The Engineer’s Wife

A Novel

by Tracey Enerson Wood

Sourcebooks Landmark

Pub Date 07 Apr 2020

Her name has been lost to history, but her legacy, the Brooklyn Bridge, lives on. Discover the fascinating woman who helped design and construct an American icon.

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, which 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.


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood, is an absorbing historical fiction.

Emily Warren is strong willed woman, struggling at the bonds placed on her and women during her time period. This outspoken lady takes a stand for women’s rights.

When her brother, G.K. Bring another soldier home on his leave from war.

Emily is taken in by the young man, she feel connection with him. He is not turned off by her wanting to be heard and standing up for herself. Mr Washington Roebling is an engineer, when he returns home from the war, he goes back to what he was doing in civilian life. Helping his father build bridges, as an engineer exposes his now Emily to the certain aspects of this profession.

Washington, like so many of our boys suffer physically and mentally from the scars brought on by the horrific experiences of the war. When his father passes away the weight of his fathers dream rest on his shoulders. An incredible feat like no other before, he aims to build a bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. A harrowing accomplishment that will take many years to finish. Along with the trials tribulations Washington becomes sick from the long hours and the detailed undertaking that is involved in the construction of this enormous bridge. Then he gets hurts on the job. While he is convalescing, Emily takes the roll of convey the information back to her husband, she becomes the eyes and ears for him.

She steps back from her personal agenda of pushing the rights for women. To see her husband’s dream accomplished. Felling out of her elements she rises to the task she eventually assumes her husband’s role. This comes with a price, along with stern opposition, to a woman in her position. She falls under the charismatic temptations of P.T. Barnum.

As Emily struggles with walls placed in her way she might fall under the charismatic temptations of P.T. Barnum. Risking everything her husband ‘s dream slowly becomes hers.

The author has created an engaging and courageous heroine. and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this compelling historical fiction. Tracey Enerson Wood, does a phenomenal job of giving detailed historical information along with her own imaginative nuisance to create a highly absorbing read.

What immediately grabbed my attention in this story was the complexity of the characters. All characters were raw, honest, and flawed. I was absorbed deep within these characters lives, questioning their situations and decisions

This was an riveting and emotional book, that I just adored.

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