Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict

Carnegie's Maid

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 whe...

Details Carnegie's Maid

TitleCarnegie's Maid
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Landmark
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult Fiction, Romance

Reviews Carnegie's Maid

  • James
    4 out of 5 stars to Carnegie's Maid, a historical fiction novel set to be published in January 2018 by Marie Benedict. Why This Book I saw this show up on NetGalley and wanted to read something about the Carnegie family. I've been on a hunt to read/learn more about all the "tycoons" of America, curious about all the connections between them. I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction, so I requested this one and was approved. I picked it up last mon...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 Steelers’ Stars to Carnegie’s Maid ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Author’s Note at the beginning by Marie Benedict set 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 h...
  • Liz
    This book starts with an unbelievable premise, on which the whole plot hangs. Clara Kelly assumes the identity of a dead girl with the same name who happened to be traveling on the same boat to America. It gives you a good taste of the trials of the Irish immigrant and is a reminder how American prejudice used to be directly squarely at the Irish Catholics. The book reminds me in some ways of Jane Eyre and other books from the period that looked ...
  • Melisa
    If ever there was a market for this book, it would be me - a born and raised Pittsburgher who has read nonfiction works about Carnegie's life, is a massive historical fiction fan, has visited the former house museum of his arch enemy, Henry Clay Frick, (twice) because I am so fascinated with the era...I even got married at Carnegie museum. So a fictional account of a love story involving Andrew Carnegie? However. I can't be sure if it...
  • Erin
    All I knew about Andrew Carnegie was that he had a hall named after him. This novel does intrigue me to know more about him. I was very lukewarm over the whole stretch of a dalliance with a maid. Having read The Other Einstein I do like that Marie Benedict enjoys bringing strong minded women to the forefront of her novels. I certainly enjoyed Clara Kelley's determination to support her family in Ireland and in the USA. It was a good fast read, b...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Clara Kelley needed to help her family financially since their 20-acre farm in Ireland was slowly being sold to pay their bills.The best place her father thought she could be of help was in America. Since she was educated and not really suited to be a farmer's wife, off to America she went in search of work, but she was not sure why it was to be in servitude.Clara made it across the ocean and into the household of the Carnegie family in Pittsburg...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    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...
  • Marialyce
    Andrew Carnegie, originally an Scottish immigrant grew to be the most powerful and richest man in America. He was assuredly a self made man, one who grew to control the steel industry in America and later became a philanthropist and is given credit for the concept of a free library where all could educate themselves through the reading of books. Having little formal education, he grew up in a family where education through books was valued. Andre...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I was thrilled when I got the chance to read this book long before it was released. I mean as I write this review is it more than half a year left before the book is released. But, I just had to read it!So, by the two stars rating have you probably figured that I did not truly love this book. Now, before I start to explain what worked and what did not work for me will I just tell you that I'm sure many will love this book. It's not badly written ...
  • Diana
    3-1/2 Stars Will the real Clara Kelly please stand up?I’m finding that I am enjoying historical fiction more and more as of late. I am always curious as to which aspects of the book are true. Which is funny because I was never interested in history during school!Carnegie’s Maid is a fictional love story that was fun to read. I never knew much about Andrew Carnegie before reading this but after reading it I looked up a few things and he had an...
  • Hirdesh
    Wonderful storyline ! ! Thanks to Netgalley and respective publishers for providing copy for me.Comprehensive, exceptionally written book.Great HISTORICAL FICTION AND ROMANCE.I've not read any good Historical fiction after prolong time period.A novel, merely described about life of Immigrants especially about leading characters and how they flew with their masters.I like whole description of each and every character as well as flow of story.So ma...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Clara Kelley was onboard a ship from Ireland to America. As many families in Ireland, Clara's family was struggling to support themselves so Clara was chosen to travel and work overseas. Upon arrival, Clara hears her name being called at the port. Realizing that this other miss Clara Kelley died onboard, she takes a chance and takes her place. Clara is told that she is to be a lady's maid, a position that she has no prior knowledge of. She winds ...
  • Nisa
    Wow... This was a great read for me. :))) I really want to talk about this book's ending and if I talk about it I would give spoilers so I won't say anything about that. :)) I would recommend to everyone who likes historical fiction. And this book was the first book that goes on my favorites list that published this year or will be published. Don't miss it. It isn't published yet but will be published on 01 Jan 2018.The story happens in 1860's (f...
  • Deanne Patterson
    Having been born in Pittsburgh, PA I am very familiar with the name Andrew Carnegie. I was pleased as punch to be approved for this book. Very fascinating story of a young girl, one of the many Irish immigrants coming to America to find work after the potato famine. Having a very common name of Clara Kelly she poses as the Clara Kelly who dies on the ship on her way to America. That Clara Kelly was on her way to a well paying position as a ladies...
  • jendlo
    2.5 starsHailing from Pittsburgh's East End, I was eager to read this book — overeager, after having loved the author's previous historical novel, The Other Einstein.The central theme is the same (the man's legacy is due to the woman), but the basis of the plot differs: the other stems from debate; this one is invented.I would not have minded, if it were realistic, but it isn't. At the 78% mark, I was done suspending disbelief.It took me severa...
  • Karen
    Clara Kelley, a recent immigrant and newly hired ladies’ maid in the Carnegie household captures Andrew Carnegie’s heart and captured mine almost immediately with her ingenuity and reinvention. The two of them together? Magic and fireworks. Clara is a wonderful character - smart and industrious. She and Andrew first meet in the family library and based on their love of books, a mutual respect and admiration grows. According to the author, his...
  • Karen
    I received this from in exchange for a review.1860's, Clara Kelley immigrates to America to work and help support her desperately poor family back in Ireland. She is employed as a lady's maid in the home of the prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie. As a relationship develops between Clara and Andrew, the glaring differences between their two classes eventually spur Andrew to become the philanthropic figure that we know.As in "The O...
  • Betty
    "Carnegie’s Maid”, set in the late 1860’s, takes us into the home of one of the richest men in the world and one of the greatest philanthropists of all time – Andrew Carnegie. The story is revealed through the first person account of Clara Kelley, an Irish immigrant who becomes the “lady’s maid” to Mrs. Carnegie, Andrew’s mother. Clara, strong and determined, has come to America on the chance of finding a job that will allow her t...
  • Sandra Bunino
    Downton Abbey meets History Channel's The Men Who Built America!I picked up the ARC at BookExpo and I'm so glad I did! Carnegie's Maid is a fictional tale based on the rise of the Carnegies during the industrial revolution. Benedict's forward explains how she pondered the reasoning behind iron magnate Andrew Carnegie's philanthropic endeavors. Perhaps, his passion was spurred by someone who saw life in America in a different light. Benedict used ...
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    This was a tale focusing quite a bit on class distinction in the 1860's that involves a young woman immigrating to America. Clara Kelley arrives in Pittsburgh in hopes of securing employment that will help her impoverished family back home in Ireland. After assuming the identity of another young woman who died at sea on her way to America she finds work as a lady's maid in the prestigious Carnegie family, a family that has made their own mark in ...
  • Theresa
    Thanks to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I like this book and the story of Clara Kelly. It highlighted many issues immigrants faced coming to America during the late 19th century and still face today. I think it highlighted social justice issues of the time, but it had no basis in fact. Yes, Andrew Carnegie was a very rich man who helped build the iron and steel industry from the ground up, but I don'...
  • Susan Johnson
    I was excited to read this book as I think Andrew Carnegie is one of the most influential Americans ever. The Carnegie libraries are so important to the growth of our country. We had a Carnegie Library in our little town of 5000 and I spent a lot of time in it growing up. One of the most important events in my life took place there. I was in junior high and had just graduated to the adult floor. I had just selected "Desiree", the story of Napoleo...
  • Dawnie
    This review, as well as many others, can be found on my book blog BooksBeautifyLife A bit over the top historical romance with nice writing, good plot points but sadly lacks something overall to make me love it completely. I think that everyone that enjoys a slower paced historical romance and can overlook the moments that are a bit over the top will defiantly love this book.The writing is good, the characters alright and the plot itself is nicel...
  • Reeca Elliott
    Set in the late 1800 in Pittsburgh, this book takes you back in time when the rich had maids and servants, when they traveled in private train cars and made an obscene amount of money.Clara is fresh off the boat. She lies her way into a position as Lady’s Maid for Mrs. Carnegie, Andrew Carnegie’s mother. Clara is smart and quick on her feet. She must be to create the life her parents intended. However, she has an attraction to Andrew Carnegie...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    As the great-granddaughter of Welsh immigrants to the Pittsburgh area, I enjoyed Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict, about a young Irish immigrant working for a highly successful Pittsburgh family of Scottish immigrants. Benedict’s heroine, Clara Kelly, is a strong woman endeavoring to make enough money in America to save her family from the plights of Irish tenant farm life.She lands in Philadelphia, planning to head to family in Pittsburgh an...
  • Zsofi
    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 intrigui...
  • Lady Alexandrine
    I loved this book! It was an engaging, fascinating and emotional read! The book follows Miss Clara Kelley from the moment she crosses the Atlantic. She is a poor passenger travelling in the third class. Her Irish family spent all their funds for her passage in hope that she will secure a good position for herself in America and will help support them. They face difficult times because Clara’s father’s past involvement in the Fenian movement l...
  • Cleo Bannister
    Andrew Carnegie is best known for being one of the richest men in America having made his fortune by leading the expansion of the steel industry, and towards the end of his life he was a leading philanthropist. Marie Benedict’s book has been written as a fictional account of how this man was moved to better the lives of others when his early years had been spent focussed on lining his own pockets. To do so she looked at her own ancestors and im...
  • Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
    „Pokojówka miliardera” nie jest ckliwym romansem, ale fascynującą powieścią z wielką historią w tle, o które Marie Benedict zadbała w każdym szczególe. W końcu co jak co, ale potrafi łączyć fakty z fikcją literacką w wyjątkowy sposób. Wzruszająca opowieść o sile motywacji, o prawdziwym amerykańskim śnie, który nie był w tych ciężkich, niepewnych czasach jedynie mrzonką, ale realną alternatywą, gwarantem niewyobr...