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 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 he 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.. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Sourcebooks for sending me a free copy and inviting me on the Blog Tour for CARNEGIE’S MAID.
I rate this book a 3.75 out of 5 stars.
I enjoyed this book. It’s one of those reads that is just nice and steady. There wasn’t any plot twists or dramatics. Just a well flowing, enjoyable read. The epilogue was fantastic, I won’t say why, but I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the characters and interaction of Andrew and Clara, however his mother drove was not my most favorite, she was snooty, conniving person, who couldn’t look past her own desires. But claims to make decisions for the betterment of her children.
I loved knowing that the author based some of this book on her ancestral history. It added a little something to the story, I think. Like her previous book, The Other Einstein, the writing in this one is very descriptive, and very pretty. I love that she uses bigger words, and words that you don’t hear very often. Although, I am not going to lie, I had to look up the definition of a few.
One thing that I do know for sure, as many years that have passed, even in the 2000’s we are still a society that bases a lot of judgement on looks, money, appearance, and material things. Sadly in that aspect not much has changed since the 1800’s. In Carnegie’s Maid it is very much prevalent that that’s how this family worked. The clothes, the home, the friends, the status, the money, that’s what mattered most. Slowly Andrew Carnegie changed, and realized that along with making his money, it could also make the world a better place, and could give opportunities to people who truly needed them. It was pretty fascinating to read.
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