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Grace Doll Paperback – July 9, 2012

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About the Author

Jennifer Laurens is the author of the Heavenly series, Overprotected, A Season of Eden, Falling for Romeo, Magic Hands, Nailed and An Open Vein. She has 6 children, one of whom has autism.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing, LLC (July 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933963107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933963105
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,945,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With hints of old Hollywood glam, an obsessively controlling and abusive relationship and a shroud of secrecy, Grace Doll is a suspenseful thriller where the possibility of being found constantly waits in the shadows. Though not without its faults - like insta love and a few too many unanswered questions - I found Grace Doll to be a relatively quick and entertaining read!

Having flourished as an actress in the late 40s, Grace has the charisma and feminine qualities one would associate with a woman of that era. Her mannerisms - in both speak and dress - and the grace and composure with which she holds herself together hint at old Hollywood glam. But the edge to her smiles and the glint of fear captured in her gaze are reminders of the abusive life she escaped.

"They wait for me, the crowd, like savages awaiting a sacrifice. They want me. What I am, what I have."

Left with a debilitating side effect as the result of the youth serum, she finds it hard to trust strangers and even harder to be near them. I found her reactions to various situations in Grace Doll - though sometimes a little extreme - were understandable considering her past, and her fear and distrust of Brenden made it easier to believe in her emotional scarring.

Brenden is your typical teenager - full of angst over his father's passing and anger for his negligence, he agrees to track down Grace only to serve his own purposes: to tell Grace off for destroying his father's chances for happiness with any other woman, and to gain access to his trust fund. What he finds though, completely derails both of his plans.
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This book might entertain you through a lunch hour if you don't have anything else to read, but more than likely it won't and you'll find yourself reading the ingredient list on the ketchup bottle instead. The characters were uninspired, lifeless and insipid. The story was predictable and bland. I would not recommend it.
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I really liked the writer's style. She has a beautiful way with prose and description that took my breath away even starting at chapter one. Also, she was good at creating characters overall. I really enjoyed Brenden. He has his own issues with his father, but I really enjoy him and his struggles to establish a life and find out his career path. I also found his situation of an estranged relationship with his father compelling. I mean, yes, Jonathan is dead by the time the book starts, but everything is fall out from his secrets and his hiding of Grace Doll and his utter absence in his son's life.

However, this book is problematic on a lot of levels. It first of all needed one more copy edit. The spelling of the villain (Solomon/Soloman) changes constantly and that's frustrating and sloppy. Second, the premise feels a bit squandered. When I read the book's blurb, I was really excited and hopeful to see the progress of an actress through Hollywood from The Golden Years to current time. I know it would have been hard to do or write how/why she faked her death or looks just like an older actress relative...whatever, but I wanted to see the immortal's perspective over seventy years. As it's actually written, it's just very much a Twilight feeling of paranormal immortal who has a secret lusting after a teenager and still thinking like one herself. I just feel if a character's immortal, then seeing history and time through their eyes really would have been fascinating. As it is, this is very much like every other paranormal romance. She almost could have been a vampire for all teh difference her acting backstory really made. Fourth, there's a lot of dead time.
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I love all of Jennifer Laurens' books and was exited to read her latest, "Grace Doll". Yes, again, I was up too late reading for a few nights because I couldn't stop. Each chapter makes you want to read more. It is a story of a young, but completely controlled, movie star who struggles to gain her independence, but when her only friends grow old and she does not, her future becomes uncertain. Wonderful character development. You just kind of step into the story and feel like you know them all. Such a unique story line as well. Read it and you won't be disappointed.
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I loved loved this book.. It was such a fast read from page to page. I couldn't put the book down at all at night. Thank god my husband was working the night shifts because I would have ignored him until I finished the book. He wouldn't have liked that. Every page that I read of this book it kept me wanting more and more until the very last page. There is so many words that I can describe this book by this wonderful author. Romantic, Exciting and Thrilling. After finishing the book I was wanting more of the story and the characters. I really hope there is a sequel to this book.

Grace doll is a story that is set in the 1940s. She had everything a woman would want. She had fame, beauty, and fortune. In the story we learn how Grace Doll met her abusive and sex craving husband Rufus. She was only thirteen and she was at the beach with her family. This handsome movie producer approached her parents asking if they would like to have their daughter be in a movie. So they said yes and that is where her life started with Rufus. He ended up changing her age to a much older woman. Months went by and she found out her family was killed in a fire. So the only person that she had was Rufus so he became her guardian and her husband. Grace Doll lived a wonderful life but at home it was a different story. She was tired of being treated like a sex slave. If he wanted sex with her he would take her wherever they were. No men were allowed to even look at her, talk to her or even touch her. So she came up with a idea to have her life changed. She asked her friends Oscar and her makeup artist Jonathan to help her escape Rufus for good.
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