Book Title and Author: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
Publication Date and Publisher: August 13, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 320 pages
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Date Read: March 19, 2019 (e-arc)
Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.
The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice, her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?
Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage.
Katherine Center has another winner on her hands with Things You Save in a Fire! I loved How to Walk Away, my first time reading the author and just had to read this one when I saw it…I’m thrilled that it didn’t disappoint and was even better than the first!
Center’s main character Cassie is a strong-willed, tough female who is doing what is considered traditionally a man’s job–she’s a firefighter and one of the best! When her estranged mother’s health begins to fail, she has to move from Texas to Boston to take care of her and when she does, she becomes part of a new fire station where she has to prove herself as its first female firefighter.
While this is also a romance, and Center does romance wonderfully, this is strong Women’s Fiction that really has depth and substance that is lacking in many Women’s Fiction novels. I think Center is a wonderful storyteller and really knows how to write about life’s lessons in a touching and poignant way. It’s a story about courage, forgiveness, learning how to let go of the past, deal with past emotional traumas, and learning how to love–and I mean loving yourself too.
I found it touching, sweet, relatable in several ways (since I’m also estranged from my mother there was a life lesson in the book for me to learn too!), and completely unputdownable! I guarantee once you start this book you’ll be like me and read it long into the night to finish it! You’ll smile, laugh, cry, and just feel all kinds of feels as you read this heartwarming treasure of a book!
I loved Things You Save in a Fire and highly recommend it! It really shows what a phenomenal author Katherine Center is, and I can’t wait until her next book. Five plus stars for this poignant, touching, brilliant read! Definitely put it on your TBR asap!
**Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC. All opinions are my own.**