Julie Berry grew up in western New York, and now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons. Her first novel, The Amaranth Enchantment (2009, Bloomsbury) was
In Julie Berry's The Amaranth Enchantment, orphan Lucinda is dressed for the ball in Cinderella-like fashion by her fairy godmother Beryl. When Lucinda finally sees herself in the mirror, it
Elizabeth Steward Dunford begins her guest post with: "My mother told me never to read anyone else’s diary. Is that why all the diaries I coveted growing up came adorned with a miniature lock and key? To ward off all those who didn’t observe social protocol? Ashamedly, I have found myself in this category at times. (I have older sisters). So, when an opportunity to research Charlotte Brontë’s diary arose, my childhood impulse was to call my mom and ask if she thought Brontë would mind.
The Amaranth Enchantment will be available on March 3. My 'I' loved Julie Berry's debut novel; the heroine, Lucinda Chapdelaine, embarks on a feminine hero's journey. She connects to and cares for others AND she gets the guy. I'm going to the book kick-off party on March 5 -- would you like to join me?