It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Love’s a Mystery in Cut and Shoot, Texas (+ guest post)

Posted December 22, 2022 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, historical, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2022, mystery/suspense, romance, Ruth Logan Herne / 22 Comments

Love’s a Mystery in Cut and Shoot, Texas

Welcome back to our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 again this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads!

Only THREE DAYS until Christmas!

We’re in the home stretch in our spotlights of several Christmasy releases from 2022. Most days will have more than one post, just FYI. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

LOVE’S A MYSTERY IN CUT AND SHOOT, TEXAS by Ruth Logan Herne & Janice Thompson
Love’s a Mystery #3
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Mystery / Dual Timeline
PUBLISHER: Guideposts

In 1912… It’s Christmas season in Cut and Shoot, Texas, but no one in town feels much like celebrating. What was once a unified, loving community is now a fractured, broken mess. Patience Cochran represents one side of the feud and Gilbert Sutton the other. Still, romance blooms as they find themselves working together to figure out who stole a quilt that will either reunite the town or keep it—along with Patience and Gilbert—apart forever.

Today… Carolee Lafferty can’t stop blaming herself for the car accident that took her son—and her faith—one dark, rainy night. Her husband, Cole, knows it wasn’t her fault, but grief and guilt have them estranged. When a surprise gift arrives at their door, in the form of a seven-week-old baby, they know they must find out where she came from. Will they find their way back to each other in the process?



by Ruth Logan Herne, author of Love’s a Mystery in Cut and Shoot, Texas

It began with a baby.

That’s the joy of a Christ-filled Christmas, it began with a baby, a Savior, the Christ-child, an amazing story of prophetic fulfillment, fear, difficulty, hardship, grace, shepherds, sheep and angels.

And a star.

Oh, what a star!

So my story in “Love’s a Mystery in Cut and Shoot, Texas” also begins with a baby.

A child gone…

A child given.

It’s a tale as old as time, it’s a story of sacrificial love, peace, and grace, but it goes so much farther than the offering of a child.

It’s a story of redemption.



And hope… always hope.

Life hands us twists and turns. That’s the nature of being alive.

It doesn’t come with guarantees. It doesn’t come with scripts.

We write the script as we go, with our words and deeds.

This story of faith won’t just make you smile. It will make you sigh and maybe cry and that’s okay.

Because that’s the way of it with babies.

A Christmas baby… a Christmas child… A living alleluia.

I hope you love this amazing story of Christmas wrapped in onesies, an old quilt and the sweet love of a parent for a child.

God is good!

USA TODAY bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne is busily living her dream of writing great books with unforgettable characters, running an amazing pumpkin farm, and mom and grammy to a whole slew of people. Visit her website, email Ruthy at or visit with Ruthy on Facebook. She loves to chat with readers and writers and she’s over-the-moon in love with kids…

Ruth Logan Herne is offering a print copy of Love’s a Mystery in Cut and Shoot, Texas to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Love’s a Mystery in Cut and Shoot, Texas by Ruth Logan Herne & Janice Thompson?

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22 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Love’s a Mystery in Cut and Shoot, Texas (+ guest post)

  1. Patty

    I’ve been enjoying all of the dual timeline stories that have some out in the last few years, this sounds like a good one!

  2. Nancy

    I would like to read LOVE’S A MYSTERY IN CUT AND SHOOT, TEXAS by Ruth Logan Herne & Janice Thompson because I have actually been to Cut and Shoot, Texas.

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