Impoverished and exiled to the French countryside after the overthrow of the English Crown, Frances Stuart survives merely by her blood-relation to the Stuart Royals. But in , the Restoration of Stuart Monarchy in England returns her family to favor. But Frances is no ordinary court beauty, she has Stuart secrets to keep and people to protect. The king turns vengeful when she rejects his offer to become his Official Mistress. Her tactic to inspire King Charles to greatness captivates him. 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.
Until she is forced to choose between love or war. Her portrait as Britannia is minted on every copper coin.
Oct 14, Jessica McCann marked it as books-of-interest Shelves: first-reads-win-from-goodreads. I was introduced to this author through Twitter and the Historical Novel Society a few years ago and have been enjoying following her updates about her debut novel. What a fun surprise to win the book through a Goodreads give-away.
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While I am an avid historical fiction reader, this was my first book about European royals. Set in the Restoration period of the s, the novel follows the life of the beautiful Royalist exile Frances Stuart and the restoration of the Stuart Monarchy in England. Jeff I was introduced to this author through Twitter and the Historical Novel Society a few years ago and have been enjoying following her updates about her debut novel.
Jefferson did a great deal of period research and her efforts paid off in the authentic detail of this book. Before reading this work, I had no idea about the complexities and nuances of hierarchy and status among the Royals and their extended families, nor of the many sexual indiscretions that led to illegitimate heirs. What a fascinating history lesson. I also appreciated the author's note at the end, which provided additional detail and clarified what elements she fictionalized in the book.
Feb 12, Jeanie rated it really liked it. Girl on the Golden Coin is pure gold, rich in historical intrique and one of the most sensual historical fictions I have read. Frances who captured the heart of the king and protected England from war within. I loved how the story was told. Frances desire to be honorable was very well played in this novel.
Was she maniuplative at the cost of being honorable, one could argue. It does seem like a contradiction of sorts, but I could see how history played out during that time in history. Between po Girl on the Golden Coin is pure gold, rich in historical intrique and one of the most sensual historical fictions I have read. Between power plays of the Queen Mother and how the Catholic Church was and at times did trying to control the country.
Book Review: Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart
It played such an important part in our own American history. How royality was "out of touch" with the people and to keep the people in reign while themselves being captive of their own desire to remain in power. Frances herself not knowing her own father and being used as a pawn by others to protect her mother and siblings from ruin. She knew how to play the game but also had a desire for God's will.
The tension between the two, drew me into her story and I think it will you too. Feb 28, Bettie marked it as lookedinto-decidedagainst. If Orsolya call this fluff then it will be too light for my tastes. View all 8 comments. Nov 07, Gloria Marcano Cerisano rated it it was amazing. Frances Stuart was everything a person of royalty will want and she was divided honor or love.
The story talks about her relationship with King Charles II and the life at court. Marci gives us an inside of her interpretation of Frances life at court and with King Charles. This was a great story, Marci did a great job talking about La Belle Stuart. She will be on the Brittania coin.
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Feb 17, V. Lynne rated it it was amazing. Young Frances Stuart, a beautiful offshoot of the royal family, has spent the Cromwell years in penniless exile in France like many other royalists.
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However, once she rejects the advances of Louis XIV she must return to England and the Restoration court, a hotbed of intrigue, danger and illicit passions. Unbeknown to all, before leaving France she made a deal with King Louis to work in his favour but,once King Charles captures her heart, will she be able, or willing, to stick to it?
Marci Jefferson Presents The Girl on the Golden Coin
Marci Jefferson really brings the pageantry of the court of Charles II alive, as well as all the colourful, and often grasping and debauched, characters that inhabited it. Frances Stuart is a heroine that engages her audience immediately and we never stop supporting her cause the whole way through.
Loved this book, it was a huge pleasure to read. Nov 21, Tracy Camp rated it it was amazing. I'm a big fan of biographical historical fiction, especially in a royal court setting. This is the first one I've read in a long time with so much tension! The main character believably interacts in a palace setting where courtiers don't come off as cardboard background cutouts. The court factions are important sub-plots, so you feel involved in court life and survival.
This heroine out wits them, they bandy witty group insults, and actually do the work courtiers did - it's so real! There are st I'm a big fan of biographical historical fiction, especially in a royal court setting. There are standard king and mistress scenes, but there is a looming war she's supposed to prevent, peasant risings, ambassadors to avoid, the threat of the old Civil War firing back up, and the same religious conflicts from the Tudor period, and the need for family alliances.
Frances, grapples one crisis after another so I could hardly put the book down. I never realized how interesting the Stuart Period was, or how Charles II managed to keep the country together just by keeping his cool. I had an advance copy. Aug 08, Chris rated it it was ok Shelves: hf , england. I think becoming the model for Britannia on the coins of England may lend itself to the side of the affirmative!
I don't know a lot about this period of the English monarchy, so enjoyed learning a little about the players and inevitable intrigues of the day. But the writing itself and focus of the story fell flat for me. Some of the sex scenes, although few, are gratuitous in nature and one too speculative and seemed out of character. Oct 23, Heather Nims willison rated it it was amazing. I was very fortunate to be able to get my hands on an advance copy of this debut novel, and it did not disappoint!
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As an avid reader, it has always been my belief that the sign of an excellent book is when you fall head over heels for the characters within. Oh, to be Frances Stuart and to have experienced such a passionate life during such a tumultuous time. This is a story of family, loyalty, redemption, survival, loss, and above all, love. I cannot wait to read what the talented Marci Jefferso I was very fortunate to be able to get my hands on an advance copy of this debut novel, and it did not disappoint! I cannot wait to read what the talented Marci Jefferson presents next!
I quite enjoyed this one. It winds in the known facts of Frances Stuart's life together with the events she lived through and the people she would have known.