Carnegie's Maid

Carnegie's Maid

A Novel

Book - 2018
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From the author of The Other Einsteincomes the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty.

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhereto go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home.

If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady's maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn't have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupledwith an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can't let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future -- and her family's.

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie's Maidtells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, c2018
ISBN: 9781492646617
Branch Call Number: BEN
Characteristics: 281 p. ;,24 cm

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Inga57
Oct 02, 2018

Interesting read for anyone interested in early immigration, and Andrew Carnegie.
Subject matter kept me reading at a good clip and I found myself downloading the autobiography of Andrew Carnegie after reading Marie Benedict's 'Author's Note' which I would suggest reading before starting the novel.

ArapahoeDianeM Aug 18, 2018

I really liked this Historical Fiction novel about Andrew Carnegie and one of his maids. The fiction portion might be a "bit" unbelievable ---- but I really enjoyed it anyway. Great story about how a young woman enters into service for the Carnegie family and then "helps" Andrew Carnegie with some of his business decisions and activities with some sound advice.
The story gives us a possible idea behind the Philanthropic nature of Andrew Carnegie.

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maipenrai
Jul 11, 2018

audiobook available thru MNLink, but checked out as of 07-11-2018. Choose medium later Kristi & Abby Tabby

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kcharters28
Jun 15, 2018

Fabulous read, couldn't put it down! Highly recommend

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reader1499
Mar 26, 2018

There are some interesting elements in this story but the author's fanciful reason behind the establishment of the Carnegie libraries is so contrived that it is beyond far-fetched--a definite clanger of an ending.

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wcbind421
Mar 13, 2018

I was disappointed by this novel. It was superficial, repetitive and used a 21st Century mindset to describe the thinking of mid-19th Century characters. In addition, a couple plot threads were left hanging.
The bet part of it was the description of the soot and filth of Pittsburgh. I have heard about this from people who lived there in the 1930's and Marie Benedict made the awfulness of it very vivid.

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