Crimson Footprints by Shewanda Pugh is a love story of Deena Hammond and Takumi Tanaka. Deena is a beautiful woman of mixed race with a black father and white mother. Growing up Deena stayed within the shadows of the "black" side of her family. Never really feeling a part of the family due to the criticism she received about the "white" parts of her, Deena strives to be the best at anything she did. She was determined to make something of herself and what she wanted to become was an architect. Determined to make her dreams come true she graduates college and goes on to work at one of the best architect firms in the country.
Takumi Tanaka is the son of a world renowned architect and one that Deena just so happens to work for. When Deena and Takumi meets its under the most unusual of circumstances. That unlikely encounter blossoms into a beautiful friendship. Takumi shows Deena all the things she had been missing out of life, enjoying the little and the finer things. Deena has an innocence and fragility about her that has Takumi intrigued. He wants nothing but the best for her and will help her in any way he can to see her dreams come to fruitation. Takumi and Deena fall in love but neither are quick to share their relationship with either side of their families since they both know neither side will approve. The question is how long will it be before their love is discovered and when it is, how will they handle it?
Crimson Footprints by Shewanda Pugh was a story of family, love and secrets. Ms. Pugh does an excellent job in conveying an underlying message that "One's past does not have to define one's future." You can tell the author is either knowledgeable on the subject of architecture or she really did her homework to make the story more authentic. The only issue I had was there was a part in the story that involved Deena's younger sister and Deena's unresolved issues with her mother and neither were elaborated on. I guess that is why there will be a part 2, to bring any open ended story lines to close. Overall this was a very good read!
Reviewed by Leona
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