Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Twenty years ago, Aniston Kline learned that childhood rhyme wasn’t true after being bullied in junior high. Now a newspaper reporter, Aniston returns to her hometown-a place she thought she would never return to-prepared to write an article about a boy’s story that echoes her past. Aniston wants nothing more than to slip in and out of Savanna Shores unseen and unrecognized by anyone who might still remember her; however, a brutal snowstorm ushers her into town and leaves her stranded in a snowstorm with her high school crush, Arjay.
Arjay Mason was once the handsome quarterback of the high school football team. Now a police officer in Savanna Shores, he has yet to find lasting love. He realizes he already missed one opportunity with Aniston and doesn’t want her to leave again-but how could she stay in a town that once caused her pain?
As Aniston faces her own demons from her past and sifts through old emotions with Arjay, the fate of a teenage girl named Maddie becomes intricately intertwined with the two adults to reveal a much grander plan for everyone involved. While it seemed like it was just coincidence that brought together Aniston and Arjay, the two begin to understand there’s a reason they were brought together again .
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A Wordsowers Review of Caged Dove by Shari Woodstein
Bullying and love are good topics for stories. Using them in one novel created interest. Caged Dove included several types of bullying that people go through and presented them in a unique way.
Flash backs strengthened the story and moved it forward. Each character’s story alternated between chapters and slowed my reading. However, I wanted to continue because I connected with the characters. The telling of Caged Dove pulled me forward to discover how it ended.
Caged Dove highlighted that people are willing, able, and ready to help others in need. Even strangers can be of assistance. The story highlighted the need for our awareness of bullying everywhere, not just in big cities.
This is a story with results I would love to see in every instance of bullying. The ending is a nice surprise and illustrated that past dreams and changes in our lives can lead to our best.