First: full disclosure. In days past author Mary Pat Hyland was my editor and is a friend. That said, if i wasn't genuinely impressed with her first published novel, i wouldn't gush in public, which is what i'm about to do now. To me, there's one hallmark of good writing: Do i care about the characters? I hated to see this book end, because i wanted to know how the rest of their lives unfold (i've heard murmurs about a sequel, and i may start circulating a petition to encourage MP to write one ...)The plot is compelling enough to have kept me up half the night reading, and between the words are whispers of faith that will resonate with many, particularly (but by no means exclusively) Roman Catholics. MP also slides in her fluency with Gaelic -- which i understand to be about as easy to learn as Sanskrit -- which flavors the whole book with a distinctly Irish twist. (Not too suprisingly, the book is already finding an audience in Ireland, as well as a growing one here.) All of Cyber Miracles' elements combine to create an intelligently written, engagingly human novel that will appeal to readers from Gens X and Y to Baby Boomers and beyond!