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The Cactus by Sarah Haywood @SarahxHaywood @TwoRoadsBooks #AudiobookReview #TheCactus

Well another day, another book!!
I’m super happy to bring you my review for this fabulous read, I love books with ‘quirky’ characters, and although it isn’t at all the same, if you loved the book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and the Rosie project by Graeme Simsion, chances are you’re going to love this one too.

Why Did You Pick It Up Vicci?

Well I grabbed it because it was the June pick for Book of the Month for Reece Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club Hello Sunshine, and so far she hasn’t steered me wrong, and she didn’t this time either.

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My Thoughts

𝔸 𝕣𝕚𝕔𝕜𝕝𝕪 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕝 𝔹𝕝𝕠𝕠𝕞𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖!

Susan Green, 45, likes to be in control, of her life, her work, and her love life.

She lives in her one-bedroom flat in London which is perfectly suited to her as she can keep everything organised and functional, she works in an office environment, and is a little bit of an enigma to her work colleagues, as she doesn’t have anything like a social media account, she wouldn’t stoop so low!

No, she is happy as she is at work, and socialising outside of the office with her work friends is a no-no, in fact she doesn’t see why anyone would want to do this! She’s happy just getting on with her work, and looking after her succulents, i.e. Cacti / Cactuses.

She has an arrangement with a man for a no-strings-attached relationship, that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits, however she does NOT want, or NEED a relationship, as it causes problems.

“Dealing with members of the opposite sex isn’t that dissimilar from training a dog; you need to be firm and persistent.”

Her brother Edward is the “Golden Child” and she has always been slightly resentful of him because of this, he doesn’t work and hasn’t contributed to the help with their mother’s care during her illness.

When their mother suddenly passes away, Susan is horrified to find out at the reading of the will, that her mother has left the family home to her brother, not only that, he has moved his friend into the house, and he SMOKES!! This simply Will. Not. Do

And then to add to a bad situation, she finds out that she is pregnant at 45!

I really enjoyed this story, Susan was quite difficult to like at the beginning, because she came across very emotionless, however as you begin to get to know her better, you start to realise that this is part of her quirky personality, and she copes with things this way.

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I listened to the Audiobook, and the narration for this was fabulous, Katherine Manners did a fantastic job with the accents and the characters.

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About The Book

𝘐𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘣𝘶𝘵, 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯’𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥.

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.

𝘌𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘰𝘣, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘶𝘣𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭-𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳. 𝘈𝘴 𝘚𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘯’𝘴 𝘥𝘶𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘧𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘯, 𝘚𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘯𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘙𝘰𝘣. 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧, 𝘪𝘧 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘨𝘰

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK
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About the Author:

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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.

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