Sep 18, 2014

Each & Every One by Rachael English

Your family are always there for you...aren't they?

For Tara, Vee, Niall and Damian, the children of the Shine family, their parents have seen them through thick and thin. In fact, Gus and Joan's lifetime of hard work has given their children the luxuries they never had when they were growing up - a comfortable home in a leafy Dublin neighbourhood, gap years that never seem to end and an open chequebook for life's little emergencies. Unfortunately, although the children have grown up, they have got a little too comfortable with the well-feathered nest: now it's time to learn a few home truths.

When a twist of fate means the bank of Mum and Dad can no longer bail out the younger generation, suddenly the whole family must find out who they really are - but sometimes the truth isn't easy to face. Uncovering the secrets they all hide will show them a different side to the city they call home and mean finding allies in the most unlikely places.

Warm, wise and witty, Each and Every One is a novel about the lessons we learn in life - and the ones we never do.


Gus and Joan have four children, Vee, Damian, Niall and Tara. Tara is the youngest and the most sensitive of the four. They're used to a life filled with luxury and Gus and Joan are spending loads of money on their children. When things get tough financially the children have to adjust their lifestyle and for some of them that's easier than for others. It's time for all of them to grow up and to start providing for themselves. Living without the comfort of money isn't easy and it makes them think about their life and the decisions they've made. Some necessary changes have to be made. Will they be able to cope or are things going to get really tough?

Truth is a very important topic in this novel. It isn't always easy to face reality. Gus has his own company and he's worked hard for his money. Three of his four children don't have jobs. They're working from time to time or on a part time basis, but their full income comes from their father. Tara is a journalist and she's the only one who receives an actual salary. She is the one who needs to help the others. Meanwhile she's hurt and heartbroken. I loved reading about her life and the people she's forming bonds with. There are some ups and a lot of downs, but she's stronger than she thinks she is and she is my favorite family member. Her story is such a beautiful part of this novel. It's never wise to take money for granted and some valuable lessons have to be learned by the main characters of this book. Rachael English has such an impressive way with words, her amazing and unique writing style is definitely part of the greatness of this story. If you haven't bought this book yet, you should. I'm one hundred percent sure you will love it!


  1. Wow, great review. I will have to make sure I read this book :)

  2. Fantastic review again. I really enjoyed going back so I expect I will enjoy this one x

  3. This one is new to me, thank you for the review :)


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