Until Brazil

Until Brazil

by Bethe Lee Moulton

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Until Brazil by Bethe Lee Moulton

A woman MBA in a stalled career, a troubled Brazilian company, and a fledgling consulting team far from Boston headquarters inhabit this compelling tale of cultural contrasts, business intrigue, and personal transformation.

Those who join protagonist Beth Bartlett as she yoyos between Boston and Brazil will share the inner conflicts that challenge hidden assumptions and cause her to question the meaning of “the good life.”

A fast-paced plot carries readers from roadside slums to smoke-filled boardrooms, from Boston Ballet to bossa nova, from Rolex-clad haves to barefoot have-nots. Along the way, Ivy League consultants, demanding shareholders, baffling Brazilians, and a street-smart Argentine reveal an insider’s view of international business and strategy formulation.

Then, amidst this journey of self-discovery, a surprising love story unfolds. As her two worlds collide, Beth’s strategic choices reshape her client and her career, her love and her life. Beth’s transformation and its costs echo the personal drama faced when one ventures far from home in search of opportunity or growth, making this story as timely and relevant as it is entertaining.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983636588
Publisher: The Glide Press
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

With a combination of deep family roots and global experience, Bethe Lee Moulton brings unique perspectives to her writing.

Bethe grew up in Ohio and Massachusetts in a post World War II family of four. Her parents shared their love of books and boats, and from them she learned the values of exploration, self-reliance, and self-expression. Today, she divides her time between Boston (MA), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Boca Raton (FL) to be with her far-flung friends and family, spanning four generations, multiple cultures, and diverse worldviews.

She emerged from college as a biologist and medical librarian, but with other women of her generation she questioned old assumptions and gender barriers. Next, Bethe earned her Harvard MBA at a time when women were a marked minority. As a business consultant, Bethe advanced with a prestigious firm until an assignment in Brazil opened the door to become an international entrepreneur. She co-founded a strategic planning company to focus in Latin America. Soon the company was serving corporations around the globe.

Bethe is dynamic and seemingly tireless. On her desk, the flags of 30 nations pay tribute to the places and people that have shaped her life and her writing. In her stories, vibrant characters face the personal dramas that emerge when globalization affects life choices and bonds with family and friends.

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Until Brazil 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is too much business and not enough intrigue of the business story, and not enough of the story of the failed marriage or the blossoming romance. Writing that just fails to take you anywhere.
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lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
A story showing the growth of a woman who was in a high powered, high paying, man oriented, job. She's married to a man who is never happy with anything in their life. He wants her to be successful but he hates her job because of all the traveling. She gave up having children for him, but he complains about that too. He's cold and I found his character to be very annoying in a one of a kind, unique way.  I immediately felt like this book could use a good editor, it read as if it was a rough first draft. There was an abundance of really slow parts of the book that I found myself skimming through initially, especially through the beginning. It did begin to pick up in the middle of the book when the issues in her life become a bit more apparent.  I really enjoyed watching Beth Bartlett grow from a tense woman who is disturbingly controlled by her husband, to a strong woman who takes charge of her life. Who knew a small change like a new scarf and skirt, would change everything forever.  Beth is a great character who I found myself rooting for all through the book for her success and to find her balance between her old life and what she wants in her new life. This is a great book for those of you that enjoy reading about a woman who can overcome and grow through anything that gets in her way.  I overall give this book 3/5. Although the book was great, I couldn't get over the rough draft feel to the whole novel. 
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“Until Brazil” is the story of one Boston woman’s personal growth—from a timid woman, controlled by her husband and stalled in her career, to a take-charge woman who blossoms with love. Beth Bartlett is a Harvard MBA, and she takes an assignment in Brazil in an effort to break through the glass ceiling she hit a few years ago—she’s desperate for more career success and though her sister, Sue, is incredulous, Beth is willing to try even such an exotic assignment. Her change starts with buying a purple skirt and matching scarf—very different from the structured, drag pieces her husband encourages her to wear—and soon she is traveling back and forth between Brazil and Boston, falling in love with the vibrant Sam despite herself. Beth is a very appealing character, and I soon came to root for her happiness, not just within her career but within her life as a whole. Sam is also a well-done character, and the reader falls in love with him as Beth does. The exotic location gives the novel an extra spark, as well. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy character-focused novels that explore a personal journey, for readers who enjoy strong female protagonists, and for readers who enjoy contemporary novels about realistic characters in foreign lands.
tiffanydavis2 More than 1 year ago
Until Brazil, by Bethe Lee Moulton, follows Beth Bartlett. Beth is married to a doctor and she is very successful herself, working for a Global Consulting Center. Beth has progressed rapidly in her job, but has seemed to reach a peak. Her boss offers her a position to start a new project in Brazil that will open new opportunities to her that will once again progress her career. Beth feels like it's the bait that she's been waiting for, but their is one small problem.... Beth's husband isn't exactly on board with it, and her sister supports him 100%. Beth has lived her entire life pleasing everyone else and finally decides to live for herself for once, taking a chance on Brazil. She quickly learns how different Brazil is and learns the ropes! I really enjoyed this story. Beth's character is such a strong female role. You really get to see her character blossom from a people please to learning to do things for herself for a change through the story line. I feel like the author did a great job at really building up a background on not only Beth, but all of the characters, allowing the audience to truly see them grow. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good story, and I will definitely be looking forward to reading more by this author!
Sailor30 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. This surprised me because I usually read historical and biographical non-fiction. However, my wife strongly recommended this book, so I gave it a try. It kept my interest from beginning to end. The challenge of a woman facing multiple life and career challenges in a new country with a male dominated culture known for not taking business women seriously makes interesting reading. A thought provoking journey. Could I have succeeded in a similar life changing venture? I look forward to this new author’s next project.
CatheMarie More than 1 year ago
Until Brazil written by Bethe Lee Moulton Beth Bartlett is a career woman in the mid-’80s married to a successful doctor. After a fast start at Global Consulting Center, she has hit the glass ceiling. Her boss, Harvey, offers her an opportunity to start a project in Brazil. She knows it’s her only chance to get her career moving forward again, but neither her husband nor her sister think it’s a good idea for her to go to Brazil. Beth has always done what everyone else expected her to do. Her ambitious husband, George, pushed her to go to Harvard Business School. Her older sister, Sue, a stay at home mother, lives vicariously through her achievements. It seems Beth pleases everyone, but herself. She decides to go to Brazil despite their objections or does their resistance push her to go? Beth’s new co-workers Sam and Marcelo, meet her at the airport in Brazil to insure her safe passage into Sao Paulo. The differences between Boston and Sao Paulo are immediately apparent. Marcelo speaks Portuguese. Sam speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and serves as Beth’s translator. With coaching from Sam, Beth makes her first presentation to the clients and quickly learns the protocol from the GCC handbook won’t be of much use in Brazil. This is a compelling story. I enjoyed the story and learning about the warm, diverse country of Brazil. It is exciting to learn about Brazil as Beth makes discoveries about Brazil and stretches herself to succeed in this new environment. Because of this book, I Googled information on Brazil so I could learn more about the country.
Aly81 More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It shares the allure/color of Brazil to readers who have never been there. Wonderful contrasting images of New England v Brazil, George v Sam but most of all Beth v Bethania! Must admit I had too many deja vu experiences of US HQ's attitude toward employees in overseas offices - sending a woman there then criticizing her for "going local" when she appreciates local market needs and cultural differences. Just the right mix of romance and business
AnnElliott More than 1 year ago
“As a navy junior, I know what it feels like to be suddenly immersed in a new country and try to figure out where I stand vis a vis my new compatriots. I have never been to South America so Until Brazil gave me an engaging journey to Brazil, with great descriptions and with the added interest of self-discovery and romance. Once started, I could not put this book down. I admired the protagonist ability to try new approaches, especially when the family is so opposed. Perhaps we should all be so open minded. Good job!
travelbugLL More than 1 year ago
Engrossed by the story of self discovery that was the center of this novel and then found myself continuing to daydream about an exotic and passionate country long after the last page was turned. I recommend this fast-moving story if you want an arm-chair adventure or sneak preview of a trip to this colorful country
MysteryMom More than 1 year ago
This was a facinating story of growth and adventure. It shows the contrast between two cultures and how a young woman finds both romance and herself in Brazil. I couldn't wait to find out how she handled the men in her life. A great read!