Friday, July 25, 2014

NEW REVIEW : Crimson Footprints II by Shewanda Pugh

4.5 out of 5 books

It has been roughly five years and Deena and Tak Tanaka were happily married. When a young boy shows up on their doorstep, never could they have imagined that this person would play such a major part in their lives. Taking in someone they know absolutely nothing about, they go through the ups and downs of trying to show this person what a loving family is really about. Not only that, but Deena has a new project she is working on that she has a very personal interest in. Knowing what she is trying to do, her father-in-law, Daichi Tanaka, tries to sway her in a different direction. In doing so, Deena decides to face the demons of her past. Will she be able to forgive and move on?

Kenji Tanaka is now working at the architecture firm of his father's. The only thing is, he really doesn't want to. Baseball really is what calls him. In the meantime, Lizzie (Deena's sister) pops up at the firm looking for Deena, but instead runs into Kenji. Kenji and Lizzie begin to form a friendship that neither could have expected. Kenji is torn by being attracted to her but repulsed by her profession as a prostitute and drug user. He tries to show Lizzie that there is so much more out there in life than what she is living. Soon Lizzie finally asks for the help that she really needs. Is she serious this time? Does she really want to change? And will she change for the better?

Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings by Shewanda Pugh was an excellent novel. If anything the sequel was much better than the first. It is a story of family, love, self-destruction and of course new beginnings. Ms. Pugh does a great job in her character development, the characters are easy to relate to. Emotions run deep throughout the novel. This was a page-turner and beautifully written. Just when you think you may know how this story is going to may just get a helluva shock. I took off .5 stars due to minor editing, other than that I would definitely recommend book 1 & 2!

Now on another note: Although I personally do not feel like it is necessary for a 3rd book in the series, there will be. The good thing about how Ms. Pugh ends a novel, she does not leave the reader in suspense on waiting for the next book. I love how she ends her books like it could just be the end, but she comes back with the story picking up a few years later letting the reader know what has become of these loveable characters. Ms. Pugh is a talented writer that hones her skills with each novel. Compared to her last novel, the reader will see a tremendous growth, and I'm sure will continue with her future novels.

Reviewed by Leona
Urban Reviews

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