Lucinda Chapdelaine was five when her parents left for a ball and never returned. As a penniless orphan, she is sent to live with her kind uncle and sour aunt at their jewelry shop.
For ten years her aunt forces Lucinda to live as a servant. Then one day three people–Beryl, the Amaranth Witch; the crown prince, Gregor; and a thief named Peter– stop by the shop, and Lucinda’s life is irrevocably changed.
The next day, Lucinda is blamed for the theft Peter committed and thrown out of her home. Worse, Peter also stole the mystical stone that the Amaranth Witch, Beryl, entrusted her with– and sold it to Prince Gregor.
Beryl explains to Lucinda that the stone is like her soul. To her people, an angel-like race, the greatest punishment is to be banished without a stone. She was able to keep hers because she came to Earth of her own will. But other immortals have been banished to Earth, and one of them has been hunting for Beryl and her stone. After hearing her tale, Lucinda agrees to help Beryl keep the stone out of the hands of those who would use it for evil.
The Amaranth Enchantment is heavily inspired by the Cinderella story, although with a few twists. The historical feel is very good, but the plot feels odd, forced, and bland in parts. However, I must say that Julie Berry writes detail well, so that I felt I was in the same room as Lucinda.
All in all, though, The Amaranth Enchantment was not exceptional, unless you are a fairytale fanatic.