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From the novel: “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.
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Published November 30th 2020
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Linore
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simonds is a wonderfully talented author and evokes the old 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. The book starts off with an unintentional murder and continues to spin the story of the aftermath, interlocking different lives and destinies with characters that will live in your brain long after you close the ...more
KarenK
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this from Netgalley.com.

"Caddo Parish, 1913. David Walker accidentally kills a man and hides the crime.
Shreveport, 1927. Cargie Barre and Mae Compton are two vastly different young women, but both are defying convention to reach for their dreams."

Well, such a great read to start my new year! The writing is wonderfully descriptive and the story flows comfortably along. At first, I was a bit perplexed trying to fit all of the pieces together and I needed to keep reading to find the tr
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Sasha
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, pulls you into the book from the very beginning and you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading from cover to cover. A most wonderful read and ...more
LB
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story begins in the woods of the Deep South in 1913. While out hunting with his faithful dog, a young black seventeen year old named David Walker encounters a white man with evil intentions. When the man shoots David’s dog, he strikes the man over the head and accidentally kills him. In an effort to hide any evidence of the man, David must hide the car until nightfall when he can return to dispose of it. Before doing so David goes through the man’s car discovering that he is a member of the ...more
N.N. Light
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 m
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Thomas Kelley
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story takes place in the early 1900's in Caddo Parish, Louisiana following David Walker a seventeen year old black teenager who has a confrontation with a white man when David accidentially kills the man and finds things in the mans possessions that show he is an evil man. David decides to runaway to prevent any harm that may come to his family. The story jumps forward 14 to 15 years and picks up the stories of Cargie Barre and Mae Compton two young ladies living in Shreveport Louisiana you ...more
Louetta Waters
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a touching, beautifully written story. Full of wonderful, rich characters.
Takes place over decades, starting in the early 1900's to present time, covering the intertwined lives of people in a small town.
It all starts out when 17 year old David is confronted by a Klansman, while out hunting, and David accidentally kills him. Scared for himself and his family, and ashamed, David leaves his family and strikes out on his own to face adulthood. As the story evolves, we learn of young David's f
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Carol Macarthur
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title is eye-catching, causing curiosity in the reader. What is a "stork bite?" How can this novel be centered around this as a symbol? The reader finds that he or she is presented with questions--and answers--to some of life's conundrums.
Simonds' deceptively simple prose provides wisdom as well. The crisp, clear style could be compared to the underside of an elaborate tapestry, when turned, has come together to present the whole story as a beautiful canvas.
Set in the South during the early
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Kay DiBianca
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Simonds displays her gift of story-telling in this gripping and entertaining tale of life in the early 20th century. Well done!
Suzann Whatley
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel draws you into another place and time. You get sucked into the character’s life stories and want to know what’s going to happen next. Great read!
Kirsten
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Everything has to be reconciled eventually.

One quick split second decision/action happens. Story builds

What makes a good man a good man?

I read in 1 sitting, I was glued to this book until the final word.
SJL
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a wonderful thing when a book can transport us to other times and places. I've taken a great trip! From the first sentence of the book to the last, I was enthralled. The lives of totally different people somehow managed to intertwine into such a beautiful story that it is a work of art. These characters touched my heart, even the ones who didn't have a right to. Highly recommend and can't wait to see the story L. K. Simonds spins next. ...more
Jeff Neuenschwander
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
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Copy received from giveaway.

I'm torn on this. I enjoyed the writing and felt entertained. But I have a key issue with the product. The description talks about two different stories: that of David after his unfortunate incident and Cargie and Mae during the depression. The book is even arranged as such. However, based on the writing, it seems like there's a disconnect between product and description. Here's how I see it:

Story 1: The journey of a character having to leave his home (view spoiler)
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Angela Williamson
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In the beginning of Stork Bite by L.K. Simonds, a young black teenager is out hunting when he accidentally kills a white man after an alterations. As David, the young man, goes thru the white man's things he realizes he is a member of the Klan. David hides the body and leaves town to save his family.
As we move forward several years, we meet Cargie and Mae. Cargie is a young black woman who wants to better herself and not live the conventional life she has been born to. Mae is the niece of the dr
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Nancy Cullen
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a novel full of twists, turns, and delightful surprises. With insight into the south that is both intriguing and disturbing. The convergence of the character's lives gives pause to one's own daily choices and the impact those choices have on the world around you. Lisa has allowed me to peek into this work as it has evolved. Well done! and thank you for sharing your gift. ...more
Carol Perreault
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the story of struggle both financially and personally in the South during the Depression featuring the lives of two different women, Cargie and Mae. Cargie is a young black woman who works hard keeping the books for a dry cleaner. Mae is the niece of the white dry cleaner owner.
I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
kdlingo
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of getting to read an early version of this manuscript and it was a beautifully written story that captured my heart and had me reading well into the early hours of the morning! I can’t wait for the release date. Buy it...you won’t regret it!!
Helen Hoover
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story grabs your attention and holds it to the very end. It has emotional scenes, surprise scenes, sad & happy scenes. It is well worth your time to read.
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Pernette
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved the story and story telling from the beginning. Lags some in the middle. Otherwise an enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend.
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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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