Crimson Footprints

Crimson Footprints

by Shewanda Pugh


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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 her neighborhood 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 mother killed her 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 Tak. And had he never made love to her in that unraveling, soul-searching sort of way, she could've done the same. But loves a devil that way. So, their game begins. One where they hide what they are from everyone. Anyone.

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780999034965
Publisher: Razor's Edge
Publication date: 07/20/2017
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.91(d)

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Crimson Footprints 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
romancenovelsincolor1 More than 1 year ago
                                                                                                                                                                         A well written book with unpredictable storyline.                                                                                                             Deena Hammond is described as a bi-racial, near-white woman who has had her share of being hurt, disappointed, and ridiculed in her twenty-five years living.  Deena, the oldest of three siblings, lost both parents at an early age to domestic violence and prison.  Being raised by her grandparent should have awarded security; instead she was scorned for her ethnicity.  In spite of their hardened hearts, Deena’s deepest desire was the love and acceptance from her father’s family.  Reminiscing on memories with her father, she pushed through every misfortune to become a successful architect with Daichi Tanaka. Returning to her hometown of Liberty City after graduating from MIT, Deena was mortified by who her siblings had become.  Her brother, Anthony was a street hustler, and the youngest of the three, Elizabeth was promiscuous by the age of eleven.     One evening Deena and her grandmother heard Anthony’s boisterous voice, leaping out of the door. First, Deena was horrified at the visual in front of her.  Stepping between the victim and her brother, she intervenes and saves the stranger’s life.     Takumi Tanaka is a Japanese American who indulges the world with his talent as an artist.  Takumi has become a father figure to his younger brother due to the absence of their parents.  He’s thankful for his uncle and cousin as he tries to cope and understand how his overzealous father can spend time with employees rather than his own flesh and blood. Looking for inspiration, Tanaka finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, staring in the eyes of a villain; the villain is the brother of the woman he will come to love and adore.     Deena and Takumi grew up with different backgrounds, yet their attraction towards one another is mutual.  Due to their families’ beliefs and tradition, a multicultural relationship is prohibited and unspoken of.  Understanding the consequences, they continue on, hiding their relationship from all except for a few.   Allowing others with flaws of their own to speak into their lives, they find themselves in a worse state than before.  Realizing she has taken the love and acceptance she has always desired for granted, Deena contemplates the inevitable.   Author Shewanda Pugh is very descriptive from beginning to end, connecting the reader with each character.  As the story went on, I found myself laughing, in awe, or teary eyed.  Crimson Footprints is about family, acceptance, forgiveness, and love.  The ending is astounding, which is the best part because I never saw it coming.  The book is well written and Pugh does a remarkable job of keeping the storyline unpredictable.  Definitely a must read. The sequel Crimson Footprints II is also available. -Reviewed by LaMona
LadySRoberts More than 1 year ago
Shewanda, created a great story of life! Good, bad, ugly. Must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Read it over several nights before bed. Good story line. Overall well written, good characters, good back story. Looking for books 2 & 3 to complete the trilogy-- good news is, they're all Crimson Footprints titles, so they'll be easy to locate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finish it in two days, could not put it down. I cried, laugh, and cried again. Great book. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.
Raymond_Mathiesen More than 1 year ago
Shewanda Pugh’s Crimson Footprints can certainly be classified as a romance; however, it is much more than that. It is a story of class consciousness and racial division. It is about the struggle to find the right equilibrium between work and family, and it is a story about trying to ‘do the right thing’. Most of all, this novel is about balance in all things. We are all different, but we must overcome our resistances and come to the centre ground if we are truly going to be a success in life. The main theme of Crimson Footprints is balance, or Difference/Harmony. We like people ‘like us’, but we are all individuals. What does it really mean to be ‘like me”? Is this merely a matter of externals, or are internals more important? We need to accept who people are, and where they came from, but not be bound by that. An openness in outlook and balance is needed otherwise we will be bound forever in very limited circumstances. On another level, how do we handle the conflict between work and family / social life? Is one demand more important than another? Can we neglect either? Of course there are no easy answers, though those may be the first to come to us. Life is complicated and this book explores these complications. The family is a second important theme. Families can be both sources of pain and sources of strength, and both features can occur in the same kinfolk. Families are what make us, but at the same time are what we grow from. They can be conservatively stolid, relying heavily on tradition, or can adapt to new circumstances. We can ignore them, but we can never really escape them. Following from tradition, a family can be a basic mother, father and children, or it can be a less conventional grouping. Families are very basic to human nature and being taken in, or adopted, does not make it of less importance to us. This very contrary institution in fact dominates us. We come from families and then we make new families, or at least extend those which we have. Another important theme in the novel is what could broadly be termed as success. We are encouraged to ‘do our best’, to ‘do good’, to ‘shine’. What is success and what are the traits that allow us to see it? Is it hard work resulting in material objects? Is it love, honesty, caring and ethics resulting in respect and attachment? Is there room for both? Millennia ago the ancient Greeks asked, “What is the good citizen?” In response they formulated the idea of “Virtue” (Ben Dupre. 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need To Know: Quercus, 2007, p. 96 – 99), that is, the character traits that make us wisely successful in both working life and family life, and indeed everything that we do. This idea of ‘virtue’ is central to Pugh’s novel. Deena struggles to be a ‘good person’ ethically, socially and workwise. For her these are not separate issues, and not merely because she is in love with the boss’s son: all are tied up with who she is as a person. Of course there is success in terms of one social class’s ideals or another’s, but what is truly wise success. In the end isn’t success really related to what makes us “happy” (Ch. 20), as complex an issue as that may be?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its fascinating, complex characters and unexpected twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep them coming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was impressed. this is well written and I would read other work from the author.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Deena Hammond has grown up in Miami dreaming of the day when she could design buildings that reflected life. However, she struggles daily with trying to fit in with her all-black family, when she is only half-black. It doesn’t help that her entire family puts her down every chance they get, except for when they need her money or her help to handle her little sister. Deena has never belonged, but she has loved her entire family with every fiber of her being. Takumi Tanaka is an artist looking for inspiration in the wrong part of town, when his life is saved by a beautiful woman. Little does Takumi know, he has more in common with his heroine that he can’t stop thinking about. Takumi knows his father will never approve of a romance with a non-Japanese woman, so he must decide whether he is willing to risk it all for the love of a woman who has never known love and acceptance. Shewanda Pugh has written a romance novel filled with all of the imperfections of modern-day life. The author makes this book even more real, by not shying away from the difficult topics found in the typical lifestyles of both the lower and upper class families. Readers will appreciate reading a romance novel that is very relatable to this day and age. The story line is in present day with memories of past events, the points-of-view jump around between the two main characters and a couple of the minor characters, which occasionally distracts from the main story. Readers’ emotions will be put through the wringer as they turn each and every page. This is an outstanding debut novel. Even though this book covered very “taboo” topics, this was still a refreshing read, because it felt more real than most of the “fairy-tale” romance novels where everything is perfect. The main characters had to fight for themselves, their family and their love. Notes: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great from the beginning. I you believe in love this book is the perfect !!!
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It is fantastic and should be available for nook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first words to the last the author brought to life the imagery of the pages. Her descriptions placed you right in the center of the characters interactions. The relationships were relatable. The characters were challenging but you cheered them anyhow. You loved them in spite of themselves. There was nothing left unfinished. I cannot wait to read the next installment of the series.
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Well written, with a cast of complex characters . Loved the chemistry between deena & tak. Emotions that ran the gamut of love, regret, resentment, forgiveness, fear & guilt. Two powerful head of households on opposite sides of the spectrum - tak's father,daichi & deena's grandmother, emma. Different take of multi racial romance as it is between a young woman who is both black & white and a young japanese man. Though the setting is in miami, I can see this happening in los angeles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent and very enjoyable. *vrnb*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark, sweet & funny
Shon_Bacon More than 1 year ago
Romance with Literary Bite -- Shewanda Pugh's Crimson Footprints is a beautiful story of angst, family, and love. From the very first sentence or two, I was brought into Pugh's strong storytelling skills, her way of writing just the right words for the story, words that sound and feel right when read aloud, too. Character is often the big component of a story that keeps me reading. If there is a wonderful character, I want to see what happens to him or her. Pugh's development of characters is wonderful. The main character, Deena... wow. Pugh deftly weaves a unique, deep, and intriguing character with Deena, using a complex host of characters to not only flesh out the overall story but to also develop Deena's character. The delicate hand that Pugh uses to paint this story is one not often seen in a debut novel. It's obvious that Pugh considered language, the sound and movement of it. Considered the complexities of life and how one tries to find happiness in the midst of sadness, grief, and heartache. Considered that even in happiness, there are still glimpses of sadness, grief, and heartache. She made me feel for her characters, made me become an active reader in the experience of seeing this story unfold. Can't wait to jump into Part 2. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kahlolily More than 1 year ago
Crimson Footprints is a good read. Deanna is a young woman who achieves success despite her family and the world she grew up in. She is an architect in a prestigious firm and has the faith of her boss but hides her talent and ability by accepting mediocre work. She is surrounded by a family that constantly feeds her negativity and guilt; suffering tremendous loss and rejection as a child and later on as an adult. She finds friendship that later blossoms into love all the while juggling the demands of her job and family. Her forbidden love affair fuels her confidence and strength in herself only to have it all come crashing down in a matter of seconds; only then causing her to reflect and become the woman she so dreamed to be. To realize that she deserves to love and be loved no matter if her family or anyone else accepts her. The author develops this story quickly with characters that are complex and convincing. As I began to read this book, I found myself being sucked into Deanna's world. Her insecurities mirrored a lot of my own and I identified with the characters in a lot of ways. I enjoyed this book so much I read it in one sitting. I wanted to give it 5 stars but unfortunately there were some language errors, typos, and repeats of sentences in a couple chapters. I am recommending this book to my friends. We all need to be reminded of what is important in life and to be loved is something we all seek.
Lily_F More than 1 year ago
** Crimson Footprints was generously offered by the author for the purposes of an honest review, through ** This was an incredibly enjoyable and intricate novel. From beginning to end, it was rich in detail and character development. No character went unexplored, and each story was told exquisitely. This is a story of an interracial couple, that struggled throughout their 3 year relationship with how to combine their love for one another with their cultures and families. I sympathized so much with Deena, an insecure yet deeply strong woman, determined to succeed amidst a family surrounded by chaos and struggle. Her determination to care for and hope for the love of her family was heartbreaking to watch/read. I enjoyed reading through her journey of discovery, when she met Tak, a Japanese American artist and musician who loved her and tried to empower her along the way. And succeeded in helping her grow and become stronger as an individual. It was refreshing to read a book that dealt with realistic obstacles and realities that could/do face real couples in this situation. I also enjoyed the slow development of their romance. It felt very real, and I was also able to relate to each character separately, or at least understand them if I could not relate or agree with their views. I do wish that there was some more development with Deena's younger sister. There was quite a lot of focus on her story in the middle of the book, about her exploits and how she came to be in the situation she was in. But then her story just dropped off to focus on Deena and Tak again, and never got back to her. I wish it had in some way, as it felt like there was a lack of closure with her story in this book. The only criticism that I have in regards to this book was the formatting of the e books, which has been brought to the author's attention, and I hope there is time to make those corrections. The missing words, punctuation, and repeating sentences that I encountered on my .mobi format did distract from the story somewhat. I found myself having to reread sections because a missing word, etc, and it was distracting from the story. I wish Shewanda Pugh much success, and hope she will continue to write. I would be very happy to read more written by her. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.