Saturday, 15 December 2018

They don’t know- Patricia Dixon- 5**

One of my top reads of the year.

Adam and Ryan are brothers. One has signed up for the forces and the other is at university.
Ryan, the elder one,has always been protective of his younger brother. Even more so since
they lost their parents. Their father was a good -for-nothing criminal and their mother died
from an overdose. They were mainly raised by their grandmother who following a stroke is
now in a home. Daisy lives in France with her parents and has returned to England to
attend university. Ryan speaks to her on the first day when they are both very unsure
of themselves and find themselves in a unique friendship that no-one quite understands.
This is a story of life and friendships. Of those people that have that special
something that you don’t want to spoil. Of life’s highs and lows, turmoil and tribulations,
successes and not quite so successful things we all go through. Beautifully written,
wonderfully described. I loved Daisy and Adam from the start. By the end I felt I knew
them. If you want to restore your faith in human nature then this is one of the books
you should perhaps read. It takes you away to a wonderful place in your mind-
a relaxing read to sink into whilst getting to know these characters that come alive
on the page. Stunningly written this will be one of my books of the year. I fell in
love with the characters, I enjoyed the plot and I really didn’t want it to end.
A book I will remember for a very long time. They don’t know about us-
they’ve never heard of love.
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They Don’t Know blurb

Daisy meets Adam on their first day at Manchester University and they immediately become firm friends, inseparable and happy in each other’s company. But when tongues begin to wag and their relationship is questioned, for the first time in his life Adam shares his secret with Daisy.  Daisy promises to stand by him and keep his secret.

When their Grandmother dies, Adam’s older brother, Ryan, returns from abroad and Daisy quickly falls for him.

After a troubled upbringing at the hands of a drunken mother and jailbird father, Adam and Ryan only have each other. In adulthood their bond holds firm, glued together by Daisy with whom they are now both in love.

Adam struggles with his secret and the fear of ever losing Daisy to another man. Is he besotted and quietly controlling and soon the past starts to influence his choices.

Ryan is motivated, selfish and sees everything in black and white, living in a military world that shields him from the demons of his past, bringing order to his life.

And in the middle is Daisy who loves both of them and makes a promise to each. One she sets free, the other she vows to protect and never abandon.

But when tragedy strikes can Daisy ever find happiness?

They Don’t Know is a beautiful novel about the promises we make and the different kinds of love.

Author Bio:

Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson, plus the company of a lazy bulldog. 

Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood. 

Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written five novels set in the Loire and then, in complete contrast, a much darker story of psychological suspense.

She is currently writing her next book, a murderous tale set in the sixties and if she’s not at her desk Patricia loves to read historical fiction or attempts recipes that look great on television but not necessarily her plate. And when the penny jar is full she cashes in her coins and heads to France, the lure of red wine and escapism equalled only by the pursuance of her dream job, writing for a living.


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