Title: Stork Bite
Author: L. K. Simonds
Genre: Historical Fiction
“Everything has to be reconciled eventually.”
Caddo Parish, 1913. On an October morning, a Klansman confronts seventeen-year-old David Walker at a hidden oxbow lake where he has gone to hunt. David accidentally kills the man and hides the crime. His determination to protect his family from reprisal drives him far from home and into manhood.
Shreveport, 1927. Cargie (rhymes with Margie) Barre and Mae Compton are two vastly different young women, but both are defying convention to reach for their dreams. The men in Cargie’s and Mae’s lives help and hinder them in more ways than one. After years in hiding, David Walker finally resurfaces, and we discover the past is never as far from the present as it seems.
One October morning in 1913, seventeen-year-old David Walker is hunting when a Klansman confronts him. Acting in self-defense, David kills him. He hides the body and leaves town, not for his sake but to protect his family. 'Tis the deep south and the Klan wouldn't take kindly to one of their own being killed.
Fast forward to 1927 and we meet two women who couldn't be more different, yet both are chasing their dreams. It's a hard road for Cargie and Mae, especially when it comes to the men in their lives. When David Walker resurfaces, the past rears its ugly head, and everyone involved must come to terms with what happened and move on or suffer the consequences.
Stork Bite is a riveting historical fiction I enjoyed reading. Its rich detailed narration plunges the reader into the deep South. The plot moves at a nice easy pace with plenty of characters, twists, and turns. The characters were so interesting, I found myself dreaming about them. The emotional trauma present in some of the characters, while realistic, was a bit overplayed. The ending, however, was brilliant and I applaud L.K. Simonds for an engrossing story. Fans of Fannie Flagg will enjoy Stork Bite.
My Rating: 5 stars
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L. K. Simonds is a Fort Worth local. She has worked as a waitress, KFC hostess, telephone marketer, assembly-line worker, nanny, hospital lab technician, and air traffic controller. She’s an instrument-rated pilot and an alumna of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N