Reading Maeve is like chatting with an old friend...
Better than the movie! A great story about friendship and love and being true to yourself over both.
As always, Binchy turns out another great story. Eve and Bennie are friends since grade school. The story takes you from there to their college years. Eves mother was a rich lady whose family lives in the largest house in the small town. The family wants nothing to do with Eve even after her mother and father die. The father was a handy man who obviously did not have the respect from his in-laws. Therefore, Eve is raised by the nuns of the town. She is a small, petite girl with a strong personality. Bennie, whose father owns the local gentlemans clothing store, is a big boned girl with beautiful long chestnut hair. The Circle of Friends is actually Bennie and Eve as the core and then friends they meet thru college in some instances, tragically. Bennie falls in love with one of the most popular good looking boys. He loves her but he also loves other women. Which gets him into trouble. Nan is from a family of modest means whose father is a drunk. She is desperate to get out of this life and will do just about anything to get there. Including betraying her friends. I enjoyed this book very much
I think this is Binchy's best! I could read this every month and never get tired of it. Don't see the movie!! READ IT!
This is a good book about two friends, Benny and Eve, who grew up, inseparable. Benny grows up trying to break free from her adoring parents. Eve, an orphaned offspring of a convent handyman and a rebellious blueblood, has been abandoned by her mother's wealthy family to be raised by nuns. Benny and Eve grow up knowing the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains, except their own. Their friendship continues to grow at the university where they meet new friends and experience heartbreak and betrayal.