What a pleasant surprise. “Catch the Moon, Mary,” by Wendy Waters is both angelic and beautifully written. An abused child, Mary, is visited by an angel, Gabriel, and the abuser is quickly punished and hobbles out of the child’s room in terrible pain.
Gabriel quickly makes a deal with the gifted child that the music she makes on her piano is to change the world and make it a better place to live, and at the same time make her famous beyond her imagination.
Of course, there are a few set backs because Gabriel is not to be denied his wish to re-invent the world, and as a consequence any one who gets in the way of his plan is killed.
Ms. Waters uses biblical figures, such as Gabriel, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and brings them into modern times and it works. The supporting characters are all well defined and it is the power of music that eventually prevails. “Catch the Moon, Mary,” is a gem of a novel.