A very well written novel. I enjoyed how the author was able to weave much of her beleifs into the book and yet not sound preachy. As an English teacher, I look carefully at such things as grammar, punctuation, spelling, and all those annoying things we English teachers have a tendency to get hung up on. For a book of this length it was surpisingly free of typos and other such annoyances. I look forward to reading the sequel, assuming of course that there will be one. Incidently, I too know the author, but that did not alter my opinion of her book. Great Job!