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Review – The Fifth Day Lady: Can She Make it Work?

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L.J. Golicz

L.J. Golicz’s ‘The Fifth Day Lady: Can She Make it Work?’ explores human resilience, relationships, and the ability to adapt even when faced with difficulties. The story orbits around a strong female protagonist (a DEA agent) who intertwines with a diverse ensemble of characters, each with their unique strengths, flaws, and ideologies.

In sun-soaked Florida, a charismatic dentist, Julio Juan Verelez de la Vega, known for his allure amongst the affluent women, encounters a new, intriguing patient, Mrs. Josephine O’Connor. The spark between them is immediate, leading to an invitation from Julio to Josephine to accompany him to a high-stakes polo match in Palm Beach. As they share stories, they discover uncanny similarities: a shared love for horses, flying, and a thirst for adventure. Arriving at Julio’s sprawling estate, they are met with skepticism by his aunt Alessandra, who warms up to Josephine only after a reassurance from her husband. As they got into the world of polo, the anticipation for the upcoming match grows, alongside the blossoming camaraderie between Julio and Josephine. Despite the societal expectations and prying eyes surrounding them, a budding adventure with a hint of romance awaits.

The plot thickens with the entrance of drug trafficking, onslaughts, and situations that could end in deadly consequences for Josephine or her comrades, should they be discovered. With lives hanging in the balance, the story paints a picture of both the physical and emotional battlegrounds.

Throughout the novel, Golicz breathes life into each character, making their experiences, and interactions feel authentic. The author’s handling of dialogue offers a clear window into the characters’ psyche, such as when Adolpho jubilates at the idea of a celebratory dance—a universal human longing for joy, solidarity, and the simpler pleasures in life. ‘We all enjoy music, and evening drink, and dancing to lift our hearts and pursue our dreams of love and friendship.’

Golicz also has a detailed yet easy-to-follow depiction of various settings and his description is meticulous but not overwhelming, just enough to transport readers into the story.

There is also a good mix of tension, bonding, and the quest for a larger goal, showcasing the importance of collaboration and drawing upon the strengths of individuals—the characters exemplify these despite their different backgrounds and expertise. Relationships in the story change and grow just like they do in real life, subtly implying the importance of communication, understanding, and empathy in nurturing relationships.

Golicz discusses real human issues that remain relevant beyond the pages of the book, such as problem-solving in the face of adversity, demonstrating the potential of human ingenuity when driven by a noble purpose. He makes the book meaningful as it is entertaining, with a balanced pace that keeps the readers committed without feeling rushed.

Lastly, ‘The Fifth Day Lady: Can She Make it Work?’ resonates with a hopeful undertone. Golicz not only delights readers but also reassures us about the power of individuals and communities to overcome challenges and make significant strides when united by a common purpose.

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024