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Publisher's Summary

Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob - but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives, until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Ltd

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Grim

What did you like best about Jessica? What did you like least?

Too sad.

Would you recommend Jessica to your friends? Why or why not?

No, not upbeat like most of Courtenay's books.

Do you think Jessica needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No more please. And Jessica is dead. Sniff.

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Bryce Courtenay. Fantastic as always

What did you love best about Jessica?

The easy to read and listen to story line. You really feel like you are living in Jessica's shoes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jessica by far but the legal advisor was good too.

Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent as usual. His voice was made to read Bryce's work.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Most definately a film not to miss.

Any additional comments?

I read the book years ago. Listening to it again now was great. I picked up on little things I had previously skipped over.

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Excellent

What did you love best about Jessica?

I loved the characters, the story and the reader

What did you like best about this story?

Jessica

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

Pleasant voice, very easy to listen to

If you could take any character from Jessica out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jessica, for the insight into her life and the conditions on the farm and in the mental institution that she was confined in for four years

Any additional comments?

Great story by a great stotyteller

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I couldn't get into this one...

After just finishing listening to Brother Fish, LOVING it, and also loving The Persimmon Tree and Tandia, I couldn't get into this book past the first 15 minutes. It'll take a lot of 5 star reviews for me to even consider giving this one another chance, I am very sorry to say...

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  • Anna
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States
  • 12-03-13

One of Courtenay's best!

I really enjoyed this book! Bryce Courtenay does such an amazing job at character development and he came through once again with this book. I felt like I knew the characters, sympathized with some and hated others. I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't currently listening - wondering about the plot and characters. Then I found myself feeling disappointed because I was nearing the end and the story would end. It's been awhile since I've enjoyed a book that much. I would say that this is my favorite Courtenay book, and I've listened to the following books: The Power of One, Tandia, Tommo & Hawk, The Potato Factory, & Four Fires. Go ahead and listen!

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  • Brodie
  • Mornington, Australia
  • 08-24-13

Great Aussie Tale

A little simplistic but in true Courtenay fashion a great little tale that will entertain

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Loved it

What made the experience of listening to Jessica the most enjoyable?

The narrator his Australian accent and impressive way he brought the characters to life.

What did you like best about this story?

Tragic but beautiful.

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

Everything! He is my favorite narrator to date!

If you could take any character from Jessica out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jessica, she is brave, strong, and her girl power speaks to me!

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One of the BEST

What made the experience of listening to Jessica the most enjoyable?

The storyline kept pulling me in so that I wanted to keep going, but didn't want it to end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jessica, as she continually evolved as the story unwound.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Jessica arrived in town w/Billy Simple

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  • Barbara
  • Miller Place, NY, United States
  • 07-21-13

Marvelous!

Would you listen to Jessica again? Why?

This is a wonderful Story. I've read 5 or 6 of Bryce Courtney's books and I'm never disappointed. Humphrey Bower is, as always, amazing in his naration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Jessica. She believes that anything can be done with hard work and the right attitude, despite the odds against her.

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  • Dyane
  • Buckeye, AZ, United States
  • 07-17-13

Enthralling read...

Where does Jessica rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best, so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jessica?

There were several, but her giving birth in a river was the most fascinating.

Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When her father came to visit at Christmas and took her back into his good graces only to die the next day.

Any additional comments?

There were times when I could not bear to stop listening. It was one of those books that you feel such sadness when it ends.