You probably thought this was going to be a blog post about me, right? No! It’s a book review, of sorts, about a book by Tracey Enerson Woods. The book is entitled “The Engineer’s Wife”. It is available for pre-order here (Amazon) and should be published on April 7.
Initially, I chose the title because . . well, it’s me – the engineer’s wife. I knew it wasn’t about how crazy engineers are but I still wanted to read it. It is classified as historical fiction and is about a wife, Emily Warren Roebling, whose father-in-law designed the Brooklyn Bridge but was killed during the early stages of the build; then her husband, who was an engineer and was assisting his father, and took over as chief engineer after his father died, then her husband became very ill and Emily filled in for him to complete the bridge, which still had years and years to go before it was finished. He would write detailed instructions. As you can imagine, back in those days, to build such a big project, there was death, injuries, supply issues, not to mention Emily was met with constant harassment simply because she was a woman doing a man’s work.
Her heart was in working for the right of women to vote but she put aside her goals to help her husband achieve his.
Even though there’s a lot of fiction in the book, there’s also a lot of facts.
I learned so much about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge that had it been a purely historical book, I would still have enjoyed it. But, there was love! Though not a marital advice book, I found that the book provided inspiration for marriages in trouble, reminders about vows/commitments we’ve taken as husbands and wives. I loved the book.
It’s always hard for me to start a new book after having just finished one I couldn’t put down. When I started The Engineer’s Wife, I kept watching the completed percentages trickle by . . 2%, then 3%. I was thinking I wasn’t going to get through it but at about the 4% mark, I couldn’t put it down. I found myself knitting and reading, cooking and reading. I even walked out to the greenhouse to read while watering the plants. I really couldn’t put it down and finished it in about four days. That’s quick for me!
I definitely recommend the book. There’s enough history in there to satisfy history buffs; and enough love to keep it exciting for those of us who enjoy a love story.
Thanks to Net Galley and Sourcebooks Landmark Publishing for the ARC, given to me in exchange for an honest book review.