These days modern “reality” television has plenty of drama. But you know what I’ve learned? It wouldn’t stand a chance against the drama of Roman, Greek and Egyptian politics back in the day (I mean wayyyy back). Those people were a hot mess. Times three. Killing anyone and everyone. Marrying for alliances, then divorcing for the same reason. Bribing for power, betraying for the same and any other shenanigans you can think of.
Once again Tracy L. Higley brings to life this era and several well known historical characters. And y’all it was a fabulous read!
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 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.
As always, Higley’s research proves well done, with a story rich in detail, yet not overwhelming. The story spans several years and while quite often, this gets drawn out and drags a story along, that wasn’t the case with this read.
With characters you love (or instantly hate), The Queen’s Handmaid, will take you deep into the politics of the day, faith and trusting God’s plan will always prevail. P.S. I forgot all the drama, bribery and scheming that made up much of the Roman Empire. It’s a miracle anyone ever trusted anyone!
Have you had a chance to read Higley’s work yet? If you’re a historical fiction fan, then you must check out her books!
(Thank you Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for the copy in exchange for my honest review)
Check out all the fun happening too! Don’t miss out on your chance to win some pretty awesome prizes!
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
- The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley
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.