The Amaranth Enchantment was a delightful novel. It was a cute, clean Princessy type of story. The heroine, Lucinda Chapdelaine, had her inheritance stolen from her after her parents died when she was five years old. She spends the next ten years of her life with her Uncle-by-marriage and his evil second wife. When her Uncle dies, her step-Aunt throws Lucinda out on the streets. The story goes on to involve the betrothed Prince Gregor, a sneaky thief, a "witch", a night in prison, and a dog-like goat.
The Amaranth Enchantment is Julie Berry's first novel. Her writing is a bit juvenile, but it wasn't too bad. She does a good job of creating characters that readers can relate to, and her descriptions were well done. I enjoyed her similes and metaphors immensely. Her characters were lovable, her magic was creative, and I highly recommend this book. I think we can expect great things from Julie Berry.
One of my favorite quotes from The Amaranth Enchantment:
"It would be as much an act of deceit to deny your beauty or tell yourself that what you see is not you" (Berry 218).