You know, I was just thinking about and marveling at how writing can cross all boundaries. Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite authors and has been for a long time. “Circle of Friends” was one of the first books of hers that I read. I immediately connected with the anguish and joy of the young woman, who was a little chubby compared to her other friends, but turned out to be the type of woman that the handsome hero of the story couldn’t help but fall in love with. And when the movie aired with that dreamy young Chris O’Donnell giving visual to the imagination, I was hooked for good.
I immediately read every Maeve Binchy book I could get my hands on. So enamored of her stories and well-rounded characters was I, that it was quite awhile before I realized where she was from. One day, I finally slowed down long enough to wonder at the name of a city I didn’t recognize. I was shocked to find out the setting was in Ireland. Maeve Binchy is actually from Dalkey, Ireland. Continue reading more