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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 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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Building the Brooklyn Bridge

A true story based on Emily Roebling wife of the engineer commissioned to build the Brooklyn Bridge. Due to Illness from the job she is thrown into to getting the feat done- her husband knows she can do it.
I enjoyed the character development and all the historical details. I will never go over the Brooklyn Bridge without thinking of the great sacrifices made to get it completed. The author really made you feel as if you were there This novel is also about a very strong woman and all she had to endure to assist her husband to get the almost impossible done. I thought the performance of the narrator was fantastic !

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Much interesting, some distracting ( some spoiler)

There was a lot of good information about the characters, the times, society, work safety... before and during the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Based on fact, the engineering of the bridge, what was involved politically and financially, society's treatment of women particularly Emily's involvement in the bridge work, the work place illnesses and deaths, etc. All very interesting and truth based. ( Spoiler)... the part about Emily and PT Barnum's relationship I found distracting... it felt like the author thought it needed more suspense and romance. I think it would have been a better book without this part.

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Narration unsatisfactory

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

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Amazing Engineers. Brooklyn Bridge Success due to Wife!

The historical fiction was amazing. Her brilliance became his right hand while building the Brooklyn bridge. The book not only tells the struggles but how husband and wife deal with his health problems, raising their child and the historical events of the time. I was thoroughly intrigued and walked with them along their path of challenges. I highly recommend this book if you like learning about significant historical events in US history.

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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

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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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Great Story

Highly recommend! Very interesting and inspirational. The narration is so good, you feel as if you are in the room with Emily telling you her story.

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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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Loved it

I loved every part of this story. Factual fiction is so entertaining. Thank you for this.

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