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Fairytale

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  7,641 ratings  ·  620 reviews
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 chateau modelled after Christophe's ancient family estate in his native Bordeaux. Camille has had a perfect childhood, safe in her parents' love. ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 2017 by Pan
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Suzanne
2.5*

This is a completely frustrating book to read. First off Camille has no backbone. She deserved to be embarrassed when showing Philip the horse barn. She could have called the cops and get a lawyer to challenge when a ton of the stuff came up. I found this book to be ridiculous. I love Danielle Steel and her books but this one was beyond frustrating. I did not like much about this book. The characters are awful and the story is just frustrating and legal moves could have simply fixed the matt
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Sharon Siepel
I read it so you don't have to. Book is predictable and just not very engaging. Often point of view jumps mid-paragraph. I was very disappointed. Expected a nice light read, but this went beyond simplistic. Not up to Steel standards. ...more
Suzy
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - rounded up!

Danielle Steel is the reason I became such a bookworm. Her books are always a great escape for me, especially when I want a break from thrillers and ARCs. I adore going to the library (which is something I don’t get to do much anymore since my ARC list is so overloaded) and picking up a DS novel. Even though her books can be somewhat predictable, that doesn’t matter to me. I just love reading them.

Fairytale is such a perfect title for this one. Set amongst the grapevines
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Suzanne
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read during summer holidays, I ended up joining the library at my holiday as it would not be a holiday with out Danielle Steel novel.

Reviewing three weeks after having read this one, having rated this four stars means it was good. A Cinderella type theme, Camille is a much loved perfect daughter of Christophe, who falls prey to a wicked stepmother wanting to take over the family winery after the matriarch succumbs to breast cancer. Camille is very capable and loves running the family winery, Chr
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Alex
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books

I enjoy Danielle Steele book when I'm doing chores or travleing. Despite wading through run-on sentences and mind-numbing repetition, I can pass the time by reading an uncomplicated, often formulaic, tale while surrounded by typical airport hubbub.

Fairytale is a new low for Ms. Steele. I found myself re-reading complete paragraphs previously encountered earlier in the book. Even more peculiar were incidents described in minute detail before they had even occurred in the chronology.

My only concl
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Debbie
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love when Danielle Steel writes about strong empowering women. Camille runs the family winery after her dad suddenly dies and she has to stand up to the evil, money hungry stepmother and her two greedy, vile sons. Her books never disappoint me.
Mridu  aka Storypals
You can read my review here -- WHAT I THINK COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IN FAIRYTALE?
Even though the book had its ups, there were a lot of low points for me in the book.

Pacing is one of the main reasons as to why it took me to complete this small book a long long time to finish.
Other than Camille’s character, all other characters had no depth to them, they were boring and not very engaging.
The book is very predictable- Cinderella retelling, of course, I wish the author had added some innovative plot
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Laura Rash
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a joy to read a DS book. This one was a lil far fetched in some spots but it was titled FAIRYTALE! Ha
Leslie
Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first and last Danielle Steel book. I don’t understand the positive reviews. There is zero character development, no real emotion and no substance to the characters with maybe the exception of Simone. Everyone is black and white and there is a lot of moralizing. There is no progression of the relationship between Camille and her eventual love interest. I am just dumbfounded that this book was ever actually published. This isn’t even good escapist fluff.
Leanne
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty standard Danielle Steel fare with a evil stepmother twist. Short on dialogue, long on description.
Melancholic Blithe ⚡
This review is long overdue.

Fairytale is a modern adaptation of the old classic - Cinderella. This was definitely the very reason I picked up this novel and, well, to put it... it was too similar to the plot we see in Cinderella.

Camille's parents are "the perfect couple". The books starts with describing how they met (Christophe and Joy), how they instantly knew they were made for each other, it was an easy romance and they knew they would end up together. Christophe always knew he wanted to g
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Mridula Gupta
“But all fairytales have rules, and perhaps it’s their rules that actually distinguish one fairytale from the other. These rules never need to be understood. They only need to be followed. If not, what they promise won’t come true.” ― Jostein Gaarder

Camille has a perfect life. Born and raised in the Napa Valley among vineyards and good people, Camille is kind, smart and extremely talented when it comes to marketing and business. She is the sole heir to the Chateau Joy, a wine producing company,
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Debbie
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't waste your time on this book.

Get this woman an editor. If all the repetitive text (which is considerable) was removed, the story could be distilled down to 80 pages. Ms. Steel's writing style is more copy and paste than anything else. What could have been an interesting novel is bogged down with the same text (paraphrased only slightly) over and over again.
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Bambi Unbridled
This one is just not doing it for me. It doesn't seem to be a romance, I'm not sure of how to categorize it other than a retelling. The pacing was too slow with no romantic elements to keep me interested. DNF at 50%. I like the premise though, I may pick it pack up in print instead of audio. ...more
Maria
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Danielle Steels writing blows hot and cold for me, some I like and some I don't. Sadly this is a don't. I did think twice about reading it as I was certain it was simply another novel based on a fairy tale (the title is true!) and most likely Cinderella. (Even the cover isn't very original to me)

I found it totally predictable and really didn't deviate far enough from the actual Cinderella story to be interesting or engaging. I feel if you're going to write based on a fairytale you should at leas
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Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Will I ever outgrow fairy tales? I don't think so, I just love them dearly... always have and I suspect always will, and Cinderella happens to be one of my favorites. I just saw this book yesterday and I had to buy it and read it... I LOVE fairy tales retold.

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Sandra Heinzman
One of my newer favorite Danielle Steel books. Loved it!
Donna
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Modern telling of the Cinderella story. Very simple, but typical Danielle Steel and I think her loyal fans will like it.
Amy
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book by this author. I love her and all of her books
Jennifer Manley
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicole Hadenfeldt
I realized about halfway in what I struggled with in this book, it was way too descriptive. The 3rd person narrative took away the connections with the characters. In addition, there was a lot of reiterating the same knowledge. The narrator would tell the reader a piece of information, sometimes more than once, and then a character would explain that piece of information to another character with the dialogue. Along with it being overly descriptive and repetitive, it was also such a basic storyl ...more
Janet
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it but it wasn't my favorite.

With the title you knew it was going t be based off a Fairytale and I had a hard time with that, as I liked Camille and I didn't want there to be an evil stepmom.

But the author did a good job with the story and how it was written.

The fairy god mother was adorable.

Just like with a few of her other books I feel like the wrap up is done very quickly, I would of liked a little more with the prince charming
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Natalie
This for me was not one of Danielle Steels best books. I enjoyed it but not as much as previous novels. The story was a little far fetched and the characters did not endear to me. I felt this book was rushed in places and some parts didnt flow together very well. A pleasant enough read but not one of the best.
Dottie Legatos
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danielle Steel is one of the authors that made me love to read many years ago. In the past ten years or so however, I’ve tended to shy away from her books because I found them to be repetitive. I’m so glad that I’ve decided to give her books another try. This is the second book of hers that I’ve read in the past month, and I must say that it was a very entertaining, although predictable, love story. Fairytale is just that…a modern day happily ever after that borrows from the classic Cinderella s ...more
Mattie
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 F
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Jennie
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a modern day fairytale set in Napa Valley. Camille's parents have a wonderful life running a winery until Camille's mother dies of cancer. Camille has finished college and has always helped with the family business. She takes care of her father and the business. Unfortunately, her father falls under the spell of an evil woman who he starts to date and soon marries. Maxine does not hide the fact that she does not care for Camille and when a plane crash claims Chistophe's life, the will le ...more
Cathy
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Cinderella fanatic so I really wanted to read this modern day retelling. It was a cute story with a very wicked stepmother..loving father...sweet heroine ..fairy grandmother and hand some suito Prince. I do wish the romance between "Cinderella" and "Prince " hadn't been so rushed...there was some very sad times as heroine lost both parents in tragic ways...and stepmother was a very bad seed along with her monstrous sons. An enjoyable read overall. There is some language and sexual referen ...more
Joyce
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the author’s usual tales with not much action. It was
predictable. Camille Lammenais ran the winery with her beloved father
After the death of her mother. They worked well together and cared about
The estate and business until her father married again. The lady was French
And a gold digger with two grown sons to add to the mix. They were cruel
to Camille and wanted her dead so they could get the winery and money.
I enjoyed the book in spite of the predictable outcome. It was a fast rea
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Heather
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm no Cinderella fanatic, but surprisingly I really enjoyed this take on the fairytale. I don't think I've ever read a story with a more emotional beginning, but it should have been what was I expecting from a modern Cinderella retelling. And it just kept getting more and more emotional!

My only gripe with this story is that the writing style is a little odd. Clearly the author doesn not believe in paragraph breaks, not even when the perspective changes, which made the reading a little dense so
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Penny
Aug 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good gosh. Apologies to those who loves these books. But goodness, I’ve moved so far past shoddy writing that I almost abandoned ship many times.

Which character is central? Who knows. And they’re all so surface I didn’t care about any of them. What are the major plot events? Death, seduction, attempted rape, arson.

Honestly, the only redeeming quality for me MIGHT be the Napa setting, but who knows. It’s not written about well.
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“It was March in the Napa Valley, just under sixty miles north of San Francisco, and Joy Lammenais’s favorite time of year. The rolling hills were a brilliant emerald green, which would fade once the weather grew warmer, and get dry and brittle in the summer heat. But for now, everything was fresh and new, and the vineyards stretched for miles across the Valley. Visitors compared it to Tuscany in Italy, and some to France” 1 likes
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