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Author: Sarah Haywood Narrator: Katherine Manners Publisher: Harlequin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781488204562

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In this witty and heartfelt debut, one woman’s unconventional journey to motherhood means learning to embrace the unexpected

Even the prickliest cactus has its flower…

For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic and an “interpersonal arrangement” that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control.

When she learns that her mother’s will inexplicably favors her indolent brother, Edward, Susan’s already dismantled world is sent flying into a tailspin. As Susan’s due date draws near and her family problems become increasingly difficult to ignore, Susan finds help and self-discovery in the most unlikely of places.

Featuring an endearing cast of characters and tremendous heart, The Cactus is a poignant debut and a delightful reminder that some things can’t be explained by logic alone.

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  • “Original, engaging, and totally believable.”

    - Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A heartfelt and charming story of one woman’s transition from a solitary, orderly existence to a messy life full of love.”

    - Booklist
  • “A warm, witty portrait of a woman finally creating the family she deserves.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “A cactus is the perfect metaphor for Haywood’s hilarious and endearing debut about a prickly woman who thrives no matter her environment…Consistently enjoyable, anchored by the splendid character of Susan.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Equal parts intelligent, funny, and devastating, Haywood breathes life into an unlikely heroine in a bold, emotionally-charged debut.”

    - Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
  • “If, like me, you never stopped to think what a child born of The Rosie Project’s Don Tillman and Bridget Jones might be like, there’s one way to find out. Read Sarah Haywood’s The Cactus.”

    - Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me


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About the Author

Sarah Haywood was born in Birmingham. After studying law, she worked in London and Birkenhead as a solicitor, in Toxteth as an advice worker, and in Manchester as an investigator of complaints about lawyers. She now lives in Liverpool with her husband and two sons.