Set in the Middle East in the early days of Herod (about 39 B.C.), this book is the story of a simple orphan girl, raised by servants in a palace, now serving royalty. Lydia longs to please people and is happy to serve, yet she is surrounded by all of the most dangerous rulers of the day: Cleopatra, Marc Antony, and Herod the Great, to name a few. Further, she has a mission to fulfill. She must find a way to transport the secret scrolls of the prophet Daniel to their rightful caretakers, giving them vital information about Israel’s coming Messiah. Seizing an opportunity, Lydia flees from Cleopatra in Egypt and travels with Herod to become the handmaid for his future queen, hoping for the opportunity to fulfill her calling.
The fictional story spans ten years and is packed full of historical events that took place in the last few decades before the time of Christ. Following the story, Higley tells readers more about these events and the people who were there. She also explains how these prompted her story idea and what she hopes to write next, which sounds like a sequel or closely-related story to me. I will be watching for it!
I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary eCopy of this book for my honest review.