Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart
By Marci Jefferson
Welcome again and thanks for checking in. This sure is a busy time of year!! I’m not ready for the holidays yet!! I hope that you are better prepared than I am. Spent the weekend getting together with friends from high school. When we get together it is like we never grew up. LOL.
This is an e-galley that I received from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. It was published by St. Martin’s Press back in Feb. of 2014. It is 336 pages.
Again we return to the ever popular life at court, this time we start in the court of Louis XIV and wind up with Frances in England during the Restoration period. The Restoration period is just as much fun as the Tudors. You have sex and scandal and politics all mixed up again. If you like the Tudor stories you will like this one!!
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
I enjoyed this book. I thought that it was an interesting read. I was not really familiar with France Stuart’s story. It was definitely worth taking a look at. I think that this author may be one to watch out for in the future. Really good for a debut novel!! I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.