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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)|
Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves books and history, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever shes not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, shes the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, an avid museum patron, and wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves to hear from readers. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter at www.ericavetsch.com
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lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5a fun read!February 23, 2017lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This story is set in 1888 in the small town of Cactus Creek, Texas. The four main characters are Ben Wilder, the towns sheriff; Jenny Hart, bakery owner and operator; Carl Gustafson, livery owner and operator and Cassie Bucknell, schoolteacher. There are some other characters in the story that are used to flesh out the plot as well. Ben has always thought of Cassie as a little sister, but she has been in love with him for years. Will he ever see her as more than a little girl? Jenny is a widow of an abusive husband and has come to town to escape the rest of his family. Carl is a widower. Both have declared they will never marry again. Will Jenny let her fear rule her life forever?
Each year the town of Cactus Creek has held a challenge for the local men to participate in that would raise funds for a particular town projects. The winner of the challenge is voted on and the proceeds go to the winners particular project. This year, however, the contest has changed. Women are allowed to enter for the first time. Cassie has entered and convinced her friend Jenny to do the same. The four names of the main characters are drawn from several entries. After their names are announced, a new twist also is uncovered. Each contestant has to switch places for one month with another. So Cassie will now be acting sheriff and Ben will be teaching school. Jenny will be running the livery while Carl takes care of the bakery. Let the humor begin!
In addition to the everyday challenges that are encountered by each contestant, a large shipment of gold is due in town while Cassie is in charge. Ben thinks that since everyone in town and the surrounding area knows Cassie is the sheriff, someone might think this was a good time to steal the gold. Cassie is determined to finish out her month as sheriff and puts a plan together to protect the gold, but as we all know things dont always go according to plan.
I loved this book from cover to cover! There were some truly funny moments, especially involving the 9-year-old twin boys and their antics. There were also some funny scenes involving each of the four main characters as they had to change places with another during the Challenge. The sparks that flew between Cassie and Ben were palpable. Jenny and Carls romance was not quite as volatile, but still emerged sweetly and quickly. This was my first time reading this author and it certainly wont be the last! Please pick up a copy of this historical western romance with humor and some suspense; you wont be disappointed!
weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun Read!October 4, 2015weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Cactus Creek has held a challenge for years. People would switch jobs and whoever did the best job would help raise money for the town. This year, however, to better keep the town interested they allowed women to join in and switch with the men! Cassie has a crush on the sheriff. The problem is Ben only sees her like a kid sister, not a woman ready to find a husband. Cassie hopes to prove to him she is a woman who can not only do mens work but take control of his heart as well.
What I liked: Cassie has spunk and I really liked her. I loved how she tackled being sheriff and gave it her all. It made for a fun read. Ben was worried she was going to get hurt or that his town was going to disrespect her which you cant blame him for thinking that. He was also trying hard to live up to his fathers name. The challenge also included the livery owner(Carl) and the bakery owner(Jenny). Carl does not plan to remarry for he thinks the west is too hard on a woman. Jenny is trying to make a life for herself and her daughter after having a rough first marriage. I also really liked Carl and Jenny.
What I didnt like: As much as I liked this book I think it highly unlikely that a town in this time period would allow women to do mens work for a month with no help. It just seemed a little too far-fetched. I also dont understand why Carl and Jenny could not have had their own book. It worked well enough telling both couples stories, but it seemed like Carl and Jenny did not get as much screen time.
Overall this was a great book and I really liked it. Im interested to see if this might become a series.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Funny, but I liked one romance better than the otherSeptember 25, 2015Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"The Cactus Creek Challenge" is a humorous romance set in 1888 in a small town in Texas. The humor came from the many funny situations the four contestants faced in their new jobs. I liked the romance between the baker and the stable owner as it progressed slowly and made sense. Each had to build their trust in one another and overcome their reservations about marrying again.
We're told that Ben was nice in the past; he simply didn't realize Cassie was a grown woman now. Well, he was very dense when it came to women, but even Cassie began to doubt Ben was worth winning after a while. He belittled her, dismissed her abilities, wouldn't take her seriously even after she proved her worth, and didn't respect her as a person. Since we never saw what he was like before the contest, I had a hard time liking him. In her turn, Cassie refused help even when she needed it because she wanted to prove Ben wrong. She finally realized her pride was making a mess of things and added maturity to her cleverness. Ben also found some humility. They did a lot better when working together than when fighting each other.
The story wasn't deeply historical or Christian. The Christian element was a few, brief prayers and a few hymns sung to quiet a horse. There was no bad language and no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to fans of humorous romance novels.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
BonTonMt. Washington, Ky.Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5"A LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY, HEART-WARMING HISTORICAL ROMANCE - FULL OF HOPE AND RESTORATION"!!August 12, 2015BonTonMt. Washington, Ky.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5'The Cactus Creek Challenge', set in 1888 Cactus Creek, TX. - is a rollicking, laugh-out-loud funny novel by Erica Vetsch. Chock-full of romance, restoration, hope, lovable characters, non-stop action and adventure with some of the wildest escapades, ever - it will satisfy the palate of many readers.
Each contestant of the annual Cactus Creek Challenge switches jobs with another contestant for one month, the townspeople voting for the person that excels, by contributing money to the glass candy jar labeled with the name of that person's favorite cause. To make this year's contest more challenging, each contestant switches jobs with a contestant of the opposite sex. What could possibly go wrong when schoolteacher Cassie Bucknell swaps jobs with childhood friend Sheriff Ben Wilder, and baker Jenny Hart with livery stable owner Carl Gustafson?
Needless to say, each contestant learns much about his/herself, and finds that "walking in another's shoes" is never as easy as it appears. The schoolchildren and their antics will steal the reader's heart, as will: 24 year-old Sheriff Ben, trying to live up to his father's reputation. 19 year-old Cassie, who's had a crush on Ben since childhood, and wants to prove her maturity, even though Ben's always thought of her more as a sister-figure. Burly, giant of a man, tidy, widower Carl - who's afraid to risk more pain by loving again. Widow Jenny left a wealthy lifestyle and fled Chattanooga, TN., with her young daughter, Amanda, after the death of Jenny's abusive, power-hungry husband. She's seeking security from her father-in-law's threats to assume guardianship of Amanda; mother and daughter both seeking self-worth, and afraid to trust the friendship of another man.
There are so many reasons to love 'The Cactus Creek Challenge'. I would love to read a sequel to this delightful, heart-warming, inspiring story!
I was provided a copy of this novel to read, by the author, in exchange for my honest opinion - which I have given.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Rip-roaring fun in the Old West!August 12, 2015TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The Cactus Creek Challenge was such a fun and funny read! Two men and two women vie for the prize of money towards their favorite causes. By the end of the month these four people will learn a great deal about each other and about themselves. The real question is will the town of Cactus Creek still be standing at the end of the month?
Erica Vetsch delivers a most delightful western filled with comedy, romance, and danger. I've been a fan of hers since A Bride Sews With Love In Needles, California was the very first book review I'd done. And The Cactus Creek Challenge only cemented it. I enjoyed every bit of the story. From the comedy, including two holy terrors in the classroom, to the romance that slowly developed between the two couples competing, and the danger surrounding an extended stay in the jail and a missing child.
A well-written story with engaging characters and a great storyline. Each of the citizens of Cactus Creek are real cards, quirky, and even a little crazy. Erica Vetsch delivers a fun and funny tale that is sure to thrill her fans. The snappy cover matches the story very well, pulling you right in.
Sparks fly and guns blaze in this exciting tale of love and mayhem! You won't want to miss The Cactus Creek Challenge by Erica Vetsch.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)