Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Queen’s Handmaid {review}

The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley


About the Book

Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC

Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra's palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm's length. She's been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life.

But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she's had to a family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.

Trapped among the scheming women of Herod's political family---his sister, his wife, and their mothers---and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah.

My Thoughts

I love history. Lately I have enjoyed quite a bit of Biblical fiction. I especially love a book that is rich in it’s history and well written. Tracy Higley has brought together the best of both worlds in her latest book The Queen’s Handmaid.

Set in the time of Cleopatra and Marc Antony and King Herod. Set in 39 BC and waiting for the arrival of the long awaited Messiah.

The story is about Lydia an orphan who is serving as a handmaid in Cleopatra’s court. The story takes us to two very powerful courts of the time.  Lydia has a very important and dangerous job to fulfill. She has been given a job to get the scrolls of Daniel from Egypt to Jerusalem safely.

What a wonderful story! I loved learning about the politics of the time and the courts of these two famous Kingdoms. And the anticipation of the Messiah coming!

The author has done her research writing this story! You won’t be able to put this book down until you are finished!

Be sure to visit the Litfuse website for more about The Queen’s Handmaid.


About the Author: Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored many novels, including Garden of Madness and So Shines the Night. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures.

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Tracy L. Higley is celebrating the release of The Queen's Handmaid with a fun giveaway.

Retailers + Resources gave it this glowing review: "Rich in historic detail, Higley’s vivid writing brings to life the plots and intrigues that swirled through the ancient world as alliances were built and broken on the calculated schemes of power-mad monarchs." 
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
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Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 19th. Winner will be announced April 21st on Tracy's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Tracy's blog on April 21st to see if you won.

disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.


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