The Key to Love, by Betsy St. Amant, is a “sweet” romance. Bri—a baker and hopeless romantic—seeks to walk in her mother’s shoes and keep her memory alive. Not only was her mother a talented baker of sweet treats at the Pastry Puff, but she had a fairytale relationship with Bri’s father. At least, that’s what Bri had thought, until a clue starts to reveal the truth about their relationship.

When an adventurous travel writer, Gerard, comes to town, both he and Bri are less than thrilled that he of all people was assigned to write about the Pastry Puff. Blunt, honest, and skeptical of love, Gerard can’t wait to leave the small town—that is, until a certain blonde starts to capture his heart.

While this isn’t my favorite book in the world, the story is somewhat charming. The character development is nicely done; the arcs of both Bri and Gerard are believable, as is their attraction to each other. I thought the book seemed like it was almost over about halfway through (possibly because I thought a certain event would be more closely tied to the climax), but there was additional development and closure that continued after that point.

It’s possible you may crave sweet treats while reading this story, thanks to the description of delicious-sounding baked goods!

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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