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September 10, 2015

Love Takes the Cake {Betsy St. Amant}

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She’s known for her delicious cakes, but there’s no recipe for dealing with the new man in her life.

Charlotte owns the best bakery in Louisiana, and clients come from near and far for her renowned wedding cakes. And while the wedding scene is Charlotte’s place to shine, her own love life is more dull than ever. After a string of failed relationships—and men who actually were too good to be true—she has decided to throw herself into her craft and leave love and marriage to her clients.

Will is a successful entrepreneur but devotes much of his spare time to caring for his ill mother. He knows he doesn't have much time left with her, so he has done everything he can to guard his heart from relationships. And what girl would understand that he needs to spend all his time with his mother? But when his best friend calls in his help for his September wedding, Will can’t refuse. He's always been there for those closest to him. And when he finds out they don’t have a wedding cake yet, he knows exactly where to go—the bakery owned by the beautiful, mysterious young woman he buys treats from.

Charlotte assumes Will is just another party boy who flirts with all the bridesmaids. But is Will hiding something that explains his behavior? And despite their reservations, will they be able to deny the chemistry between them?

My Thoughts:
I became an instant fan of Betsy St. Amant after reading her first two books, and I was so excited to see her name on the roster for the ‘Year of Weddings 2’ series. In Love Takes the Cake, we get to see more of her delicious creations and watch a love story unfold at the same time.

Charlotte and Will both have a very painful past, and they are both doing all in their power to avoid relationships. Both have someone they are committed to caring for in their life and feel there is no room for a relationship that will only get them hurt.

I loved the moment these two realized they had mutual feelings for each other. But of course, forming their relationship wouldn’t be easy. As each of them struggles through the pain of their past, and the commitments of their present, we get to see such a sweet story of letting go and learning about trust.

The relationship between Charlotte and Will is so real and so sweet. I’m rooting for them to have a wonderful future together. And I’m really wishing some of the creations in Charlotte’s bakery would show up at my door step!

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is a fireman’s wife, a mommy to a busy toddler, a chocolate-loving author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.