The Key to Love by Betsy St. Amant ~ Review

A delightfully sweet romance, filled with sugar and sass.

When Bri's small town bakery goes viral for it's co-owners' matchmaking schemes, Bri is excited for the chance for more exposure and a way to shake the prowling lawyer who keeps trying to buy them out. While Bri bakes she dreams of one day finding a love like her parents had, but when a cynical travel journalist comes to write about the bakery and its history she finds her life upended, and herself questioning the things that she always thought were secure. 

This is a deliciously pleasurable read, with sweet, sizzling chemistry, endearingly colorful characters, and plenty of heart in this small town romance. I absolutely adored Agnes and Mabel, two elderly sisters who are full of mischief, sass, and matchmaking magic. Heck I'd read a book just about those two and all the trouble they get into, and then sweet talk their way out of. I fell in love with some of the characters, who while they only make a brief appearance, packed a huge punch with their footprints in this story, like dear old Mr. Mac, and Pastor John. 

Gerard is a journalist with a chip on his shoulder, who doesn't believe in love. He's had a troubled childhood, forced to grow up too quickly, he hasn't had a lot of positive examples in his life. He is passionate and disciplined, I like how he is challenged to see things from a different angle, and appreciate the things about a small town that he had too quickly written off. He has a gruff and intimidating exterior, and I loved how he and Bri find that they have more in common than they think initially. 

Overall, this was a highly enjoyable escape to a charming small town, that is not without its troubles. The characters in this book will charm you, make you laugh, and bring a smile to your face. A feel-good romance, with memorable characters, heart, faith, and love. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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