_240_360_Book.1146.cover“The Queen’s Handmaid” by Tracy Higley is a new historical novel set in ancient Egypt during the time of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.  Centered around Lydia, an orphan girl who lives in the palace at the demand of Cleopatra and her “royal child,” it tells the story of the events that occur after her mentor is murdered and Lydia inherits the task of transporting ancient scrolls to Jerusalem before they’re destroyed by those who murdered her mentor.

In order to accomplish this task, she leaves Egypt and takes on the position of a lady’s maid to the wife of King Herod, who had first seen her while in Cleopatra’s palace.  Can Lydia fulfill her mission to deliver the scrolls, or will it all be for naught?

Filled with mystery and intrigue, this novel is a must-read for any lovers of history.  From the descriptive language to the seamless weaving of a fictional character, Tracy Higley has proven that she did her research before writing this novel.  I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, and even though this was the first book I’ve read by her, I’m looking forward to reading more of her novels.

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