Thomas Dunne Books
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Featuring: King Louis XIV; Frances Stuart; Charles II
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Historical | Fiction
In 1660, the Restoration of Stuart Monarchy in England
returns Frances Stuart and her family to favor. Frances
discards threadbare gowns and goes to gilded Fontainebleau
Palace, where she soon catches the Sun King's eye. But
Frances is no ordinary court beauty-she has Stuart secrets
to keep and her family to protect.
King Louis XIV turns
vengeful when she rejects his offer to become his Official
Mistress. He sends her to England with orders to seduce King
Charles II and help him form an alliance with England. The
Queen Mother likewise orders Frances to become hr son's
mistress, in the interest of luring him away from the
Protestant mistress he currently keeps.
Armed in pearls and silk, Frances maneuvers the political
turbulence of Whitehall Palace, but still can't afford to
stir a scandal, determined to keep her family from shame.
Her tactic to inspire King Charles to greatness captivates
him and the two embark on a tenuous relationship. Frances
survives the Great Fire, the Great Plague, and the
debauchery of the Restoration Court, yet loses her heart to
the very king she must control. A startling discovery will
leave her with no other choice but to break his heart, while
the fate of England hangs in the balance.
In the tradition of Philippa Gregory, debut author Marci
Jefferson brings to life a captivating woman whose beauty,
compassion, and intellect impacted a king and a nation, in
Girl on the Golden Coin.
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