The Things I Know

The Things I Know

by Amanda Prowse


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477825211
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 790,992
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author twenty-one novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary-fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio but her first love is, and will always be, writing.

You can find her online at, on Twitter @MrsAmandaProwse, and on Facebook at

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The Things I Know 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Jenny-H 3 months ago
A moving love story of two people who are a bit different What I love about Amanda Prowse's books is that they always shows her empathy towards those who don't quite fit in. Thomasina is known as Hitch because of her awkward gait caused by her twisted body. She lives and works hard with her brother on her parents' farm, where her family protect her from the unkind world. Although slow to learn, she gains release form the constraints of her life by expressing her thoughts and dreams on paper. She longs to go to New York, have a boyfriend and have sparkly red shoes. Her parents tell her she is 'different' but she longs to find out exactly how different. When her brother, Jonathan, goes to work on a ranch in America, she realises that her own dreams of escape have been crushed, as her elderly parents rely on her to support them on the farm. Then Grayson Potts comes to stay at their B&B. Like her, he feels himself a misfit and constrained by his needy mother, an alcoholic, with whom he shares a tiny London flat. They make an instant connection and make each other happy, but their lives are so different. He is a stockbroker, she a farm girl. Can they make a future together? I love the fact that, as Thomasina gains in confidence, she becomes known by her proper name, rather than the derogatory nickname used by even her parents. A beautifully-written romance, with pathos and humour.
JamieS 8 days ago
This book gives you a warm fuzzy feeling! A beautiful story well written! First book of hers I recall having read..will have to look at more. a story about overcoming others opinions and finding your trust self. very enjoyable! thank you netgalley for the arc
Kris601 12 days ago
3.5 stars 3.5 stars. Hitch, (her real name is Thomasina ) lives on a farm in the UK with her parents who shelter and protect her from the outside world because of her disabilities. But Hitch doesn't want to be protected. She wants to experience the world and fall in love. When a boy named Grayson comes to stay at the family's B&B, something beautiful and amazing happens. These two lost souls come together. This is such a sweet, heartwarming, sad, but uplifting novel. It reminds us to look past the surface to find the beauty hidden within all of us. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Lake Union for the opportunity to read this lovely book. All opinions are my own.
Avid_Reader_LB4 13 days ago
A fantastic though heart-wrenching story. I must admit, I could not read it without pauses because the emotion Hitch/Thomasina's story evoked was just too much at times. Happiness with the small things in life like her beloved chickens and the glory of a sunrise; despair at the monotony and drudgery of her hard work on the farm; hurt and embarrassment due to her physical defects and those who constantly taunt her; love and concern for her protective, overworked parents; glorious dreams of travel and an independent life away from the farm; jealousy at her brother's ability to head off for foreign pastures; wonder at her connection with Grayson; crushing defeat as some of her hopes crumble; deep sorrow at the uncertain fate of the family homestead: Thomasina moves through the gamut as a young woman at a crossroads, whether or not she wants to be there, and how she decides to handle it is moving and life affirming. The romance is tempered with an all too realistic account of the routines and commitments that hold us back. I will admit it brought me to tears several times. Grayson, the paying guest who sees only the best in Thomasina, is another complex character who deserves better from his fellow man. He and Thomasina bring out the best, most adventurous part of each other. This is a haunting pair of characters who will stay with me. Superb writing too! I read a complimentary copy of the book provided by Netgalley; this is my voluntary and honest review.
dlvandruff 23 days ago
Thomasina was born different. A cleft lip, a twisted hand and a foot that makes her limp. She does have a greatest parents and brother whom love her very much. It's the other people. They're the ones that call her unpleasant names and tease her. Bullying is always so hurtful. She's twenty-four, still helping on her family's farm that has been there's for generations. She's lonely. She wants a boyfriend, a home of her own, independence. Then Grayson arrives, he's staying in their guest room at their B&B. He is there to attend a meeting to do with the banking he works at. Thomasina and Grayson form a connection. They seem to be able to fill the empty spaces that each has. This is a story of love, forgiveness, determination and strength. Mostly it's a story of family. Wonderfully written, tender, lovely. A must read!
IrishEyes430 23 days ago
Thomasina “Hitch” lives and works on her family farm. She was born with several birth defects that have led her to a lonely life. She has so many dreams but has not been able to fulfill them. Then Grayson Potts comes to stay at the farm. He is a little on the strange side, but is very interested in Thomasina. He listens to her and encourages her to open up more. Thomasina’s journey takes many twists and turns, but it is wonderful to see her conquer some of her fears and goals towards the life she wants. I fell in love with this heartwarming and courageous character!
JanetB9 23 days ago
This book is a gentle, perhaps predictable, love story of two gentle young people from disparate backgrounds who both have disabilities. Hers are physical, his are emotional. She is country girl who lives on the family farm, he is city born and bred. Her family is loving, if over-protective, his mother is bitter and controlling. Both feel they want more out of life, but don’t know how to change their circumstances.They meet when he arrives at the farm as a bed and breakfast guest who is to give a talk in the nearby town. They feel an instant attraction that quickly becomes a bond as they encourage each other to reach out for the lives they want, rather than the lives that they feel trapped into living. Both begin to gain self-confidence, but then circumstances intervene. Will they be able to succeed in living the lives they have only dreamed about, or will the complications destroy their new self-confidence?
SerenaNJ 23 days ago
This story had me from the beginning. I loved the story about Thomasina (Hitch) Waycott and her struggle in life to be accepted. People made fun of her her entire life but she had a heart of gold. This is her story and it was fantastic.
ThreesmomDC 25 days ago
Being a mother of a special needs child, when I first started this book all I could think was that I hoped to goodness that I wasn't doing to my child what Thomasina's mom was doing and had done to her. It hurt to read about how Thomasina felt and about some of the things that had gone on in her life. I had hope when Mr. Potts showed up and showed Thomasina that he didn't see all her "flaws" that he only saw a beautiful person that he could grow to care about. Mr. Potts is slightly different in his own right, but his "flaws" are more mental where Thomasina's are physical. Together, they build each other up and make each other feel loved and strong, but then life interferes again, they separate and it takes them a while to reconnect and find a new beginning. Although I liked this book, it felt rather drawn out to me. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 25 days ago
Thomasina, otherwise known as Hitch, was born with a clef palette and other disabilities. She has always been insecure because of her disabilities and has stayed home working on her family’s farm and B&B. This is a wonderful story of her finding her confidence and making peace with her past. I always enjoy Amanda Prowse’s writing. Her characters pull me into the story so completely. I was really hoping for Thomasina to spread her wings and find true happiness. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this ARC.
AyoBankole 29 days ago
The Things I Know by Amanda Prowse is a story about taking control of your life against all the odds. Admittedly you might need someone else to give you the push and make you extinguish all self doubts and start the journey towards the life you want and deserve. An enjoyable read.
diversified-reader 3 months ago
The Things I Know was a great story about courage, strength, and finding your happiness. Thomasina Waycott was born with a few challenges like a claw foot, a cleft palate and lip problems. While others teased and bullied her, Thomasina’s family fiercely protected her. Working on the Waycott farm with her parents, Thomasina yearned for new adventures. She also wanted someone to share her life with. When Grayson Potts stayed at her farm for a few days, they both felt the commonality of not exactly fitting in with others and quickly felt at ease with each other. But Grayson’s life and job was in London with his demanding, alcoholic and manipulative mother, while Thomasina had her beloved animals to care for and the endless farm work. Their chance of love and happiness slowly slipped away. However, Thomasina was determined to spread her wings…with or without Grayson. This was the first book I read by this author. It was very realistically written with memorable characters that you root for throughout the story. The main character reminded me of another book that I loved, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Both were strong courageous women with many problems in their life, but they persevered. Since this author writes stories along this theme, I will definitely add her books to my list.
Sheremy2627 3 months ago
The Things I Know is a refreshingly unique story. At the start of the book our protagonist, Thomasina, copes with the stress of her daily life by writing in a journal. Through her journal Thomasina reveals the truths as she sees them. Some of her truths are absolutely heartbreaking. When she meets Grayson her world begins to shift. She sees life through a different lens and finds her voice. Amanda Prowse packs a lot of emotion into one sweet story as it explores a variety of relationships including family, friendships and love. I love that this story to challenges some common statements used to excuse poor behavior. I highly recommend this story!
Annette5151 3 months ago
This book was sad, happy and intense at times. I loved how driven the main character is and how she wants to experience all she can! I enjoyed the story! Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for the early copy
lsmoore_43 3 months ago
I have read and loved several of Amanda Prowse’s books. They are so full of raw emotions and will leave you breathless. I’ve shed many tears while reading some of the best books ever. That being said I am very sad to say that this one just didn’t do it for me. It fell way short of my expectations. I didn’t like any of the characters other than Thomasina/Hitch and Grayson. I liked Jonathan a little. Hated Emery even later on. Thomasina’s mother seemed way to cold and Grayson’s was just awful. Kind of over the top cruel to do such a turn around later. Thomasina’s dad seemed like a very nice man that truly cared about his daughter but the mother was just to cold in my opinion. Thomasina should have been very protected by her mother but to me she seemed to just brush her away when she tried to tell her things. Not like a mother at all. This book was very well written and easy to read with the exception of using the “shit” word way to much. I don’t mind ugly words at all but that one finally got to me. I feel absolutely awful that I didn’t really love this book but I have to be honest. I just didn’t get out of this book what many others obviously did. It fell short for me. I didn’t have any emotions one way or the other. Nothing. It was just an ok book that you need to read for yourself to decide what you think. It could very well be just me. Thank you to #NetGalley, #Amazon Publishing UK and #Lake Union for this copy in exchange for my review. I give this book 3 stars.
1st-Reader-of-stories 3 months ago
The Things I Know # NetGalley Amanda Prowse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What a delightful read! This is the first book of Amanda Prowse I have read and can’t believe I have missed her writing. She has the most delightful style of writing and it is easy to follow the story. It is not burdened by an abundance of characters that are hard to keep up with. She uses characters who are flawed with human frailties and makes them become alive. I truly enjoyed every page of this book. I can see how she is so popular with the UK readers. I definitely will be looking for more books by this author. It, in my opinion, deserves 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced read copy of this book for an honest review.
PegGlover 3 months ago
The Things I know is an emotionally charged character-driven novel; well-written and captivating. I quickly became involved and fell in love with Thomasina and Grayson. The author brings, especially, these two characters to life. Thomasina has been bullied her entire life. Her disfigurements stood out for all to see. Most people looked away from Thomasina’s facial disfigurement, but others like her cousin took great pleasure in ridiculing her. Although she tried publically to ignore verbal jabs, privately Thomasina cried bitter tears. Thomasina never thought that she’d ever find love. But when a certain gentleman, Grayson Potts came to stay at her farm, everything changed. Grayson had scars of his own. He had been bullied and taken advantage of, since childhood. When Grayson met Thomasina, Grayson knew that he had met a kindred spirit, and someone he could love. But, the obstacles in his way, kept him from what he wanted, and cemented him to what was familiar, his life of oppression. True happiness he thought was just for normal folk, not for people like him. This book brought me to tears several times. It’s a heartwarming, heartbreaking novel, and one you’ll remember for a very long time. Highly recommended. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!
Anattorneywrites 3 months ago
“The Things I Know” is Amanda Prowse’s latest novel and fans of her earlier works will not be disappointed. Thomasina (Hitch) lives at Walcott farm in the English countryside with her family, but wants to find her place in life. She longs to follow her younger brother to the United States and discover happiness (as well as love). But unlike many girls who long for similar things, Hitch has many disabilities that make escaping her life on the farm all the more difficult. Because of constantly being picked on throughout her life, Hitch relates more to animals than people. Grayson Potts comes to the farm and sees the person Hitch has the potential to be. Grayson has his own personal struggles, though I thought for purpose of the novel, they could have been developed as well as Hitch’s issues. Grayson and Hitch develop a friendship, but you know that after a few hurdles, they are going to fall for each other by the end of the book. Yet instead of relying upon clichés, Amanda’s Prowse’s vivid descriptions and colorful characters bring this story to life. Hitch is quite a likable character and it was easy to relate to her “ugly duckling” feelings, especially with her journal entries included at the end of each chapter. “The Things I Know” is a quick and easy read with a ending that is guaranteed the majority of its readers. Thank you to Netgalley, Lake Union and Amanda Prowse for the opportunity to read this easily relatable tale.
Caroldaz 3 months ago
Amanda is one of my favourite authors and I was so excited to read this book! The story is so touching, heartwarming and gives hope to those struggling with difficulties, whether physical or psychological. Thomasina struggles with physical difficulties, a crooked lip, a deformed hand and her heart is not strong. But she has dreams, she dreams of her own house, a man to love and bake for but her family so cares for her that they have wrapped her in cotton wool. She lives on a farm with her parents, a farm that is struggling financially. They also take in guests, as in a B&B. Thom’s brother has moved to America to work on a ranch, and Emery, their cousin, has moved to the farm to help out, but he bullies Thomasina. Then a guest like no other arrives, Grayson Potts, who is also different. Thomasina and Grayson quickly form a bond and I so loved to see this bond develop. Grayson struggles too, he lives with his mother who is an alcoholic, bitter and very needy. A very beautiful story! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
AMGiacomasso 3 months ago
I'm happy I requested this book because I discovered a very good writer. It's a bit slow at the beginning but if you're patient you're in for a great reading experience. I loved the well written cast of characters, the setting and the plot. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
JenaBooks 3 months ago
Thomasina Hitch Waycott is a young adult who lives with her loving family on a small farm in England near Bristol. “Hitch” was born with some ailments and difficulties, including a cleft lip and palate, that was later awkwardly repaired (and sadly, resulted in the nickname “Hitch”). In spite of all that, she is an active participant on the farm- helping with chores, the B&B guests, and caring for her chicken friends. But sometimes the safe cocoon that her parents have created for her feels too small. The “joys that other people took for granted, like love, marriage, having a friend, and being able to wear high-heeled shoes” seemed a bit out of her reach. At times, the beauty of the farm, her loyal dog, and her farm work are enough for Thomasina. But, when she is faced with taunts at the local pub, or feels stifled by her parents, she wants more. She keeps a list of what she knows, and one day she begs the universe for help. How can she change? How can she break out of her rut? And once Thomasina opens herself to possibilities, her world does begin to change. Her brother makes a big change, a B&B guest arrives, and her parents start thinking about the future. Thomasina learns that change can be positive, or it can be very uncomfortable, which is why it is good to have a pair of sparkly red shoes for inspiration. In the “About the Author” section at the end of this quietly compelling book, we are told “Ms. Prowse writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love test in ways they never imagined.” The author is a prolific writer, although this is the first book of hers (But it won’t be the last!) I have read. Author Prowse is skillful at weaving an emotional story. Inspiring, entertaining, uplifting settings and themes are her canvas where she sets colorful characters that we care about and bond with. Some of the dialogue scenes were a bit long, but this is a readable story that will stick with you. Thanks to NetGalley, Amazon Publishing UK, Lake Union Publishing for a digital review copy. This is my honest review.
lauriesophee 3 months ago
"And I know that some days I'm happy and other day's I'm sad, but that's the same for everyone, isn't it?" This is a beautiful love story between two young adults. Their meeting was fate. Thomasina aka Hitch helps to run her family farm that also has a B&B. A young quiet, honest man named Grayson Potts comes to stay for two days while at a presentation for his work. This is their journey. Not all love and beauty, but definitely uplifting, challenging and enlightening. You will love these two people! I came away from this novel with the prayer that people who read this book by Amanda Prowse will see people with disabilities as people first. "I know I need to find the courage to chase the life I deserve." Everyone has goals, dreams and desires! Wonderful story!
moonfox1234 3 months ago
Sometimes you just stumble across a book. That was the case for me and I am so glad I did. I thought that this was an absolutely wonderful read. This book is filled with rural charm, harsh reality and an overall feeling of sweetness. Thomasina ‘Hitch’ has a story that will touch your heart. Thomasina has been different since birth. Her challenges may slow her down but they certainly do not stop her. I thought she was very smart, incredibly kind, loving and a hard worker. The book gives you a look into her life, hopes, dreams and fears. I felt it was incredibly eye-opening. So often, people are labeled and fenced in by expectations (or a lack of). This is even worse for those with differences. My heart simply ached for Thomasina. Her loneliness, the desire for more and her yearning to truly live were almost tangible as you read through the book. The book is very well written and read easily. Thomasina's world was so well developed that I felt I could feel the heat from the stove, feel the crunch of the frosted grass under my feet and smell the wonderful meals that Thomasina cooked. This emotional read will put your own emotions through their paces as the story unfolds, and what a beautiful story it is.
TracyFritts1974 3 months ago
This is beatiful written story that will pull on your heartstrings. It is a heartwarming story that is filled with hope and happiness, sadness. I truly enjoyed reading about Grayson and Thomasina. The characters are two people who don't quite fit in and who are different. It was a page turner and kept my interest through out the story. I vouluntairy read and reviewed an Advanced Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you you NetGalley, Amazon Publishing UK and Lake Union publishing for letting me read this story.
gmcootie 3 months ago
The thing I know about The Things I Know by Amanda Prowse is that you have to read it. Now. This story is miraculous, sweet and tender. It’s so warm and full of heart, so full of characters that you will love and hate, hope for, get impatient with, feel grief, sadness and despair with, and revel in their joy. The contrast in settings is stark – Thomasina in the lush, beautiful country at the B&B and Grayson in the what can only be described as squalid city – and both feel so real you can imagine you are there. Grayson and Thomasina may seem odd and quirky at first – and they are – but they are also the people we should all aspire to be: strong in their beliefs, truthful, kind. We are the ones not in sync, not them. They have such open conversations, no sarcasm, no mocking, no hidden meaning. Questions asked are sincere. They are honest, and honesty might hurt, but they have nice hearts. Thomasina’s life is about to change. Things haven’t worked out as she hoped but it’s been a life she’s enjoyed and she is comfortable and cared for. With her parents selling the B&B what will become of her? Oh, yes, she’ll survive and be taken care of, but is this the final door slamming on her dreams? Grayson is amazing at his job, has a gift for it, but he wants more. And he wants to escape. But he made a promise long, long ago and how can he even think of breaking it? Even to be with Thomasina, who instantly seems like an old friend he never knew he had. Grayson has the mind of a computer and the heart of a poet. At one point he says, “It’s not that I’m afraid of her, more afraid of doing the wrong thing. And not just doing the wrong thing, but the wrong thing in front of you.” Doesn’t this just perfectly capture how we all often feel? Thomasina keeps a journal of “The Things I Know.” A very insightful and courageous journal. And both Grayson and Thomasina agree that time is passing and life doesn’t come to you – you have to chase it. And they show their courage by facing their fears and doing just that. They know who they are and who they want to be, they have dreams and desires and goals. Even though they have been beaten down and ridiculed and held back, they persevere. They are hard-working and determined, not perfect, but not afraid to acknowledge their flaws, either. And willing to acknowledge in their hearts that the happy-ever-after ending might not be theirs in the end. The Things I Know reminds me of an old book and movie - The Enchanted Cottage. Oliver and Laura see only the beauty in each other and it changes them. The same is true of Thomasina and Grayson. When I learned the origin of Hitch’s nickname I shuddered, and when Grayson refused to call her Hitch and asked her to tell everyone her name is Thomasina he captured my heart. The Things I Know is a love story, but with some hard truths, full of hope and redemption for some of the characters, and a story of change and facing your fears no matter what. It is a wonderful, marvelous, magical book and I want everyone to read it and experience the joy I did. Thanks to author Amanda Prowse and NetGalley for providing an advance copy for my honest review.