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Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
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really liked it
bookshelves: arcs-netgalley-reviews, popsugar-2018

Sometimes, the least expected person can help you find yourself again...

Andrew Carnegie is well known as a steel magnate and philanthropist; however, not much focus has been put on his life as an immigrant before his success, or the circumstances which led to his philanthropic efforts. Perhaps he was a naturally altruistic person, or had those values instilled in him by his family. In Carnegie's Maid, however, Marie Benedict explores a different option - the idea that there might have been a someone to influence him, and that someone could have been his mother's lady's maid, the fictional Clara Kelley.

The relationship between the wealthy and their servants is one that has been explored many times before (Downton Abbey, for example); in my opinion, though, Marie Benedict's approach to the matter was wholly original. This is a beautiful story of hard work, determination, and always remembering your roots. It also hones in on the idea that you can forge your own path and rise in the ranks, no matter your starting circumstances. It's a lovely read, written in the format of Clara's personal account.

Also, major Downton vibes. I might just go rewatch the series now!

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Reading Progress

December 28, 2017 – Started Reading
January 2, 2018 – Shelved
January 2, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
January 2, 2018 – Finished Reading
January 13, 2018 – Shelved as: arcs-netgalley-reviews
January 13, 2018 – Shelved as: popsugar-2018

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