From the author of The Other Einstein, 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 nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the...more
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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 month because of a trip to the Vanderbilt Est ...more
The book reminds me in some ways of Jane Eyre and other books from the period that looked to have love bridge the social gap between rich an ...more
From protagonist, Clara Kelley (fictitious lady's maid), I learned:
1. how and why lone female Irish immigrants left destitute Ireland in search of a better life for themselves and/or their families; and,
2. what the expectations were of a lady's maid in the late 1800s (reminded me of "Downt ...more
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 her own family’s experience.
The writing was smooth, and the ...more
I can't be sure if it's this bias that left me disappointed with this b ...more
Clara has just emigrated to the United States at the request of her poor Irish family who barely scraped her boat fare together. She and many others were crowded into the windowless bottom of the ship and her story as a resourceful survivor had me hoping for her success.
By using her wits, she finagles a position as a Lady’s Maid instead of the scullery kitchen job she was designated for. As she learns her new role, she takes an interest in the business dealings of the master of the ...more
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 Pittsburgh. She became the lady's maid for Mrs. Carnegie.
Clara finds herself working in the home of the Carnegie family. She has ...more
The Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of Clara Kelly, an Irish farmer’s daughter who immigrates to Pittsburgh to help support her family. Clara arrives by boat and learns that another girl by the same name has died on the passage. After a moral deliberation, Clara decides to take her position as a Lady’s Maid for Mrs. Carnegie. She succeeds in hiding her true background.
Clara is introduced to Andrew Carnegie, who was a Scottish immigrant that be ...more
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 or anything. It's just that I'm pretty picky when ...more
When she arrives, she is mistaken for another woman, they have the exact same name but they come from very different social backgro ...more
I don't normally read much historical fiction that takes place prior to the 1900s but I knew a little bit about Andrew Carnegie from watching history programs with my husband, so I thought I'd give this one a chance. I wouldn't say this is a must-read but I found it to be charming in its own little unique way.
I think it's important to note the author chose to base this novel on why Andrew Carnegie ended up donating so much of his fortune. This historical fiction novel is comprised much ...more
The story happens in the 1860s (fixed :). This story begins with giving us the l ...more
Nevertheless, some accused him of being ruthless. And that’s what this story explores, his character.
Clara Kelley (fictional character) is a very moral, likeable and interesting character. She comes from humble beginning ...more
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 many wishes for the Author. ...more
Hailing 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 several sittings just to get that far. After a strong star ...more
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 interesting life.
I recommend this when you are in th ...more
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, historians had theorized that a personal relationship may ...more
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