Carnegie's Maid

Carnegie's Maid

Large Print - 2018
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Clara Kelley is not the experienced Irish maid hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, so Clara is pretending to be her -- if she can keep up the ruse. Carnegie's Maid tells the story of a brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie toward philanthropy.
Published: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432847036
Branch Call Number: F BEN
Characteristics: 453 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.
large print (16 point), rda


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Jul 19, 2019

Loved this book, easy read too.

May 17, 2019


Mar 08, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a lot of history in it, the potato famine in Ireland in the 1850's and uprisings that came about due to the English diverting wheat from Ireland to other markets when the Irish were literally starving. It has an interesting part about the main character's extended family who had moved to Pittsburgh prior to her arrival but they were starving there in the midst of filth and soot from the mills and other businesses in the city. The Carnegie story was interesting, shows how immigrants can benefit the USA(of course that was before insider trading was illegal and they were from Scotland thus not brown or black). Fans of Downton Abbey would also like this as the job of lady's maid was fleshed out- many hours, little pay, no one would socialize with her - neither the family nor the "downstairs" employees. Thumbs up!

Oct 02, 2018

Interesting read for anyone interested in early immigration, and Andrew Carnegie.
Subject matter kept me reading at a good clip and I found myself downloading the autobiography of Andrew Carnegie after reading Marie Benedict's 'Author's Note' which I would suggest reading before starting the novel.

ArapahoeDianeM Aug 18, 2018

I really liked this Historical Fiction novel about Andrew Carnegie and one of his maids. The fiction portion might be a "bit" unbelievable ---- but I really enjoyed it anyway. Great story about how a young woman enters into service for the Carnegie family and then "helps" Andrew Carnegie with some of his business decisions and activities with some sound advice.
The story gives us a possible idea behind the Philanthropic nature of Andrew Carnegie.

Jul 11, 2018

Interesting premise about the cause of the vast change of Andrew Carnegie from a ruthless industrialist into one of the greatest of American philanthropists. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jun 15, 2018

Fabulous read, couldn't put it down! Highly recommend

May 14, 2018

BW book club pick

Mar 26, 2018

There are some interesting elements in this story but the author's fanciful reason behind the establishment of the Carnegie libraries is so contrived that it is beyond far-fetched--a definite clanger of an ending.

Mar 13, 2018

I was disappointed by this novel. It was superficial, repetitive and used a 21st Century mindset to describe the thinking of mid-19th Century characters. In addition, a couple plot threads were left hanging.
The bet part of it was the description of the soot and filth of Pittsburgh. I have heard about this from people who lived there in the 1930's and Marie Benedict made the awfulness of it very vivid.


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