About the Book
As Helen Marshall grows up the eldest in her family, she is mentored by her mother who talks to her often about becoming a woman while preparing her for the life that lies ahead of her. But when Helen is promised at a young age to marry a local man, Gustav Krueger, she is overwhelmed by an agonizing fear of the unknown.
After Helen marries Gustav despite her lack of feelings for him, she embarks on a journey into the future where she meets many people who influence her life in diverse ways. As she comes to know illness, devastation, hardships, and separation from her family, Helen ultimately loses her courage and will to go on. But it is not until she finds unexpected love and then sadly loses that love that Helen becomes determined to persevere. No matter what life gives her, Helen must find a way to move into a new future through the strength found in a love that, although it can never be, will always be.
In this historical novel, a determined girl betrothed to a local man at a young age begins a journey into the unknown where she must face many challenges she never expected.
About the Author
Beverly Westman grew up in a small town in North Dakota where she relied on her active imagination to create stories from a young age. Throughout the years, she has also used the visual medium of oil painting to tell stories. Now retired, the mother of four adult children and grandmother of seven spends her time volunteering and writing. Helen is her first novel.