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.
About The Author:
Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored many 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 tracyhigley.com
The Queen's Handmaid was a thoroughly enjoyable book that kept my attention throughout the entire time I read. The book is full of political action and real historical figures and storylines that will keep you up late into the night reading. With the descriptive writing with which Higley writes, I felt that I was experiencing each scene with the glorious characters. This was a passionate and well-rounded book that I loved and look forward to reading more from this author. This is an ideal read for those over 17 years of age, as well a great book for book club study.
This was a fantastic historical book that I highly recommend.
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