I recommend Girl on the Golden Coin to historical fiction lovers. It does have a romance tucked in. The author wrote a beautiful historical love story that will remain with you for some time to come. The approach to this book was so new, so refreshing and so beautifully written. You have a woman, who is innocent but full of conviction. She has faults, as do we all. For her family's sake she sacrifices much. The author keeps you involved in the story as if you were right there with Lady Frances Stuart. You will want to keep this book on your shelf to read and re-read. It doesn't bog you down. The only fault I found was that it ends and I didn't want it to, I wanted more.
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.