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May 22, 2014


Tracy L. Higley
A jealous Egyptian queen. A lascivious Galilean governor. A beautiful servant girl. Theirs is a story of prophecy, self-discovery, and revelation.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  •  (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401686842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401686840
(from Amazon)

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.
An orphan since birth, Lydia lives in the palace at the demand of Cleopatra and her royal child, the son of Julius Caesar. But Lydia has a growing problem on her hands: her beauty is becoming a liability to the aging queen, and the visiting Herod’s undisguised interest only makes matters worse.
When Lydia’s mentor is murdered, the handmaid inherits a daunting task. An ancient set of sealed scrolls, the secret writings of the prophet Daniel, must be returned to Jerusalem—before those who killed her mentor destroy the scrolls as well. The future of the Israelites depends on it. So Lydia leaves the palace to serve as lady’s maid to Herod’s wife in the Holy City.
As Lydia is absorbed into the machinations of Herod’s household, her mission— and her people’s hope of a Messianic King—are endangered at every turn. Can Lydia avoid the adulterous intentions of Herod? Can she deliver the scrolls to the mysterious man on the steps of the Temple? Will the true King of Israel ever rise?



Tracy L. Higley
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine 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. See her travel journals and more at Twitter: @TLHigley Facebook: tracyhigley


Setting: 39 B.C.  I was immediately hooked on this book. THE QUEEN'S HANDMAID is the story of Lydia who is an orphan and has become a servant to the royality.  She is very untrusting but that is believable because of her background. The author made you feel as though you were a part of the story.  Ms. Higley does such wonderful descriptions of the scenes and the characters, that you feel you  know them.The book is a biblical historical fiction read. The author takes you into the palaces of Cleopatra and Herod and what goes on inside, the good and the evil. The author shows how the characters used each other to get what they wanted.  They even used the people they loved.  This made me feel that the book had a touch of realism to it.  How many times have you been used by the ones you trusted?  It made me rather unhappy to see how the amount of selfishness and greed played a part in their lives.  They thought they were completely in control of their lives but they didn't realize that they were also being used by the ones they were using.
Also included in the book is a part called " The Story Behind the Story" which tells how she had written history that was true in a lot of the book.
The author kept you intrigued, turning the pages for what was next.  She always kept you wanting more.  That to me is the sign of a good book.  Keeping the reader wanting more.
I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is a good, strong, Biblical fiction read that doesn't bore, but keeps you clinging to every page.  
Grab yourself a copy and go on a journey with Cleopatra and Herod in their palaces with the evil and good that lurks there.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE QUEEN'S HANDMAID by Tracy L. Higley from Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest view. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 Stars.


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