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.
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 (BookLookBloggers.com) for my review.