Book Review: Stork Bite
Genre: Historical Fiction / Southern Fiction
Date of Publication: November 30, 2020
Number of Pages: 359 pages
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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.
"Simonds is a wonderfully talented author and evokes the South in astonishing detail in Stork Bite, making us feel we're sitting in on a long, sumptuous, serial film production. But don't think it's mere eye candy--like the best period dramas, there's plenty of social commentary here. Highly recommended!"
--Linore Rose Burkard, author of Regency Romance and Contemporary Suspense
Getting right into the review, the whole book was such a more peacefully paced read. The book starts off with a crazy scenario, but then it transitions into this Huckleberry Fin feel and then the rest of the story starts to rise beautifully and we see a bigger picture with everything going on. Along with this pace, the author's wording just took you to the next level of writing. There were so many beautiful sentences and quotes throughout this story and I was just so entranced like I have never really been before.
Along with beautiful writing, there is so much excitement in this story. In the beginning, we are introduced to our main character and the family that he is adopted into after he runs away from his crime. We get to see the adventures he goes on and how he starts a whole different life with a whole different family dynamic. After we get to know them and a few years pass, we are introduced to a brand new set of characters who are in a whole different place in life. There's just so much detail in this book that you never feel bored reading.
As stated above, we do get some different perspectives on various characters. Even though there are quite a few people in this story, it never feels like people are coming out of the wood work. Everyone comes out in their own time when necessary, so you don't get too confused on who is who. It's also fun to read how everyone connects in the end. Ultimately, you are welcomed to this idea of the red string of fate, everyone is connected in some way, even if it's not too direct.
Overall, I am happy I was able to read this beautiful story. It was told in a calm pace and nothing ever felt rushed, but it still kept your attention and had quite a few moments that sprawled you into a whole different time. Each character has something new and fun to bring and it's just a good read. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. Until next time, Happy Reading!
L. K. Simonds is a Fort Worth local whose debut novel, All In, was published in 2019.
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