Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid: A Review

The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley

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.

What another five star book. Stacy L. Higley does it again. Anything and everything she has written has been beautifully done. She goes back to ancient Egypt centering around a servant girl named Lydia. She is a servant of Cleopatra.

In this yet again all her characters are strong, I just love it. Sure they will have their moments of weakness, but I’ve never read a book that had so many strong characters . Where they are strong, they are helpful and not afraid.  Lydia has to be the strongest one. She has courage, and smart. She is given a task that is life or death she isn’t sure she can do but she never gives up.

I also enjoyed how Higley  added little bits of someone else’s view, some weren’t from a permanent character, but I really enjoyed it. The story was so interesting, and it kept me on the edge of my seat, there were twists and turns everywhere. I kept thinking to myself okay something is going to happen I just know it. It wasn’t predictable it was a beautiful story.

Tracy L. Higley is a wonderful story teller, and I’m so glad to have read her stories.

I was given this book for free for my review from  BookLook Bloggers ( for my review. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Stillness Of Chimes: A Review

A Stillness Of Chimes by Meg Moseley

When teacher Laura Gantt comes home to Prospect, Georgia to settle her recently-deceased mother’s household, the last thing she expects to encounter is a swirl of rumors about the father she lost to the lake twelve years ago—that he has reportedly been seen around town. Elliott Gantt’s body was never found and he was presumed dead. 
Reeling from the sharp loss of a parent, Laura must now grapple with painful memories surrounding her father’s disappearance and the sense of abandonment she experienced after his death. Life-long friend and former beau Sean Halloran wants nothing more than to protect Laura from the far-fetched stories of Elliott’s resurrection and to care for her, but he has his own reasons, troubling echoes from his childhood, to put Elliott’s disappearance to rest.
Working together, Laura and Sean begin to uncover the truth, one mired in the wooded peaks and deep waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Prospect. Can they fathom how many secrets the steep hills hold? With surprising facts revealed, will Laura be able to understand the sacrificial choices made that forever changed her life? And can love and a peace with God be rekindled in her heart after so much time has passed?

A Stillness Of Chimes does not disappoint. After reading Gone South I was beyond excited for this book.  This book is a mix between a thriller, murder mystery and romance. The book kept me wondering what would happen next all through the book.

Yet again Meg Moseley has made a book filled with loveable characters, like Sean and Granny Colfax. Got to love the crazy old ladies. The book mostly centers around Laura, she has come back for her mothers funeral. And while in town rumors spread about people seeing her long dead father. So Laura stays to find out. It’s a big part of the book. Is he dead is he not dead. Through the whole book I just wanted to know. Moseley kept me in suspense the entire book.

I must say this book kind of felt like it was a sequel like I’d missed something. But it is not a sequel, the book it will eventually lead to the answers I was thinking of.  The book was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. It gave me little fits of tearing up and trying not to just read and giggle. It was a very interesting and wonderful read.

So if you want to check out this book or anything else Meg Moseley has written you can go to her website and check out the first chapter of A Stillness Of Chimes.

I received this book for free from Blogging For Books for my review.