Roses in the Tempest

  • by Jeri Westerson
  • Narrated by Jo Nelson
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A king. A knight. A prioress. In 16th century England, Isabella Launder little realizes the twists and turns her life is about to take as she surrenders herself to a small nunnery in order to forget her unrequited love of the courtier Thomas Giffard. She must learn - along with her sisters in Christ - the true nature of faith and survival, withstanding passionate jealousies, intrigues, and the emerging threats to the Church itself as one by one the monasteries are dissolved. Inspired by the true lives of Isabella Launder and Thomas Giffard and set amid the onrushing storm of Henry VIII's break with Rome, obsession opposes faith in this tale of a wealthy knight and the last prioress of Blackladies convent.

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Interesting Book, Good Narrator!

What made the experience of listening to Roses in the Tempest the most enjoyable?

I listened to the Audible version of this book. The narrator is excellent. This book is very interesting and well done, I have it on my TBR pile. I never knew that King Henry VIII abolished all monasteries and nunneries during his reign, leaving none at all. I love all of Jeri's books, and I look forward to whatever she writes about next.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Isabella Launder - she is passionate about her commitment to being a nun, and she doesn't let Thomas have his way no matter what.


What does Jo Nelson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She gives different voices to the characters which makes it come to life better.


If you could rename Roses in the Tempest, what would you call it?

Oh no, I wouldn't rename it. I like the book title.


Any additional comments?

I always love reading Jeri Westerson's books, or now listening to them, because I always learn something new. She not only entertains me, but educates me at the same time. Thank you, Jeri, and the narrator, for some interesting car rides - which is where I listen to my audible books!

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- P. Priest

Excellent Naration

What did you like best about Roses in the Tempest? What did you like least?

I enjoyed that this story was based on history and learned facts about Henry VIII that I never knew, and found very interesting.The love story was a bit sappy


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

This is my 3rd book narrated by Jo Nelson. I really enjoy her story telling. She brings the characters alive and pulls me in immediately. Her voice is charming with a sense of humor. I admire her ability when changing characters. Her voice can change from female to male with distinct recognition. I'm never confused by which character is speaking. She's pitch perfect and a pleasure to listen to.


Do you think Roses in the Tempest needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I believe the ending worked for me. I would have no interest learning more about Thomas.


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- M. Parks

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2016
  • Publisher: Old London Press