Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Litfuse Review: The Queen's Handmaid by:Tracy L. Higley

 The Queen's Handmaid
About the Book:
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.

About the Author:
 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 TracyHigley.com.

My Review:
Lydia's life has consisted of her taking care of Cleopatra's dear child. Lydia never knew her own parents, but learned a lot from the many people around her. But when King Herod arrives to speak with Cleopatra, the whole palace is changed. People scurried about tiding up different things, making sure the Cleopatra came across as a well reserved woman. A good friend of Lydia's arrived that day telling her that she must heed is warning and listen to what he has to say, but she was much to busy to sit down for a moment and listen. Her named called and off she was again running to aid the child she has come to love. Pondering on what her friend has said she is soon called to Cleopatra's side to show off what a beaut of a son she has. But King Herod see's something in Lydia, something that could be useful to him.

Cleopatra knows she can have whatever she wants, by a mere snap of her fingers. But she never expected the Herod would be of interest in her sons nurse. But what is one servant missing going to do to her? She is all and powerful, but yet his interest in her drives Cleopatra wild. In her eyes, this servant girl must go, by death. When she comes up missing, Cleopatra sends her guards out to find her and finish her off, but it seems Lydia has other ideas.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.