Stork Lake

Tales from a Wall of Hats

Young Adult - Coming of Age
345 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2023
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Author Biography

In the heart of a storybook paradise, a real-life adventure unfolded, and at its center was a young girl named L.C. Reid. Nestled within the embrace of a captivating resort, her childhood was a tapestry woven with vibrant characters and profound life lessons. Amidst the enchanting landscape, she embarked on a journey unlike any other, one that shaped her existence in ways she could have never imagined. This book, inspired by true events, is a testament to the indelible mark this extraordinary place left on her life—an experience that fuels both her passion and her authority in penning this remarkable tale.

L.C. Reid now lives on Vancouver Island. She enjoys hitting the slopes with her kids, trekking through nature with her huskies, and casting a line with her hubby.

To find out what happened to other characters in the book, visit her website.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite

Stork Lake: Tales From a Wall of Hats by L.C. Reid is a heartfelt, thoroughly engaging chronicle of a family’s experience as they establish, expand, and successfully operate a fishing camp in the wilds of northwestern Ontario from 1964 through 1979. L.C. Reid’s winning characters are portrayed in such vivid detail that readers will feel they know each one personally by the end of Stork Lake: the family members, camp workers, patrons, and business associates all live fully on the pages and, by the end of the story, in the heart and mind of the reader as well. Stork Lake is crafted upon the premise that each hat in a collection on the family’s cabin wall brings back memories for the daughter as she prepares to leave the camp for the last time on closing day – this unique framework carries the reader along effortlessly and keeps the pages turning. Each hat story is followed by an italicized bit of wisdom and reflection that leads the reader seamlessly into the next episode.

L.C. Reid’s writing style is graceful but never florid. Stork Lake is a captivating tale from a master storyteller, from the first page to the last. In addition to the sterling quality of its writing and storytelling, Stork Lake has a value-added feature: L.C. Reid provides her author's website where readers can find out how the principal characters’ lives progressed after the closing of the camp in 1979. Readers will no doubt delight in perusing the site and feeling even more closely connected to their favorite characters from Reid’s hat stories. Stork Lake is masterfully written, imaginatively constructed, and chock-full of all the qualities—drama, romance, suspense, tenderness, nostalgia, mystery, charm, supernatural overtones, and a host of others—that make reading this book such a grand adventure and a wonderful escape.