Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Blog Tour and Contest Information: The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley

Lydia left everything she was used to on the disappearing shores of Egypt. She was abandoned by her parents, feeling unwanted and unworthy of love. She has lived in Cleopatra’s palace pretty much all her life but is starting to experience something different there. Lydia is a girl that Cleopatra sees as having a slight stature and petite features; she’s like a butterfly and a favorite with Caesarion. She has Samuel, but she may be about to lose him. Then she would be truly alone. She wants to feel needed and to belong, but how does a girl who feels abandoned experience that?

It sounded to me like Lydia had an orphan’s heart during most of this story even though she had a place to live and people all around her. It was the author’s choice to make Lydia an orphan in this story because she wanted to touch on identity issues, so I think she could possibly show what it would be like for her (or for people in general) to feel like she was valued and worthwhile, or to possibly show what caused people to treat her that way.

I understood Lydia’s need to lash out in pain at one place in the story. It must have been very hard to live under the roof of Cleopatra, going against her Jewish nature.  I thought that since Lydia thought that one of her biological parents is Jewish that possibly made her feel like she connected with Jewish people better, and it might’ve been hard to have so many people around who didn’t understand her very well.

As always, the fictionalized versions of Biblical stories usually have a way of opening my mind up more to the Biblical account(s) in the stories. This is one of those books that I might possibly pull out again in the future if I am concentrating on something in Scripture that was described in this book, expanding my mind more to the possibilities of what else might have happened beyond the recorded Biblical account.

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of material connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

More 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 a 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.

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About the Author: Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored many novels, includingGarden 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. 

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Contest Information:

Enter to win a Kindle HDX from @TLHigley in THE QUEEN’S HANDMAID giveaway!

Tracy L. Higley is celebrating the release of The Queen's Handmaid with a fun giveaway.

Retailers + Resources gave it this glowing review: "Rich in historic detail, Higley’s vivid writing brings to life the plots and intrigues that swirled through the ancient world as alliances were built and broken on the calculated schemes of power-mad monarchs." 


  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 19th. Winner will be announced April 21st on Tracy's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Tracy's blog on April 21st to see if you won.

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