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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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

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.

My review:
I really enjoyed the rich historical setting of this book.  I felt transported back to the time of the ancients; to face their problems, to feel their pain, and to watch the once "dry" stories that make up the past come alive!

I did find, after a little while, the historical descriptions beginning to get a bit tedious with the sheer amount of them, however I did understand that they were necessary to the storyline itself.  I felt that the author did do an excellent job of bringing history's facts to life, giving them flesh, blood, and breath.  Weaving together a tale that pulls at your heart strings, giving you the opportunity to feel the heart's struggles and aches, but in the end to know the joy.

I loved the ending--it totally took me by surprise!  So satisfying.

There were more mature themes that I felt were very tastefully done, though I still would not recommend the book to a reader younger than 15.  However, for anyone that enjoys good historical fiction novel with a storyline that relates to the heart, I would definitely recommend The Queen's Handmaid!

I give The Queen's Handmaid 4 stars.

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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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