The kitchen was full of the smells of baking. Benny put down her school bag and went on a tour of inspection.
"The cake hasn't been iced yet," Patsy explained. "The mistress will do that herself."
"What are you going to put on it?" Benny was eager.
"I suppose Happy Birthday Benny." Patsy was surprised.
"Maybe she'll put Benny Hogan, Ten."
"I never saw that on a cake."
"I think it is, when it's a big birthday like being ten."
"Maybe." Patsy was doubtful
Circle of Friends
by Maeve Binchy
I was saddened to learn of Maeve Binchy's death yesterday at the age of 72. Circle of Friends, published in 1990, was the first of many of her novels that I read and loved years ago. I'd like to dig up an old copy and read it again now. Have you read Maeve Binchy? Which of her novels was your favorite?
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