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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 21)

First Chapter
Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

This week I’m choosing an upcoming read to share with you all Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict which will be published on 16 January 2018 in eBook format and 1 February 2018 in hardback.


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 household 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. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara 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 tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.. Amazon

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro


December 23, 1868
New York, New York

The gentle melody of a Christmas song lifted into the air of his study from the street below. The music did nothing to change his mood or his actions. Ensconced behind the black walnut desk in his luxuriously appointed St. Nicholas Hotel suite, fountain pen in hand, Andrew Carnegie wrote like a madman.

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A short intro this time chosen from the prologue which interestingly is dated five years after chapter one starts. I’ve been looking forward to reading Carnegie’s Maid for a while and the time is nearly here, at last.

So would you keep reading? Perhaps you’ve read Marie Benedict’s book The Other Einstein?

Your thoughts in the comments are always gratefully received.


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

11 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (November 21)

  1. This certainly sounds really intriguing, Cleo! I like the premise a lot, as well as the setting and context. I hope you’ll post a review when you’ve finished.


  2. I like the time period and the opening paragraph. Interesting that the prologue begins after the first chapter. Yes, I’d like to read more.


  3. I would definitely keep reading – I love reading about this time period and I think having Andrew Carnegie as a character is a great idea. I’m not sure if there are a lot of historical fictions in this era, but I haven’t read any!


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