Many stories have been told from the historical and inspiring city of New Orleans. This simple tale of romance details how Bob, the Cajun Southerner, meets and falls in love with Emy (pronounced Amy), the beautiful Guatemalan. There are no epic Hollywood-esque love scenes, no thrilling chases or betrayals — this is merely the beautiful, simple and real story of two people on their journey to the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.
From diners and dinner parties to train rides and walks down city streets, Bob and Emy go through their own version of getting to know each other and all that comes with falling in love, meeting extended family, and getting to the altar on time (or very late in this case!).
Author Robert J. Ardoin writes in a familiar style, as if telling a story to a friend over a cup of coffee, and is so comfortably descriptive that his words effortlessly transport the reader into a scene, even when Bob is just on the bus being jostled by every bump and pothole, thinking about Emy. Every chapter ends with a baited hook, the promise of an interesting new twist or character, and rarely fails to deliver.
The author sticks to the “meat and bones” of the story, only including events that are directly related somehow to the development of Bob and Emy’s relationship, which makes the story move along seamlessly. The only thing the story is wanting is more self-reflection on the protagonists’ parts to further the reader’s understanding of why, not just how, they fell in love with each other.
At barely 160 pages, Footprints is a quick read and well worth it. In an age of sensationalist media, this is a real love story. Where Hollywood makes people in typical relationships feel inadequate and lacking, this story comforts with its heart-warming and unique tale of true love.
Also available as an ebook.