Chaos to Serenity

Stories of Staniel Cay


About the Book:

Staniel Cay is a small Bahamas island in the middle of the Exuma chain, where neither the temperature nor population rarely rises above 100. A mere dot on the map, it is one of the best kept secrets in the travel industry.

There is no bank, no ATM, no super department store, no big hotel. A rental car is a golf cart.

There is incredibly clear water, world-class snorkeling, diving and fishing, deserted beaches and a friendly native village.

The author has a 40 year association with the island, and Chaos to Serenity is a collection of stories that includes its history, the author’s personal experiences, island life and trivia. The book weaves local culture into the fabric of everyday life, with a little insanity thrown in for reality. Anyone who has visited the island will enjoy and relate to the various tales. Anyone who hasn’t will probably make reservations.

Serenity is the name of the author’s island home and cottage.

There are more than 100 black and white photos throughout the book. Here are two that show the island in the early 1970s and as it is in 2009.


About the Author:

Martha (Marty) Crikelair Wohlford is a professional writer who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work. She has sailed all her life, is a licensed private pilot, diver, photographer, musician, and graphic artist.

She is a graduate of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., where she majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. Her career began as a feature writer/editor for several newspapers, including the former Fort Lauderdale News (now Sun-Sentinel). She established her own public relations firm in the early 1970s, and her combination of photography, writing and graphics skills have resulted in numerous brochures, catalogs, ads, and image pieces for a variety of clients.

Marty mostly lives at her home, Serenity, in Staniel Cay, Bahamas, where she nourishes her spirit.

ISBN: 9780978798147. Published by Serenity Press

Reader Comments

I just got done reading Chaos to Serenity for the second time.  My wife and I both read it before we came to the island in September of 2011 and when I got back I had to read it again because I loved the island so much.  I just wanted to tell you that you have a little piece of heaven where you are.  We spent a few days at the grotto and would go by your dock and just look at how beautiful your house and cottage are and just imagined the view you get to see on a daily basis!  I just wanted to let you know that now instead of re-selling the book on Amazon I am going to have to keep it so when I need my little reminders of how great the island was I can go back and read.  We already have plans to go back in the next year or two, have to work that around having kids, but I cant wait to get back.  I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the book as a reminder of the island life and when I need to get away from the day to day hustle and bustle I can always just go read the book.  Thanks,Wesley J. 1/9/12

Click To Order from Amazon

To order a signed copy direct from the author:

Price: $15.00 plus S&H: $5.50

Credit Card Payments Accepted through PayPal

Another book by the author...a novel of drug busts, mystery, murder and intrigue that takes place in the Bahamas (those who have been there will recognize the Exumas) during the 1980s, when things got a little crazy.

Click on book to go to the web page.

Children's Books