One dark night, ten-year-old Cassie Bennett cried out to God to send an angel to help her. Neglected by her alcoholic mother and excluded at school by her schoolmates, Cassie desperately needs a best friend. Her cry for help brings a young angel to earth on her first assignment. As the story unfolds, Gabriella encourages Cassie to rise above her circumstances, conquer her fear, and let her light shine. Along the way, Gabby manages to help her friend resolve several issues including a school bully and a spoiled little rich girl. But the biggest challenge the girls face is the pedophile, who has just moved in the apartment complex and befriended Cassie's mother. Standing up to evil is not easy, but with Gabby's help Cassie learns to do just that. Their friendship transcends a tragedy, and the two girls remain "friends forever." Mary Ann McRaney, who has a Masters Degree in English, was a middle school English teacher for over thirty years. Recently retired, she now works part time as an adjunct instructor for a local junior college. Friends Forever is her first book. She hopes to continue reaching young people with positive Christian messages in her writing. Her husband, also a retired educator, passed away in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. She lives in Diamondhead, MS with her poodle Max.