Left at Hiva Oa

This captivating tale takes place on the open ocean as America evolves from the conservative 50s to the free-loving 60s. Two proud Merchant Marine Academy graduates leave their promising careers to follow a dream of sailing the world on the 40’ schooner the Gracias.

Even with careful planning and abundant enthusiasm, things go drastically awry, changing plans, the crew, and eventually the course of the Gracias, unexpectedly leaving one of them crossing the Pacific alone. In a frantic battle for his life, he relies on his wit and his memories to face the challenges of the sea, and those within his own mind.

Left at Hiva Oa is an incredible story of determination: the determination to dream; to stand by your principles; and to stay alive, when all you have is yourself.

Available on Amazon Maui Friends of the Library in Queen Kaahumanu Center, and at the Lahaina Visitor Center Gift Store in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.


From the Red Headed Book Lover Blog:

Left at Hiva Oa is a stunning, poignant piece of literature that enthralled, entertained and enchanted me from the very first page! Everything about this beautiful book was incredible; the characters, as well as the beautiful setting of Hawaii and more and phenomenal literature courtesy of the excellent Malia Bohlin, made me fall madly in love with this book. Left at Hiva Oa is a piece of work that will captivate readers from all genres thanks to the many themes that are interwoven between the pages. This book can only be described as a read that should not be missed! If you are looking to read a book that will grasp your attention from the first page and hold it throughout then already I would implore you lovely readers to read this book because it is utterly brilliant!

Left at Hiva Oa is a beautiful book that is inspired by the authors – Malia Bohlin’s – true story as he (Ken) made his journey from Marquesas to scenic Hawaii. We will follow Ken as the reader is taken on the adventure of a lifetime all at sea as he battles disasters and learns many poignant life lessons. It is a sensational book, one that readers will fall in love with and so I really hope that you wonderful readers take my advice and read this phenomenal book!

Books with a travel theme, especially when it is mixed with themes of family and history are my favorite books to read. Left at Hiva Oa encompasses everything I love about literature; it has plenty of family love, twists and turns galore and brilliant, breath-taking moments. The excellent author of this book, Malia Bohlin effortlessly takes the reader on a moving journey; Bohlin’s words managed to keep me intrigued as well as entertained as I raced through this book. It is the kind of book that is impossible to put down, and when I had to I longed for it! I wanted to be reunited with the story I had grown to love and the characters I had become invested in.

Malia Bohlin is a talented and a well-accomplished author who has written an unforgettable story that features heavily on its main character and themes. Malia Bohlin truly is fantastic, and I adore her as a writer. Her work is stand out and if you read a book of hers then you know it will be incredible. Her beautiful sentences keep the pacing of the book moving along perfectly. Never once does this book stall and that is the sheer beauty of it… well, this and her flawless writing!

Overall Malia Bohlin has written a dazzling, enthralling novel that will captivate any reader from beginning to end and so, I would implore all of you lovely readers to read it! It has everything you would want in a read, it has poignant moments,, a steady, streamlined plot, twists and turns galore and all of this is expertly combined with incredible literature; what more could you want?! This delightful read gets Five Stars from me!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers, I deeply appreciate it and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Left at Hive Oa; do you see yourself reading this book? Is it not your usual cup of tea? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading! 

January 1, 2018 

A Reader Review:

“I was immersed in this novel from the first page. The story is suspenseful and vividly portrays life at sea. It is also informative, as are the episodes from the captain’s earlier years that are interspersed and provide the background for his reactions to the events. This novel will appeal to readers of any age, from young adult to seniors. And would make a really good movie!”

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