"Pugh doesn't use the obvious differences to give lip service to the can't we all just get along cliché. Instead Pugh demonstrates a sophisticated prose that allows the reader to delve deeply into two socioeconomic worlds. Thankfully, with this debut novel, Pugh has entered the field of romance fiction with her unique footprint to chart her own path."
"Crimson Footprints is a fascinating, romantic, and enchanting novel that I recommend to readers looking for a change. This is a well written novel that clearly demonstrates the author's skills."
--OOSA Online Book Club O.O.S.A. Gets It Read!
"Crimson Footprints is about understanding and looking beyond ones comfort zone for love. This was a romantic love story with twists and turns that will have readers anticipating if Deena and Takumi will stay together...I was impressed with the storyline and intrigued by Deena's sister, Lizzie's character and wanted to know more about her. I pray that there is a part two that will tell Lizzie's story. I recommend Crimson Footprints to others."
"Pugh is very descriptive...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...I never saw it coming."
Romance Novels in Color
"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."
Book Luvrs Haven
"Pugh describes her debut novel as a "literary romance," and after reading and thoroughly enjoying it, I can say with conviction that she has artfully mastered the skill of storytelling. Her characters are genuine and complex. The story that she presents is real, and the issues wrapped in that story and in those characters are authentic to real life situations."
The Kindle Book Review
With remarkable skill, Shewanda Pugh paints a picture of a bi-racial woman from a disadvantaged background who is smart and ambitious enough to succeed at life, despite her family's efforts to bring her right back down. It's bold and tragic and sweet and encouraging. The author's writing skills can't be faulted. She created a world that was vivid and real and then invites the reader in. Even with my very busy life, I managed to read this book in just a couple of days, and even now I think about it... If you'd like a book full of angst and love, family drama and family redemption, from an author who has amazing skills with the written word, I recommend you give this book a try. I bet you won't regret it. --LAS Romance Reviews
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About the Author
Shewanda Pugh is a native of Boston’s inner city. 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.