Family. A Dangerous Storm. And lots of secrets. A perfect recipe for disaster.
Crimson Footprints III: The Finale is the final in a wonderful, page-turning trilogy! It continues the story of the Tanaka and Hammond family. Takumi and Deena Tanaka are given the task of gathering both families together for a family reunion, at the request of her dying grandmother, Grandma Emma.
The story takes place years after part II. Dee and Tak are the proud parents of three children: Tony, Mia, and Noah. They, along with their colorful family, arrive in Aruba for Christmas and things soon go from uncomfortable to nightmarish.
We are introduced to new characters and become reacquainted with old ones. At the center are Tak and Deena. What can I say about Takena (as I took to calling them)? Tak is the knight in shining, loving armor. I truly enjoyed getting into his head again. The love he has for Deena kept me turning the pages and their chemistry is OFF THE CHART!
I found myself unable to stop reading and wishing this wasn’t the finale because I can definitely see tons of story left. I enjoyed getting to know Tony, Tak and Deena’s oldest son again. I loved how Ms. Pugh gave him a little story which cultivated in his getting accepted to all the schools of his choice, further proving that children can rise above their circumstances to become phenomenal and talented individuals.
This story moved fast, and one thing I wished was that I was able to learn more about the fates of the Tanaka and Hammond family. It seems as though the author left certain things open, which gives the reader hope that this isn’t really the end.
“I think… that when people upset us, really upset us, the person we’re most angry with is our self. For not seeing, being smarter, or anticipating some flaw or eventuality.” One thing I’ve noticed when reading Ms. Pugh’s work is her wonderful ability to drop deep insight, forcing me to look inward. The beautiful prose and vivid imagery transported me right on the island, inside the palatial estate.
As with both books before this, I was given a hard look at what secrets can do to a family. Redemption is the ultimate goal, though. This book didn’t disappoint, giving me drama, suspense, peril, and unwavering love and acceptance. I found myself holding my breath at times and ended up being pleasantly surprised at other times.
I did, however, find myself being so angry with Deena I wanted to throw my ereader across the room. But, in the end, she seemed to come full circle. I also wish I’d been able to read more about Kenji and Lizzie. Nonetheless, Crimson Footprints III: The Finale was great from beginning to end. There’s definitely something to be said about getting to happy and staying there. A lot of times we’re invested in the journey to the happily-ever-after, but very rarely are we treated to seeing what it takes to stay happy forever.
-Reviewed by Leslie