So on Monday, the boys and I went to the library. I went in with a list of three books I wanted to look for while I was there. But, I didn’t leave with any of them! I found one and it didn’t appeal once it was in my hand, the other two I didn’t find.
But, what I did find in the “Lucky Day” collection was Carnegie’s Maid, by Marie Benedict. Now that we live in Pittsburgh, this book held even more interest to me. So I checked it out and began reading it when we arrived home Monday afternoon.
Clara Kelly has grown up on her parents’ tenant farm in Ireland. Her father raised all three of his daughters to be educated, a rare thing for females at this time. In 1863, Clara’s family sent her to America in hopes she is able to find a job which will then send home funds to her family in Ireland. When she arrived in America, 42 days later, she needed to figure out what her next steps would be… She had distant relatives in Pittsburgh, but didn’t know how she would get to them. When she heard someone calling for “Clara Kelly” she saw it as a sign of change. Knowing that she was not the Clara Kelly they were searching for, she still got into the carriage that would take her to a new world.
Clara Kelly became the Lady’s maid for Mrs. Carnegie. This roll required skills she did not possess and working with a mistress who was dominating over her family. Clara determined to make herself invaluable to her employer takes on the identity of the other Clara Kelly. While working for Mrs. Carnegie, Clara become acquainted learns about the family’s history from Andrew Carnegie.
Can Clara keep up her new identity? What will happen as Clara and Mr Carnegie (the older) aka Andrew Carnegie get to know each other? Can a poor girl from Ireland stand on her own with the elite of America?
Read and learn about how Clara may have played a role of the change in Andrew Carnegie from a ruthless industrialist to one of the world’s first true philanthropists.