The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
When a mysterious piece of jewelry and a strange visitor arrive in the jewelry shop where she works for her evil aunt, Lucinda's course takes a surprising turn. With the help of the Amaranth Witch, a young (and harmless) con-artist, and a prince, Lucinda uncovers secrets about her own royal past. A strong seller in hardcover, this original fairytale marks an exciting debut from a lyrical new voice
My Review: A sweet re-telling of the Cinderella story with a few twists. Lucinda is an orphan being raised in her Aunt and Uncle's jewelry store. Her Aunt (the wicked step mother) treats her horribly and Lucinda dreams of the days she remembers of living with her parents, who died when she was very young. When a strange women arrives with a magnificent pearl, everything begins to change.
Lucinda is a sweet girl that is perfect as a Cinderella role. She is just innocent enough without getting overly sappy and washing out her personality. She doesn't always make the right choices, but tries her best to make up for the mistakes she makes along the way. With the Amaranth Witch to help guide her to a better future, Lucinda may just find a new and better place for herself in the world.
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