Happy New Year!! Staring 2018 with a review of Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict. This historical fiction book imagines what inspired Andrew Carnegie to become philanthropic. And since he was the “library guy” I have a soft spot in my heart for him.
Clara Kelley is forced to leave her family in Ireland to seek her fortune in the United States. She is surprised on docking to see a man holding a sign with her name on it and through a series of lucky breaks is confused with another Clara Kelley and becomes a lady’s maid for a rich family in Pittsburgh. Clara thrives on the challenge and slips easily into her new life and forges a bond with the son of her employer. Andrew Carnegie is drawn to her intelligence and they become friends and discuss his business. Clara surprises him with her business acumen and he takes many of her suggestions. But being from different stations in life things many things are impossible. A story of determination, strength, and having the courage to speak.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for my fair and honest review.