Fiction • The Escort Joella Cain
• The Escort
Brad Benette is the handsome son of an old Palm Beach family
renowned for its charm and social graces but with a modicum of
cash. He is accustomed to living the good life with invitations to
clubs and parties from their wide circle of friends. This prompted
his mother to add the III to his name for extra cache in hopes one of
the wealthy, single daughters of her socially prominent, rich friends
would form a marital allegiance with her son.
Occasionally, Brad is often asked to escort the daughters of his
mother’s Garden Club members to major galas and social functions,
and within a short time, he achieves an enviable social agenda
including a wide circle of invaluable contacts.
So, when Brad graduates from college and looks for work,
personality and social connections are his foremost talents. Short of
money, as usual, he begins to charge a fee to the wealthy matrons
for his entertaining social skills. Soon, he becomes a regular invitee
to the international jet-set parties, traveling the world as a guest on
private planes and adorning the decks of elegant yachts moored in
glamorous ports, all for a fee including room and board.
One of these mega-rich ladies, the beautiful widow Mrs. Lorinda
Winthrop, invites Brad for a Mediterranean cruise aboard her
luxurious yacht, The Ultimate Bitch a one of a kind yacht designed
especially for her and purchased from South Florida Yachts through
her favorite broker, Joel Rotta. She inadvertently falls in love with
her handsome escort.
The couple fully enjoys the abundant pleasures of life together
while visiting Lorinda’s villa in Capri until Brad’s hostess/lover is
murdered. Suspicion soon falls on Brad, however without proof, the
crime remains unsolved. Many years later, Mrs. Winthrop’s adopted
son vows to find her murderer.
Unlike the author’s previous book,
(see later in
Fiction), about the secret lives of the haute monde, The Escort introduces
the reader to some of the unscrupulous characters who inhabit
the perimeter of high-society, desperately aspiring to belong.
Joella Cain uncovers the lives of these social wannabes who,
like the Pilot fish, feed on the scraps left by affluent “social sharks”
who skillfully navigate the palm-fringed shores of Palm Beach.
Joella Cain, started writing as a columnist and feature writer for
the Chicago Tribune, then wrote for Phoenix Today. After moving to
Palm Beach she wrote for Palm Beach Today, Palm Beach Chic and
created a magazine, Florida Woman. She has three books published.
Palm Bitchis her first novel, this is the second. She appeared on
Donahue, Montel, and Sally (twice) with her non-fiction titles. Presently,
she is free-lancing for magazines and is a writer forThe Palm
Beacherand Society Magazine. Her writing career has placed her
right in the middle of the rich and celebrated social life, which gave
her the inside scoop. Joella also conducts special tours for corporate
groups called The Palm Bitch Tour.
Hard cover, 288 pages. U.S. price $29.95. Publication Date:
November 2008.Entre Nous Publishing.All rights available.
Brad's 'mane' of hair is his signature... he visits Dr. Bauman (Hair Restoration/Transplants) in Boca Raton Florida to keep his hair up to par.