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.
There are times I just want to read something lighthearted, which doesn’t require deep thought on a hot day. The Cactus Creek Challenge satisfied that craving this past week as I sat on my porch with my e-reader and enjoyed a day without rain. It’s an age old battle of the sexes when the annual Cactus Creek Challenge includes women for the first time. Cassie and Ben aren’t the only two to swap roles for one month. Jenny must learn to run the livery stable while Carl must keep her bakery in business. What could possibly go wrong if Carl only knows how to bake biscuits? And how hard can teaching school really be?
It’s a fanciful plot that could never happen today due to workplace legislation, but it was fun to read the difficulties each contestant faced. There was a little bit of cheating, due to the foursome all receiving help from each other and other townsfolk. But who could really foresee what a set of mischievous twins would get up to when their real teacher was away? There are many moments of humor due to these children and their pranks, but there’s a serious side as well. One of Cassie’s students is an abused little girl who is fearful around men. Can Ben and Carl gain her trust? And what happens when her life is put in danger?
Thank you to Barbour Publishing for my complimentary electronic copy of The Cactus Creek Challenge, which I downloaded from NetGalley. No review was necessary.
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Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (an imprint of Barbour Publishing)
Publication Date: 01 July 2015
Page Count: 320