About The Queen's Handmaid:
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.
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.
The author did a tremendous job of writing a tale involving Herod, Marc Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian using historical facts and anecdotes. I found myself wanting to learn more about them since I am not very familiar with that part of history. The strategies these monarch's used such as divorcing and marrying off women are mind-boggling to me. I love when a book has a good story and teaches me something I didn't know, which this book clearly did. I am looking forward to reading more books by Tracy L Higley.
About Tracy L. Higley:
She started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored many novels, includingGarden 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. Visit Tracy to learn more about her and to see here travel journals. Click here to purchase a copy.
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