Book Review: Fairytale by Danielle Steel

Fairytale Danielle Steel Book Review

The synopsis on the back of the book: 

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. 

  • Genre: Romance Mystery
  • Published: 10/2017
  • Pages: 288
  • Goodreads rating: 4.2 stars
Fairytale Danielle Steel Book Review

Why I Picked This Book:

When I first heard about this book a couple months back in an email, I knew I just had to pick it up! It sounded like the perfect modern-day Cinderella retelling. As a person who just loves Disney, I couldn't say no to that! So the weekend it came out, I picked it up at Target. 

First Thoughts:

When I first started reading the book, I was surprised at how the book was written. It's actually written like those traditional fairytale books! It was written like someone was telling a story with little dialogue and POV, therefore it took a little getting used to. 

I really liked the Lemmanais family. They sounded like the perfect family. A loving husband and wife with a beautiful daughter. I just loved Joy's and Christophe's love story in the beginning! It was very heartwarming, inspiring, and endearing. 

Camille was one of those daughters that is very devoted to her family. I really liked that and you could tell she really cared about her father and the wine business. 

Christophe is a very devoted father and vintner. He had a passion for wine and it showed. I felt so sad for him when Joy passed away and he really went through a difficult time not know how to live his life without her. He then met Maxine, the 'stepmother' of the story. When she was first introduced, I knew she was no good and things were not going to turn out for the better with her around. I felt like she was there for Christophe's money. Of course, with him being lonely, he was blind to see it at first.


I could exactly picture the winery in my head. Danielle did a great job in recreating Napa Valley in California and introducing the reader to wine country. Because of this, I want to see it in real life now! 

Final Thoughts:

First off, I learned so much about the wine industry that I never knew before! So props to Danielle to really researching that end. 

Secondly, I just loved this story! It was an interesting modern twist to the fairytale. Maxine turned out to be a real b**t!!h. She was vindictive, ruthless, cruel, and really didn't love Cristophe. Her sons, Gabrielle and Alexandre were the epitome of spoiled rich kids. I did not like them at all.

When Christophe died (we all know that he does from the Cinderella story) Camille was devastated. To lose both parents within a year must have been unbearable. I could tell Maxine grieved a little but in the end all she saw was money. 

Soon as Christophe died Maxine and her two sons were on a mission to take over the winery. Of course, Camille wouldn't have any of it. I admired her perseverance to expose Maxine and her children. 


Of course, we all know in Cinderella, there is a happy ending. Maxine and her sons are exposed of their wrongdoings and all is well at Chateau Joy. 

Would I Recommend? 

Yes! It's a cute short story and if you enjoy the story of Cinderella, I think you will like this retelling! 


I hope you enjoyed my review of Fairytale! Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? 

I hope you had a good Halloween and had lots of yummy treats! Until next time. 

The Caffeinated Bibliophile