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A Child of the Sea; and Life Among the Mormons by Elizabeth Whitney Williams

A Child of the Sea; and Life Among the Mormons is a captivating memoir written by Elizabeth Whitney Williams. In this book, Williams takes readers on an incredible journey through her life, providing a unique perspective on the world she grew up in and the challenges she faced.

From the very beginning, it is clear that this memoir is a deeply personal and introspective account of Williams' experiences. Through her vivid descriptions and heartfelt storytelling, she effortlessly transports readers to the time and place of her upbringing. This memoir not only provides an intimate view of her life but also offers a glimpse into the larger historical and cultural context in which she lived.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this memoir is Williams' exploration of her connection to the sea. The ocean serves as both a literal and metaphorical backdrop throughout the book, symbolizing the vastness of life and the unknown. Williams' deep connection to the sea serves as a recurring motif, adding a layer of depth and complexity to her narrative.

Another fascinating aspect of this memoir is Williams' experience living among the Mormons. As a non-Mormon herself, she provides a unique perspective on the culture and practices of the Mormon community. Her observations are nuanced and balanced, depicting both the positive and negative aspects of life among the Mormons. This adds a thought-provoking dimension to the book, allowing readers to question their preconceived notions and delve deeper into the complexities of religious identity and community.

Williams' writing style is eloquent and engaging, effortlessly blending personal anecdotes, reflections, and historical context. Her prose is descriptive and evocative, enabling readers to vividly visualize the landscapes and people she encounters. Additionally, her ability to convey her emotions and inner thoughts creates a strong sense of intimacy between the author and the reader.

One minor criticism of the book is that at times, it feels slightly disjointed. The narrative occasionally jumps between different periods and locations without a clear transition, which can be slightly jarring. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall impact of the memoir.

In conclusion, A Child of the Sea; and Life Among the Mormons is a compelling memoir that offers a unique perspective on one woman's journey through life. Elizabeth Whitney Williams' introspective and evocative writing style, coupled with her exploration of her connection to the sea and her experiences among the Mormons, make this memoir a captivating read. It is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who picks up this book.

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Transcriber's Note

The position of some illustrations has been changed to facilitate reading flow.

The frontispiece featuring a picture of Elizabeth Whitney Williams (noted in the table of illustrations at the beginning of the text) is missing from the original scanned book.

In general, geographical references, spelling, hyphenation, and capitalization have been retained as in the original publication.

Minor typographical errors usually periods, commas and hyphens have been corrected without note.

Significant typographical errors have been corrected. A full list of these corrections is available in the Transcriber's Corrections section at the end of the book.


This edition of "A Child of the Sea" is being printed under the auspices of the Beaver Island Historical Society, to give our friends some of the history and legend of the Island. The story begins in the early 1800's, discussing particularly the occupancy by the Mormons, over a century ago, and continuing through the resettlement of the Island by the Irish, whose descendants still live there.



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