Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website

Pages: 400 pages

Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2-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.

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.

I found this book when I was browsing the "New Books" section at my library. The cover grabbed my attention and reading the back made me sure that I needed to get it. I love historical fiction, but I tend to be very picky & critical when reading it. This book however, was great & the only reason it didn't get 5 stars was because I thought the beginning was a bit slow.

I didn't realize when I checked this book out that it was Christian Fiction and I actually didn't realize it until I was almost half way through. I love Christian Fiction, but sometimes it can come off as being overzealous, which this book was not. I don't think you'd have to be a Christian to enjoy it, but I think you'll enjoy it a little more if you are, because some things will really click into place. The characters were so diverse and well developed, I found it impossible not to grow attached to them. I'm definitely glad that I picked this story up & I would recommend it! 

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