Fairytale by Danielle Steel

Fairytale by Danielle Steel 


4.17  ·  Rating details ·  860 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Published October 10th 2017

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 Fairytale by Danielle Steel
The perfect book for the holidays: Cinderella set amid the wine-making estates of modern-day Napa Valley, complete with an evil Parisian stepmother.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A wonderful, beautifully told tale from America’s favorite novelist, Fairytale is a captivating example of the truths that will always withstand even the darkest storms, and a reminder that sometimes fairytales do come true, and good prevails over evil in the end.

Camille Lammenais has grown up in the beauty of the Napa Valley, surrounded by acres of her family’s vineyards. Her parents, Christophe and Joy, still deeply in love after two decades of marriage, have built a renowned winery and château modeled after Christophe’s ancient family estate in his native Bordeaux. Camille has had a perfect childhood, safe in her parents’ love. After graduating from Stanford, she returns to help manage Château Joy, her lifetime goal. But their fairytale ends suddenly with her mother’s death from cancer.

Six months after losing his wife, the devastated Christophe is easy prey for a mysterious, charming Frenchwoman visiting the valley. The Countess de Pantin is the essence of Parisian seductiveness and sophistication. Within weeks they are a clandestine couple, making love like teenagers, glowing with their secret. Camille, still grieving for her mother, is shocked by the news that her father intends to remarry. Then she begins to see past the alluring looks, designer clothes, and elegant manners of the countess, while her innocent father is trapped in her web.

When tragedy strikes again, Camille is at her stepmother’s mercy, and that of the two evil stepbrothers who appear. Camille needs to fight—first for her legacy, and then for her very life. But as she grapples with the plots being carried out against her, the countess’s elderly, kind, clever mother becomes her only ally, and a childhood friend emerges as a prince worthy of any fairytale.

Deeply in love, Christophe and Joy Lammenais built Chateau Lammenais into a small but renowned Napa Valley winery and an idyllic home where they raised their beloved daughter, Camille, who takes on increasing responsibilities for the estate they all treasure. But after Joy’s early death from breast cancer just after Camille’s graduation from Stanford, a lonely Christophe soon falls prey to the machinations of a sophisticate from his native France—who moves, with her two reprobate sons, to consolidate her power over Camille and the property when Christophe is killed in a plane crash. With a French “fairy godmother” on the scene, however, the son of a neighboring vintner to assist, and a grand Harvest Ball on the horizon, lovely Camille may make some potent magic of her own….



 

Reviews


Do you enjoy fairytales?
Danielle Steel Has written a modern day Cinderella, set in a Napa Valley wine making estate.
Camille, the daughter of Joy & Christophe Lammenais, was brought up in the winery she loved.
The winery was born to the Lammenais’ with great love, dedication and devotion to its success.
Following Camille’s graduation from Sanford, her beautiful and loving mother passed away due to breast cancer. Christophe became a lonely man that fell prey to a woman from his native home of France. She soon moved in, along with her two sons ( envision the evil stepmother & evil stepsisters.)
Camille’s father is killed in a plane crash & so the story evolves....a Harvest Ball & a Fairy Godmother.
The magic will unfold before your eyes... Don’t forget to add a handsome Prince.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was magical and flowed with ease.
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I found this to be a very entertaining book! Who doesn't love a good fairytale?! Yes, it's a bit simple and predictable but that didn't stop me from staying up late to finish it! I read it fast and couldn't put it down. It's a good story that made me anxious and excited to get to the "happily ever after".
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A modern day twist on a classic "Fairytale" - complete with the wicked stepmother, evil stepbrothers, a fairy grandmother, and of course prince charming. A bit of a different story from Danielle Steel and I really liked it. Good conquers evil -- 8 out of 10.
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"The tides were coming in so fast she felt like she would drown" -Fairytale by Danielle Steel

Fairytale is the new release by author Danielle Steel, and once again, she does not disappoint. This is a modern day version of the classic Cinderella story, but with a few added twists.

Christophe Lammenais always knew he would own his own vineyard someday, as making wine is in his genes. His family has been making famous wines in Bordeaux for many centuries. He goes to Stanford to take graduate classes in viticulture and oenology, and this is where he meets the love of life, Joy. Not only does he fall in love with Joy, but he also falls in love with Napa Valley. They soon marry, and they begin to build their life together at their vineyard in Napa. He builds a house on the property reminiscent of his homeland, and they call it Château Joy. Joy gets pregnant, and they have a beautiful daughter named Camille. As the years pass, they continue to grow the family business and their life is everything they wanted it to be.

As we all know, all good things come to an end. Everything changes during the summer when Camille turned seventeen. Camille is accepted at Stanford, and Joy, who is forty-four years old, is diagnosed with breast cancer. Her treatments are successful and Joy gets through it. She is in remission for five years, and during a routine mammogram, she is once again diagnosed with breast cancer. This time, she doesn't survive.

Life without Joy becomes quite an adjustment for Christophe and Camille. Camille steps into the role her mother had running the family business, and overseas the day to day operations while her dad focuses on the wine making.side of the business. Life goes on, but it isn't easy for either of them.

Christophe attends a vintners dinner, and this is where he meets the beautiful Countess de Pantin (Maxine). Maxine is persistent, and Christophe quickly falls under her spell. The two begin secretly dating, and on the one year anniversary of Joy's death, Christophe tells Camille that he is marrying Maxine. Of course, Camille is not only hurt by the sudden news, but she is also skeptical of Maxine and her motives. Unfortunately, Camille's instincts are correct!

The story that unfolds is truly heartbreaking for Camille. I could go into more details, but I do not want to reveal too much of the story. Maxine is truly the horrible stepmother, and her son's are even worse than the stepdaughters in the original Cinderella. The only positive thing to come out of the marriage is Maxine's eighhty-seven-year-old mother, Simone. Simone sees right through Maxine, and to say they have a strained relationship is an understatement. Simone and Camille instantly bond, and their relationship is one that is truly genuine. Simone is Camille's fairy godmother, and so much more.

This is truly an amazing story. It is filled with love, romance, heartache and heartbreak. It is also a story about survival and not giving up. The relationship between Camille and Simone is brilliantly written and completely heartfelt. I was literally shocked at the extent Maxine was willing to go to in order to get what she wants. Evil stepmother does not even due her justice. Danielle Steel does an amazing job with the portrayal of Maxine, as I truly hated her and all she stood for. The quote at the beginning of my review stayed with me throughout the story. Camille is a strong woman, one that puts up with far more than needed. She may have felt like she was drowning at times, but she always managed to keep her head above water, despite the difficulties she was facing.

Overall, I feel Danielle Steel perfectly weaves together the classic Cinderella story with a modern day twist. This story invoked a wide range of emotions while reading it, which is a testament to the author's writing style. I loved following the journey of Camille, through good and bad times, and I hope you love this story as much as I did.
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The plot for this very modern recounting of Cinderella includes all the best details from the original fairytale; an evil stepmother, wicked step siblings, and a handsome prince. Camille Lammenais lives a fairytale existence her entire life until her mother passes away leaving Camille and her father, Christophe, alone in their beautiful chateau. Camille loses herself in her work and her father falls under the spell of an unscrupulous gold digger.

Set in the lush Napa Valley vineyards, the story unfolds as Camille’s father marries the seemingly well off Maxine, a newcomer to the Valley, and brings her family over from France to live at the estate. When Christophe unexpectedly dies, Camille is left to deal with the stepfamily. Unexpectedly, Camille’s only ally is Maxine’s French mother, who clearly sees her daughter for what she is.

I enjoyed the story very much. At times the characters are infuriating. I wanted Christophe to see Maxine in a realistic light, and I wanted Camille to stand up for herself. However, the emotions that the characters elicited made me enjoy the book even more. The novel is truly written life a modern fairytale with romance and intrigue. A captivating read that will pull you right into the story!
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Fairytales Can Come True At 5 Stars!!

This was just top notch. Steel does it again!!
Camille is the daughter of parents who own a great winery in the Napa Valley who have had a great marriage and life. Then something happens to her mom and later this calculating evil woman named Maxine comes into her father's life and all hell breaks loose. She also has two sons that are awful but I can't tell you more or it will ruin the story for you.

This really is kinda like a fairytale story the way Steel set out the story. But I have to say it's a very good one. I couldn't put it down, I was hooked from the beginning until the end. I really came to Feel for Camille. I could feel her hurting and her pain. But I also felt her joy and happiness. When you can feel those things for a character in a story you know its good!

I highly highly recommend this book to one and all. Thanks again Danielle Steel for sharing another great one with us your talent has no bounds.~A Faithful Reader
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I love all of Danielle Steel's books. She writes about true events and things that would happen in real life. This book is very good is starts out about a family that have one daughter. 
The couple are happily married and they own a vineyard. The mother dies of cancer and the father proceeds to date and then marry a horrible woman who is after his money. He goes on a business trip and his plane goes down. He leaves his widow a sum of money and the rest of the estate to his daughter. The mistake he makes is leaving the stepmother to help run the estate until the girl turns 25. the women is very greedy and she tries everything to get the money. She wants the girl to buy her out and when that doesn't work she puts her in the barn and gives her room to one of her two sons. Then the night of the ball one of her sons sets the house on fire. The stepmother and brothers get arrested and the daughter lives happily ever after with the neighbor boy and a new step grandmother.
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I have been a Danielle Steel fan from her very first book. 
This book made me laugh, cry and want to schedule a check up. I got so involved with the characters that I could not put the book down. I wanted to leap into the book and take out the Stepmother and her kids.I feel like I went to the valley on vacation and met a new friend. Ms. Steel has a talent that just draws you in and keeps you thinking of the characters long after the book has ended. Honestly, as a fan and regular Steel reader, I found that I liked this book even more than most of Danielle Steel's recent books.
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What can I say about this book?
The author took me on a journey + I am not sure if I wanted to stop.
I cried + I laughed
This story truly reminded me of Cinderella ( No doubt ! )
I was rooting for Camille through the whole book.
I loved the ending.
Source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34002972-fairytale

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