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  • Hardcover
  • 336
  • Girl on the Golden Coin
  • Marci Jefferson
  • English
  • 26 January 2019
  • 9781250037220

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Girl on the Golden Coin Read & Download È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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 1660 the Restoration of Stuart Monarchy in England returns her family to favor Frances discards threadbare gowns and springs to gilded Fontainebleau Palace where she soon catches King Louis XIV’s eye But Frances is no ordinary court beauty she has Stuart secrets to keep and people to protect The king turns vengeful when. Set in the late 17th century Marci Jefferson s female protagonist is none other than the beautiful Frances Stuart a woman pursued by one monarch which she escapes only to fall into bed with another I felt that this was an okayish read as it took me several days to get through Although Frances was narrating I never felt emotionally connected to her or any of the other characters

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Girl on the Golden Coin Read & Download È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook She rejects his offer to become his Official Mistress He banishes her to England with orders to seduce King Charles II and stop a warArmed in pearls and silk Frances maneuvers through the political turbulence of Whitehall Palace but still can’t afford to stir a scandal Her tactic to inspire King Charles to greatness captivates him He believes her love can make him an honest man and even chooses Frances to pose as Britannia for England’s coins Frances survives the Great Fire the Great Pla. Author Interview Giveaway Let Them Read BooksOh how I was looking forward to this book I love reading about Restoration England and the Merry Monarch and his licentious court And I love reading about lesser known people whose impact on history gets outshone by the light of the bright stars of their age History may remember Frances Stuart simply as the only woman who managed not to succumb to King Charles II s charms and that is highly debatable but she was also the face of Britannia chosen because the king felt she was the embodiment of the strengths of his great nation she was beloved by just about every courtier artist and poet in his court and she was an island of goodness and honor in a sea of debauchery and self servitude She was a calming gentling influence on the king and though her status as his mistress is debated no one denies the longstanding and intimate friendship the two enjoyed And she was just about the only woman who was able to exert any influence on his policies Ms Jefferson had a real opportunity here to take a woman fairly unfamiliar to modern readers a woman who was famous in her time though largely forgotten by history and bring her back to life in a way that would allow her humanity to shine through while providing insight into a tumultuous time period And she nailed itI absolutely loved Frances Though she is subject to the demands of her family and of her king she is no simpering milksop She is so poised so strong so prescient in her ability to see through any situation to the heart of the matter that it seems as if she really must have been as Ms Jefferson portrays her to have been able to capture and hold the estimation of not only her king but her fellow countrymen as well And since we are privy to her inner thoughts we get to witness her personal struggle with balancing the demands on her we get to witness those private moments when her poise and graciousness fall away where she s simply a daughter desperate to protect her family simply a woman in love caught in a web of political maneuvering that never allows her to throw caution to the wind and reach for her own happiness I knew a little bit about her life and so I was prepared for the things coming her way but I never stopped rooting for her to overcome them all Really I think it s a shame that a little two bit actress like Nell Gwyn is best loved by history among his mistresses when Frances Stuart and even her archrival Lady Castlemaine were such grand women Don t get me wrong I ve read several books about Nell and I admire her spirit and her rise to the top but when compared to the beauty grace intelligence and accomplishment of Frances Stuart she doesn t even come closeI really wanted to rate this novel higher and even now I m toying with my final rating I loved the characterization and I was thoroughly emotionally invested but the storytelling was a little uneven in places I wanted WARNING spoiler ish material ahead Some events are skipped over or only briefly mentioned like the deaths of the two most important men in her life I wanted to know how her husband died and how she coped and I wanted to be there with her when King Charles died More page time is devoted to a royal hand job than to the death of her husband and the king s death was a footnote I found that rather odd since practically the entire novel revolves around her relationship with him So that was a big disappointment for me And I had been looking forward to experiencing some of the cataclysmic events that took place during her time at court through her survival of them the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London but instead they are portrayed from a distance and I felt like a real opportunity was missed in those instances to bring the enormous gravity of them to life like Kathleen Winsor does in Forever Amber one of my all time favesBut in spite of my desire for in depth coverage I really did love Girl on the Golden Coin It s a gorgeous novel lush and intoxicating with an inspiring heroine readers can t help but get swept away with It s a loving tribute to a woman who deserves to be better remembered by history and a must read for historical fiction lovers

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Girl on the Golden Coin Read & Download È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Gue 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 warOn the eve of England’s Glorious Revolution James II forces Frances to decide whether to remain loyal to her Stuart heritage or like England make her stand for Liberty Her portrait as Britannia is minted on every copper coin There she remains for generations an enduring symbol of Britain’s independent spirit and her own struggle for freedo. I have been dying to read this book since last June when I hosted the author on my blog ahead of the Historical Novel Conference Since then there s been a lot of buzz about this book because one the author is sweet and adorable and I just want to eat her up with a spoon and two the novel has a staggeringly gorgeous cover click the image for the full blown hi res version As it turns out there s a pretty fabulous story here tooSet between 1661 and 1688 at the height of the Restoration in Great Britain the rule of Charles II the novel is narrated by English noblewoman Frances Stuart Frances is part of a group of exiled English royalists holed up in France serving the ueen Mother there while hoping for an invitation to join the court in England When her great beauty attracts the attention of King Louis XIV she becomes a pawn in a greater political struggle for power as she is essentially ordered by both Louis and the ueen Mother to become mistress to the merry monarch Charles IIAt risk of literally recounting the whole novel I ll stop here but add that Frances is an intriguing complicated heroine Loyal to her family she tries to be obedient to Louis and the ueen Mother but finds herself attracted to the rakish king Her purity and admiration of the man Charles can be becomes a kind of erotic charge between her and her monarch not helped that his wild mistress the infamous Countess Castlemaine Barbara Palmer throws parties that invite sexual shenanigansFrances could have been portrayed as uncomfortably priggish or judgmental but instead appears to be a very human woman tempted conflicted concerned with both her honor and with the yearnings of her body She made the entire novel for me her voice was warm and real and I loved every minute with her This is a coup for Jefferson because ever since reading Susan Holloway Scott s Royal Harlot her novel about Barbara Palmer I ve had a soft spot for the woman and in this book I wanted to slap her for being so awful to FrancesThe historic details here are rich without overpowering the story and the pace is very fast Frances life is full of excitement and drama There are some sexytimes too but those scenes fit with the story and didn t feel egregious or outrageous to me My only complaint is that I would have liked a little lingering near the end the novel felt rushed at times especially with Charles death but otherwise I was sucked in from the first pageThere s a full six pages of Who s Who at the novel s open for which I m deeply grateful and a four page Author s NoteA delicious debut Jefferson s novel is a delightful introduction to a tempting heroine and a rich story of a wild tumultuous era In an interview with Megan of A Book Affair Jefferson says she became obsessed with the desire to do for the Stuarts what Philippa Gregory had done for the Tudors and I think she s done that Here s to Stuarts and to from Jefferson