Daughter of self-made hotelier, Kitty Tessler wants nothing
to be accepted into New York's high society set.
Fashionable, witty, and
vivacious, Kitty's considered "new money," and knows the
she'll ever be a true socialite is by marrying into a family
money. Her father tells her she has to marry his
Andre, to keep the hotel business safe, but Kitty finds
Andre boring and
in no way helpful in her crusade to rise to the top. To
Andre, Kitty sets her sights on Charles Remington, the
wealthy but womanizing fiance of her best friend, Henrietta
Kitty decides this will save her dear Hen from a terrible
also solidify her place among the elite.
When Kitty meets Max, the leader of the house band in her
wildly successful Miami nightclub, her plan starts to crack.
At first, Kitty
thinks Max is the type of man she'd never find attractive.
looking for a lark, and still wanting to convince her father
considering marrying Andre, Kitty and Hen follow the band
to Miami, and eventually to pre-revolution Cuba. There,
Kitty not only
falls in love with the rich culture, but she also falls for
Max as he shows
her there's more to the world than the perfect dress or
being seen at
the right party. Will Kitty finally put aside her socialite
ways for a
chance at true love?
Amber Brock brings 1950s glitz and glamour fabulously to
life in LADY BE GOOD! The descriptions of
gorgeous dresses, ornate hotel decor, and steamy Miami and
nights shine throughout this novel. Kitty takes some time to
she's manipulative, sheltered, and headstrong, but incredibly
entertaining! However, it is satisfying to see her worldview
the book tackles class struggle and racial prejudice during
period. The plot is a tad slow-moving, but picks up once
with Max begins, as well as the change in locale. In Cuba
Kitty sees the unrest outside of her small world in New
makes a fun and easy beach read!
Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good marks Amber Brock's
mesmerizing return, sweeping readers into the world of the
mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate and
the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York,
Miami, and Havana.
Kitty Tessler is the winsome and clever only child of
self-made hotel and nightclub tycoon Nicolas Tessler.
Kitty may not have the same pedigree as the tennis club
set she admires, but she still sees herself as every inch
the socialite--spending her days perfecting her "look"
and her nights charming all the blue-blooded boys who
frequent her father's clubs. It seems like the fun will
never end until Kitty's father issues a terrible
ultimatum: she may no longer date the idle rich. Instead,
Kitty must marry Andre, her father's second-in-command,
and take her place as the First Lady of his hotel empire.
Kitty is forced to come up with a wily and elaborate plan
to protect her own lofty ideas for the future, as well as
to save her best friend, Henrietta Bancroft, from a
doomed engagement; Kitty will steal Henrietta's fiancé, a
fabulously wealthy but terribly unkind man from a
powerful family--thereby delivering the one-two punch of
securing her now-fragile place on the social ladder and
keeping her friend from a miserable marriage.
Then Kitty meets Max, a member of a band visiting
New York from her father's Miami club, and her plans take
a turn. Smitten, but still eager to convince her father
of her commitment to Andre, Kitty and Hen follow Max,
Andre, and the rest of the band back down to Miami--and
later to Cuba. As Kitty spends more time with Max, she
begins waking up to the beauty--and the injustice--of the
world beyond her small, privileged corner of Manhattan.
And when her well-intended yet manipulative efforts
backfire, Kitty is forced to reconsider her choices and
her future before she loses everyone she loves.