I have a really good book to share with you that does have some historical parts in it but it's also a very interesting book to read called The Queen's Handmaid written by Tracy L. Higley.
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.As I read this story, I am reminded from the beginning that there has always been a conflict between good versus evil. A man may think his plan is good but it can be evil through and through.
Such is the case of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Marc Anthony and Herod and no matter the goodness of Lydia, Marianne, Simon, David or Samuel, it seems the thoughts of some are greater against the goodness of these true people.
I would love to see how another story can unfold the life of Lydia and Simon together.
This was a well written book filled with interesting people and times. If you love reading about the past along with people and their emotions, this book will delight you and get you to thinking of things that you might not have originally thought about.