The Fifth Gospel by Michelle Grubb is an absolutely wonderful book. From the first chapter you will be spellbound. Beginning to end this book is fantastic, it’s romantic, intellectual and everything you want in a book.
Felicity “Flic” Bastone is an investigative reporter that stumbled upon the ultimately secret of the Pope. She took this secret and turned it into a novel, that is on the precipice of becoming a best seller. Her book release is coinciding with the Pope announcing his love affair with his Camerlengo. Wowzers talk about a moment in history! Flic’s publishing company, Griffin is doing everything in their power to capitalize on this momentous event.
Flic is just a cool character. She is the epitome of a nice person. She is sweet, caring, thoughtful and highly intelligent. Flic is one of those characters that you wish in real life they existed so you could be their friend.
The other leading lady in the story is Anna Lawrence, marketing superstar of Griffin Publishing. Anna is Catholic, and as a devout follower of the Catholic Church she is not a huge fan of Flic’s book. She finds solace in her religion and she is terrified what this book might do to her beloved church. On the flip side, she will do everything in her power to market the hell out of this book, even agreeing to help Flic on her promotional tour of Europe. Oh yeah, you know what’s going to happen, the sexual tension is high!
The thing that is so awesome with this book is the conversations between Anna and Flic. Our two protagonists square off on so many subjects, and their conversations are enlightening and so engaging. Michelle Grubb did a fantastic job developing strong characters that are intelligent and witty. The author did a wonderful job showing how each character feels and why they feel the way they do. Anna is Catholic and never is she demeaned or ridiculed for her beliefs. She expresses why her faith is important to her, and Flic in turn respectfully accepts her feelings and explains her side. I loved how each character had her feelings about religion and that was okay. Never did I feel like the author’s personal beliefs came through or the proverbial soap box came into play.
There is also an element of a thriller in this book, I mean if you piss off some highly religious folks at least three of them of going to try to kill you, right! This part of the plot was a little thin in my opinion, but the romance and the intelligence of the two leading ladies more than make up for it. I read a lot of books, almost all in the lesbian romance genre, when a great one comes up, you cannot help but smile. This book made me excited to read, I smiled the whole way through. This one is solid gold!
5 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
by Michelle Grubb