Historical fiction meets Christian fiction = The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley

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Disclosure: I received this book to review.  The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Disclosure: I received this book to review.
The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

I’m not sure what I loved more about The Queen’s Handmaid. Was it the fact that we were in 39 B.C.? Finding ourselves in Cleopatra’s court? Traveling to Herod’s court to witness the coming of the Messiah? Or the fact that all this is in a Christian novel so that I didn’t have to worry about bad language or graphic bedroom scenes? All of the above.

The suspense and thrill of those who passed on secret knowledge and wisdom is so real in The Queen’s Handmaid. Corruption, conspiring plots, and love from afar are blended seamlessly in these pages. Herod’s days as a madman are vividly described. The Queen’s Handmaid helped to deepen my understanding of the politics of that period, from Caesar’s court to the Ptolemaic family line.  The “real” characters in history are so well blended with the author’s imagined characters that I had to remind myself that the story was still fiction.  The women in the story play a huge part in carrying out the hidden agenda.  The pages almost dripped with intrigue and deception. So thrilling!

Sometimes in my class I remind my students that freedom is never actually free–someone had to pay the price for our freedom. In the case of the Jews, it’s important to remember how dangerous it must have been for the Jews to pass along secret information in the form of hidden scrolls. The price was paid so that we could know Christ.  The Queen’s Handmaid give an entertaining reminder of the dangers of that turning point in history.  Sound like a book you’d want to read?  Enter the Raining Romance giveaway (through 4/18/14) for your chance to win!

PLUS — 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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  1. Sounds interesting. Did you ever read The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood? The title of this one reminded me of that.

  2. Thank you for the review, haven’t read a novel quite like this!

  3. No, I haven’t….but might add it to my TBR list!

  4. I love books from that time period in history. This sounds like a really good one. Thanks for such a great review.

  5. Jenna Wood says:

    I love historical fiction- it’s great to be taken away to someplace very real, but also very different from modern times. This sounds like a good read!

  6. Historical fiction is always my favorite too! This book looks like one I would enjoy!

  7. I like historical fiction. This sounds like an interesting blend of two genres.

  8. Wow, I haven’t read historical fiction in such a long time. Maybe I should pick this up and give it a read. It would be a nice change from the books I’ve been reading lately.

  9. That is pretty interesting. I am not a fan of historical fiction, but this sparked my interes

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