Carnegie's Maid

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The historical detail and writing. I have to say I felt that Benedict’s prose seemed improved in Carnegie’s Maid. I found her writing more solid and beautiful than it felt in The Other Einstein, and I really enjoyed reading passages of the book aloud. It was clear that Benedict put a lot of historical research into the book – the details of life in upper class America in the mid 1800s felt rich and carefully explored. I particularly liked the descriptions of the rooms in the Carnegie mansion in Pittsburgh and of the upstairs and downstairs life of the mansion, with details on the tasks assigned to Clara as a lady’s maid and her relationship to her mistress Mrs. Carnegie.

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The first time I started this book, it did not hook me and I abandoned it.  However, I gave it a second chance and really enjoyed it.  This is a fictional story of a house maid in the Carnegie household in Pittsburgh in the years of the end of the Civil War.  Clara finds herself in the position of lady's maid to Mrs. Carnegie. A friendship forms between Clara and the oldest son Andrew.  Clara learns the world of business from Andrew and the two become friends.  While fiction, the story is a realistic hypothesis as to the origins of the philanthropy Andrew Carnegie later  exhibited. 
I received an advanced reader copy via NetGalley.
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Carnigie's Maid is yet another book by author Marie Benedict, who penned The Other Einstein, who leaves a smile on my face and a feeling of delight and I read the last sentence. This wonderful story of Clara Kelley who finds, through no fault of her own, herself homeless and penniless after a long journey by ship from Ireland to New York City. Young Clara finds herself as a lady's maid, an occupation she has no reference to nor what to do, for Mrs. Carniege.. After giving it a go she excells as she is smart, intuitive and principled; the story flows smoothly and is enticing. And, she finds she is quite smitten by Mrs. Carniege's son, Andrew Carniege. There is a line...

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I grew up in a small midwestern town  and every week I got to go to our beautiful Carnegie library. So I was so excited to read this book and find out more about Andrew Carnegie and his family. And it did not disappoint - I think this could be a great pick for a book club and will definitely recommend it to other bookish friends.
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“Carnegie’s Maid” by Marie Benedict 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4/5 stars) Poignant piece of historical fiction! This novel follows Clara, an immigrant from Ireland, as she gains employment in the Carnegie household during the mid 1860’s. Clara brings awareness of the plights of immigrants and the marginalized. This piece of fiction is wonderfully written and developed. I found it timely and insightful as well as entertaining.
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Irish immigrant and daughter of a poor family, Clara Kelley leaves her family to travel to America where she finds herself in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In order to send money back to her family in Ireland, she starts work as as a lady’s maid in Andrew Carnegie's house. The book resonated with me as I myself have Irish family and nationality.

Andrew is one of the country’s richest, most ruthless industrialists. One person's tragedy becomes another's gain, as Clara learns that the lady who was to be the original maid to the Carnegie family passed away during the journey on the boat. It's this event as well as her need to find a way of providing for her family that makes...

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Clara Kelley leaves for America seeking employment to help her family in Ireland. She hopes that she will earn enough to keep her family from losing their farm. Her journey by ship was tough and many fell ill and died on the voyage. When she arrives at the dock she hears her name being called by a gentleman seeking a different Clara Kelley. Deciding to take a risk, she follows him to Pittsburgh to take a job as a lady’s maid.

Clara finds herself working in the home of the Carnegie family. She has no training or experience about the responsibilities of a lady’s maid. She learns her role quickly and becomes indispensable to Mrs. Carnegie. She keeps her true identity a secret and one day...

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I enjoyed this much more than Marie Carnegie's fictional novel on Einstein's first wife, but perhaps because I knew little about Andrew Carnegie, the real character this new story is written around. My issue with the Einstein novel was the way Einstein was portrayed, making him out to be a rather unpleasant character to say the least, and his wife to be the brains behind aspects of some of his theories! Whether 'Carnegie's Maid' takes unfair liberties with Andrew Carnegie I don't know, but in any case Carnegie in the novel is a reasonable fellow... The story is very unlikely—a poor immigrant from Ireland fooling the Carnegie family that she is someone else by...

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Before I started this novel, I didn't know much about Andrew Carnegie besides the knowledge that he helped start the library system. This book was an intriguing premise, explaining why he went from immigrant to wealthy businessman to philanthropist. While the book is fiction, and is just a premise, it is very well written and intriguing. The story and plight of Clara and other immigrants rings true and stays with you long after the book is finished. 
A story of immigration, social injustice, and social justice, and the start of the Carnegie's philanthropy,  Carnegie's Maid  is an interesting look at the "what if" premise behind Andrew Carnegie and his philanthropy.
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Before reading this book, I hardly knew anything about Andrew Carnegie. He was one of the most influential and richest man in American history. This book is about the relationship between him, and his mother’s maid. Clara, an immigrant from Ireland, is much more than she seems. As their relationship develops, we also get a glimpse of the relationship of the family and their servants.

The story is told from Clara’s perspective. It was intriguing at first, but I had a hard time finishing this book. It story was unrealistic, her thoughts repeated themselves, and also, I didn’t like the conclusion. I would have liked to see some character development, but there wasn’t much.

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Andrew Carnegie is known for building libraries across the world. This is important because even though there were libraries, they could only be used by the rich. The libraries he built were free and anyone could use them.
He is also known for his philanthropy and his desire for every to gain an education. Andrew was also known as the riches man in the world. Who would know that his inspiration was given to him by a ladies maid ,Clara who had made a sea voyage from Ireland.  Her father had understand the importance of an education. His daughters had been educated, even when most women didn't get that privledge. 
A well written account. Keeps your interest. 
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<b>4 Steelers’ Stars to Carnegie’s Maid</b> ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Author’s Note at the beginning by Marie Benedict sets the stage. In a letter, supposedly steel-hearted Andrew Carnegie professed that he would do more for the immigrants and working class in America. After that time, he founded his famous library, which later led to him being a full-fledged philanthropist. Why was he inspired to change his ways? Marie Benedict has some ideas based on her own family’s experience.

The writing was smooth, and the picture painted had me firmly in Pittsburgh during the time period. It reminded me a bit of Downton Abbey with an upstairs/downstairs feel due to the live-in help and the...

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A charming story about the evolution of Andrew Carnegie's philanthropy, and the influence of one young Irish immigrant on his family. Part romance, part feminist tale of struggle, part coming-of-age.
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I fell in love with this book! So much so, that before writing this review, I read The Other Einstein.

Author Marie Benedict returns with another imaginative novel exploring the idea a woman was the influence behind one of America’s greatest philanthropists. What if Andrew Carnegie fell in love with a servant? And what if that servant so profoundly influenced him that he would attempt to spend his entire wealth on charitable endeavors? Told from Clara Kelley’s perspective, Carnegie's Maid is an intriguing mix of fact and fiction that tells such a tale.

The entire story rests on the shoulders of Clara Kelley. As a result, she is the most well-rounded, layered character in Carnegie’s...

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I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a honest review.

I feel that in giving a review you do not need to write what the story is about.  I do wish to say that I really liked the characters and the plot of the story. 

I absolutely adore historical fictions, and this book did not disappoint.  Hope to read more of Marie Benedict's books in the future.
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CARNEGIE'S MAID by Marie Benedict is a powerful and heartbreaking tale of love and sacrifice at a time when class, power, and social divisions were the most important thing to uphold.

With times very tough in Ireland and her family being persecuted by a landlord with his own agenda, Clara Kelly finds herself on the boat to America in the hopes of a better life and future for herself and her family back home. And when she inadvertently ends up as a lady's maid for the wealthy Mrs. Carnegie, Clara knows that she must do whatever it takes to make herself indispensable to her ladyship. But Clara did not expect to find a true friend and fellow intellect in the form of Andrew...

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Loved the historical setting and places. I did not like how the book ended so quickly.
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Fast moving and informative historical fiction with a likable heroine. I really enjoyed this! Carnegie’s Maid takes us back in time to 1860s Pittsburgh, and is told from the point of view of Clara, a lady’s maid who works for Mrs Carnegie, Andrew Carnegie’s mother.
Clara was a compelling main character. She’s an Irish immigrant, and the story of immigrants settling in Pittsburgh was not one that I had read before, so I found her story fascinating. Clara is a fictional character, but the way the author, Marie Benedict, has integrated her into the Carnegie’s story was well done.
I found the character of Mrs. Carnegie fascinating, with her tough determination, and wished that we had a bit...

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The story is told with a quick and vivid narrative style from the perspective of Clara Kelley, an Irish immigrant. The author’s writing really brings her characters to life, and both Clara Kelley and Andrew Carnegie became interesting characters to follow and root for. This book is a work of fiction, Clara never existed but historians have theorized that Andrew Carnegie’s impetus for philanthropy was caused by a personal relationship. The author has created Clara, the woman who becomes a catalyst in the life of the business tycoon. There is a lot to like about this book, as it is a real page tuner.

The portrayal of America during this historical period seemed relevant, in regards to the...

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Loved this book! Full review to come for Blog Tour.
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