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From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a heartwarming tale of first impressions and lasting love.

Thomasina "Hitch" Waycott loves living and working on the remote family farm and B&B. But she also wants more. To see the world. To own her own home. To fall madly in love. 

But those are fairy tales, and if her life is a fairy tale, then she’s the ugly duckling. Her deformed lip, her crooked limbs and her weak heart have kept her from taking chances. But that’s about to change. 

When Grayson Potts comes to stay, he’s unlike anyone Thomasina has ever met. He’s aloof, eccentric and exceptionally kind. He’s also totally unconcerned with the physical flaws that have always defined Thomasina. 

The two form a bond that neither has had before. It’s possible that it could become something more, but Thomasina also wonders if it’s too good to be true. By putting her heart on the line, Thomasina may open herself to heartbreak. But she may also open herself to so much more.

©2019 by Lionhead Media Ltd. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-04-2021

A STORY TO GET LOST IN

Everything was fabulous, as are all books written by Amanda Prowse. I love her happy endings. This book helped pull me out of a deep depression after my husband died of COVID. THANK YOU!

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  • klderosier
  • 26-12-2020

A Sweet Story

The Things I Know by Amanda Prowse was an interesting book. The main characters experienced struggles different than I have ever experienced and had an unmistakable connection with one another. There was a sweetness and innocence to their story and you just wanted a happy ending for them. I would recommend this book.

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  • barbara
  • 03-08-2020

The Things I Know

What an inspiring story, filled with love, hope and sadness. There are a lot of different people in this world, who crave normality and this book portrays that. A definite read ot listen. The narration is excellent.

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  • Teri Johnson
  • 30-10-2019

Curl up on the sofa.

Slow but held my interest. Characters were likable. Author was able to make me feel like I was right there with the main character, always pulling for her

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  • inspiredsmile
  • 11-10-2019

ex excellent

This book was the best book that I have read so far this year! Great characters, and message of strength and hope.

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  • Vanessa Y
  • 07-10-2019

I love Amanda Prowse books

I loved that she narrates her own books, because I love her accent and she knows how it should be narrated. This book was so special & sweet, of at times it had cruel acting ppl, but it is a beautiful book. I love it and the other two books by the same author, I can’t wait to listen to more.

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  • Melanie C
  • 22-08-2019

Beautiful!

This is a beautiful story! I very much enjoyed Thomasina’s journey. Thomasina struggled to be accepted and often dealt with the cruelty of others because of the difference in her appearance. With a twisted lip after a failed surgery for a cleft palette and a faulty right foot that was frozen in a position that made her walk on her toes, she struggled often to find her place among others. Some of the farm work was painful for her, but still she pushed on. She has such a caring and loving heart and my heart went out to her.

When Thomasina meets Grayson, her whole world changes. It changes for Grayson as well, as he’s in a slump of his own and dealing with difficulties as well. Together they begin to explore this incredible connection they have to each other. Their bond is beautiful.

“We are like two peas that have found their way back to their pod.”

I loved watching Thomasina’s growth as well as her finding her self-worth. It was beautiful to see her self-confidence grow and begin to step out of her comfort zone. I loved that she began to take chances on herself. Grayson’s growth was immense as well and I loved how everything came together in the end.

This is a beautiful and inspirational story that left me with a smile on my face and my heart full.

“And that’s why I’m here. Chasing life. I’m chasing you.”

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  • squishy
  • 21-06-2019

Nice story of human nature

Enjoyed this sweet story of how hard relationships can be and over coming adversity. Human nature wants what it wants, sometimes at others expense. What I liked was there was real reactions to conflict, sometimes these "sweet" stories are made up of "door-mats" and "all is always forgiven". Thomasina grew into a wise, tough little lady. Only thing a little TOO much was in the end, after 2 years they had a dang sprawling compound of every amenity ie,cafe, store, camping, education center, on and on! Wow 😳

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  • Sharey
  • 18-06-2019

Sweet Idea...But Excessive Plodding 3.75***

There was way too much fluff and padding to this book and too little story. You could leave the room and do a task and not have missed anything at pretty much any point in the book. 3.75 Stars

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  • Catherine
  • 18-07-2020

Delightful !!!!

Loved this book. Both characters were so likeable. Thomasina (Hitch) was such a lovely person and you just want nothing but the best for her. It was so sad to hear how some people were so nasty to her because she had a disfigurement and a disability. This is most likely the case in reality for all people who have disabilities. Its disgraceful and unbelievable that people think that that's acceptable!
Anyway...... Emery was such a lovely man, I think it would be correct to assume he had the characteristics of autism as some of his reactions and replies to people making fun of him were quite comical as he was often oblivious to the fact that they were teasing him.
I just loved the whole story and definitely recommend it.

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  • Reebers
  • 05-12-2019

over long

I loved the idea of this book but got incredibly frustrated with all the unnecessary and repetitive descriptions 'pushing thr plump pink bacon around in the swirl of shiny fat'. It drags on far, far too long and then very disappointingly resolves suddenly in the last chapter with lots of unlikely character turns.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-2019

The things I know

A beautiful story of a strong young woman born with various disabilities, determined to make her dreams come true. The simplicity of the characters in this story make it so touching.

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  • A. Richards
  • 12-07-2019

nice listen

About a disabled young woman trying to forge her own life away from her over protective parents.

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  • Debbie Wilson
  • 04-04-2021

Enjoyed it right from the start

Loved this so much i listen to it all
in one sitting. very likable characters the book had you hooked right to the end.

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  • Claire
  • 31-03-2021

Stunning!


'The Things I know' by Amanda Prowse.
Genre: Contemporary & Romance Fiction.

About the book: Tomasina lives on a remote farm/B&B with her family. She works hard daily and loves her family, yet she feels severely lonely and suffocated. Tomasina has some health difficulties and bodily deformities. People have been cruel to her and she feels that she will never experience love as her parents have.
However, one afternoon the family have a B&B guest staying for a few nights called Grayson Potts. None of them knew that this booking would lead to a chain of events that would change all of their lives forever.

My Review: Stunning! I love this novel! I could not put this book down. It is such a page-turner. The pace is excellent and there is no over description. A great balance of show and tell.
I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster with the protagonist and the love interest. The protagonist is three dimensional and she is such a loveable character. There are too many main characters out there in the fiction world who have no disabilities or deformities. They are normally seen as minor character. Therefore, I highly praise Amanda for bringing such a fantastic protagonist to the front stage.
Also, I praise the author for showing what it can be like for caring someone who has an addiction especially someone who is in denial of their addiction. Amanda has a great talent for showing the pure human experience.
The romance between the protagonist and the love interest is beautiful but also realistic. It had me in tears at some points.

Triggers - Bullying & Addiction.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys this genre. I aim to read all of Amanda's novels.

Disclaimer: My Book Reviews are based on my own opinions and experiences only.

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  • Joanna
  • 12-03-2021

Stunning!

I read this book in a 24 hour span, and just couldn't put it down.
thanks

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  • L Hayes
  • 31-01-2021

A Beautiful Story

I too was born with “the instructions upside down” and felt Amanda Prowse wrote this story very empathetically. She did not ‘label’ any body / any of her characters and that was lovely. A very positive and sympathetic style of writing about impairment.
I really found this story a joy to listen too and it was beautifully narrated too. Great work Amanda! Thank you!!

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  • maggie may
  • 29-10-2020

lovely story

listened on audible, the author/narrator was really good, loved the story and would recommend it

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  • kindle fire hd
  • 10-10-2020

excellent

loved it. story of resilience through many differing challenges with successful and beautiful ending.

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