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She built a monument for all time. Then she was lost in its shadow.

Emily Warren Roebling refuses to live conventionally - she knows who she is and what she wants, and she's determined to make change. But then her husband, Wash, asks the unthinkable: Give up her dreams to make his possible.

Emily's fight for women's suffrage is put on hold and her life transformed when Wash, the chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, is injured on the job. Untrained for the task, but under his guidance, she assumes his role, despite stern resistance and overwhelming obstacles. Lines blur as Wash's vision becomes her own, and when he is unable to return to the job, Emily is consumed by it. But as the project takes shape under Emily's direction, she wonders whose legacy she is building - hers or her husband's. As the monument rises, Emily's marriage, principles, and identity threaten to collapse. When the bridge finally stands finished, will she recognize the woman who built it?

Based on the true story of the Brooklyn Bridge, The Engineer's Wife delivers an emotional portrait of a woman transformed by a project of unfathomable scale that takes her into the bowels of the East River, suffragette riots, the halls of Manhattan's elite, and the heady, freewheeling temptations of P.T. Barnum. It's the story of a husband and wife determined to build something that lasts - even at the risk of losing each other.

©2020 Tracey Enerson Wood (P)2020 Recorded Books

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A women’s role beyond social.limitations

Interesting overview of efforts to build the Brooklyn Bridge and Washington Roebling’s major contributions to its construction. Also, provides picture of the legal and social limitations faced by women in the post Civil War Era

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History brought to life

One of the most interesting and captivating historical novels have read. Wonderful portrayal of the characters flaws and all. Author’s taking license with fictional bits and pieces added to the enjoyment. Difficult to put down. Excellent read.

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Excellent book well done

Yes this book was goodWith lots of historical information I must read for anybody who enjoys a story along with history learned a lot and enjoyed it very much

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A Fluffy Missed Opportunity

There is simply too much fiction in this book that serves to cheapen the legacy of Emily Roebling (not to mention her husband and P.T. Barnum). She and her story deserve more than completely fictional affairs and conjured villains. It is difficult to believe that a woman who is represented here as somewhat naive and flirtatious could have achieved what she did. It's a shame, given what a great example of a woman in STEM could have been made of this character.

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The narration was not edited. Quite a few words were mispronounced. chemise, trough, era, present

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really good book

the book is true fiction storyline was really good but I love the factual parts the book and the author did keep you entertained through the whole thing enjoyed it actually tremendously would recommend this book