Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends

Book - 1991
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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: 9780385301497
0385301499
Characteristics: 565 p. cm

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msp_pier
Sep 14, 2015

ohmygoodness, this book. every single character was developed with such care and i fell in love with every single one of them (well, almost every single one of them, looking at you, you know who!). and Benny, oh, dear Benny. everything about this book was, from the details, to the story, absolutely wonderful. such an epic and amazing tale.

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Audrey1976
Aug 30, 2015

Perhaps my favorite Maeve Binchy novel of them all. Her books are written in such a charming and heartfelt way, you feel as is you're in the small Irish village watching as the storyline plays out. Wonderful!

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lucky38
Aug 23, 2014

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

JCLDianeH Apr 10, 2013

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.

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kljl
Nov 15, 2012

It took some time to get through it because I found it very easy to put down at the beginning, put once one the plots took hold I quickly finished it and enjoyed it.

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lozza1401
Nov 10, 2012

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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AmandaSH
Nov 06, 2012

This was the first book I ever read of hers, and I have been hooked ever since reading every one of her novels. Its a story about friendship and love, and always has a great ending.

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M_ALCOTT Jul 07, 2015

"The Wise Woman would get on with her life and stop dreaming. Then she thought how tiring it was going to be for the rest of her life trying to be the Wise Woman all the time. It would be great to be the very Unwise Woman on occasion."-Eve Malone, excerpt Circle of Friends

M_ALCOTT Jul 07, 2015

"Laborare est orare"-Peggy Pine, Circle of Friends; Translation: "Work is a form of prayer."

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