Title: The Engineer’s Wife
Author: Tracey Enerson Wood
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When Emily Warren Roebling marries Captain Washington ‘Wash’ Roebling-the handsome, charming soldier of her dreams, and her brother’s dear friend and aide during the Civil War-a lifetime of family fun and happiness seems within her grasp. But then Wash accepts the position as Chief Engineer on his father’s magnum opus, the Brooklyn Bridge, and it changes both of their lives forever. In Brooklyn, the happy home they’d dreamed of warps around the bridge. Incapacitated from working in the high-pressure tanks at the bridge’s foundations, Wash convinces Emily to be his messenger to the site. Little by little, Emily finds herself taking over the project-with no formal training or education in math and science. Emily throws herself into building the bridge but faces suspicion and disparagement at every turn as she supervises dangerous construction sites and argues for the safety of the bridge amongst Manhattan’s male elite. The Engineer’s Wife delivers an emotional portrait of a woman transformed by a project of unfathomable scale, and of a husband and wife determined to build something that lasts–even at the risk of losing each other
I think that the main selling point of this book, apart from the obvious interesting story about the building of Brooklyn Bridge, is all the part dedicated to women’s rights and the emancipation message that the protagonist Emily bring to the whole scenario.
Especially in the first part of the book, it explains really well how women were treated and, as a male reader, can really give an insight of what their are still living in this days.
I really liked all the technical information the author provided about bridge building; their are not too complex and can give a general insight of this type of engineering to anybody.
I also approved that at the end of the book it was included a series of paragraphs about which differences there are between the book and the real fact and which characters and facts were real and which not.
I appreciated that the story started right from the beginning of the relationship of Emily and Wash, giving to the reader the time to know them and a way to become attached to them. Their relationship is really nice and a good sub-story for the main plot.
There are some really tense moments that could leave you with bated breath but the more the book goes on, the more it seems to be some kind of repetitiveness to this acts. There are constant tragedies in this story, even too much as nearing the end of the book they seem to follow a scheme of “it’s all good > something bad happens > resolution of the problem > repeat” that remove any kind of surprise or suspense from the events.
The reading doesn’t always feel to flow properly but I think this is a good book for those who wont to have a general knowledge on the historical figure of Emily Warren Roebling while also enjoying themselves.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.