From the Publisher
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 her 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.
It has been some time since I have been immersed in a robust, political, sexy, historical novel like Girl on the Golden Coin, so it was a delight to embark on this journey. Jefferson knows how to keep the reader turning pages, and her sensory descriptions of the rich palaces, gardens, and costumes of the time are evocative.
It was a pleasure to read about Frances Stuart and the court of King Charles II–a subject about which little is written but whose historical context is every bit as intriguing as the court of Henry VIII. Many of the supporting characters piqued my interest and left me wanting more, and I hope to see a series based around this time.
With the drama and scheming of The Tudors, the sumptuous detail of The White Queen, and the page turning scandal of The Other Boleyn Girl, Girl on the Golden Coin will quickly become a favorite of readers who love the genre. Jefferson’s debut is assured and captivating, and I look forward to reading more by this author.
The publisher provided a giveaway copy of Girl on the Golden Coin (US residents only, please.) To win, please comment below if you have any knowledge of this time in European history, or your favorite historical novel series. I will choose a winner by random drawing on Friday, February 14th, 9 PM EST. Good luck!