Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid Book Review

SUMMARY:  A jealous Egyptian queen.  A lascivious Galilean governor.  A beautiful servant girl.  Theirs is a story of prophecy, self-discovery, and revelation.
     The year is 39 BC.  All of Alexandria awaits the arrival of Herod, the Galilean governor with his eye on the Judean kingship.  The handmaid of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, receives a troubling visit from her aging mentor.
     An orphan since birth, Lydia lives in the palace at the demand of Cleopatra and her royal child, the son of Julius Caesar.  But Lydia has a growing problem on her hands: her beauty is becoming a liability to the aging queen, and the visiting Herod's undisguised interest only makes matter worse.
     When Lydia's mentor is murdered, the handmaid inherits a daunting task.  An ancient set of sealed scrolls, the secret writings of the prophet Daniel, must be returned to Jerusalem - before those who killed her mentor destroy the scrolls as well.  The future of the Israelites depend on it.  So Lydia leaves the palace to serve as lady's maid to Herod's wife in the Holy City.
     As Lydia is absorbed into the machinations of Herod's household, her mission - and her people's hope of a Messianic King - are endangered at every turn.  Can Lydia avoid the adulterous intentions of Herod?  Can she deliver the scrolls to the mysterious man on the steps of the Temple?  Will the true King of Israel ever rise?

REVIEW:  The description of this book caught my attention.  The author did a wonderful job with the twists and turns of the story.  I think my favorite part was toward the end when she finally meets the mystery man to whom she is supposed to give the scrolls.  Lydia's determination to deliver the scrolls is to be commended, especially since it takes many years and sometimes insurmountable obstacles.  The details of the monarchies and all the intricacies of Judea, Rome and Egypt sometimes got a little overwhelming for me, trying to keep everything straight, but is a testament to the research and detail the author did.  This is a wonderful book.  I would love to find others of hers to read.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group for review without compensation.

Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of 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

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