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Forged in Grace

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  116 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Grace Jensen survived a horrific fire at age 15. The flames changed her: badly scarred in body and mind, Grace developed an ability to feel other people’s pain. Unable to bear human touch, she has made a small life for herself in Northern California, living with her hoarder mother, tending wounded animals, and falling a little in love with her former doctor. Her safe world ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 2013 by Indie-Visible Ink
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Julia Tracey
I was awed by this book. It's a story I have never heard before, a character whose inner world was alien and fascinating. Who is this girl, this damaged yet vibrant person? Burn victim Grace tells a story that no one else can -- how she moves through the world on the edges, unable to stand the touch of others; physical contact brings on pain, but also visions of their lives. Self-preservation also means isolation and lack of intimacy. But Grace's hands-on contact eventually becomes literally a h ...more
Tomi L.  Wiley
Feb 28, 2013 Tomi L. Wiley rated it it was amazing
Forged in Grace is the compelling story of Grace, who was the victim of a treehouse fire when she was 15 years old. The books begins 13 years later, when we meet Grace as the sheltered daughter of a hoarding, protective mother, assistant to one of the doctors who helped her heal after the fire, and a animal lover and rescuer. When her former best friend, wild child Marly, returns to their sleepy seaside town for her grandmother's funeral and asks Grace to return with her to Las Vegas, Grace begi ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Nanea rated it it was amazing
This story grabbed hold of me by the shirt collar and did not let go. The characters were complex and difficult and therefore deeply resonant, and the turns and twists in plot only served to draw me deeper into Grace's world. I held my breath, I cried, I cheered, I felt all the feelings - the way you do when you are in the hands of a gifted storyteller.
Rebecca Lawton
Mar 12, 2013 Rebecca Lawton rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Jordan E. Rosenfeld, for taking on the sensitive issue of people touched by fire in this moving, gripping novel. I loved it when I read it last year, I loved it again this year, and I applaud your debut with Grace, Marly, Las Vegas, and transformation. Looking forward to your next book!
Apr 09, 2013 Billie rated it it was amazing
Magical realism in equal measures.

At first glance, Grace is an unlikely heroine. She’s deeply scarred, inside and out, living a small, sheltered life with limited interactions with the outside world. But her internal world is so vivid, her humor and loneliness so relatable, that you can’t help rooting for her. Leaving the comfort of her home and venturing off with the mercurial Marly, Grace must face the secrets of her past (I actually gasped when the truth came out) and the weight of responsibi
Apr 15, 2013 Kemari rated it it was amazing
In hauntingly beautiful prose, Jordan Rosenfeld paints a vivid picture of burn victim Grace Jensen's life just as her previously-absent "bad girl" best friend, Marly, comes storming back into town (and Grace's life). Grace's world is turned upside down as Marly convinces her to leave the only home she's ever known for the bright, glittery lights of Sin City. We, the readers, are then drawn into Marly's intriguing and sometimes dangerous world, filled with mermaids and secrets, as Grace rediscove ...more
Maggie Reed
Mar 25, 2013 Maggie Reed rated it it was amazing
I can't call this book anything but amazing. The sub-stories, the characters...

Grace has scars. She felt horrendous pain for quite some time after the fire. Unable to bear human touch because of this pain and these scars, she lived a relatively quiet life in northern California, along with her mother, and worked closely caring for wounded animals especially in the wild. Her mother, a hoarder, needed some exceptional care, but I felt that Grace often wondered if she was just enabling her in that
Mar 08, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing and compelling, with a fresh protagonist that we haven't seen before and beautifully written. It's part mystery, part a tale of dangerous friendship, part magic and part a tale about coming-of-age and over coming hardship.

Also, I'm currently recording the audio book, so I'm incredibly excited!
Kari Ramirez
Mar 19, 2013 Kari Ramirez rated it it was amazing
I have found that the characters we want to like are not always the ones we end up falling in love with. The ones who we find to be constricting and may label the antagonist are maybe the heroes after all.

Jordan Rosenfeld has written a book that I am so genuinely surprised by. As it began I instantly felt protective towards Grace. After all, she was damaged, putting on this brave face, living under her mother's crazy thumb. How do you not root for the underdog? How do you not want everything in
Victoria Brinius
Apr 14, 2013 Victoria Brinius rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. Poor Grace was burned badly in a fire, and she ha the scars to prove it. She becomes somewhat of a shut in. That is until Marly shows up again. Marly is Bi-Polar and she convinces Grace to move to Las Vegas with her. Once there Grace realizes that she can heal with her hands. There are a lot of people to heal in Las Vegas.

Grace soon learns what it is like to know someone with Bi-Polar Disorder. Marly is messed up. She gets attacked, and has a lot of mental issues.

Apr 08, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book is extremely moving and poignant. I just finished it a couple of days ago, and have been pondering my thoughts, when yesterday, my next door neighbor’s lost their home in a fire. It appears there may have been a hoarding situation involved, and all I could think back to was the story in this book. How the girl took the pain and hurt in her life and persevered. This book is fiction, yet, it seems so real. The author perfectly captured and portrayed what it must feel like for someone end ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Suman rated it really liked it
Beautiful, painful, dark, and yet ultimately uplifting, the layers upon layers in ‘Forged in Grace’ completely captivated me. much so, that I’ve started rereading it as soon as I finished, to ensure that I notice and savour every nuance and detail I might have missed in my fevered zeal to know what happens next. For, this is so much more than the wonderfully crafted suspenseful, psychological fantasy novel that Amazon sent me an email about (after e-noting that I had been reading up on it o ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I found it to be a quick and easy read. The book was well written in a style that is easy to find yourself submersed into the character lives and the story. I found the plot to be complete and the character's current and past lives/stories to be well intertwined and captivating though the end of the book. I wanted to know how the book was going to end, what deeper secrets were going to be exposed; it was very easy to get caught up in the story to find ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Simone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Grace Jensen has endured years of surgeries since that fateful night she was disfigured due to a treehouse fire. Now 13 years later, her childhood best friend, the only person that truly remembers what transpired the night of the fire, reappears for her grandmother’s funeral. She convinces Grace to stay with her in Las Vegas for awhile. This becomes an awakening of sorts for Grace, as she learns not only does she feel other p ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Crissi rated it really liked it
The only reason I'm not giving this 5 stars is because there were a few editing issues that need correcting, like quotation marks in the wrong places, a bit too many adjectives in places, and strange paragraph breaks. But the story was so good, I was able to overlook many of these. And really, these errors should not be a reason to bypass this story. I loved how the author made each character so endearing, even in their imperfections. Grace held so much strength by the end of the book, having go ...more
Denisa Howe
Mar 28, 2013 Denisa Howe rated it it was amazing
Most excellent reading. Grace is a wonderful character. Surviving a horrible fire around age 15 but that isn't the whole story. The first page grabbed my attention and held it through missed meals and phone calls as I had to go on. The skill of this writer truly amazed me and I do applaud her abilities. This writing is of pain, hurt, evil, love and coping...and friendship or is it really friendship?
My cousin received this book from goodreads and she kindly loaned it to me. I thank her and good r
Feb 16, 2013 Hilary rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its themes of healing and redemption, friendship and relationships with parents, as well as the development of self are approachable and accessible to most of us, while its protagonist is someone who at first seems so different, that she is alienated from the rest of society. Grace's inner world is a rich and detailed one, beautifully described by the author, and I felt swept up in what became quite a fantastical, yet ultimately fascinating and satisfying journey.
Sue Harper
Jun 02, 2013 Sue Harper rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me from page one and did't let go until the last word. The relationship between Marly and Grace was deep yet flawed which felt honest and authentic. The story was seasoned perfectly with beautiful prose. One line I made note of: "...parents, who smile in the tight but polite way of people whose pain has erased the familiar muscle memory of happiness." Just lovely.
May 17, 2014 Suzi rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend Forged in Grace. The heroine, though flawed inside and out finds that her stagnant life is just beginning if only she has the courage to take that first step. After that, all hell breaks loose and leads to a surprising, yet satisfying, fresh start.
Mar 18, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: read-and-enjoyed
I think this was one hell of a book to write :)
Sally Ember
Some very detailed character development but then, some dropped threads that I couldn't understand the dropping of: why introduce "key" characters who come in at crucial moments and then disappear?

I was also dissatisfied with the trite nature of some of the motivations/explanations, with some just unexplained, but the ending did have a couple of surprise twists.

Memorable characters and unusual storylines, worth reading. Recommended, with those caveats. I would want to read Jordan's next novel
Laura P
3-1/2 Stars
I was intrigued by the description of “Forged in Grace” and it lived up to my expectations. I could hardly put it down once I started reading…. had to keep turning the pages as the past was revealed with some twists and turns. Characters are well developed and come to life as the story unfolds.

“Grace Jensen survived a horrific fire at age 15. The flames changed her: badly scarred in body and mind, Grace developed an ability to feel other people’s pain. Unable to bear human touch, she
Alexia Purdy
I listened to the audiobook of this story and I really enjoyed it. Ms. Rosenfeld’s writing is so poetic and her descriptions transport you into the lives of Marly and Grace as if you were there with them. The hardships these two go through in a span of a lifetime, was tragic and yet, it was destiny.

Grace and Marly were best friends, but a horrible accident at the age of fifteen scars Grace for life and she hasn’t seen her friend since that fateful day. Years later, Marly’s grandmother dies and
Zoe Brooks
Jul 03, 2013 Zoe Brooks rated it it was amazing
This is a magic realism book with the emphasis on the realism. The only magic element is Grace's ability to heal others: "My hands ache as I hold them over her. When I rest them upon her, I feel as though someone has opened a window and let in humid and cloying draft of air. She groans slightly and shifts, and my serpent and I make our way into the wet and sticky interiors of her illness." Of course to believers in such things, Grace's healing ability would also by realistic.

What Grace sees when
Diana Donnelly
Mar 17, 2015 Diana Donnelly rated it it was amazing
This was a Goodreads win. I really got into this story and thought the author did a magnificent job covering emotional feelings about friendship, hardship and how a person survives after something horrible happens to them. Grace, the main character, was in a horrible fire along with her 15-year-old friend. Grace suffers greatly and is left disfigured. Her friend severs their relationship and she doesn't understand why. I usually do not enjoy books with fantasy in them but I loved this one.
Mar 11, 2014 Tennille rated it it was amazing
I often judge a book by the way it grabs my attention. Being that I'm going on 3 hours of sleep because I was up all night reading, I'd say Forged in Grace grabbed me for sure! Great character and storyline development. Intriguing plot twists and moments were you could laugh and cry.
Oct 29, 2015 Dwight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
couldn't put it down

I loved this story! The plot, the characters, and the dialog weave a compelling world and keep you turning the pages late at night! One of my favorite reads this year!
Hunter Hamilton
Pretty Good

The plot was an interesting one, with a protagonist you want to root for. The story develops nicely throughout but this was not exactly the "pageturner" I had hoped it would be.
Dec 20, 2013 tara rated it it was amazing
This was an indie that I snatched up while I was looking for something a little different to read. The story is rather unique, but it seems the author was able to contain the oddities of it within a good balance, so the story actually flowed along nicely. Character development is a big deal for me, so I was happy in that aspect.

There were a couple things toward the end of the book that seemed to take an extreme turn which slightly skewed the flow, but other than that, I have to be fair and show
Jul 01, 2016 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprising read!

Complex characters, compelling story, even a touch of thriller! I thoroughly enjoyed Jordan's book and recommend it to you, for sure.
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Jordan E. Rosenfeld is an author, editor, and freelance writer. She is the author of WOMEN IN RED, NIGHT ORACLE, FORGED IN GRACE, as well as the writing guides: "A Writer's Guide to Persistence," "Make A Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time" and the forthcoming Writing Deep Scenes: Plot Your Story Through Action, Emotion & Theme, with Martha Alderson (Writer’s Digest Books) and ...more
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