Friday’s Fiction

Cactus Creek Challenge

The Cactus Creek Challenge by Erica Vetsch

About the Book

Anything he can do, I can do better. At least that was what Cassie Bucknell thought before she pinned on Ben Wilder’s badge and took to patrolling the streets of Cactus Creek, Texas. Cassie has been in love with Ben since primer school, but Ben treats her like a little sister. When they are picked to swap jobs for a month as part of the annual Cactus Creek Challenge in their Texas hometown, the schoolhouse is thrown into an uproar, the jail becomes a temporary bank vault, and Cassie and Ben square off in a battle of wills that becomes a battle for their hearts.

My Thoughts

The Cactus Creek Challenge has a charming and enchanting premise.  Every year in Cactus Creek, Texas, two people swap jobs for a month, but this year there is a new twist. Instead of only two people, there will be four, and women can enter the challenge, too. The townspeople (and the contestants’ families) are initially outraged and/or upset when they realize just what the winners must do. Cassie Bucknell, a schoolteacher, must swap jobs with Ben Wilder, her secret love and sheriff of the town. The other two contestants are Jenny Hart, the town baker, and Carl Gustafson, the town’s livery owner.

Ben’s sure he can wrangle a few schoolchildren.  After all, how much trouble can they get into? However, he’s not sure, nor is he happy, that Cassie can run the job of sheriff.

Erica Vetsch does an incredible job of showing the “challenges” each contestant faces, from Ben’s too cocky attitude toward the woman’s “easy” job of teaching to Carl’s bewilderment at the complexities of baking anything besides biscuits. There are many funny laugh out loud moments. All the same, Ms. Vetsch also shows how each character grows and comes to appreciate the other contestants’ unique skills.

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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.