Bryce Courtenay was unknown to me until my niece told me about his "Power of One". Jessica is his 4th book I've read (listened to) and was just as richly detailed and filled with characters unique and complicated as previous reads. Jessica's story takes you out of contemporary times and sets you down in the middle of 1914 Australian bush country. The detail of the landscape and Jessica's spirit and drive will be with you long after you finish. For me Jessica is one of those books that are hard to follow - once you finish it and want to begin other books they pale in comparison. Other Bryce Courtenay books I loved and would put in my top 10 best loved/most enjoyed are "The Power of One" and "Tandia." Review written by Robert's wife Denise
There were so many spectacular reviews for this book I decided to give it a listen. While it had an interesting setting and unique characters the action was just not there unless you count the ending. I didn't NOT enjoy it but can not recommend it without reservations.
I can't imagine anyone not loving it. My father who is 70 even listened to it and loved it along with The Kite Runner.
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