Book Review: “The Queen’s Handmaid” By Tracy L. Higley

April 17, 2014 at 1:37 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Tracy L. Higley in her new book “Queen's Handmaid book coverThe Queen’s Handmaid” published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of  Lydia.

From the back cover:  A jealous Egyptian Queen. A lascivious Galilean Governor. A beautiful servant girl. Theirs is a story of prophecy, self-discovery and revelation.

The year is 39 BC.  All of Alexandria awaits the arrival of Herod, the Galilean governor with his eye on the Judean kingship.  The handmaid of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, receives a troubling visit from her aging mentor.

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 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.

I enjoy history and when you tell history side by side with Church history then the book is a winner.  Tracy L. Higley has truly given us a winner with “The Queen’s Handmaid”.  Cleopatra, Herod, Julius Ceasar and the prophecies of Daniel.  All of these stories are told through the yes of Lydia, a servant girl, who has been chosen to return the scrolls to Jerusalem.  Get ready there are politics, executions, escapes, liaisons, schemes and conniving that will make your head spin.  And the characters.  Ms. Higley has given us great characters who live and breathe on the pages and draw us into their lives so that we root for the good guys and do not want the bad guys to win.  “The Queen’s Handmaid” is great fun.  It is history, a thriller, adventure and a romance all rolled up in an extremely entertaining ball.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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