Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends➯ [Read] ➫ Circle of Friends By Maeve Binchy ➻ – Heartforum.co.uk Big generous hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen Their one thought is to get to Dublin to university and to freedomOn their first day at Univer Big generous hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen Their one thought is to get to Dublin to university and to freedomOn their first day at Circle of PDF \ University College Dublin the inseparable pair are thrown together with fellow students Nan Mahon beautiful but selfish and handsome Jack Foley But trouble is brewing for Benny and Eve's new Circle of Friends and before long they find passion tragedy and the independence they yearned for.

Gordon Snell writer and editor of children's books When they were struggling financially Light a Penny Candle was published which made her an overnight success Many of her books such as Echoes are set in Circle of PDF \ the past in Ireland Some of her later novels such as Evening Class take place in modern times Her books often deal with people who are young fall in love have families and deal with relationship or family problems The main characters are people whom readers can empathise with She passed away on July at the age of Her cousin.

Circle of Friends Kindle Ë Circle of  PDF \
  • Paperback
  • 722 pages
  • Circle of Friends
  • Maeve Binchy
  • English
  • 26 July 2016
  • 9780099498599

10 thoughts on “Circle of Friends

  1. Melindam says:

    This book is the ultimate comfort read for me A heart warming emotionally gratifying rewarding experience The one where after finishing you just sit stare out of your head happy content that again the world has been put to rights Circle of Friends is to me what The Baronetage is to Sir Walter Elliot in Persuasion there he found occupation for an idle hour and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were aroused into admiration and respect there any unwelcome sensations changed into pity and contemptThis book is about friendship love betrayal growing up learning to fight for what is important learning to let goThe story takes us to 1957 when Benny Mary Bernadette Hogan Eve Malone are to leave or are they? the safe but limited boundaries of their small Irish hometown of Knockglen where everyone knows everyone for the big dangerous city of DublinBenny an awkward because she is big and tall but infinitely kind and funny girl is an only daughter to well meaning but elderly parents who don't seem to realise that she is growing up into a woman Although they are willing to pay for a university education strictly Catholic of course for Benny their own plan includes her returning to Knockglen afterwards marrying her father's assistant they have a struggling gentlemen's outfit shop the unappealing slimy calculating Sean WalshEve is an orphan brought up by the nuns of the Knockglen Catholic Convent lead by the wonderful practical Mother Francis after her late mother's upper class Anglo Irish family rejects her because she married a low class Catholic handyman She has no funds for university unless she learns to overcome her pride ask the Westwards to pay her tuition feeIn Dublin they meet handsome popular Jack Foley cinnamon roll of the University beautiful cool Nan Mahon who is playing a dangerous ruthless game to get away from her aggressive drunken father's house both geographically and socially to land a rich and upper class husbandThe scene is also enriched by a set of very well drawn supporting characters both from the big city the small town and you cannot help to laugh cheer curse or cry as the story unfolds

  2. Dem says:

    The charm of a Mave Binchy as a writer is her ability to draw the reader in with familiar characters and stories that are relatable and compelling and Circle of Friends is one of those books that has host of well imagined characters whose stories and dramas make for entertaining and easy reading I read this book when it first came out and really enjoyed it and when I happened upon it while doing a Maria Condo on my bookshelves I felt a strong pull for a cosy fireside read and this one sure did not disappoint second time around Childhood friends Benny and Eve grew up together in the Irish village of Knockglen where the pace of life is slow and opportunitys for romance slim and when they start University in the big city the girls make new friends and enjoy romance and freedom that Universary life offers While city life has its excitement they must return to the Village at the weekends Benny the only child yearning to break free from her adoring parents while 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 curtainsexcept their own I really enjoyed the novel it has a slow pace but perfectly rounded characters and a great plot Binchy's prose is light and easy and you find yourself caring about the characters and what happens to them I probably read this novel 25 years ago and it works as well today as it did back then I love the sense of Irishness about this one too without it being too twee An easy and entertaining read and readers who enjoy novels by Diane Chamberlain or Kristin Hannah may well enjoy Maeve Binchy novels tool

  3. Ines says:

    Love so much this book I wanted something simple light and immediate Circle of friends really kidnapped my heart especially in such a strange and difficult period that we are living here in MilanoItaly with this Covid 19The plot is the most classic of stories the friendship between these young girls then become young women who moved to Dublin to study at College and thenThe characters are well cared in depth never presented and then abandoned after few chapters for each of them we follow the beauty and even the stiff part of their destinies Maeve Binchy has a very simple writing but it captures you or rather that reader’s emotionality part that makes you turn the pages without being able to put down the bookEve and Benny are adorable both in their flaws and fragility but especially by the ability to heal and love their friendshipNot all is nice and smooth some characters are terrifying but even for them the good destiny will reserve something specialMagnanimity we’ve forgotten your meaningBello bellissimo Avevo voglia di ualcosa di semplice leggero e immediato Circle of friends mi ha veramente rapita soprattutto in un periodo così strano e particolare che stiamo vivendo ui a Milano CoronavirusLa storia è la piu' classica delle storie l'amicizia tra ueste bambine poi diventate ragazze che si trasferiscono a Dublino a studiare e poiI personaggi sono ben curati nei minimi particolari mai presentati e abbandonati dopo pochi capitoli per ognuno seguiamo il bello e il brutto del loro destinoMaeve Binchy ha una scrittura molto semplice ma ti cattura o meglio cattura uell' emotività del lettore che ti fa poi incollare alle pagine senza riuscire a mettere giù il libroEve e Benny sono adorabili sia nei loro difetti e fragilità ma soprattutto dalla capacità di saper curare ed amare uella loro amiciziaNon tu va avanti positivamente alcuni personaggi sono terrificanti ma anche per loro il destino buono riserverà ualcosa di specialeMagnanimità ti abbiamo dimenticata ormai

  4. Holly says:

    I confess to loving what we at the bookstore used to consider old lady novels You know written by nice old ladies and featuring stock characters such as Comfortable old lady who smells like violets Troubled young boy who will probably run away thus becoming the catalyst to resolve the troubles of his father who is Bitter middle aged widower who just needs a little lovin' and Beautiful woman who provides said lovin'Well I've moved on from Rosamunde Pilcher though The Shell Seekers will always hold a place in my heart But two summers ago when we moved here and stayed with the in laws for a time I had a chance to read every single book ever written by Maeve Binchy My husband mocked while I only craved bon bonsSure she writes old lady novels But her characters are distinct and fully formed There is a lot of conflict because they are almost always Catholic There is some strong criticism of the Church and the rifts it causes in a woman's life as she tries to reconcile her faithupbringing with the urges of her body Some of her plots are simplistic but the emotions never areNote I met her when she spoke at a women's lit class when I was in college Circle of Friend was just coming out as a movie and she was very excited She's a sweet lady and very funny

  5. Hannah says:

    5 Stars Superb bookI loved this book It’s so well written and the character development is amazing I kept taking this one off my to read this but boy am I glad I decided to put it back on The best way I can think of to describe this book is that it’s a cozy read with a bit of a bite near the end It’s so beautifully brilliant Just FYI I’m still flying high on this book so this review may be disjointed and messyI liked the way the book moved; it’s rhythm It wasn’t slow moving but it wasn’t action packed I think the best way I can describe it is that it seemed natural I could believe that all of these things were happening to these characters Things developed organically and I don’t think that happens enough in books Similarly the plot seemed to be so realistic and lifelike that it worked so well I believe that Benny’s parents were very protective and supportive I could believe and understand Eve’s frustration to say the least with Simon Westward I understood Nan’s desire to be someone different It all made sense because the characters were in very relatable situations or at the least I could relate to the emotions and feelings if not the exact situation I also liked that the author gave us two different views of Ireland city and countryside Dublin and Knockglen I like that the book dispelled some of my cliche thoughts about Ireland I mean that this book dealt with subjects that when associated with Ireland take on a specific historicalpoliticalsocial context religion sex family obligation abortion etc I was not expecting some of the takesviews on some of those subjects and it was a nice surprise also maybe revealed some of my preconceived notions about Ireland My favorite aspect of this book is the characters and my absolute favorite is Benny Hogan our main character I think the main reason she’s my favorite is because her character development is so relatable and honestly inspiring She goes from a shy fumbling almost meek girl to a confident centered smart kind young woman I can’t do her justice so please read the book and enjoy with me For those of you who have read it view spoilerI mean the way she handles her father’s death and how mature she was when Jack and Nan were horrible people amazing hide spoiler

  6. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    Pros The writing style itself with wording isn't bad It has a smooth and warm tone that fits the genre Characters are mainly likeable especially the main Benny and her friend Eve two girls who bonded despite being in such different circumstances The ending isn't predictable but it's a peaceful one There's a surprise that pops up with one of the characters showing their real face so not everything is sedateCons The lengthy book is a story of unfolding and developing relationships but not the most interesting thing on the shelves The main issue I had is a personal preference way too much head hopping into random characters I can't get as attached to characters and interested in their story if the view keeps hopping around so freely Overall it's a decent book but the point of view switching so heavily isn't something I enjoy in comparison to limited POV or singular and the length doesn't uite justify the content

  7. Sondang says:

    Still one of my favourite books Best written book ever Okey I love Maeve Binchy but this book is smashing I love it from the first until the last pageYou'll love all the characters especially the friendship between Benny and Eve And eventhough you loathes Nan's behavior somehow you'll understand her You'll fall in love very uickly at Jack Folley and as soon as that you'll find yourself annoyed by his taken for granted act to our lovable BennyAs other's Maeve writing it's all details that we feel we really in their circle of friends in IrelandI love the part when Eve said to Benny Someday I'll push down someone for you after Benny 'rescued' her from a nasty mouth girl who made fun of her That's the real beginning of their beautiful friendshipEverytime I read this book yes I read it than twice it always remind me of how valuable friendship is and how blessed are the people who has true friends thanks my angelsI also love the last two pages especially the part when Benny looked up the sky and all she saw was the smoke in the night sky and she knew that Jack's face is among the friends not taking the whole night skyThat sentence really describe a great closure about Benny's feeling for Jack Benny finally let him go eventhough Jack still loves her the same even I guess after all what happenedThis book is highly recommended For who value friendship For who doesn't believe in friendship For handsome guy like Jack Folley who finally let go the only girl he really love and care about just because he took it for granted and couldn't control himself from looking around For big girls out there with big heart that sometimes doubt about whether being virgin is still up to dateBtw this book already filmed Chris O' Donnel as the handsome Jack I haven't watch the movie already tried to find the movie but couldn' t find it So if you happened to know let me know where to find it in Jakarta

  8. Trish at Between My Lines says:

    Do you have a favourite pair of old jeans? Worn to death washed to that perfect comfortable feel not the latest edgy trendy cut and colour but still a firm favourite They are a perfect fit and make you feel good Ones you pull out and wear time after time? Circle of Friends is the book euivalent of those jeans for me Around forever radiating warmth full of humour and with a gossipy uplifting plot Yes it’s another of my comfort booksBig hearted generous Benny is the main character From a child she has been heavy or as others non too delicately put it – a lump of a child a heifer large and suare On her 10th birthday she is expecting a princess party dress to transform her but instead she gets a ‘sturdy hard wearing outfit’ that her parents have finished off with matching shoes and handbag Benny never tells them that this broke her heart instead she smiles through the pain and pretends excitementThis book focuses on Benny and best friend Eve leaving their small country town to attend college in Dublin Benny is vibrant charismatic funny and tender hearted In Dublin Benny and Eve find new battles to be fought new friends to be made as they struggle to make their way in a rapidly changing Ireland On their college menu is fun and frolics and a side order of backstabbing The book is set in the 1950’s but despite the older setting it’s very much a case that the problems faced by college going folks never changes I faced the challenges in the 90s that Benny faced in the 50’s I have no doubt the themes of friendship loyalty the difference in values and attitudes between parents and teenagers and issues over image are timeless and will continue to have meaning to new generations of readersThe first line draws me in “The kitchen was full of the smells of baking”This sounds like my home growing up where my mother was forever baking for all of us It feels nostalgic and familiar From that first line to the last line I’m wrapped up in a rosy glowThe setting is so authentic it catches an Ireland that is long gone but captured forever within the pages of Maeve Binchy’s books A time when church had as much importance as the government Communities where everyone knew you and all your business If you coughed in your bedroom in privacy the next day half the town would ask you how you chest infection was and remind you that lung problems run in your family and to make sure and look after it A time when the younger generation were pulling the older generation kicking and screaming into the ‘racier’ 1950’s Where a new jukebox in town caused uproar and new fashions such as miniskirts scandalised the conservativeThe book has a huge cast of great characters All of them full of life and fleshed out with remarkable detail However it’s Benny that won my heart I was overweight when I was younger too and I can identify with the trouble this caused her I had lost weight by the time I was college age but I know how it can eat away at you and destroy your confidence“He drew her a little closer which was great except that she feared the place he had his hand on her back was just the part where the heavy duty bra ended and there was a small roll of flesh God suppose he held that bit of her – it would be like a lifebelt How could she get him to move his hand up her back? How? These were things you needed to know in life rather than what was set out in a syllabus for you”This book makes me smile and I’m always rooting for Benny with her heart of gold For a while she lives her fairy tale but unlike a fairy tale this one does not end happily ever after Something I really appreciated about this book it was realistic but still ended on an optimistic but not ridiculous note Until they made a movie and changed the ending Why? WHY? It made me so mad Who should read this? Highly recommended to all who like character driven books books with a strong sense of place with a heart warming and uplifting vibe There is a reason Maeve Binchy sold than 40 million copies of her books and if you have never read one then this would be a good one to try

  9. Liz says:

    What a treat It had been a while since I read a book that made me sad when turning the last page though I was glad the way it ended I liked all the characters We meet Benny who becomes best friends with Eve when they’re 10 The friendship pretty much solidifies when Benny pushes a classmate that’s bullying Eve Eve tells her “someday when I’m big and strong I’ll knock someone down for you”Their friendship remains strong through out the story despite how opposite they are and the many situations that make the story of the book Heather is introduced to us and I loved her “What had Benny wanted when she was Heather’s age twelve? She had grow out of the wish for pink velvet dresses and pointed shoes with pom poms What had she wanted? Maybe a crowd of friends people that she and Eve could play with without having to be home at a special time It wasn’t very much And they had got it hadn’t they “ I know I’ll be thinking about this story for a while

  10. Lisa says:

    Really enjoyable story predominantly following two young girls who grow up together in a small town in Ireland The story mainly focuses on when they go to University together in Dublin and encompasses the story of their friends there and in their home townIt's a family saga with plenty going on and loveable characters I listened to this on audio and it was beautifully narrated a lovely heart warming story

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