The Cyber Miracles: A Real Page Turner That's Tough to Put down

Connie McKinney By Connie McKinney, 27th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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"The Cyber Miracles" is the story of a young woman with an exciting career in Manhattan and a soap opera star boyfriend. She suddenly loses everything and must start life over in her upstate New York hometown. This is a story with several plot twists and turns plus some Irish language and culture which only adds to the story.

The Cyber Miracles: A Brief Overview

When the book opens, Maeve Kenny, the main character, is enjoying a life most of us can only dream of. She has a soap opera star for a boyfriend plus a public relations job with an Irish-owned firm in Manhattan. Suddenly, everything changes. Her boyfriend marries another soap opera star. Maeve loses her job and then flees to her Upstate New York hometown of Binghamton. Maeve openly wishes for a miracle and actually finds one.
Along the way, Maeve meets a new friend: her next-door neighbor, Andy Krall. He uses a wheelchair and has a real gift for computers. Andy teaches Maeve a new skill: web designing. Little do they know that the Web site they made just for practice will later attract a worldwide audience.
"The Cyber Miracles" offers the reader plenty of suspense. Will Maeve be able to reinvent herself in a new life? Will she find love again? Will she get the miracle she's hoping for?
Published in 2008 by author Mary Pat Hyland, the book takes place in Manhattan and Binghamton. Hyland uses vivid descriptions to put her readers on the scene. Readers can practically hear the clink of glasses, smell the alcohol and see the bar patrons chatting and dancing during a scene inside a Manhattan pub where Maeve learns her boyfriend has married someone else. Readers also feel like they are walking around Binghamton due to Hyland's detailed descriptions of the city.

The Characters

One of the strongest parts of "The Cyber Miracles" is its characters. By using detailed descriptions and lively dialogue, Hyland brings these characters to life. Readers feel like they actually know these people.
Hyland also does a good job of fleshing out some memorable characters including Dom Dellapenta: a tough-talking editor who hires Maeve as a copy editor at his newspaper. Readers can almost hear the sarcasm in his wise cracks, smell the cigarettes he smokes and see the smirk on his face.
Another memorable character is Toni Sellars, a reporter for Scoop TV. Just like Dom, she is also sarcastic. Toni causes some trouble for Maeve but gets into trouble of her own at the end of the book.

Irish Language and Culture

"The Cyber Miracles" sprinkles Irish language and culture throughout its pages. Some of the characters are from Ireland. Many have traditional Irish names: Maeve, of course; Ciaran, Bridgeen and Fergal. Anyone who lives in Ireland or has visited Ireland will recognize some of the places mentioned: County Clare, Connemara, etc.
Look for several Irish phrases that Hyland uses to develop the Irish theme. One phrase used is Slainte: a traditional toast which means "to your health." The characters talk about craic: fun and gossip or conversation. The characters call other characters: eejits, the Irish word for idiots.

The First in the Series

"The Cyber Miracles" is the first in a three-part series. Book two is "A Sudden Gift of Fate" while "A Wisdom of Owls" wraps up the series. All books are available at All three books will keep you reading right to the end. I highly recommend all three.


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