I must admit, I truly was getting tired at the many novels trying to capture this era, the Glorious Revolution times, but failing to capture the essence of the period. Girl On The Golden Coin by Marci Jefferson, however, rekindled an interest of mine in this period.
Girl On The Golden Coin follows Frances Stuart, a distant relative of the famed royal Stuarts. The novel begins with Frances, exiled and in a bad state in France after the Glorious Revolution, surviving only because of her royal blood. When Charles II is restored to the throne, the Stuarts become favored again, and Frances moves to the Fontainebleau Palace, where she catches the eye of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Frances has to balance the secrets she is entrusted to protect and keep loyalty after Louis becomes furious when Frances refuses him, so she is sent to England to seduce and learn secrets for Louis from Charles II.
One Of The Coins Featuring Frances As Britannia. Credit Here.
Utilizing her beauty, she postures herself inside Whitehall Palace, keeping secrets and securing alliances. Considered the most beautiful woman in England, she is more than a pretty face, and uses her wit to inspire King Charles with her love to greatness. They end up truly falling in love, he having her pose as the great Britannia on Britain’s coins. As loyalties are blurred, Frances finds where her love and trust truly lie, and because of this is set free.
Girl On The Golden Coin is a well-written book, hands down. I am huge on visual detail in books, so the beautiful descriptions of clothing, palaces, and even everyday life from Frances’ eyes was as immaculate as her beauty. The intrigue inside the court was also well represented, with cunning characters and plots galore. Finally, I felt that Frances Stuart was done justice by this novel, leaving behind the misconception of her simply being a pretty face. It is important to right wrongs to protect our great historical leaders’ legacies, and Girl On The Golden Coin does this with fervor and magnificence.
NOTE: I, along with my mom Erin Al-Mehairi, were lucky enough to meet Mrs. Marci Jefferson in Cincinnati on March 22nd. I was able to speak to her, along with other authors (I will be reviewing their books soon) and I believe a friendship was formed. I was grateful for her encouragement and care, and is a wonderful person.
Years after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, immersing herself in a Quality Assurance nursing career, and then having children, Marci realized she’d neglected her passion for history and writing. She began traveling, writing along the way, delving into various bits of history that caught her fancy. The plot for GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN evolved slowly after a trip to London, where she first learned about the Stuart royals. Marci is a member of the Historical Novel Society. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, making hair-bows for their daughter, trying not to step on their son’s Legos, and teaching a tiny Pacific Parrotlet to talk.