Copy of Review: Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: January 16, 2018


From the author of The Other Einstein, the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty.z

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 nowhere to 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, coupled with 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 Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

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Heather's 4 Star Review

This book floated in and out of my feed for a while before I took the leap and decided to read it, and I'm so glad I did. The story of Andrew Carnegie and Clara is nothing short so spectacular. I'm not typically a history buff when it comes to books because they tend to be way to dry but this one isn't at all. It's captivating, intriguing and runs the border of trying to determine fact from fiction. 

The cover is spectacular and I often found myself picturing a cross between Gone with the Wind and a history of industries. 

Thank you to the publisher for the chance to read Carnegie's Maid early!

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About the Author

Marie 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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