Local authors Davis, Green turn a harrowing story of abuse into a tale of inspiration

Nothing Short of MiraculousFor Ava Davis, fulfilling a dream led to helping someone else out of a nightmare. In her new book “Nothing Short of Miraculous,” the retired English teacher, who moved to Hilton Head Island from Ohio four years ago, wrote about her experience trying to save the life of an abused heiress she met while on a golfing trip to Pebble Beach. Co-author and friend Lori Queen, also a Hilton Head Islander, recalled the fear of finding out what her friend was up to on all those mysterious trips to the West Coast.

“I knew for months that Ava was going back out to Pebble Beach to visit ‘friends,’ but she never added much detail. When I finally understood the entire situation and began to comprehend how involved she had become, I was terrified for her safety and my husband was absolutely furious with her. There was nothing else we could do but help her,” says Queen, who wrote about her part of the story in the book, published by Barringer Publishing in April.

We caught up with Davis recently to find out more.

Q. Why did you want to write this book?
A. The story was written at the request of the victim and the victim’s trustee. It’s also a book of hope for victims of abuse and for the people who have contact with them.

Q. Who in your life inspired your humanitarianism?
A. My mother had a genuine loving concern for all creatures. I was raised that we took in the lost, lonesome and hungry.

Q. What are your three favorite recent books?
A. Of course, my favorite book is our story, “Nothing Short of Miraculous.” I recently read “The Help,” a novel by Kathryn Stockett, and felt a deep connection with the young protagonist. “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach is an ancient novel, but one I treasure.

Q. What brought you to Hilton Head Island?
A.  The first time I vacationed here back in the 1980s, I was drawn to the atmosphere — a charming blend of upscale resort and small-town friendliness. I remember going to the beach ... and I said to myself, “When I retire, I’m going to make this beautiful island my home.”

Q. You’ve been an avid golfer. What’s your handicap?
A. Before I began writing the book, my official USGA handicap was 5.8.  Golf was laid to rest once the book began, so I don’t presently have an official handicap. 

Q. What’s your next book about?
A. I’m working on a collection of stories about women who survived the hell of abuse to find their heaven here on earth.


'Nothing Short of Miraculous' upcoming book signings

  • 4 to 6 p.m. June 15 at Palmettoes in The Shops at Sea Pines. 843-363-6800
  • 4 to 7 p.m. June 16 at All About Me in the Village Exchange. 843-785-2558
  • 5 to 7 p.m. June 22 and 29 at Bistro Mezzaluna. 843-842-5011
  • Pre-signed books are available at Tammy’s Hair Design in Plantation Center and can be purchased online at www.avadavisbooks.com