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The only thing Bri Duval loves more than baking petit fours is romance. So much so, she's created her own version of the famous Parisian lovelock wall at her bakery in Story, Kansas. She never expects it to go viral--or for Trek Magazine to send travel writer Gerard Fortier to feature the bakery. He's definitely handsome, but Bri has been holding out for a love story like ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published October 2020)
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Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. These are my honest thoughts.

The cover of this book caught my eye immediately, and I knew right away I wanted to read it. I had heard fantastic things about the author and her lighthearted romance stories, and that cover was completely irresistible. The premise sounded right up my alley too.

That pink loveliness that was the cover, with the sparkle lights and the bakery window, might be the best thing this book had going
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
I was very disappointed with this book. It would have made a good novella, It was very long winded and just over the top. I like romances that are not fake and this one was way to fluffy. maybe the next one will be better.
I sadly gave this book 2 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Sarah Monzon
The cover for this book is simply delightful. Romantic and enchanting and just so inviting. If the bakery had been real, I would have walked right in (but then been a little confused because they seemed to only exclusively bake macarons and petit fours...there are other French pastries and deserts so not sure why only those 2 were mentioned over and over again (sorry, this bugged me way more than it probably should...I’m weird, I know.)). The small town was filled with the requisite quirky chara ...more
Deanne Patterson
This is a new to me author.
A sweet book it has the small-town feel so many of us look for while reading.
This contemporary romance is wonderfully romantic, best read with a plate of maroons by your side.
Reading about the Parisian style bakery was charming.
The cover drew me in, it's really beautiful and I do enjoy the non-person cover.
I want to visit Story, Kansas and the delightful bakery there, the baked goods all sound mouth-watering good.

Pub Date: 13 Oct 2020
I was given a complimentary copy o
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Rebecca
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
"The only thing Bri Duval loved more than romance was a perfectly executed French macaron."

Working with sweets all day in a small town bakery keeps Bri Duval thinking about . . . . . well naturally, she thinks about sweets, leaving it up to her iconic aunts to share in Story, Kansas' actual matchmaking duties. . . . . until, they hit the big leagues with a nearly love-at-first-sight story that goes viral. Now the whole world (actually, maybe just part of the whole world) knows about Bri
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Madison
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Key to Love is a very sweet (so many macaroons and petit fours!!) romance about finding love in unexpected places.

Bri is a romantic. She’s holding out for a big romance, just like the one her parents shared. But her aunts’ bakery, where she works and tries to recreate both her mother’s legacy and recipes, is in danger of being sold, demolished and replaced with a chain store. When a travel magazine sends a reporter to write about the bakery, Bri hopes it will be just what they need to save i
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Sarah
Nov 16, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: 2021-reads
Well, this is an author I was excited to try but it quickly became apparent this was not my type of book. the main guy and girl are angry at each other from the start. Honestly, I thought the girl was super petty and rude. She had no real reason to treat the guy so horribly right off the bat. I was not a fan.
If you like enemies to lovers type stuff, petty arguments, and snappy arguments (mostly because two grown-ups are acting like tweens), you might enjoy this story.
MJSH
"Somehow, being in Story - more specifically, watching Bri interact with her community - was like having a front-row seat to a play, one deserving of a snack and the full experience."

Contemporary romcom doesn't get better than this! Nestled in a tiny town called Story, Kansas, this novel brings together everything that makes contemporary romance delicious - a quirky and charming small-town life, a fun premise, a well-paced plot with some surprises, deep and multi-dimensional characters who are t
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Abby Breuklander
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love love and love this story!! Love doesn't always come into our lives looking like we think it will. Sometimes it's the exact opposite, but that's what makes life so interesting and proves that God has a sense of humor. The important thing is to always remember that our identity is never measured by our love story status. We were made by the One who loves us more than we could ever imagine and the story that He as written for us will be just perfect. ...more
Abigail
Oh my word, I honestly did not know what to expect from this book when I started it the other day. I had heard mixed things about this book but I was executed to make my own opinion of this book. Honestly, this book was everything I hoped for and more. I found myself intrigued by the plot and in love with the characters right from page one. There were so many things to love about this book and I felt like Ms. St. Amant did a phenomenal job at writing this book.

The characters were honestly my fa
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Becky
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just took a look back through my blog to see what I've read by Betsy St Amant, and I found a common theme--baking and cakes. In rereading my reviews of the books I've read by her, I also found flawed characters (not an issue, it adds realism to the plot) whose lives are marked by chaos. I am not sure if the chaos is meant to add to the humor and pathos of the book, or is just a device to move the plot along, but this time I didn't like it.

In The Key to Love, Abrielle is a rather caustic woman
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Melanie Kilsby
Dec 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you have a sweet tooth for hallmark movies, you'll love this tasty treat! Just like any great cookie, once you get into it, you want another...that's how I feel about Betsy's writing.

It was a bit slow after a few bites of this novel and new-to-me author, but after 114 pages, it started to get tastier.

Having said that, I think this book was longer than needed and though I loved Gerard, his occupation in the beginning and some of his habits were lack-luster. In the end, however, you see the sto
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Libby May
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
So I was laughing from page one. The naivety of Bri (Abrielle) was shocking and hilarious and at the same time, as the story progressed, she grew into a complex puddle of sickly sweet goo that you had to make sure turned out okay.
Gerard was so annoying to me until chapter three when we got to see him from Bri’s POV and everything that he pretended to be inside was just a shell of the actual Gerard. And I know they were gonna end up together so I was a little skeptical of where the story was even
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Rebekah M
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a very endearing story about romance, love, and happily ever after. The chemistry between the main characters was delightful! Opposites attract, in an instant attraction sort of way that results in lots of sparks flying. I really enjoyed this story and loved how the author combined faith, sacrificial love, and small town charm for this amazing story. Well done!
Toni Shiloh
From the moment I saw the cover, I knew I wanted to read The Key to Love. It has all the romantic feels to it and is so warm and inviting.

Yet when you start the story, you get more than romantic feels. You get two people on the very opposite ends of the spectrum on their ideas on love. I thought it interesting that the author paired an idealist with a cynic. They both had unhealthy views of love, but don't we all?

What I like is how they sought to uncover the truth and ended up drawing closer in
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Susan Snodgrass
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was lured in by the synopsis on the book's back cover and sure glad I was. This book was just plain good fun to read. A heroine who thinks love must be picture perfect to be perfect love is holding out for a love like her mother and father had. A jaded world traveling reporter is assigned to a little bakery in a small town that claims to have a market on love and marriage. What follows is just complete fun all the way around. And lessons are learned, too, and hurts get healed. Recommended.

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Nora St Laurent
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bri Duval is a hopeless romantic who has created her version of the Parisian lovelock wall at the bakery she works at with two treasured friends who view themselves as match makers. Bri lost her parents at a young age and hoped to find love in Paris like her parents did.

In walks Gerard Fortier who thinks it is beneath him to be at this bakery writing a story about the lovelock wall. He was a thrill-seeking world traveler who shared his experiences with readers. Since circulation was low his boss
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Paula Shreckhise
Come immerse yourself in charming Story, Kansas and a quaint bakery with a reputation for romance. The two elderly owners, sisters Mable and Agnes, are known as the Love Angels for their matchmaking abilities. For some much needed publicity, a travel magazine is sending a feature writer, Gerard Fortier, to do an article. Will love bloom between Gerard and Manager Bri Duval?
With hints of Paris and the Locks of Love Bridge, this story is filled with surprises. From Bri’s dreams to disappointments
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LisLovesReading E.Espinoza
Set in a small-town bakery brimming with the tantalizing aromas of freshly baked macarons and petits fours, The Key to Love, by Betsy St. Amant, is a deliciously engaging novel about misconceptions, expectations, truth, faith, and love. Opposites attract within the pages of this book as the main characters pursue their dreams, grapple with uncertainty, face their doubts, and help each other find the strength to embrace a future that is marked by authenticity, vulnerability, and hope. 

The charact
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Virginia Campbell
Sometimes, the best relationships start out in the worst way--the characters don't meet "cute"--they meet "snarly". Such is the case with "The Key to Love", from author Betsy St. Amant. In the little town of Story, Kansas, there exists a charmingly quaint French-inspired pastry shop called "The Pastry Puff". The shop is owned by Agnes and Mabel--two ladies of a certain age and attitude who are unrepentant matchmakers. Their baker--the creator of divine delicacies--is Abrielle "Bri" Duval. While ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a fun rom-com with characters I grew to love. A heroine who loves all things romantic, a hero who is scruffy, and a bakery full of petit fours. What’s not to love?!

The relationship between Bri and Gerard can seem trite, or the usual “dislike to romance”, but it really was so sweet. St. Amant writes in such a way that it was never boring. Twists and turns, a bad guy, a couple of quirky old ladies and you have the recipe for a really good book. I was very surprised by the ending, so don’t thi
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Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama
Oh this book is so great! The perfect little romance story. A forewarning about reading this book... make sure you have some baked goods around because reading this will definitely have you craving macarons, petit-fours actually anything sweet!

The story is set in the cutest little fictional town in Kansas. I love small town stories and this one doesn't disappoint. The people we encounter in this town are comical and quirky. Right away we meet Bri who has followed after her mom's passion of bakin
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Aminata Coote
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Key to Love is the sweet story of love-obsessed Bro and the much more cynical Gerard. Bri has been dreaming of a perfect love like her parents and is a bit disappointed that she’s still single but she hasn’t given up on love.

The minute she sets eyes on Gerard, he rubs her the wrong way. She is distressed to learn that the man she can’t stop sparring with is the man she most needs to make a positive impression on.

Gerard doesn’t want to be in Story (how cute is that name?) and doesn’t care who
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Jane
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to LibraryThing for this ARC.

I didn't finish it since I knew where it was going and how it was going to end. It was too sweet of a romance for me. They are always set in a small town too it seems.

One thing that really irked me is that they portrayed this woman who was in her 60s as a little old woman and she always used the word "dear" which also made me think of an old lady with white hair in a bun and walking with a cane.

The cover was cute but the plot failed for me.
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Sara Jo
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed the chemistry and back and forth between the main characters, but the time came when they got together and I felt uncertain. It seemed kind of forced because neither of them really talked or explained details to each other. I was also disappointed that God or faith never really came into play. It was just dropped in a couple of spots to move the plot forward. None of the characters seemed religious or faithful at all.

I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for
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Lila Diller
Mar 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Pride & Prejudice references, as that's my favorite novel of all time!

I loved the Paris references, as my #1 bucket list item is to visit Paris.

I loved how Bri and Gerard were total opposites. I really resonated with Bri. And my husband is a lot like Gerard in some ways.

I loved all the delectable treats that Bri baked. I've watched enough baking competition shows to be able to imagine how each one tasted. This book (and the cover) tested my will against sugar! ;)

I didn't like how t
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Becky
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
The Key to Love is a fun small town romance! Sparks fly (and not exactly the good kind) when baker Bri and writer Gerard meet. He's in town to write about the Pastry Puff bakery's love-lock wall; she's desperate to save the bakery from being sold to her ex-boyfriend, who wants to turn the space into a chain coffee shop. Bri loves love (though she's never experienced it herself); Gerard has sworn off women. But as the two work together, they learn from each other's perspectives, and the good kind ...more
Faye
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 th
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Jalynn Patterson
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: This book was sent to me for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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The only thing Bri Duval loves more than baking petit fours is romance. So much so, she's created her own version of the famous Parisian lovelock wall at her bakery in Story, Kansas. She never expects it to go viral--or for Trek Magazine to send travel writer Gerard Fortier to feature the bakery. He's definitely handsome, but Bri has been holding out for a love story like the on
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Monica
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I confess that I was drawn to The Key to Love by Betsy St. Amant by the gorgeous cover. It is one of the prettiest covers that I have seen this year.

Bri Duval lives in a small town in Kansas and works in a bakery--just like her mother did. A video involving the bakery goes viral leading travel writer Gerard Fortier to the bakery to write a feature story. Bri and Gerard don't hit it off initially. The bakery also became involved in a series of events that threatened its existence. How will Bri ha
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Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of over fifteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her hubby, two total opposite young daughters, a collection of coffee mugs, and one fur-toddler in the form of a mini-Schnauzer. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored in Christ. When she's not composing her next book or ...more

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