Title: The Queen’s Handmaid
Author: Tracy L. Higley
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Source: ebook via BookLookBloggers
Genre: Historical/Christian Fiction
Rating: 4 STARS
From the servant halls of Cleopatra’s Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled.
Alexandra, 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 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 sisters, 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.
The Synopsis pretty much sums up my review. You have the orphan Lydia, who is then taken in by Samuel. Soon she is servant to Cleopatra. Samuel dies, and he tells her a secret that he trusts she will deliver to the King of Israel.
This is Christian/Biblical Fiction, and whilst I liked those aspects of the book, I was much more for the history. You can’t have one without the other when reading Biblical/Historical, simply because they go hand in hand. I’ve never read any of Tracy Higley’s books, so I took a chance on this one. She did her research, that’s for sure. It’s very well written and you can’t help but get caught up in the story. I found myself praying that everything turned out okay for Lydia. I wanted her to succeed in her quest above all else.
If you enjoy Historical/Christian Fiction, then this is a great book to read. Definitely recommend!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest/unbiased review*