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Circle of Friends

Binchy, Maeve

(Book - 1991)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Circle of Friends
Random House, Inc.
It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, growing  up, inseparable, in the village of Knockglen.  Benny--the only child, yearning to break free from  her adoring parents...Eve--the orphaned offspring  of a convent handyman and a rebellious blueblood,  abandoned by her mother's wealthy family to be  raised by nuns. Eve and Benny--they knew the sins  and secrets behind every villager's lace  curtains...except their own.

It widened at Dublin,  at the university where Benny and Eve met  beautiful Nan Mahlon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome  son. But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the  worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive  collision. Long-hidden lies would emerge to test the  meaning of love and the strength of ties held within  the fragile gold bands of a... Circle Of  Friends.

Baker & Taylor
Portrays the uneasy association between beautiful, greedy jet-setter Nan Mahon and Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, best friends from a small Irish village

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, 1991
ISBN: 0385301499
Characteristics: 565 p. ; 25 cm.


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Just finished rereading this book and enjoyed it so much. My favorite of all her novels!

Apr 11, 2013
  • JCLDianeH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Maeve Binchy is my go-to author for gentle reads.She writes about the dramas of everyday life. I found myself rooting for the main characters, who are all so different. There is Benny, the much-doted-upon only child; Eve, the orphan child who grew up in a convent; and Nan, who was raised to believe she deserved and could get a better life than she grew up in. I also love getting a glimpse of life in Ireland.

Nov 10, 2012
  • lozza1401 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great book, I saw the movie and was inspired to read the book and I wasn't disappointed. I'm looking forward to reading her other books.


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