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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.

©2018 Amber Brock (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Satisfying and heartwarming...a solid choice for historical fiction fans interested in the 1950's as well as readers who enjoy tales of women becoming empowered, taking control of their lives, and learning true friendship.” (Booklist)

“Kitty Tessler, a headstrong glamour girl determined to move up in the world, steals the spotlight in Amber Brock’s latest, a tour-de-force filled with intrigue and surprises.” (Fiona Davis, best-selling author of The Address and The Dollhouse)

“A delicious slice of mid-century Americana - stylish, sexy, and bursting with color and sound.  From the glittering skyline of Manhattan to the club scene in pre-revolutionary Havana...Brock has created a fascinating journey of self-discovery as Kitty searches for love and the strength to forget all she once believed was true, and embrace the new and modern woman she wants to be.” (Karen White, best-selling author of The Night the Lights Went Out)

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Mad men meets “I take you “

This is ice cream for ears. It is light, yet textured. Romantic and clean dealing with class and race in a dignified glamorous way. A page turner unlike other similar romance books released in the summer.

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Irritating start but ended up loving!

I was about to return this book but got through the first few chapters. I'm so glad I did! I ended up really enjoying it!
The main character goes from privileged mean girl to a girl with real substance. A great take on society matters even though this is a historical fiction book. As always, Julia Whelan did a stellar job! Definitely worth the read. You'll definitely want to push through. Amber Brock did an amazing job!!