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Publisher's Summary

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 she 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.

©2018 Marie Benedict (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Engaging story

I enjoyed this story very much. The characters were believable and the epilogue answered myself question about where the inspiration was born.
I cannot say I didn’t like the narrator. She gave each person a very good voice. But something in her speech pattern, or high notes, bothered me. I was not able to listen in one start but that is not so bad.

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Very entertaining

Although, predictable at times, I found the book very entertaining and easy to listen to.

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  • 05-08-18

Compelling Perspective

I truly enjoyed this book, not because the plot was totally plausible but because I wanted it to be.. I am not sure I believed that a 19th Century Irish "Farm Girl" would've been as educated as Clara was portrayed. However, putting that aside, I liked the story a lot. At times, it broke my heart, but mostly it was inspirational. Our country provides opportunity unlike any nation before it. Hard work and a little luck made all the difference in the world to immigrants to America.
SPOILER ALERT: I was disappointed in the ending, not because she doesn't marry Andrew, but because Benedict left too many loose ends. However, I am glad the author didn't cover all of Clara's missing 30 years, but I would've liked to have had a few more details about Clara's family, including the Lambs as well as her parents and sister Eliza. How exactly did Clara end up in Boston and did she keep her Woodward stock or cash it in? How did she get the crumpled up letter? Lastly, I think she would've taken the dress and everything else she had accumulated during her tenure at the Carnegie estate. She knew that she was one step ahead of poverty, as was her family, and that the dress could've made the difference between life and death. (I would've taken the dress!)

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5 Stars on all counts!

Excellent book, good appropriate narrator. Great lead character, a strong women in early industrial times. Well written and enjoyed the authors notes on combining her family history and the Carnegie family history.

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Memorable

This captured my attention right away with interesting story line, characters, the lilt of the narrative and history. Really enjoyed and highly recommend!

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Great Listen

I liked it. It was easy to listen to and quickly to get into. Definitely recommend for a pleasurable listen!