Book Review

Spotlight on Marie Benedict and ‘Carnegie’s Maid’

cm mbBOOK BLURB: 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.

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The walls were hung with a heavy yellow brocade wallpaper, and dark-green velvet curtains framed the windows, tied back by heavy gold cords, affording him a fine view of Broadway. He knew this suite was superior to any found in America or even Europe. Yet this fact, which had so pleased him during his earlier visits to New York, now repulsed him. The curtain’s gold cords seemed like binding ropes, and he felt trapped inside a rarified prison.


I couldn’t wait to crawl into the anonymity of the train car and shed the many masks I wore, if only for an instant.

REVIEW: This is a really well written and researched story and I liked it a lot. If you ever wanted a mental picture of the difference between the upper and lower classes of the 1860’s, then this is a read not to be missed.

The characters, some fictional and some not, found themselves in situations, albeit fictional, very real and relatable. Despite the book being shorter than I anticipated, the story was well told and the characters fully developed. The pace was slower than some might like, however I thought it just perfect because it allowed me to dig more deeper into the setting and characters.

If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, you’ll definitely like this story. It is filled with a wonderful array of intriguing, fun and entertaining characters just like DA.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC provided by the publisher


image006AUTHOR BIO: Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law.

While practicing as a lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women — and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing. She embarked on a new, narratively connected series of historical novels with THE OTHER EINSTEIN, which tells the tale of Albert Einstein’s first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories. Writing as Heather Terrell, Marie also published the historical novels The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare.

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