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Rachael's Gift by [Cameron, Alexandra]
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Length: 239 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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Rachael is a child prodigy, a talented artist whose maturity and eloquence is far beyond her fourteen years. She's also energetic, charming and beautiful, beguiling everyone around her. To her mother, Camille, she is perfect. But perfection requires work, as Camille knows all too well.

For Rachael has another extraordinary gift: a murky one that rears its head from time to time, threatening to unbalance all the family has been working towards. When Rachael accuses her art teacher of sexual misconduct, Camille and Rachael's father, Wolfe, are drawn into a complex web of secrets and lies that pits husband against wife, and has the power to destroy all of their lives.

Set in the contrasting worlds of Australia and Paris, Rachael's Gift is a mystery story of the heart, about a mother's uncompromising love for her daughter, and a father's quest for the truth.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Picador Australia (1 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7M0A1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An intense story that captures you from the very start. The prose is very lyrical and expressive which enables you to completely visualise what is happening throughout the entire novel. The locations of the story being Sydney and France distinguish a strong contrast which outlines the story. Great novel for a first time author and it would make a great sequel. Would love to see more from the author Alexandra Cameron.
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Do you treat a child prodigy different to any other child? Is compulsive lying in-bred or learned?

The story starts out with Rachael’s parents being called to the prestigious private school that she attends to be informed of an incident that has taken place for which Rachael has now opened a case of sexual misconduct against one of her male teachers.

Her father, Wolfe, is shocked. Camille, not as shocked. Why? She’s had other encounters with the principal without Wolfe’s knowledge and although she thinks her daughter is innocent, Wolfe has his doubts.

Whilst both parents love Rachael as any parent should, they are both very different people and this becomes apparent in the way they approach their parenting. Both think that Rachael is extremely special although Camille even more so because of her artistic talents. In Rachael she sees the artist that she could never be and hopes to eventually be able to get her into the famous Beaux-Champs art school in Paris.

When information regarding the allegations are leaked out of the school, after the principal promising that they won’t release any information, a scandal ensues. Taking Rachael, Camille flees Australia for her mother’s family in Paris, leaving Wolfe to find his way through the chaos of gossip, accusations and juvenile vandalism on his own.

The eclectic art community and Camille’s somewhat eccentric family in Paris are far-removed from the life they lived in Australia, but she decides that this could be Rachael’s only chance to gain entry into Beaux-Champs. It all proves to be a far bigger challenge than she ever anticipated when her own memories come into play, mother and daughter become rivals for attention and Wolfe arrives, intent on taking them home.
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An intriguing story about love, ambition, manipulation and betrayal, Rachael's Gift pits husband against wife as they disagree about what they think is best for their child.

Rachael's Gift unfolds from the alternating perspectives of husband and wife, Camille, a high-strung art historian who investigates the provenance of artwork, and once dreamed of being a famous painter, and Wolfe, an easygoing Aussie bloke who surfs every morning and shapes surfboards in his garage, who are the loving parents of Rachael. Fourteen year old Rachael, precocious and charming, is a gifted artist and Camille is determined to protect the future she has envisioned for her daughter at any cost. Wolfe is proud of Rachael's talent but is increasingly concerned about his daughter's gift for lying, especially when she accuses a teacher at her prestigious private school of sexual misconduct.

"She shook her head in disbelief, 'You're going to ruin her. Don't you realise? I can't let you do it.' Her chest heaved and then some kind of realisation dawned in her face. 'Oh my god, you don't love her. You wouldn't do this if you did.'
I felt as if my veins were bursting, 'Of course I love her,' I shouted, 'It's because I love her!'
'This is not love.'
I stabbed my finger in her face, 'You love her too much.'"

Unwilling to compromise, Camille flees with Rachael from their Sydney home to Paris, ostensibly to attend a family memorial service for her recently deceased mother, and to further investigate the provenance of a painting at the center of a dispute, but also with the hope she can wrangle Rachael an interview at the prestigious Beaux-Arts Institute.
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Really fantastic read. Each chapter hooks you in further and further, developing a closer relationship with the protagonists...you feel like you know them so well by the end. Riveting storyline and beautifully written. Brilliant first novel, love to read her next one!
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Really great read. Interesting story line with lots of twists and turns. Very much enjoyed reading this book - it's the perfect holiday read too. Highly recommended. Perfect for a gift too.
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From the start Rachel's Gift provides an immensely entertaining and engaging read. Quickly you feel familiar to the characters and their journey in this book. The blurring of principles and emotions: love, determination, respect, ambition, sacrifice all make this story truly engrossing.

Five stars for a first time author who managed to get me to read their book in one weekend. This compares to the stack of books that I have started and so far not finished in the last year. Looking forward to what she does next.
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This book had me on the edge of my seat. The story is told from the point of view of Rachael's parents, and I found myself constantly thinking, as a mother, what would I do if this was my child? Cameron writes beautifully, painting vivid pictures of her characters and their surroundings. I couldn't put this book down, and was definitely not expecting the twist at the end.
I want to see what happens next to this family - I'm hoping for a sequel...
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