Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good marks Amber Brock's 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.
Brock uses descriptions of the glamour of 1950s New York, South Beach, and Havana to add sparkle to this quick-paced period novel about a spoiled heiress who slowly learns to see beyond her own privilege.
Throughout [Lady Be Good], too much space is devoted to descriptions of cute outfits and lavish decors. And while there’s a tiny hint of Jane Austen in the novel’s romantic intrigue, the characters are mostly one-dimensional, their dialogue stilted. The cheery resolution—with Kitty learning to be proud of her lineage—is never in much doubt ... Some amusing moments but not as clever or observant as it needs to be.