LLOYD-JONES, Edwin & Laurel

ISBN 978-1-922722-55-3

The Elm Grove Story: A Mystical Journey

Edwin and Laurel were two agnostics who were bowled over by a clear, inner call that took them on a mystical adventure that proved beyond any doubt that God had a plan for their lives. This took them from suburban Sydney to the remote Snowy Mountains of NSW where they founded a spiritual retreat centre. As they struggled with disbelief and self-doubt, they experienced the awe of seeing amazing miracles unfold through daring to trust completely with open hearts and deep inner listening.

About the Author

Edwin was born in 1934 in Rhyl, North Wales. In 1960, as a musician he gained a posting with the Toronto Symphony orchestra and decided to travel through Europe, the Middle East and Australia on route to Canada. During his travels he fell ill and while recuperating in Australia he became enamoured and decided to stay. He combined his passion for music with becoming a successful business owner and he married and raised a family in Sydney, NSW. Laurel, born in Sydney in 1946, suffered a challenging family life. As a social worker she knew first-hand the difficulties that many people face in their lives and so her marriage to Edwin, along with her two children Jake and Natasha, this brought immense joy and contentment to her life. Neither Laurel nor Edwin held any strong religious convictions prior to when Laurel suffered a cardiac arrest in 1980 during major surgery. With Laurel’s amazing encounter with her Creator this brought huge change to her life and that of her family.Following a deep inner call this took them from their comfortable Sydney lifestyle to initially quite primitive living conditions in the Snowy Mountains of NSW where they founded a spiritual retreat centre. Within their deeply mystical experiences, immense workloads and early challenges, they then gifted their property in founding the charity, Elm Grove Sanctuary Trust where they welcomed and assisted all who came on a donation basis. In 1991, they formed a widely ecumenical community, the Little Followers of St. Francis and as life-professed Franciscans, they lived in deep trust and ‘by Grace’ as their vision unfolded. Their charity continues its work today.



ISBN 978-1-922722-12-6

Surfa Saurus

Surfa Saurus on the move surfing to the big–wave groove!

Sid Surfa Saurus and his best friend Dally are not your usual dinosaurs – they surf. But they didn’t always.

Thousands of years ago, while being chased by meat-eaters, they ran into the ocean to escape danger and discovered the coolest lifestyle imaginable – surfing. Sid and Dally were the very first surfers on planet Earth.

What happened next, was unimaginable. The climate changed – not once, but twice!

First of all, the ice age came and their world froze. They were caught, mid-wave, inside icebergs for millions of years … One day, the world began to warm up and the icebergs melted. Sid and Dally then found themselves in a modern world full of sun, sand and yes; surfing!


ISBN 978-0-6484408-4-0

Out of Control

She witnessed her mother murdered when she was only ten. Judith Sommers’ fight for mental stability takes her on a journey to the west coast of America, far from her native England. Yet the real key to her sanity lies with a man who battles demons of his own.

ISBN 978-0-6485614-7-7

Intimate Conversations

Judith Sommers and Michael Raynal are now married and living an idyllic life… or are they? Ghosts from the past re-appear, to wreak havoc with their happiness. Then a new danger emerges, which could totally destroy Judith’s mental stability.

ISBN 978-1-922337-86-3

Anniversary Waltzing

Still in mourning for the loss of her beloved father, Judith Sommers’ world is completely shattered when her husband, Michael Raynal, walks out on her, just three weeks before their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Now living in New York, with her two sons having moved out of home, a very lonely Judith is forced to face up to the fact she may have driven Michael into another woman’s arms.

ISBN 978-1-922452-74-0

Open House

Judith Sommers Raynal, anxiously awaiting the birth of her first grand-child, has a chance encounter with a young woman at the airport, which surprisingly develops into a new and special relationship. In Michael’s absence, she holds an open house party, to which she invites all her friends and family. The day ends dramatically, with a surprise addition to the guest list.

ISBN 978-1-922803-51-1

Those Absent Years

John Jackson Grant travels to Australia to hopefully reconcile with the woman he left, eleven years before, only to find she has been keeping a secret from him during that time. Alexis Virginia Reed is now a successful businesswoman, with a new life which doesn’t necessitate the inclusion of John Grant. Then fate steps in and the two are inexplicably drawn into a renewed relationship, with possible dire consequences.

About the Author

J. E. Ashworth is an author based in Sydney New South Wales. Intimate Conversations is her second book, following her success with Out of Control.