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Until Brazil by Bethe Lee Moulton The GLIDE Press ISBN 978-0-9836365-6-4

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 lifeā€¦”. 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.

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The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen Bethany House Publishers ISBN 978-0-7642-1069-3

By 1817 Emma Smallwood’s widowed father’s boarding school in Longstaple, Devonshire had failed. Unexpectedly, a teaching offer arrives from Sir Giles, the baronet of Ebbington Manor in Ebford, Cornwall. His two oldest sons, Henry and Phillip were former students of Mr. Smallwood. He asks Mr. Smallwood to come to Ebbington Manor to teach his two younger twin sons. With no other prospects in sight, Mr. Smallwood accepts the position and he and Emma travel to Cornwall. So opens Julie Klassen’s historical romance novel, The Tutor’s Daughter.
From the time the Smallwoods arrive at Ebbington Manor things do not go well. The baronet’s second wife, Lady Weston, is not welcoming and considers the Smallwoods beneath her. Lizzie, the supposed ward of the family, initially convinces Emma that she would welcome her friendship. Emma eventually learns that Lizzie is dangerous. Emma had been fond of Phillip when he was a student at her father’s school, but this was not the case with his brother Henry. She remembered his pranks and teasing. Henry seems different now and appears to be preoccupied with issues of his own. Strange things begin to happen. Emma’s journal goes missing. Who left a bloody handprint on Emma’s mirror? Her life is threatened and there is no shortage of suspects. Somehow, through it all, Emma discovers love is possible for her.
This a page turning suspense novel with a carefully constructed plot . At every turn, the reader is met with surprises. The author has written an intensely vibrant story with three dimensional characters. The Tutor’s Daughter is faith-based fiction and an excellent choice for fans of romance and mystery.

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