State of Grace [NOOK Book]

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When Grace, 27 years old and with only a few months left to live, returns to her home town of Brecon, she is catapulted nearly 1800 years into the past. At first she attributes her hallucinations to her brain tumour but as the visions become more detailed and closer to the present day, she becomes involved with a certain wickedly handsome and rather inhuman Roman, who has an obsession with blood.
Grace is forced to confront her fears when the past begins intruding on the ...

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Overview

When Grace, 27 years old and with only a few months left to live, returns to her home town of Brecon, she is catapulted nearly 1800 years into the past. At first she attributes her hallucinations to her brain tumour but as the visions become more detailed and closer to the present day, she becomes involved with a certain wickedly handsome and rather inhuman Roman, who has an obsession with blood.
Grace is forced to confront her fears when the past begins intruding on the present, and she falls deeper in love with her phantom man.

'Death is only one option.'

A love story with a supernatural twist, it looks at vampires from an unusual angle, knitting together history with the present day.
This is the first novel in the Resurrection trilogy

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045049153
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Davies
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Series: Resurrection , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 15,957
  • File size: 315 KB

Meet the Author

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 two novels in the Resurrection trilogy, "State of Grace" and "Amazing Grace", and the third, Sanctifying Grace, has just been released. She is also seriously addicted to chocolate.
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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    This is the first book in a series of three - so of course the e

    This is the first book in a series of three - so of course the ending was incomplete. I enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    I loved the story line but not so much the ending. I want more!

    I loved the story line but not so much the ending. I want more! Is there a sequel planned?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    What????

    This book sucked. Thankful i didn't pay for it. Awful ending too.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    I also enjoyed this book up until the ending. It felt incomplete

    I also enjoyed this book up until the ending. It felt incomplete, like there should be a sequel; instead the ending read like the author got lazy. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    This book was good and held my attention - but the ending was ho

    This book was good and held my attention - but the ending was horrible. Left me wishing I hadn't read it at all

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2014

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    An Excellent Book T

    An Excellent Book Time Travel Romance


    Brecon, England

    Grace only has a few months left to live and being only 27 years old she returns to her home town of Brecon. Being in Brecon somehow catapults her 1800 years into the past. Grace first thinks what is happening to her are hallucinations that are being caused by the tumor in her brain. Then the visions become more detailed and closer to her time period. She also becomes involved with Roman that is somewhat inhuman and wickedly handsome and who has an obsession with blood. Grace is forced to face her fears as the past begins to intrude on the present and she falls deeper in love with her phantom man.



    This is the start of a trilogy that pulls the reader right in and will have them mourning when they get to the very last page. It will also have them reaching for the second book. The characters are interesting and very relatable. The story also comes to life for the reader with every word that is read. It is easy to picture the world Grace finds herself in with the detail that the story gives. Reading how Grace learns to navigate a world that is completely foreign to her is fascinating especially as the rules of society are so very different then than they are now. It makes for a book that is very hard to put down once the reader starts it. If the other two books are like this one it is going to be a fantastic trilogy to read.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

    This paranormal romance is an emotionally gripping and intriguin

    This paranormal romance is an emotionally gripping and intriguing adventure through time.  With only a few months left to live, 27 year old Grace returns to her home town of Brecon and suddenly finds herself catapulted nearly 1800 years in the past where she becomes involved with the wickedly handsome vampire, Roman.
    This steady paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on shivering in suspense throughout the story as Grace tries to determine whether what she experiences in the past is indeed real or just a hallucination.  The author describes the scenes with well written details that capture the imagination and has the reader feeling as if they are indeed returning to the past with Grace.  The characters are strong, compelling and easily related to. 
    The attraction Grace feels for Roman is complicated because she’s not sure he’s real but as the story progresses so does her feelings for him and now she’s determined to love him even if it is only in her mind and the passion and sex is hot and steamy whether it is imagined or not. The reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as Grace’s situation emotionally grips the heart and the drama and suspense draw them deeper into the story and well Roman certainly arouses curiosity… among other things.
    The author has created a fascination time travel romance with some novel vampire elements that adds some spice to the story.  The author blends the 12th century in with the present making the transition easy for the reader to follow and while the story is not fast paced it keeps the readers enthralled and determined to find out what happens.  Grace also finds herself in some complicated situations due to the time period that provides some humor and excitement. Being the first in a trilogy, this story ends on a cliff hanger and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Book exchanged for an honest review~ Grace Llewellyn lives in Br

    Book exchanged for an honest review~
    Grace Llewellyn lives in Brecon Beacons and has inoperable tumor near the brain stem. She returned to her family farm where she's pretty much a night owl. Then crazy dreams in which she ends up naked with no memory of how she got there in the person. She sees tall, dark, and deadly stranger. Deadly stranger is named Roman but has no way to communicate with Grace. Grace gets very little warning before the dream happens. Grace is startled to back in the same room as deadly stranger. Deadly stranger calls Grace "Eryres". They soon discover a way to speak with one another. Can Grace figure out what is going on with her? Will she be attracted to Roman? What will Roman do? Your answers await you in State of Grace.




    I loved that this wasn't the traditional vampire story! I loved Grace's interactions with Roman! Roman is super sexy and total alpha male. I thought the characters were rich, bold, and imaginative. The story was well written. I definitely want the next book in this series. I gotta know what's next for Grace.

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

    PS Naughty Reviewers ~ Suzy This book received 3.5. State of Gr

    PS Naughty Reviewers ~ Suzy
    This book received 3.5.

    State of Grace was a book filled with mystery -- so much so that sometimes the going back and forth (and I don’t mean the actual time) left me confused. The conversation would start, and the first person would drift in internal though that would distract me. The beginning took some time to warm up.

    That being said I enjoyed the story a lot. It was a very different read of time travel and vampires that intrigued me. I enjoyed Grace and Roman’s exchanges. The first time she met him I was like…aghhhh! as she returned to her time. I was just getting into it, which is much the same as a person feels in a dream they are awoken from I suppose. Their tension was fantastic. Her questions for him were that which the reader wondered.

    The sex scenes were heat level of warm and sexy. But one left me rather cold. ¿ “He took me in the snow. [It was great].” Then later this scene was referred to. I wish I had more insight into it. I can deal with the non-explicit; I loved that aspect in fact. I embrace all sexual descriptions.

    The time travel descriptions were deliberate and precise. I can only imagine the time it too to take to create that world. And the editing was perfect as well. There were some words I didn’t know or understand due to differences in culture, but I got the gist of it.

    The ending of this extremely long book left me with a feeling of despair. The title seems strange to me as the does the cover, as neither scream what the book is about. The book is not a novel, yet is spans only a few days. I’m hoping for…well--hope for Grace in the next book. And of course more Roman. Something about a dangerous man. Yum!

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

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    The author of this book messaged me through Goodreads inquiring

    The author of this book messaged me through Goodreads inquiring if I would review her book.  I took a look and thought about it for the better part of a day.  I was on the fence.  Sure, I am passionate about paranormal romance books, but not always a fan of ones with historical elements to them.  Also the lead female is dying,  how is that going to be anything but sad and depressing.  In the end I went ahead a took a shot, most of the review were positive, so I agreed to try the first one.  I am SO glad I did, my assumptions were way off (taught me a lesson didn’t it).  If I had gone the other way, declined, I would have missed out on the beginning of a beautiful story.  The book does have a different feel to it and has a fresh approach to the paranormal genre.  I think this is one of those paranormal stories that could appeal to a broader audience than just vampire fans.




    The story started off a little slow for me, hence the four star instead of five star rating, and the first few chapters we jump back and forth between modern times and Grace’s episodes or visits to the past.  The writing is beautifully done, descriptive (but not too much) and paints a vivid image of the setting, characters and the world they inhabit.  Much of this beginning deals with Grace’s prognosis and that she came home to die.  It is a little heavy/sad, and I tried to keep Grace at arm’s length and not get too attached to her.  The flash backs were very intriguing and I would get frustrated when they ended, I wanted to explore this world that Grace was being pulled into.  I wanted to know more about this mystery man she kept being drawn towards.




    After a few chapters the author rewards us and much of the book is spent with Grace stuck in the past.  The story becomes much brighter here as Grace stops focusing so much on the fact that she is dying and wants to learn more about this ‘dream’ world she has created for herself.  The story is quite humorous at time and I loved the fish out of water feel to it.  There are elements of danger, after all Grace has entered a much different world filled with unknown elements and a much harsher people inhabit it.  Roman becomes her protector and is intrigued by this  unusual woman that keeps popping up in his life.  The chemistry between them is really well done along with the feel this ‘dream’ world Grace has fallen into.  The author took the time to research the time period and the story feels authentic to me.




    This is not a terribly long story, only 208 pages, so before I knew it I had reached the end.  Right in the middle of action we are ripped back to modern times and like Grace we feel a sense of loss.  The last pages continue to captivate me and I find myself to have completely fallen for Grace. I could not keep from becoming attached to her and a bawl along with her of the injustice of her death sentence.  I have added the next two books to my to-read shelf because I simply must see how this story plays out.  I am so rooting for a happy ending for Grace and Roman.




    Like I stated in the beginning this is a beautiful story that should have broad appeal to many different readers.  There is a paranormal element, but it isn’t too heavy and kinda takes the back burner to the time traveling parts of the story.  Fans of historical books should also give this one a try too.  And finally lovers of a good romance might also want to add this to their to-read list as well.

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  • Posted April 14, 2014

    Whenever I read a genre of book that is different from what I no

    Whenever I read a genre of book that is different from what I normally read, it takes me awhile to get into the book. I thought that with this being a paranormal book, it would take me a while. It took maybe 30 minutes to be hooked and I had to read all three books right away. I loved this twist on the vampire legends. I think that the tumor does have something to do with Grace time-traveling but as to why she keeps showing up only where Roman is remains a mystery. Grace feels that pull to Roman when she first briefly meets him but is terrified at the same time. As each meeting progresses his understanding of her language, it makes for some funny conversations. Grace is unable to be enthralled by Roman but others are unable to enthrall her is also a mystery, to both all parties involved. When this book ended, I had to start the next one right away. Thank goodness I had it so I did not have to wait!

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    The story follows Grace, a twenty-seven year old dying of cancer

    The story follows Grace, a twenty-seven year old dying of cancer. She begins having "visions" due to her brain tumor but really she is time-travelling into the past where she repeatedly comes across the same mysterious, gorgeous man by the name of Roman.

    Now, now. I know what you are thinking. Time-travelling? Really? How do vampires and time-travel go together?

    Well, cast those horrible thoughts away. Seriously. Throw them aside. Because this plot works. For real. I don't know how it works. I'm still stunned with how well it worked together, but it did. And that's all that matters.

    First line of the book: I came home to die.

    Bam!!! If that doesn't draw your attention there must be something wrong with you. I was immediately drawn in.

    Admittedly, it took me about twenty-five pages to truly get into the book, but once I did, I was hooked and the plot just got better and better. I know that was due to the "time travel" or whatever you want to call it. I mean, Grace's life in the "real world" was interesting enough, but her traipses back in time were even more fascinating what with all the mystery as to how it was occurring and who she was seeing...Roman to be exact. He's like this scary mysterious guy who is both frightening and beautiful at the same time. And you know what happens when a girl meets a hot guy...

    Anyway...

    The visits back in time were my favorite part about the book. I thought I didn't even like time-travel! Go figure.

    I am now totally excited to read the next book! Can't wait to find out what happens next!

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

    Loved this book, although the ending was very abrupt. I read it

    Loved this book, although the ending was very abrupt. I read it on my Nook and didn't realize how close I was to finishing it until there weren't any more pages.  I promptly searched for and bought the second book. Can't wait to lose myself in it. 

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