Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Hardcover & eBook; 288 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
From the author of The Other Einstein comes the mesmerizing story of love, power, and the woman who inspired an American dynasty
In the industrial 1860s at the dawn of the Carnegie empire, Irish immigrant Clara Kelly finds herself in desperate circumstances. Looking for a way out, she seeks employment as a lady's maid in the home of the prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie. Soon, the bond between Clara and her employer deepens into love. But when Clara goes missing, Carnegie's search for her unearths secrets and revelations that lay the foundation for his lasting legacy. With captivating insight and stunning heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one lost woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.
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My ReviewWow, what a way to kick off my 2018 reads! Carnegie's Maid is a fascinating read that I could not put down!
A young Clara Kelly sets off for America, leaving Ireland and her family behind, in the hopes of securing employment in order to send money home to her family. We are immediately immersed in the dangerous sea voyage, where many died on the way to their future. A turn of fate lands Clara in the service of the newly successful Andrew Carnegie as a Lady Maid to Carnegie's mother. She acclimates quickly to her new role and becomes close to the family. Through Clara's eyes we see the dynamic of the Carnegie family, their rise in the world, and the difference in classes at that time.
Benedict includes a Letter from the Author in the beginning and notes that she was inspired to write this book because of her own immigrant family that used the Carnegie libraries to educate themselves. Benedict wanted to look into what could have happened to Carnegie that inspired him to become a philanthropist, after being known as hard and cold, and she created a story that might answer that question. While it's completely fictional, Carnegie's Maid was still a wonderful and enlightening read.
I have Benedict's previous novel, The Other Einstein, on my shelf and will be getting to it soon. I love the way Benedict writes and am looking forward to her next release!
Thank you to Sourcebooks for giving me the opportunity to review Carnegie's Maid.
Rating: 4 Stars
About the AuthorMarie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College, with a focus in history and art history, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. She is also the author of The Other Einstein. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
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