I am glad to have received Fairytale from Pan Macmillan India.
The cover of this book reminds me so much of The Selection series, that I had wanted to get my eyes glued to the book asap.
This book wasn’t a disappointment at all but wasn’t something I would suggest for you to read, this book can be a miss.
I have figured out one thing about Danielle Steel, not all books by her are what you are going to like, much like Sidney Sheldon.
Anywho, what is the book about?
What is Fairytale about?
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….
My thoughts and feelings for Fairytale.
I went in completely blind in the book, not knowing what it is and that it was a retelling of Cinderella. I wish I had known that I was kinda disappointed with the way story was told. Anyway.
What did I like about Fairytale?
I didn’t end up really enjoying the book– as much as I had anticipated, I have high hopes all most all the time- which is wrong, I know. Anyway, I am listing down the few reasons that I would applaud the book for.
- Even though it is a Cinderella re-telling, there isn’t any prince charming in the book, no damsel in distress. Camille, the main lead, is left alone to figure out how to deal with the stepmother and the stepbrothers.
- Camille’s character is beautiful, we see her grow from a baby to an adult, her character reflects maturity at a very young age. She is independent and smart, she is the kind of female role models we should have in books.
- The detailing of the setting is beautiful, I was able to visualize Napa Valley, which enriched the experience of reading this book.
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 points, the story doesn’t deviate from the original story at all.
- There a lot of jumps is paragraphs with the point of views- which kind of made it even more difficult for me to read.
All in all, the book is a light read– go for it if you are looking for a not so grown up yet a grown-up version of a Cinderella story.
Rating- 3/5 stars
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