Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Genre: Romance, Adult Fiction
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
The perfect book for the holidays: Cinderella set amid the wine-making estates of modern-day Napa Valley, complete with an evil Parisian stepmother.
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….
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, that was founded and maintained by her parents – Christophe and Joy.
Customary to any fairy tale enters an evil stepmother, whose sole purpose in life is to make Camille’s life miserable and to spend all of her father’s hard-earned money.
This is an extremely fast-paced book and it can be considered as any traditional fairy tale retelling. I fell in love with a few characters and the rest- not so much. There’s no prince charming to save Camille from her stepmother and stepbrothers and she is left to figure out her life herself. Orphaned at a very crucial point and heir to the entire winery and estate, Camille can be described as an independent, smart, kickass female protagonist, who won’t give up no matter how bad the situation gets. There are a lot of parties and masquerades and they have been described exquisitely. And the beauty of the Napa Valley has been beautifully captured. Danielle Steel takes the crown when it comes to picturesque descriptions.
The ending get’s a little clumsy because there are too many possible endings intertwined with each other. But then again, and exceptional choice of climax. (I am ignoring the last chapter altogether, and for the ones who care about warnings, DO NOT read the last chapter).
Overall, a brilliant one time read, delightful and appealing.
Do you’ll like fairytale retellings?