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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crimson Footprints by Shewanda Pugh/ CBLS Virtual Blog Tour

Title: Crimson Footprints (Part I)
Author: Shewanda Pugh
Publisher: Delphine Publications
Length: 87,000 words
Genres: Contemporary Interracial/Multicultural Romance/Women's Fiction
Heat Level: Steamy


When an insecure, bi-racial woman begins a cloak-and-dagger love affair with a Japanese American man, she is intent on keeping her bigoted family in the dark—albeit with devastating consequences.

On the night of her brother’s murder, Deena Hammond stumbles upon Takumi Tanaka, lost and on the wrong end of a .32. After rescuing him from the certain fate driving through the hood in a Porsche will bring, a
sweet kind of friendship begins. A balm for her grief. Maybe, Deena likes to think, it happened the day her white mother killed her black father. Or maybe, it was always a part of them, like DNA gone bad. Whatever the case, Deena knows that her family would never approve, hell, never acknowledge her fast-growing love for Takumi. And had he never made love to her that way, in that unraveling, soul-searching sort of way, she could’ve done the same.

But love’s a devil that way.

So, their game begins. One where they hide what they are from everyone. Anyone. And Tak understands this—for now. After all, Deena’s career hinges on the favor of her mentor and boss, his hard-ass of a father. And the Hammond family is already stretched thin with grief. Yet, each step Deena takes toward family and career brings her closer to an acceptance she’s never had. And away from him.


 My Review:

This was a very interesting read for me.   I admired our heroine and the background she grew up in and escaped from.  I loved her boyfriend, Takumi Tanaka.    I loved his patience with her, his love for her and his understanding of her.   Crimson Footprints verified for me that secrets are not meant to be kept forever.

The characters ranged from very young to very old and from races of purity to mixes and it was very interesting to watch as the elder of each family grew and changed with acceptance and forgiveness.  Deena's character grew and matured, although it took a near death experience to bring this about and the same for Takumi .   

I was confused about Lizzie's story.   It seemed important enough to tell, but to end suddenly in no further clarity.   Maybe that was the point.   Anyway, I surely enjoyed the love story between bi-racial Deena and Japanese Takumi.   I loved his family, even Daichi.  I even liked Grandma Emma, cantankerous, but a hoot in the end.

Families are one of the most complicated  situations in life.   Every member has their own perspective and I doubt that most of us are just evil.    From our perspective we think and formulate ideas about right and wrong and mostly we believe ourselves to be good and  acceptable souls.   This book is definitely one of family values with a wide assortment of personalities and belief systems.    Only when we come together through love and forgiveness can there be a meeting of the minds and acceptance for one another despite our differences.    The Crimson Footprints certainly was a feel good read and inspires one to stretch their boundaries and lives.  Thank you Ms Pugh for a delightful read and such strong characters!

Author Info:


Shewanda Pugh is a native of Boston’s inner city, though she now lives in sunny Miami, Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s in Writing from Nova Southeastern University. Fueled from a young age, her passion for crossing societal boundaries like race, class and culture, is the inspiration for both her cluttered bookshelf and her writing. When she’s not busy obsessing over fiction, she can be found traveling, nursing her social networking addiction or enjoying the company of loved ones.




Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.

1 comment:

Pen&Pad said...

Thanks so much for featuring Crimson Footprints.