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Carnegie's Maid: A Novel por Marie Benedict
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Carnegie's Maid: A Novel (original 2018; edição 2018)

por Marie Benedict (Autor)

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The USA TodayBestseller From the author of The Only Woman in the Room comes 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 withnowhere 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 Maidtells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.… (mais)
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Título:Carnegie's Maid: A Novel
Autores:Marie Benedict (Autor)
Informação:Sourcebooks Landmark (2018), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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Historical bits about Carnegie and his mother are interesting, but the fictional maid is an improbable character and the story seems forced to fit the facts of Carnegie's philanthropy. ( )
  NMBookClub | Apr 20, 2021 |
Surprised me

Very engaging and inspiring book. Although Clara Kelly is a fictitious character and represents many immigrant female workers at that time, she is fabulous. Strong, gutsy, intelligent, and hard working you will come to feel and cheer for her. I also learned a great deal about Andrew Carnegie which was very interesting. I didn't see the ending coming and that was a nice surprise. ( )
1 vote ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
Enjoyable historic fiction. Benedict wrote such a plausible tale, I had to stop 3/4 of the way through to look up Carnegie in Wikipanion. In these days of massive numbers of immigrants walking up from South America, through Central America, and then through North American Mexico, this book reminds us that Immigrants have always had to brave untold horrors. Some lived in squalor, some found a way to excel. ( )
  kaulsu | Nov 29, 2020 |
Excellent storytelling and a great story...but the language felt overly simplistic and unengaging. And I didn’t quite believe in Clara’s character; something about her just didn’t ring true to me. ( )
  JenniferElizabeth2 | Aug 25, 2020 |
Clara Kelley arrives in America from Galway, hoping to secure a job and help her family back in Ireland who has so far managed to keep a large tenancy and not be decimated by the Irish potato famine. When a chance encounter gives her the opportunity, she takes a position as ladies' maid to the mother of Andrew Carnegie.

Told in diary format, this historical novel uses a fictional maid to explore what might have made Andrew Carnegie, himself a recent immigrant and self-made man, not just a ruthless businessman but also a philanthropist. Diary format is tough to pull off, and I didn't think it worked well for the story, often skipping several months or ending an entry with a question or cliffhanger that wouldn't at all be how one would write an account in a diary. A good readalike for fans of The Daring Ladies of Lowell, but like that title Carnegie's Maid was a bit too light on historical fiction and heavy on relationships for me, personally. ( )
  bell7 | May 22, 2020 |
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The USA TodayBestseller From the author of The Only Woman in the Room comes 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 withnowhere 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 Maidtells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.

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