Interesting historical fiction. I liked the main character a lot and was into her story.
I'm out... the author is repetitive to the point that I feel she just thinks I'm either stupid or have short term memory loss. The same facts are repeated every 10 minutes, so much so that I don't feel like the story has progressed in the last 3 hours at all. NEXT!!!
@Tamra, you were right... BORING!!!!
I'm not thrilled by the repetitive style of this story. About 2 hours in and I'm kind of put off but I'll stick it out for a bit. I need to keep reminding myself of the time period, too! The name Carnegie makes me think of the late 1800s, not the Civil War!
I always have an audiobook in the car for unexpected traffic jams. Like today, where the wait time is 40+ minutes just to drop off donations for the semi-annual rummage sale. On the plus side, their book tent is set up like a store, complete with wood shelves and everything sorted by genre and author. I'll be back on sale day!
Here is my #februarytbr. I want to stick to these books so that I get more of my own books read. The Life of Pi is for book club and when I saw Something in the Water at the library, I thought I'd give it a listen.
Historical fiction which gave me a bit of insight into Carnegie‘s life, which I knew nothing about. I feel it was quite clever of the author to make up a fictional character, his maid, as the explanation for his philanthropy. Well written, entertaining and informative. 👍
This is historical fiction, told from the vantage of an Irish immigrant who serves as a lady‘s maid for Andrew Carnegie‘s mother. The juxtaposition of the struggling immigrant experience with that of the lavish lifestyle of the Carnegies was dramatic. Carnegie was an immigrant himself who built a great empire and ultimately contributed back to society with the foundation of libraries and other charitable foundations. I really enjoyed this read.
Many have thought a personal relationship is what changed his heart and triggered his life of philanthropy. This historical fiction account is believable. I recommend the #audiobook to get the full effect of the Irish protagonist.
"#AndrewCarnegie, who is the man who built this free #library and thousands more libraries with his own money. A man who gave the gift of books and education to every person, regardless of how much money they had."
I had to get up to answer the door. Now I'll have to find a book. 😜
Meanwhile I can show off the scarf. I still need to trim the tassels, weave in the ends but I'm quite happy with the outcome.
#KAT #catsoflitsy #FibreFansOfLitsy
As a Pittsburgher, this was a delight. As a reader, this was a delight. Clara is fierce and independent, intelligent, and loyal. What a character and story Marie Benedict has woven here. #carnegiesmaid #mariebenedict
Mondays are such a slog. Coworkers are on vacation or otherwise out of the building, which means I‘m basically by myself today and people don‘t seem to realize that while I‘m adorable and have kickass lipstick on, I am not in possession of magical powers so that I can take care of more than one person at a time. Luckily, I have good books (and my adorable Ulla) to occupy me in rare moments of not-busy-ness. #carnegiesmaid #mariebenedict
I love history and this book did a great job at infusing a fictional character into a prominent historical figures life-- Andrew Carnegie. I've also read "The Other Einstein" by Marie Benedict and I've loved both.
"As Mrs. Barrett Browning says, ‘The world of books is still the world."--Marie Benedict, Carnegie's Maid
Day 31: May Stats
A whopping 6 books this month- that‘s pretty great for me! The books marked with the Love heart I really well... loved lol Perfect Nanny and The Flight Attendant were misses for me 🤷♀️ Overall I call this month a success!
Starting my morning with the tagged book. Lovely morning with a light breeze. Enjoying the patio before it gets in the 90s again today!
Day 11: Fiction Friday
My 2nd fav genre is historical fiction- very excited my library hold for this book finally came in! Fun fact- my bff sent me this picture from Pittsburgh (the setting of the book) yesterday when she was stalking Lester Holt downtown. She figured he would be reporting with this view in the background and she was right!
On the New Book Shelf and intriguing at work: the 14th Maisie of course, but also “He” (about Stan Laurel), “Carnegie‘s Maid” (about Clara Kelley; honestly, I‘m tired of these Man‘s Female titles), and “The English Wife” by Laurel Willig. #LitsyLovesLibraries #librariansoflitsy
I enjoyed the audiobook version of this one. But upon reflection, I‘ve decided it‘s still only so-so for me. It was just too formulaic to be a full pick. I liked the heroine, but found the story‘s fundamental relationship to be pretty implausible.
Full review at www.TheBibliophage.com Photo of Pittsburgh‘s Carnegie Library from Wikipedia Commons.
After the winter of epic fantasies, I‘m heading into other genres for spring. I love historical fiction, and I grew up in Pittsburgh. This one has been a fun listen this week!
An Irish immigrant comes to America and is confused by another woman with the same name. Clara decides to take the dead woman‘s ladies maid position so she can send money to her struggling family back in Ireland. Clara meets Andrew and gives him ideas for his companies and they both fall in love. The story of changing yourself for a better life and seeing what life is about was beautifully written.
#bookstagram #historicalfiction #audiobook #love
So I finished these two books this weekend... one for #lmpbc round 1 and one from my huge net galley list. Both were really good and carnegies maid was totally up my alley! And I'm using them both for 2 categories on the #booked2018 challenge....
The Gospel According to Cane for a POC author and Carnegies Maid for an unconventional romance between Carnegie and his maid. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft