Marie Benedict: Carnegie’s Maid

From the author of The Other Einstein comes the mesmerizing story of love, power, and the woman who inspired an American dynasty 

In the industrial 1860s at the dawn of the Carnegie empire, Irish immigrant Clara Kelly finds herself in desperate circumstances. Looking for a way out, she seeks employment as a lady’s maid in the home of the prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie. Soon, the bond between Clara and her employer deepens into love. But when Clara goes missing, Carnegie’s search for her unearths secrets and revelations that lay the foundation for his lasting legacy. With captivating insight and stunning heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one lost woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

I just finished Downton Abbey, and have been having MAJOR withdrawals–so it was pretty dang lucky that I had Carnegie’s Maid on my schedule! Imagine a gender-swapped Tom and Sybil storyline set in America, and there you have it!

After reading The Other Einstein last year, I couldn’t pass up another Marie Benedict novel. I haven’t stopped thinking about that book–I definitely underrated it. When I found out she was writing about Carnegie and his path into philanthropy? Of course I must read it!

This book has everything–struggle, passion, hope, and, of course, romance. I was a little uncomfortable about the power dynamics between Carnegie and Clara–but she knows how to handle herself in tough situations. I really enjoyed reading this, and as with the previous Marie Benedict–it’s a fun way to get to know a famous historical figure.

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