I can't wait for you to meet this book. :)
So I'll get right into what I love about the story after a quick look at what it's all about:
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.
The whole idea of a competition involving a sheriff, a teacher, a baker, and a livery owner switching jobs for a month sounds hilarious, and it is, but there's a deep, sensitive side to this fun tale that stole the story and stole my heart.
Amanda, the baker's daughter, doesn't talk much, especially to men. When her mama switches jobs with the big livery owner, Carl, she doesn't know whether to hide from him or take pity on him since he doesn't know how to bake anything but sourdough biscuits. The dynamics of these two characters and the sweet, hesitant emotional journey between Carl and Amanda's mother makes me want to sigh just remembering. Of course, Carl's character is especially memorable to me, since for some reason I kept seeing Carl as Chris Hemsworth. ;)
The main storyline of Cassie's trying to make Ben see her as a grownup will send you rolling with laughs. This book would make a great western movie. The kind my family could watch over and over.
And I can't forget to mention the school children. Oh, my lands, those twin boys! Erica must have first hand experience, because she writes those two so lifelike, I still miss reading about those mischief-making stinkers long after the last page. :)
If you'd like to purchase your own copy, here are a few links:
Barnes & Noble
Christian Book Distributors
To find out more about Erica and her books, check out her website.
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