The Cactus Creek Challenge by Erica Vetsch

When I read the back cover of this book, I couldn’t help but think of the musical, Annie Get Your Gun…and one song in particular. It is one of my favorite musical songs because it’s catchy, but you can also just have so much fun with it. 

**I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

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.

“Being brave means stuffing your fear into your hat and then sitting on your hat.”

-Ben Wilder, The Cactus Creek Challenge


There were just so many things to love about this book. Honestly, I was hooked once I read the back cover. The premise at the center of this story made for an unpredictable story with humor and fantastic characters–and in fact, getting to meet these characters in situations that are quite different from their natural element was so much fun!

I was even a bit surprised at the depth that this story reached at certain times. Some of the characters came from some difficult pasts or had things that challenged them. These elements helped me to connect with the characters.

This was such a wonderfully fun read–and a unique story. I highly reccomend this story to anyone looking for a fun, lighthearted, and all around entertaining book.

About the Author:
Even though Erica Vetsch has set aside her career teaching history to high school students in order to homeschool her own children, but her love of history hasn’t faded. Erica’s favorite books are historical novels and history books, and one of her greatest thrills is stumbling across some obscure historical factoid that makes her imagination leap. She’s continually amazed at how God has allowed her to use her passion for history, romance, and daydreaming to craft historical romances that entertain readers and glorify Him. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, Erica is the company bookkeeper for her family’s lumber business, a mother of two terrific teens, wife to a man who is her total opposite and yet her soul mate, and an avid museum patron.


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