Frances Stuart has little money, but she has beauty that can
attract kings. When she goes to the French court with her
newly wed friend, King Louis XIV is enraptured and asks her
to be his mistress. Guided by her morals and her desire to
protect her family from scandal, she refuses, and he sends
her back to England, charging her to capture King Charles
II's eye. While she attempts to win Charles over with
kindness instead of seduction, she starts falling for the
monarch she can't have. Her loyalty is tested, and Frances
must decide how long she can say no.
As a lover of court drama, historical figures, and excellent
writing, GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN by Marci Jefferson gave me
no choice but to absolutely adore it. Usually I read more
Tudor focused books, so much of the history around King
Charles II was new to me but just as intriguing. Frances is
a girl you can't help but want her to succeed. Though she
isn't naïve, she has such an innocent and kind heart, though
many of the people around her do not. What I love most about
her story is that though she certainly has tragic moments in
her life, she seems to always fight for hope.
Alongside Frances are several incredibly complex secondary
characters, such as Barbara, Queen Catherine, and Charles. I
love how none of them are fully saints or sinners, but each
have their own realistic personality mixed with good and bad
traits. Though the romance with Charles is passionate and
loving, Frances is most concerned with being a loyal friend.
The story has a wonderful focus on that friendship as well
as many others, which is refreshing and beautiful.
GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN is a gorgeous historical novel,
perfect for anyone who wants to take a step back in time and
learn about a woman whose character shines off the page.
Marci Jefferson's book will reside happily on my shelf
alongside Philippa Gregory's works. I hope to see many more
stories from this incredible author!
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.