
– Compass Book Ratings

“You HAVE to read this book!!! I have never demanded any of my followers to read anything, but this is beyond description. Steven Manchester has become one of my must-read authors.”
– Literary R&R

“5 stars. If we gave more I would definitely give it more…. Steven Manchester is not just a story teller, but also a writer of life plans. Thank you Steven.”
– Book Angels

Twelve Months has got to be one of the most poignant and emotional novels I've ever read…. I loved this book and highly recommend it! Just make sure you have the tissues handy.”
– Minding Spot

“Loved loved loved Twelve Months! In fact I loved it so much, I told my mom twice about it.”
– Home Maid Simple

“Twelve Months is an amazing book. The reading will bring out every emotion imaginable.”
– Single Titles

“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.”
– We All Make Mistakes

“Reading Twelve Months made me truly excited to consciously LIVE...and not just stay alive. You should, too.”
– Eat Ur Banana

“This book is so beautifully written. It's full of life and love and it's a story you won't be able to forget.”
– Dive Under the Cover

“If you are looking for a timely novel that's full of emotion and meaning, Steven Manchester's Twelve Months should be on your short-list.”
– The Paperback Pursuer

“If you can cry your eyes out because you feel so attached to the character, and yet still be able to laugh, the author definitely knows what they're doing. This book is about not taking life for granted, because you never know when you may run out of time. It teaches you to enjoy each moment, to make peace with old demons, to not be afraid to conquer your fears, no matter what your age. The small details, the intimacy between the characters, the weaving of the past with the present, the life lessons are all wonderful parts in their own right, and they combine to form a beautiful, heartwarming, novel. I am so glad to have read this. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a heartfelt story.”
– Melissa’s Midnight Musings

“I really liked Steven Manchester’s poetic writing style and ability to construct such a vivid, exciting, and impassioned story-line full of heartbreak, inspiration, hope, love, and faith.”
– Book Trib

“Heartwarming and endearing!”
– Wall-to-Wall Books

“Twelve Months is a keeper and one that, quite possible, you will bring off the shelf and read again and again. It is that good.”
– Vic’s Media Room

“I cannot say enough great things about this book. It's one of those rare novels that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and leave you questioning the big picture. This is a book that will make you think. At least, that's what Twelve Months made me do.”
– Turning the Pages

“There were times I had to remind myself it was a work of fiction, it was truly that moving.”
– Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Truly a wonderful story that should not be passed up.”
– The Polliwog Blog

"An endearing, uplifting and poignant story that will bring you to tears and have you cherishing every relationship and day you have."
– Readers' Favorites

"Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity," says Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King. "Steven Manchester writes about life as it really is and really could be," adds Crystal Book Reviews. Steven Manchester’s work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Manchester writes deeply moving, intensely relatable novels that readers tend to remember and discuss for a long time.