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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....

©2017 Danielle Steel (P)2017 Recorded Books

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There is a story in the telling

I abhorred the person telling this story. He had no umph and was way too slow. I even timed it to 2, but that did not help at all.

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  • Michelle
  • MADISONVILLE, KY, United States
  • 10-25-17

Beginning good THEN DISAPPOINTMENT

I have been a Danielle Steel fan for most of my life. The Ring is my favorite book thus far that she has written. Why? She did the book justice, she did the research and gave the book tons of attention and time. Over the last several (10+) years it just seems to me that she is just meeting her contract obligations. Some of her books seem to have interesting concepts, probably based off of people she has met and experiences she has had, but the problem seems to be that the first half of the book seems to be given detail and attention and the second half seems to be rushed in a effort of wrap up the book. It's as if she gets to a certain point and then hits some magical number or chapter and feels she has reached her "mark" and then tries to tie all the ends up quickly. I just feel robbed so much of the time lately. (Spoiler alert) I wanted more detail when the husband died. I kept thinking he was going to show back up at some point. I wanted more incidents of abuse and cruelness from the step-monsters, I have more instances than those in my own life. I wanted more history with Phillip, it was alluded to but not explored enough. I wanted more deviousness from the former vineyard manager, he was such a good character. .As readers we needed more satisfaction when the step-monsters finally got their just rewards and we didn't get that satisfaction. They were just hauled off by the police. I wanted more bonding with the grandmother after all was said and done. I wanted Sam to be more involved after the private detectives gave them their report, maybe leading step-mommy on a bit of a wild goose chase. I wanted to see a little more at the ending, possibly past the wedding with Phillip. I've given several examples, but honestly if I had any connections in the publishing world I would try to publish, maybe I will try anyway. I shouldn't complain without putting something out there that I would love to read myself.

Again, I love DS. I just always want more from her.

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Boring Story

Sorry but this book was boring, it took me forever to finish it. The storyline wasn't very good. The reader was nice to listen to, the story wasn't.

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Very nice story

This was a lovely fairytale. It’s struggled for me in the beginning a little bit and then picked up pace towards the middle and end. I suggest this for anyone who’s just looking for a nice read

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I always love Danielle Steel. This one was very tough to listen to. All I had to focus on was hoping that it would turn around for the lead character. And it did.

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God this was awful

I don't know what I disliked more.... the weird pacing (spending literally half the book talking about her parents backstory and maybe two pages on the climax of the whole thing), the cringeworthy self references to it being essentially the same story as Cinderella ("it's almost like I'm Cinderella and they're the evil step siblings"...uh no shit), or the repetitive dialogue and the absolute lack of any character development at all. I mean, going into this I wasn't expecting a masterpiece but I wanted it to be at least partially entertaining. Oh and the introduction of the Italian vineyard manager had all the build up in the world and the character ultimately had no point. A frustrating and disappointing read.

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Great story!

No wimpy Cinderella here. She let the wicked folks get the consequences. Love the fairy grandmother.

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Fairytale

This book was awesome, I so enjoyed the Fairytale theme. Danielle has written another 5 Star best seller

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Fairytale

I enjoyed the book. I sire wished the story ending was expanded. I felt I wanted a little more in the end.

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I did not like that they gave a summary at the beginning of the book. I don't want to read or listen to them before reading the book. it ruins the book for me.

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  • John Lennon
  • 02-06-18

typical Danielle Steel book

I found this book a little on the slow side to begin with but it did get better. a nice story with a fairytale ending

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  • Lesley Owen
  • 12-02-17

fairy tales

another loved book by Danielle Steele. Can't wait for the next one. excellent. well read as well.

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  • Joyce
  • 10-25-17

Dreams

I did enjoy this read, light ideal for bedtime. If you are a Danielle fan, give it a try.

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  • Dolphin
  • 01-06-18

A charming book

This book was a lovely story with twists and turns that made you want to keep reading to the very end i found it very satisfying right up to the last page