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!
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.
Isabella Launder - she is passionate about her commitment to being a nun, and she doesn't let Thomas have his way no matter what.
She gives different voices to the characters which makes it come to life better.
Oh no, I wouldn't rename it. I like the book title.
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!
- P. Priest
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
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.
No, I believe the ending worked for me. I would have no interest learning more about Thomas.
- M. Parks