It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope (+ guest post)

Posted November 24, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2021, Jill Kemerer, romance / 23 Comments

today’s book: The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope

Winter is drawing ever closer (hooray!!), and it’s time for our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is our largest year yet, with the most authors & books, and we’re back with an all-new look, too.

Christmas is still 31 days away, though, 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!)

Today’s next featured book kicks off a brand new series from a fan favorite, and author Jill Kemerer shares her tips to a low-key Christmas breakfast!

Wyoming Ranchers #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2021
PAGES: 288

He’s learned from his mistakes…

But can he prove he’s changed?

When Sawyer Roth is hired to work on his childhood ranch, he knows he has a damaged reputation to repair. Tess Malone, the new ranch owner’s daughter, is the hardest to win over. But as Christmas approaches, Tess and her toddler son find a way into Sawyer’s heart. He lost everything the last time he put his trust in love. Can he risk it all again?


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A Low-Key Christmas Breakfast

by Jill Kemerer, author of The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope

Planning the menus for our holiday meals is always fun. I enjoy cooking and baking. Sure, there have been a lot of “misses” over the years, but for the most part, I file the recipe keepers and toss the failures. The one meal I don’t mess around with? Breakfast on Christmas morning. I keep it as easy as possible!

There are several reasons for this. One, I’m not a morning person. Even on Christmas, I have to drag myself out of bed. Two, we have special suppers on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so I don’t want to get burned out on cooking too much. Yes, there can be too much of a good thing! And three, our simple Christmas breakfast has become a tradition. I like traditions.

Let’s back up to Christmas Eve. I typically make a spiral ham with homemade macaroni and cheese. Then, after the church service, we come home and have yummy finger foods and play games. Oh, and we also attempt a family photo, which results in a lot of laughs and many, many outtakes. We go to bed late, and although our kids are adults, we can’t help but anticipate Christmas morning presents.

On Christmas morning, we sleep in a little–compared to when our kids were young and woke up at 5 a.m.–and we head down to the living room. My husband puts on a fresh pot of coffee, and I prep the fun part of breakfast: the monkey bread.

It’s easy to make. I chop up premade dinner rolls into quarters. I then toss them in a plastic bag with cinnamon sugar and arrange them in a Bundt pan. Melt some butter and brown sugar, pour it over the dinner rolls and pop it into the oven. Monkey bread can be made with canned biscuits, too. Easy!

Here are two recipes if you’d like to try it yourself.

Monkey Bread (using canned biscuits)

Monkey Bread (using thawed dinner-roll dough)

Did I mention there is always a LOT of Christmas Eve ham left?

Spiral ham goes great with monkey bread because it’s salty and sweet. We eat it like candy. So delicious!

We throw on some Christmas music, sip coffee and open presents. When the monkey bread is done, we nibble on the ooey-gooey goodness and the leftover ham all morning. More coffee is brewed. I’ve been known to stay in my pajamas all morning. It’s wonderful!

I’m thankful for our low-key breakfast because it’s easy but feels special. There’s so much hustle bustle leading up to Christmas. I take advantage of any pockets of relaxation I can find.

Do you have a fancy Christmas breakfast? Or do you have a low-key tradition, too?

Thank you, Carrie, for hosting me today!

Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. Over half a million of her books have sold worldwide. Jill’s essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

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Jill Kemerer is offering a print copy (ebook if international) of The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope to one of my readers! (US only for print. 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 The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope by Jill Kemerer? Do you have a fancy Christmas breakfast? Or do you have a low-key tradition, too?

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23 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope (+ guest post)

  1. Roxanne C.

    The author of this book is reason enough to want to read it, but it’s also Christmas story with a toddler included.

  2. Kim

    I wanna try this monkey bread!

    We usually have Gingerbread French Toast Casserole. Even with prepping the night before, it still takes 45 minutes to cook. The only day I make this is on Christmas morning.

  3. Bea LaRocca

    I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this is a must read book and series for me. Thank you for sharing the author’s bio and book details

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