Review of THE CACTUS CREEK CHALLENGE by Erica Vetsch

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: July 1, 2015 | Formats: eBook (322 pages), Paperback (320 pages), and Audio (October 21, 2016) | ASIN: B00THZX61E, ISBN: 9781630589271, and Audio ISBN: 9781630589288 (October 21, 2016) | Origin: NetGalley




Inside The Cactus Creek Challenge, author Erica Vetsch takes us back to 1888 and puts us in the middle of a calm Texas town with a son of a legendary lawman as sheriff to keep this town safe.

Well, that’s not the way it remains after March 31, 1888.

The lawman’s office gets upended by the town doctor, the sheriff’s own father, and rest of this town’s committee is leaving his town’s future on the edge and somewhere between hysterical, historical, and dangerous!

Although, a woman sheriff is an unheard of appointment and a lawman schoolteacher becomes a downright scandalous venture, all this happens while a female baker is running from family and working in the livery. The livery man is fixing to service a wedding with sourdough biscuits instead of cake.

Cactus Creek is up to many challenges stemming from just one. From putting kids on the prowl, gold in the eyes of the townsfolk, and lives in danger, these pages keep turning; their problems just multiply drawing you deeper into the story and into love with these characters.

***This opinion is my own.***



Erica Vetsch’s The Cactus Creek Challenge is a western tale about a town, its people, and a contest with a twist.

The Cactus Creek Challenge is a yearly escapade lasting one month where contestants switch jobs and the winner whom does the best gets donations for the cause of their choice. However, in this year of 1888, it is also a first.

It is the first year women gained their entrance. And while it is expected that each will change positions with their gender, it comes as a total surprise to the entrants and the townsfolk that men will do the women’s work and the women will do the men’s work.

While these women set out to prove themselves, the men suffer from the “I could do it better syndrome”. Each are becoming sure their opponents will do bad, but each are wondering if the jobs they thought so easy would be their ultimate of failures. Do they have what it takes to let go of their old post and win the challenge in their new positions? Will they lose their limbs, life, or hearts trying?