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“Amazing women, an amazing landscape, an amazing book!”

—Mark Leiren-Young, author of The Killer Whale Who Changed the World and Never Shoot a Stampede Queen: A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo


Beckoned by the Sea is a beautiful exploration of the ocean through the eyes of women who have devoted themselves to it. Taylor does a captivating job of portraying twenty-four seafaring women with iconic Cascadia coast livelihoods, from captaining tugboats to harvesting kelp to building boats. This book not only gives us an insider’s perspective of careers sculpted by water, but the passion and inspiration that drives women to commit their lives to it.”

—Julie Angus, author of Rowboat in a Hurricane: My Amazing Journey across a Changing Atlantic Ocean and Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World


Beckoned by the Sea is diverse, powerful, raw—words that describe both the ocean itself and the collective voices of two dozen women whose compelling stories Taylor brings to life in this vivid work. Taylor adeptly purses her prose to let the voices of these accomplished women drive the narrative and enrich our portrait of Cascadia. It’s an important book that sheds light on the long overlooked role of women in maritime industries and will hopefully inspire the next generation of female seafarers.”

—Eric Enno Tamm, author of Beyond the Outer Shores: The Untold Odyssey of Ed Ricketts, the Pioneering Ecologist Who Inspired John Steinbeck and The Horse That Leaps through Clouds: A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road, and the Rise of Modern China


“Sylvia Taylor presents a masterful portrait of twenty-four women whose lives are entwined with the waters of Cascadia from British Columbia to California. Her insightful and multi-faceted revealing of this unique bioregion ties these stories together and connects the reader to our most precious resource in a compelling and personal narrative.”

—Rupert Macnee, documentary film producer


“Sylvia Taylor has corralled twenty-four remarkable women of the sea, embedding their stories of growth and adventure in a thoughtful narrative of the times, places, and disciplines. Motivational and entertaining, this book is to be enjoyed and passed on, especially to Millennial readers.”

—Louis Druehl, writer and marine botanist


“A worthy read. Sylvia Taylor has respectfully researched and written a wonderful tribute to the women who share their souls and tell their compelling stories about all things marine in “Beckoned by the Sea.”

—Margo Bates, author; past president, Canadian Authors—Metro Vancouver