Carnegie's Maid || Book Review || 2018 New Release

Look at me reading a book from my January TBR - in JANUARY!!

Go me!

On top of that, not only did i read a book from the TBR i shared, but i also read a NetGalley Review book in a relatively time manner!

This right here? WORLDS better than i did the entirety of last year!

Okay enough about that.

Lets talk about the book, because that is why we are all here after all!

I already said its a NetGalley book so i did get the e-copy i have read, but i always, ALWAYS, share my honest option and don't get paid for it. Even if i would love to get paid to review books. That would be a great job! I, however, do not have it!

Carnegie's Maid

Author: Marie Benedict
Release Date: No clue. 1st, 16st OR 19th of January -take your pick!
Pages: 288
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Adult Fiction,
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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 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 house 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. 


Overall thoughts:

Its a good historical fiction, the writing is nice, the plot itself is okay and if you want something easy to read that will entertain you and enjoy, defiantly read it!

More detailed thoughts:
This is my first Benedict book and after hearing such great things about her debut "the other Einstein" i was super excited to read this.

And i have to say i understand the hype around this author, the writing is GREAT!

Its easy to read, but she still manages to set an atmosphere, build up the story and characters and make it all work together.

I liked how she drops you into the story, so that there is not a huge build up until the actual story itself finally starts -that is something a good amount of historical fictions do, take a good while until they actually, finally, start with the plot the book is about because they tell the entire background of characters and/or plot.

It was nice to have a Historical Fiction that is not feeling as if the author -or editor or publisher or who ever it is that decides on the overall length the book should have to be published- tried to lengthen the book simply to make a 350+ page book.

The start of this book worked!

We get to know the character while she coming into the shipyard in Philadelphia, in America. And in just a couple of sentences we get her background, why she is on that journey, where she plans to go and what happened on that journey. And while it is all relatively fast, it never feels rushed -as i said, the writing is great!

What i personally did not like about the entire set up of the story itself is that that the main character takes on the identity of a girl that died on the journey. And its not a spoiler, because it says so in the summary on the back of the book!

I just find it way to out there to have two Irish immigrant on the same ship that have the exact same name.
And not only that, but when one girl comes from a slightly better of family with an education as a ladies maid and the other one with a little education that she is able to read but otherwise doesn't have much regarding education you can NOT tell me that the less education person can simply take on the role by reading one little book on the topic and be as good if not better as someone that had actual schooling on the subject...

Its just a lot of disbelieve that i have to suspense to make that work.

And i am not able to do that. I am sorry. I am just not.

And i do think that the entire story, plot, character, ending... everything! Could have worked just as well if the main character would have gotten that job through a different way, meaning not impersonating someone else with the same name.

Its a relatively small detail.

But its one that is constant throughout the entire book. And because of that it constantly bothered me.

Of course if YOU enjoy the book completely depends on the fact if you are someone that is like me and needs a bit more realistic historical fiction or if you are someone that does not mind at all if there are those illogical moments and almost supernatural coincidences that some part of the story builds up on.

Some people actually enjoy those.

I knew someone a while ago that only read historical fiction that had this type of plot point to it, because that is what she loved to read. For her that was what this type of fictional reading was all about, that is clearly fiction!

For me personal i read historical fiction to get a clearer view into the time, the life and the people of that time. I want REAL, i want fact, i want basically a non-fiction history but told as an actual story.

And this is clearly not that.

BUT simply because the book doesn't deliver what i PERSONALLY want from it does NOT make it a bad book.

Actually its the opposite!

Its a good book, as i already said.

Overall this book is a great read, that sucks you in, makes you continue reading and is really enjoyable. The author did a good job, and if you heard about this book either here or somewhere else and want to read it?

Do so!

It is worth a read!

Have you heard about this book before?
Is it one of you anticipated releases?
One on your wishlist to read soon?
Can't wait to get your hands on it?
Or are on the fence about this one and want to wait a little until more people talk about it and share their options?

Let me know, lets chat about it in the comments!

Until later, beautiful book people!


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