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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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Shallow

Carnegie’s Maid could have been an exciting tale of one of America’s most interesting and wealthy families. It could have presented the historical relevance of an penniless, immigrant family coming to America, and the contributions they made to our country through hard work and determination. It could have been a story of inspiration, and the importance of equality in this country at a time in which it is so desperately needed.
However, this was a terribly written and horribly narrated soap opera version of a book in much need of a good editor and a complete redo. The story began on a weak premise, and only got weaker. My greatest irritation, second only to the unforgivable narration, was the incredibly sophisticated language used by the main character. An Irish country girl, educated as she may have been, would never have been capable of the dialogue used throughout her every interaction. It was not plausible!
Alana Kerr Collins, however, was the worst possible choice as narrator for this story. Her sing-song voice never varied. When speaking the men’s parts, her voice never changed or varied in any way. Every character sounded exactly like the same. I have never understood why a narrator attempts dialects that are far beyond their ability. The Scottish and Irish pronunciation of even the most simple words and phrases were strained and forced. This became so annoying and distracting, I almost gave up early on. I had the hope that the historical aspect of the book would somehow compensate for all this. It did not!
I do not recommend this book to anyone, much less to anyone interested in historical fiction! This was pure melodrama.

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Rising from the ashes

Nice, clean “love” story. Wonderful narration. Ending lacked closure, but still a pleasant read. Enjoyed mingling of historical fact into
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Clara Kelly is a hero!

Being from Pittsburgh, loved this story! The details were so spot on! Loved Clara, so smart!
Andrew lost out...

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Enjoyed greatly

I very much enjoyed this book especially having lived in Pittsburgh & being familiar with the Carnegie's influence in the city,
I felt the premise of the ladies maid giving financial advice, though interesting, a little bit of a stretch. But then anything is possible and it is nice to imagine that a working woman of that time period could have such an influence.

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Insightful immigrant experiences

I was pulling for a different ending, but enjoyed the story. The immigrant story was examined from so many angles it was almost dizzying. I would recommend it, but not in the top 10 list for the year. I enjoyed it but never felt gripped by the book as a whole.

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A charming tale marred by hypocrisy

I found the main character to be very hypocritical, given that she always judges Andrew Carnegie very harshly for engaging in sometimes callous actions to expand his business empire, despite the fact that she herself is guilty of committing identity fraud on a daily basis in order to improve her own financial position. Nonetheless, the story is very well written, and works as a tribute to the legions of poor immigrants that arrived in America during the 19th century, who were instrumental in transforming America into the economic superpower that it became. The narrator did her job excellently as well.

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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!