Elizabeth Davies was born and raised in South Wales. She lived in England for nearly two decades but returned to her roots when she felt the mountains of her youth calling to her, and hiking in her beloved Brecon Beacons is now one of the joys in her life. When she is not working as a full time secretary, Elizabeth loves spending time with her family, hates doing necessary chores, and tries to fit in writing whenever she can. She has published three novels in the Resurrection trilogy, "State of Grace" , "Amazing Grace", and "Sanctifying Grace", and has just released a new paranormal romance, "The Spirit Guide", and this time the story is about ghosts. She is also seriously addicted to chocolate.
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Smashwords book reviews by Elizabeth Davies
on Nov. 17, 2012
Really enjoyed this. Will be downloading the rest of his books. Good page-turner and towards the end I couldn't put it down,
on April 17, 2014
I discovered this novel by chance when, low on pennies to spend on reading material, I happened across this free book on Smashwords. And I'm so glad I did.
It's a substantial read, both in terms of length, plot line and characterisation. Written in both the first person and the third POV, which, incidentally, works rather well, the reader is able to engage with both the lead characters.
Set in Australia, which proves to be a welcome change from most of the urban fantasies/paranormal books which are USA based, there is plenty of action, and the story-line is strong and engrossing. The back story is complex and well-developed,adding richness to the plot, there is a hint of romance, and a seriously unusual take on vampires.
I was also pleased to see that there is a climax towards the end, which although is resolved, enough is left unsaid and undone to warrant another book in the series (which I believe may have already been written but not published yet).
This is a solid, well-written debut novel from Hayward and I hope to see more of her work in the future
Once Upon A Tyme
on July 25, 2014
This book has typically British humour and references; the tone and style reminded me of Terry Pratchett. I giggled from the every first page, and kept laughing most of the way through.
The main character is a quintessential English elderly gentleman,and in fact, I could just envisage my dear old dad going through exactly the same thought processes as Tom.
The premise was strange, and the story-line a little odd, but this just adds to the comedic aspect. At times the humour and sarcasm was a little overdone, but there was enough happening in the book to compensate.
This is currently free on Smashwords and I would recommend this for a bit of light reading, and an insight into the British psyche.
on Aug. 04, 2014
I liked the tongue-in-cheek humour and the style of writing. The location (Canberra) and the setting (political journalism) were both new areas for me, and I found both refreshingly new and different. The characters are nicely rounded, especially the main character, Paul, and I liked the way he didn't pull any punches in his assessment of himself.
I was kept guessing to the very end, and that doesn't always happen with mystery/detective novels. In fact, I enjoyed this so much, I immediately bought the second novel in the series. This IS a stand alone book, though, and can be read without having to read the next one.
Definitely an author I will be looking out for in the future, and will add to my growing collection of good Australian writers.
on Aug. 16, 2014
I thought this was going to to be solely about someone stuck in a well, and his struggle to free himself. I was wrong. This is the start of the novel, but there is so much more to it than that, which was a nice surprise.
The pace was good and suitable; time dragging slowly in the well, for instance, and the pace faster above ground. The characters are well drawn, and multi-layered, especially Chris, and there is plenty of mystery and unanswered questions to prompt me to download the next instalment when it comes out in 2015.
That was my only dislike of this novel - that it wasn't wrapped up at the end. It simply stopped, at no logical break in the story. I wonder how much more there is to be revealed in the next novel, because as far as I could tell a few more chapters would have seen the end to it. Obviously there is far more than I anticipated, and I will definitely download the next one.
My recommendation would be to wait until the next book is out, because this reads more like a story cut in half than a series.
Bubba and the Dead Woman
on Sep. 03, 2014
The title of this book was so ‘naff’, it was genius. I just had to read it.
Bubba comes across as just another ‘good old Texan boy’, but as the novel progresses, the reader discovers that he’s far from what he fist appears. I liked the way the author gradually exposes more and more f his character, and it takes until almost the end of the story before we realise the true extent of him (and I have a sneaking suspicion the author isn’t finished yet).
Ms Bevill portrays the community the novel is set in with love, sympathy and some tongue-in-cheek humour. I can well understand how everyone knows everyone else’s business in this small town (having come from one myself), and how people are inclined to think the worst, in spite of knowing him all his life, because that’s the way many people really are.
Bubba’s mother adds idiosyncratic humour to the novel, as does the dog! And Bubba is endearing and funny, and not half as stupid as he is expected to be. The characters are mostly stereotypes, but I believe this is intentionally done, adding to the comedic aspects of this story.
I did guess who had ‘done it’ before the end, but not until a good two-thirds of the way through, and it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the novel, however, I did think the reasoning behind the murder to be a little on the weak side.
Nevertheless, this is an easy and enjoyable read, smooth flowing and well written.
on Sep. 13, 2014
This book follow closely on from the first in the series, and I was not disappointed. I'd looked forward to this since reading the author's first novel 'Blood Work'.
The characters develop nicely, and although the plot is self-contained, I'm glad I read the first book.
I especially like the complexity of the love interest - I wanted them to get together so much, and yet I didn't! I'm not going to say why because I don't want to give anything away.
Amaya, the demon, was a surprise at the end - I thought her growing humanity to be intriguing. The only thing to give me a moments pause was that I thought demons were supposed to be immortal.
I will definitely be reading the next instalment.
The Devil's Grin
on Nov. 02, 2014
I love the premise of this novel - a woman forced to impersonate a man in order to practice medicine.Having a husband who is a keen Sherlock fan, and therefore having watched and read most of the Holmes stuff around, i was delighted to discover this novel, where the great man himself is a foil to a woman, one equally as discerning and intelligent as he is. It takes some skill to incorporate such a well-known figure as Sherlock Holmes into a story, and he loses none of his mystery, and I feel the author ensure he stays true to his original character, whilst at the same time not being the focus of the novel.
The author's writing style is a glorious mix of sparsity and detail, allowing the reader to insert themselves into Anna's head. The writing is fluid and easy on the eye and mind, but at the same time adult and complex. Anna is almost a female Dr Watson, with all the emotional intrigue that this entails, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sexual frisson between her and Sherlock.
This is a richly dark and Victorian piece of fiction, and I can't wait to read the next one.