On the front cover of Bethe Lee Moulton’s novel, Until Brazil, the following is written: “She had the perfect husband, the perfect career-the perfect life…”. Things are not always as they seem. Protagonist, Beth Bartlett, seemingly does have it all. She has a Harvard MBA, her husband is a physician and they have a beautiful home in Boston. In reality, her husband is controlling and her career as a strategist has “stalled”. When her employer tells her he wants to send her to their Brazil office to act as a consultant for a new client she meets with nothing but resistance from her husband and sister. She acknowledges that she does not speak the language and does not know the culture. She goes anyways.
Beth was not prepared for what she found. Brazil was a place of contrasts. Poverty was fully evident. The wealthy lived in fortresses. This was just the beginning. Beth found that procedures and strategies that worked in the US didn’t fare as well in Brazil. Her success becomes dependent on the staff of her company’s Brazilian team. Last, but not least, will the client’s Brazilian executives accept the advice of an American female executive?
The story deals with transitions. The character of Beth the reader meets in the beginning of the novel is not the same person we see at its conclusion. The mixture of personalities placed in exotic locales enhances the story line. Can an American woman, who is clearly out of her comfort zone, succeed in the male dominated business world of Brazil? Does what happens in Brazil stay in Brazil? The author brings Brazil to life by giving vibrant descriptions of the people, the food and the culture. This is a book that is worth reading and I recommend doing so.
I received this book free of charge from Author Marketing Experts, Inc. and I give this review of my own free will.