Discover the strength of a young woman who meets every obstacle handed to her in new historical novel

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In ‘Helen,’ author Beverly Westman demonstrates that perseverance is key to overcoming life’s problems

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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 in Beverly Westman’s new historical novel, “Helen” (published by Archway Publishing).

Set in a fictional “old country,” the story centers around a young woman, Helen, and her family, the lives of people she meets and the conditions of a devastated country. The traditions of families of means in Helen’s world leads her father to promising his daughters’ hand in marriage. The story tells of the marriage of two daughters. Helen is engaged to a local man, Gustav Krueger. Although Helen is overwhelmed by the fear of unknown in the betrothal, she marries Gustav.

By taking the reader to other places and times with the characters in the book, Westman hopes the story will instill “An appreciation for our ancestors” because readers can “visualize and feel what the characters and places felt and saw.”

An excerpt from “Helen:”
A tiny figure of a woman stood alone at the railing. She was no more than five feet tall, the top rail hid her face. As the ship moved slowly through the gentle waves, splashes of seawater surrounded her small feet, which were clad in black high-buttoned shoes. … She shivered as she pulled her fur-lined coat closer around her. The mantle shrouded her head, hiding the tears flowing from her huge brown eyes. As she clutched the rail, her mind filled with thoughts of home.

“Helen” is available for purchase online at:

By Beverly Westman
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 704 pages | ISBN 9781480883239
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 704 pages | ISBN 9781480883222
E-Book | 704 pages | ISBN 9781480883246
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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