Title: Circle of Friends
Author: Maeve Binchy
Summary: Big, generous-hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends throughout their childhoods in sleepy Knockglen. When they both go to study in Dublin, they meet a circle of friends that includes handsome Jack Foley and the selfish but beautiful Nan Mahon, whose ambition will drag them all into trouble.
As Knockglen is surprised into new life, the two girls, Benny and Eve, discover among the many distractions of growing up true friendship is the greatest gift of all.
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a book that has been sitting on my shelf forever. It's probably one of my oldest TBR's. I'm glad I finally picked it up and read it. It was a wonderful book, which at times I couldn't put down.
The book was well told and well written. Binchy's writing talent was extraordinary, as she managed to carry the story and the characters throughout, taking her time to flesh out her characters and their stories. Her story on friendship, and the ups and downs that come with it, was truly amazing, I did think that I would become bored with the book because I thought the length of the book may cause the book to drag on, but that never happened, as it ended up being a well done and well told story.
The characters do leave an impression on you. Benny and Eve are definitely two characters that will be remembered by me, along with their friendship they built. There were some aspects of the book that were a bit predictable, especially Nan's story line. I had her figured out from the start. She was also the most unlikeable character in the book. Which was also a good thing, because Binchy did a fantastic job at creating her.
It may be a book that was slow moving, but that's part of what made it so great, as it takes time to tell the story and explore some fantastic characters.
Would I recommend it to read: I would! And I would also make sure you recommend this to your best friend, buy a copy and glue it to their hands if you have too, because when it comes down to it, it's a fantastic book on friendship.
What to read next: More Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly, Marian Keys
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Ireland Reading Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge