The Fifth Letter by Vivian Carpenter

April 9, 2019

By Olivia Roberts

My sister in law has been bugging me about reading this book for days. It started out subtly—recommending it by saying how much she loved it. Then it skyrocketed to her buying it for me and made me feel guilty if I don't put my hands on it. Guess what? Best decision made ever. Sure, I have enjoyed lots of books that she has recommended over the years, but this is one of those books that I can't put down the moment I started reading it.

This book is all about the inner workings of the judicial branch of government in the United States and one woman's journey through discovering her heritage and what is right for the country. Established in the historical treatment of Blacks in the United States, the first Black female on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Katherine Ross, makes every effort to do what is right as her mother’s 1940s memoir affects her actions and sentiments. This book is a hard-charging political-legal thriller, an inspirational story, the narrative of a woman rising to a strong position of power from an extraordinary familial foundation and immense faith.

If you are a fan of political thrillers, this is going to be a book you'll enjoy. It is very well researched in regard to law and Constitutional procedures. Overall, we can all learn a lot from this book and the author has set a very high bar for herself although I am positive that whatever she writes next will be even better and I can't just wait for that to happen. This was an excellent choice for a good read. Although different people have different views about the whole story, I think everybody will like it. Highly-recommended. 

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