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From the bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room comes a mesmerizing tale of historical fiction that asks 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 woman who shares her name has vanished, and assuming her identity just might get Clara some money to send back home.

Clara must rely on resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for and an uncanny understanding of business, attributes that quickly gain her Carnegie''s trust. But she still 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 is a book of fascinating 19th century historical fiction. Discover the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie''s transformation from ruthless industrialist to the world''s first true philanthropist.

Also by Marie Benedict:
The Other Einstein
The Only Woman in the Room
Lady Clementine

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"Feels like Downton Abbey in the United States...Benedict demonstrates the relevance of history to the present day in this impeccably researched novel of the early immigrant experience. Deeply human, and brimming with complex, vulnerable characters, CARNEGIE''S MAID shows the power of ambition tempered by altruism, and the true realization of the American Dream." - Erika Robuck, national bestselling author of Hemingway''s Girl

"In CARNEGIE''S MAID, Marie Benedict skillfully introduces us to Clara, a young woman who immigrates to American in the 1860s and unexpectedly becomes the maid to Andrew Carnegie''s mother. Clara becomes close to Andrew Carnegie and helps to make him America''s first philanthropist. Downton Abbey fans should flock to this charming tale of fateful turns and unexpected romance, and the often unsung role of women in history." - Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan''s Tale

"With its well-drawn characters, good pacing, and excellent sense of time and place, this volume should charm lovers of historicals, romance, and the Civil War period. Neither saccharine nor overly dramatized, it''s a very satisfying read. " - Library Journal

"Marie Benedict has penned a sensational novel that turns the conventional Cinderella story into an all-American triumph. Young Clara Kelley steps off the boat from Ireland into Andrew Carnegie''s affluent world, where invention can transform men and women into whatever they dare to dream." - Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker''s Children and The Baker''s Daughter

"[an] excellent historical novel." - Publishers Weekly

"...engaging. The chaste romance will draw readers of inspirational fiction, while the novel is constructed to appeal to those seeking a tale with an upstairs-downstairs dynamic and all-but-invisible female characters who are either the impetus for or the actual originators of great men''s great ideas. For Fans of Liz Trenow, Erika Robuck, and Nancy Horan. " - Booklist

"I loved everything about this book... A little drama, a little romance, and a well-told story... Highly recommended." - Sherry Fritzsche, Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT)

"A special addition to the Downton Abbey canon...an absorbing exploration of the influence one plucky young woman might have had on this pioneering philanthropist. " - Toronto Star

"Fascinating story..." - Bustle

About the Author

Marie Benedict is the author of The Other Einstein, Carnegie''s Maid, The Only Woman in the Room, and Lady Clementine. She is a lawyer with more than ten years'' experience as a litigator at two of the country''s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. Visit her online at authormariebenedict.com.

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E. Piper
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FANTASTIC HISTORICAL FICTION
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2018
This was a wonderful book that I absolutely couldn''t put down. I live in Pittsburgh and have been to all of the sites discussed in the book but, more importantly, the author wrote a seamless story intertwining history and fiction to tell the story of a fascinating man who... See more
This was a wonderful book that I absolutely couldn''t put down. I live in Pittsburgh and have been to all of the sites discussed in the book but, more importantly, the author wrote a seamless story intertwining history and fiction to tell the story of a fascinating man who gave so much to the world. I am now inspired to read even more about Andrew Carnegie and the history of steel making in our country and in Pittsburgh specifically.

I am an avid reader of historical fiction and believe that I have learned a great deal from reading books like Carnegie''s Maid and highly recommend it to others who like a little fiction mixed into well researched history.
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Elderflower
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A Satisfying Book
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018
Perhaps a very Pittsburgh book, too -- right down to foregoing love in favor of duty, and love transmuting into ideals. When I was a child in Pittsburgh, the main Carnegie Library was a temple to learning -- no expense spared in its majestic construction and... See more
Perhaps a very Pittsburgh book, too -- right down to foregoing love in favor of duty, and love transmuting into ideals.

When I was a child in Pittsburgh, the main Carnegie Library was a temple to learning -- no expense spared in its majestic construction and every book cherished, no matter how obscure. I used to make the series of trolley journeys from my suburban home to the university district to visit it every other weekend, just because it amazed me that I was welcome in such a palatial and scholarly environment -- everyone was. It was its sheer magnificence that began my fasciation with Andrew Carnegie. I also adored Pittsburgh -- a very complex place, for those of you who don''t know it.

So of course I wanted to read this book, and that side of me was gratified to come away with a better understanding of the young Carnegie and Pittsburgh in the time of the Civil War -- with an intriguing description of New York in the same time period thrown in.

This book is not a literary masterpiece, but it is competently written from the POV of a ladies'' maid -- a narrow view of the world, but one which serves the purposes of the book very nicely. The characters took on reality for me, and the small domestic view of some of the great robber-baron moves of the day, and of the building of the country''s infrastructure, was engrossing. So was the description of the living conditions of laboring-class immigrants and Irish tenant farmers during the time of the great potato famine, which came to vivid life. And the story arc was quite satisfying -- and the farthest thing imaginable from predictable. I''ll be re-reading this book in future.
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Gisela Hausmann
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A prefect novel
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2018
“Carnegie''s Maid: A Novel” is easily one of the best book’s I have read in a long time. Granted, I have been fascinated with Andrew Carnegie’s life story for a while, the more I was delighted with how author Marie Benedict tied together historical facts of Andrew... See more
“Carnegie''s Maid: A Novel” is easily one of the best book’s I have read in a long time. Granted, I have been fascinated with Andrew Carnegie’s life story for a while, the more I was delighted with how author Marie Benedict tied together historical facts of Andrew Carnegie’s life with the story of the fictitious maid Clara Kelley who becomes his mother’s maid.

Clara has been sent to the United States by her father; she is supposed to earn money and send it back to “the old home” in Ireland. In short, she is serving as a (financial) back-up helping her family to survive. Clara takes her mission very seriously. Even though she doesn’t really have any job skills that qualify her for a career in which she can make enough money, she has a major advantage – she is determined, clever, and educated.

Arriving on the ocean liner “Envoy” in Philadelphia she hops on the chance to get to Pittsburgh where her distant relatives live. As luck has it, another Clara Kelley (a popular name) was also on the same liner to be hired as a maid by the Carnegie family. Realizing that the “other Clara Kelley” was probably the young woman who died on the ship, Clara takes her place, gets on the carriage, and eight days later she has the job. The bigger issue is how she is going to keep the job. Mrs. Carnegie is demanding, difficult, and in part quite insecure. Taking one wrong step could mean the end of Clara’s career.

Hence, when Clara notices that Andrew Carnegie, Mrs. Carnegie’s older son and successful entrepreneur is attracted to her, she tries to avoid beginning any kind of relationship. Then again, Clara is also lonely. With the exception of Mr. Ford, the black cook, none of the other servants wants to be friends with her or even talk to her. On the other hand, Andrew Carnegie challenges her mind, teaches her business tricks, and – courts her, with passion and intellect.

Author Marie Benedict creates a plausible scenario how Clara and Andrew learn from each other, stimulate each other, and bring out the best in each other. To not falsify history or lead on the reader, she starts with a prologue that makes it clear that Clara and Andrew won’t get together for good. I still rooted for them anyway. I was also impressed with the vast amount of historic details, flawlessly added to this story; the reader gets a complete picture of the era, the historic details of Pittsburg and New York at the time, and – Andrew Carnegie, which is what I was looking for.

It there anything to be learned from this novel?
(Mr. Ford) “... We are all pretending in this life. One way or another...”

It’s upon us whether we stay “our course” and whether we allow others to help us do that.

A perfect novel,
5 stars, Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
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Dieter Waeltermann
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Awkward dialogue, flowery language, ok story line
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020
When I first started to read Carnegie''s Maid, I was incredibly excited given that it takes place in my home town -- Pittsburgh. Once you get past about 30 pages you realize that the writing style is pretty annoying. Big flowery descriptions, awkward dialogue, and... See more
When I first started to read Carnegie''s Maid, I was incredibly excited given that it takes place in my home town -- Pittsburgh. Once you get past about 30 pages you realize that the writing style is pretty annoying. Big flowery descriptions, awkward dialogue, and over-the-top pretentious word usage. I understand that the writer was going for period-based language, but it was so over the top it distracted from the story line. She used the word "sumptuous" four or five times. Now that I am 80% done with the book, my original excitement has been replaced with apathy. I was going to read more of this writer''s books - but I think this will be the last one. I''m getting eye strain from rolling my eyes so much.
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Peggy Fleming
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This is a nice story about how Andrew Carnegie changed from a “cut ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
This is a nice story about how Andrew Carnegie changed from a “cut throat” businessman building his fortune, to one of the greatest philanthropists in history. It’s an interesting story that moves quickly. I enjoyed it.
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Claudia
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Interesting History
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2018
Too much romance for my taste, but the historical portion was pretty good!! I couldn’t put it down. Without all the romance, I would’ve given it a 5 star. Andrew Carnegie was a complex individual with his business acumen, philanthropy, and (very interestingly) his late... See more
Too much romance for my taste, but the historical portion was pretty good!! I couldn’t put it down. Without all the romance, I would’ve given it a 5 star. Andrew Carnegie was a complex individual with his business acumen, philanthropy, and (very interestingly) his late in life marriage to a very young bride. The description of Pittsburg was quite fascinating.
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Eileen O'Finlan
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Intriguing "what if" story
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2018
An intriguing story, Carnegie''s Maid offers a "what if" scenario regarding the real life of Andrew Carengie. A man known for being a ruthless businessman, something softened him into becomimg a great philanthropist with a focus on helping the poor and immigrants become... See more
An intriguing story, Carnegie''s Maid offers a "what if" scenario regarding the real life of Andrew Carengie. A man known for being a ruthless businessman, something softened him into becomimg a great philanthropist with a focus on helping the poor and immigrants become educated in order to lift themselves out of poverty and improve their lives.

While historians have never been able to unearth the reason for Carnegie''s generosity, author Marie Benedict posits in her novel, Carnegie''s Maid, the possibility of a love interest - the lady''s maid to Andrew''s mother - as being the catalyst for the outpouring of his benevolence.

Benedict''s descriptions of the lavish lifestyles of the Carnegies and others in their economic sphere as well as of the servant class, and working poor are so well crafted the reader gets the sense of "being there." The author obviously did her research well in order to present these worlds with a truly authentic voice.

My only complaint is that, at times, conversations between some characters were unrealistic in that they seemed meant to convey information to the reader rather than things characters would actually say to each other given that both already knew the information. The conveying of information also occured in narrative in a few places in a way that felt didactic. But these are small detractions in an otherwise beautifully written, interesting, and entertaining story. Highly recommened.
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Audrey J. Campbell
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Cliche''d
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2019
My hope with this novel was that I would learn a great deal about the Carnegie dynasty. I found the romantic ''poor immigrant loves successful tycoon vs a vicious tycoon mother'' plot a bit boring and pedestrian. Descriptive passages of Pittsburgh, during those years were... See more
My hope with this novel was that I would learn a great deal about the Carnegie dynasty. I found the romantic ''poor immigrant loves successful tycoon vs a vicious tycoon mother'' plot a bit boring and pedestrian. Descriptive passages of Pittsburgh, during those years were well done as well as those of the social milieu. The pretext of a romantic liaison determining or influencing major Andrew Carnegie business decisions, for me, lacks enough credibility to make the novel''s premise hard to buy into.
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Morag Prees
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Good story!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2020
Really enjoyed this book! Very lifelike and believable. I was sorry to come to the end of it.
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Angart
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An Interesting Read
Reviewed in Australia on October 15, 2018
This is another classic tale of a poor servant girl catching the eye of her rich master. However although our heroine, Clara, the ladies maid is fictional, her rich employer is not. He is Andrew Carnegie. So the author is constrained by history and one knows right from the...See more
This is another classic tale of a poor servant girl catching the eye of her rich master. However although our heroine, Clara, the ladies maid is fictional, her rich employer is not. He is Andrew Carnegie. So the author is constrained by history and one knows right from the start that the romance, such as it is, will never go anywhere and that is one of the novels flaws. Although the book is very well written and researched, the plot lacks drama. The romance is very chaste and is not imbued with much emotion and the premise that this woman might have influenced Carnegie’s business and philanthropic causes, really seems a bit far fetched. I also would have liked a more imaginative ending. As it is the book ends on a rather flat note. However Andrew Carnegie certainly was a vary interesting person and so I found this book most informative.
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Kathryn Brookfield
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Romdrama with a twist
Reviewed in Canada on July 8, 2018
Great historical fiction opening one’s eyes to the plight of Irish immigrants to late nineteenth century eastern America. Fast read.
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Well researched historical fiction
Reviewed in Canada on January 4, 2021
Although the character is purely fictional, the author''s mastery of the period lends credence to something that one would hope would happen in real life at the time.
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Rose Smith
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Great book
Reviewed in Canada on October 12, 2018
I really enjoyed this book. It is written so well I felt I was right there with the characters in the book.
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