Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire

by Katherine Center

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about courage, hope, and learning to love against all odds.

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 a total pro at other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own.

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 infatuation-inspiring rookie, who doesn't seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can't think about that. Because love is girly, and it's not her thing. And don't forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping...and it means risking it all--the only job she's ever loved, and the hero she's worked like hell to become.

Katherine Center's Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432868833
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 09/25/2019
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

KATHERINE CENTER is the author of many novels, including How to Walk Away, Happiness for Beginners, The Bright Side of Disaster, and Everyone Is Beautiful. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple, as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. Katherine is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.

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thisismyeverybody 5 months ago
"Things You Save In A Fire" delivers a powerful hit in one punch. It is a knock-out! When I recommend a book, I ask myself the following question: Are the female characters written with dimension, strength and intelligence? Katherine Center answers this question with a big yes, yes and yes in "Things You Save In A Fire". I loved the main character, Cassie Hanwell! She checks all my boxes on what I am looking for in a recommended book. Dimension, strength and intelligence. Check, check, check. Cassie is a firefighter, could certainly compete in American Ninja Warrior, bravely steps up in any emergency and simply knows her stuff backwards and forwards! This is my first read by Ms. Center and I am extremely grateful to the recommendation from a friend who encouraged me to bring this book to the top of my TBR stack. I did. I opened to the first page… and 24 hours later, I was a Katherine Center fan for life. A thrilling story behind-the-scenes of the super-heroes who put their lives on the line everyday for us. Not only bravely (and literally) fighting fires… but also “fighting fires” in the workplace to make room for women in professions that have been challenging to break into. Cassie is a badass force that navigates a journey filled with relatable unjust decisions… yet chooses her weapon carefully to win her challenges. What is her weapon? She makes herself simply too good to be ignored. And that is a powerful weapon. But, "Things You Save In A Fire" goes even deeper. Cassie is also navigating an estranged relationship with her mother. And here is where "Things You Save In A Fire" really becomes a story of courage… It starts to fight the brutal world of living without forgiveness. And although Cassie deals with life and death decisions everyday like a super-hero, she comes face-to-face with her greatest test when it comes to choosing love and forgiveness. She steps up to the true test of courage… And, as I turned the pages, I was fighting for her all the way. Because, even a super-hero needs encouragement. Be a super-hero… Choose to love… ✨✨A big thank you to Katherine Center, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are my own.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Things You Save in a Fire had all of my favorite things in a story: a fierce and admirable heroine, a love interest, a complex and fast moving plot, and inevitably lovable characters. The exceptional plot of this book allowed for both tears of saddness and compassion to stream down my face and bouts of laughter to come from my deep within my chest. I could not put down Things You Save in a Fire. This is a story that will stick with all readers for a long time.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I received and ARC of #Things You Save In A Fire. I thought the book was informative and very interesting. There was one plot point I didn't agree with, but that didn't lessen my enjoying the book. Overall, it's a great read.
Rachel Bennett 5 months ago
Katherine Center has done it again with another wonderful, complex, and highly readable contemporary romance. I love her original ideas and nuanced protagonists (we even got a brief nod to Margaret from How to Walk Away in this book, which was fun) - in this instance, the book focuses on Cassie, a female firefighter who is tough as nails (she thinks), but won't be taken seriously by anyone she works with and struggles to identify and handle her emotions. Due to a family emergency, she has to move from her firehouse in Austin where she is beloved and feels like part of a family to a new station outside of Boston where it seems like no one wants her there and she will never fit in. The only person who she connects with at all is the new rookie, and he is wayyyy too handsome for her to be spending much time thinking of him. After all, one of her rules is to never date firefighters. (Since this is a romance, you can guess how well that works out). Cassie has a lot of rules built up over a lifetime of pain. On her sixteenth birthday she endures two highly traumatic events and since then, has refused to allow herself to really open up, romantically or otherwise. Really this book is about Cassie's healing. For her own sake, not for the sake of those who hurt her, she has to come to terms with what has happened to her and learn how to choose forgiveness. This is not really easy for her as these old traumas keep coming back to face her in the present in very real ways. Cassie learns how to not only move past these traumas, but to shut out the voices of others and be confident in herself. She kicks imposter syndrome to the curb, finally gives up on the idea that she can prove her worth or earn other's affection, and learns how to let others in. And that's not even all of the work she does. This is what I think I love so much about Center's novels - the characters (specifically the female protagonists) do so much emotional work in the midst of difficult circumstances and I think that's so important for people to read. This could have just been a silly romance about two firefighters falling in love, but it was so much more! It wasn't perfect, but the more I think about it, the more I love it. Bumping up to 5 stars and saying highly recommend! Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Who doesn't love a badass female firefighter? Well, not as badass male firefighters. This surprising story by Katherine Center had me hooked from the first scene. The characters are well developed and the tough to tender plot is a winner. The fact that the female lead in this book is slightly more skilled than the male is a refreshing change. I was given an advance copy of this book for an honest review.
perriknows 5 months ago
I've never read this author before, and now have the task of hunting down all of her previous works to binge read. Yes. Things you Save in a Fire, was just that good! Having worked in emergency medical services when I was younger, I have to say this was one of the most descriptive books of what actually goes on in a fire station. The pranks, the nicknames, the times when you're absolutely bored out of your skull, and then the alarm goes off and you're going 90 miles an hour on pure adrenaline, pulling together for the good of the community and your firefighter family. Cassie Hanwell, a female firefighter from a very progressive department, heads to the Northeast where the fire department is anything but progressive. She's relocated due to an issue in Texas that wasn't her fault, and heads there to her help her estranged mother who is ill. Cassie isn't happy with the move, but truly had no choice. Cassie is till holding on to the resentment she's felt for her mother since she was 16, and forgiveness just isn't in her vocabulary. Making her way in an atmosphere she isn't familiar with, is difficult. When someone in the new department tries to oust her with veiled threats and vandalism, Cassie keeps her cool, but knows there is someone out to get her. When the man she loves is threatened, she will do anything to keep him safe. This book touches on misunderstandings, romantic love, the firefighting brotherhood/sisterhood, forgiveness, family, and doing the right thing. Cassie learns that when you forgive others, you ultimately can forgive yourself and move forward. A very worthwhile read!
KAT79 5 months ago
I received an advanced copy of this book a couple months ago before publication. I really enjoyed it! I loved the look into how a fire station is run and the comaraderie between the firemen in the station. The main character, Cassie Hanwell, is a woman who is a "fireman"!! She has to break the mold of the "boys club". She understands the teasing, close bonds & the job very well! This was very interesting to me. The author's husband is a fireman so she had the inside scoop for this book!! The writing is easy to sink into. I found myself getting wrapped up in Cassie's life. Her life with her single dad, a mother who abandoned her and her dad when she was 16 and all the resulting drama! Her mother appears in her life again, wanting her to come live with her in the Boston area. This means making a big move from her Texas firehouse where she really loved her work. Cassie has skills and knowledge. She knows safety, rescue operations, EMT skills and so much more!! She sees how this older firehouse is lacking in equipment that is necessary. She also sees how hard it is for the guys to include her in their day to day work lives. She does her best. I like her spunk and determination. Cassie goes through some changes. She becomes close to her mother. She falls in love. She is learning how to care and be ok with hugs. She has a past event when she was 16 that really ruined her. Throughout the book I was wondering if we would get a glimpse into what happened. Never fear the author touchingly tells that tale during an intervention Cassie is having with one of the firemen due to his addiction to pain meds. Well done! The last 100 pages of this book I could not put down. It just kept getting better and better! You
KBreads 5 months ago
A new favorite! Things You Save in a Fire has cemented Katherine Center as one of my very favorite authors. This hit all the perfect notes for me: a tough heroine with a vulnerable center (I can’t remember the last time I cheered so fervently for a character!), deep themes of what it means to love and the nature of forgiveness, and of course a perfect love story (with the one guy she shouldn’t fall for, but you know, it sure makes for fantastic reading!) After an incident at an awards dinner that lands someone in the hospital (can I just say I fell in love with Cassie during this scene), Cassie is transferred from a progressive fire station in Texas to a small-town fire station about an hour outside of Boston – one that has never had a woman fire fighter in it. She goes to this town because her estranged mom, who is going blind, needs her help for a year while she figures out how to live life without vision. On her first day, she is paired up with the rookie – whom she has a very surprising and unwelcome attraction to, and she’s forced to prove again and again (pretty much my favorite scenes) that she’s “not just a girl” there to bring the station down. When I closed this book, I just felt so good about life. In fact, I reread the last page a couple times because of how perfect it was. One of my favorite reads of 2019!! Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC.
ScrapNSign 5 months ago
Things You Save in a Fire is a beautifully poignant read that no one should miss! Katherine Center is a new-to-me author that I'm kicking myself for not discovering sooner. Throughout the book, you get to experience her personal growth during the many trials she faces. I found myself glued to each page - demanding answers, justice, and closure. This is definitely one that I'm immediately adding to my bookshelf and recommending to anyone that'll listen! I can't wait to dive into How to Walk Away after finishing this phenomenal book.
MarilynW-Reviewer 5 months ago
I wouldn't mind living in this world that twenty six year old Cassie lives in, being a neighbor to her, her mother, and her mother's friend, Josie. But before firefighter Cassie goes to live with her mother in the Boston, she is living in Austin, TX with her dad and getting recognition for saving a busload of kids from drowning when a school bus overturns. When it turns out that the person presenting her the award is a person from her high school, a very very bad person, and he grabs her butt as he hands her the award, Cassie whacks him on the head with the award and then continues to beat the tar out of him. There isn't much her employers can do to cover over this situation except to transfer Cassie to a fire station that is so very desperate for hands that they will hire a woman (horrors!). At the same time, Cassie's estranged Boston based mom has begged her to come live with her for the next year. All the sudden Cassie can save face and say she will come because she has a new job in Boston, NOT because she is coming because her mom begged her to do so. This book has romance and this book has cuteness and this book made me smile. I loved Cassie and her very real toughness and natural ability (that she worked very hard to hone) as a firefighter. She is the best of the best and even folks who might not want her there have to admit that she is the best, she is what the station needs. At the same time she is hired at the Boston station, a newcomer is hired who everybody calls Rookie. Against everything she believes in and things she wants for herself and her life, Cassie is instantly attracted to Rookie and this means she must avoid him as much as possible. Instead her boss throws them together all the time, with Cassie being the best person to train Rookie. One of my favorite people in this book, beside Cassie (and Rookie), is Cassie's mom. She made me smile everytime we see her in the book. She did something on Cassie's 16th birthday that hurt Cassie and that Cassie can never forgive. But this book is all about forgiveness, forgiveness of others and forgiveness of oneself. And the forgiveness isn't for the other person, it's for the person who needs to forgive, needs to let go of all that resentment and hate and hurt that festers for so long and ruins the life of the person holding onto those things. This was such a feel good book for me despite the fact that it deals with so many difficult issues. But that's the thing, with forgiveness, the issues don't go away but they can lose their ability to hurt someone forever and that's a good lesson to learn. I liked learning this lesson while enjoying the story and the people in the story. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC.
Alfoster 5 months ago
First of all I must admit I'm not usually a romance reader, but having really liked How to Walk Away, I knew I would like this as well and I did! And I also appreciated the allusion to that novel as the firefighter who saved the protagonist is the main character in this one, The story revolves around Cassie, a take-no-prisoners firefighter who suddenly loses her job and relocates to a small town where most of the men resent a woman joining their ranks. She's been summoned by her mother who needs help with an illness, but they've been estranged for years as Diana left Cassie and her dad to marry another man on Cassie's 16th birthday. Enter Owen, the newest rookie who is drop-dead gorgeous. But this isn't your typical Lifetime movie scenario at all. There are many layers to the plot, lots of great humor, and plenty of suspense. Center speaks to themes, of forgiveness, misogyny, familial love, friendship, revenge, and redemption. About 75% of the way through I dissolved into a puddle of tears and was crying like a baby by the end. So if you like an emotional but often humorous read, this is a title for you! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
gmcootie 5 months ago
First off, if Katherine Center writes it I’m going to read it, and so should you. Things You Save In a Fire is just the latest amazing novel from this marvelous author. Her stories take some monumental events in people’s lives and walk you through how they deal with them. The good, the bad, the pain, the happiness, it’s all there. Makes you laugh and makes you cry and gives you a lot to think about. Cassie has had a lot thrown at her in her life but she has succeeded despite that. She’s a decorated firefighter, one of the best at the job. The way she has done that, though, is to push the bad parts down and ignore them. And now circumstances have come together that will make her confront her past and the things she’s been avoiding. Being forced to leave her forward-thinking modern firehouse in Texas where she feels so at home and join a tough, old-school firehouse in Boston where she is unwelcome is not easy. Nor is suddenly living with the ailing mother she’s been more or less estranged from since she was sixteen. Pushing the feelings down wasn’t dealing with them and meant her life was her work and nothing else. No friends, no dating, no relationships. Now she is discovering she can’t avoid those feelings when she is face-to-face with her mother and others on a daily basis. And the Boston firehouse. Well, to say they don’t want her there is an understatement. She has to prove herself over and over and still struggles to fit in. Someone in the firehouse is trying to force Cassie out, by harming her or even harming her mother. The last piece of advice her female captain in Texas gave her was fit in, and most of all don’t date a firefighter. She’s trying, but it’s not easy. Cassie’s not the only newbie in the Boston firehouse. There’s a rookie – and there is definitely something sparking between the two of them. But she can’t jeopardize her job, and as things keep getting worse and more dangerous her she doesn’t know if she can even trust him. Things You Save In a Fire is a story with everything – excitement, danger, mystery, emergencies, fires – but most of all it’s a beautifully told tale about learning to forgive, to love, and to stop and think and listen and face what has hurt you. Tissue alert: a few chapters in you learn that Cassie was the first firefighter on the scene after Margaret’s accident in How to Walk Away. I had the same reaction as when I read that (marvelous, terrific, wonderful) book and it was a nice tie-in. Katherine Center's Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life and love with characters you will care deeply about. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I thoroughly enjoyed Things You Save in a Fire and recommend it without hesitation.
MatteaLC 5 months ago
I read Katherine Center’s How To Walk Away, and loved it. This one didn’t disappoint! Her characters are so likable, although with many flaws. This is a story of a broken family that left a 16 yr old daughter with emotional scars that were deep and painful. Her mother left her and her father on her 16th birthday, and in ten years, Cassie still couldn’t move on. Cassie is a tough firefighter, respected by all who work with her. Her ailing mother needs her help, as she loses her sight, and Cassie reluctantly leaves her home and job to help. She must learn to forgive her mother, before she can adjust to her life changes, and she finds that a challenge. This is a story of emotional and personal growth, learning to trust, love and live life, while letting go of the losses and heartbreaks of childhood. I rarely read a book in two days, but this one kept pulling me in, a authentic page turner. Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin’s press for the ARC!
Laurensbookishlife 5 months ago
This was my first book my Katherine Center, and it definitely lived up to the hype! Things You Save in a Fire is about female Firefighter Cassie, who after a slight incident in her hometown of Texas, agrees to relocate to a new fire station in Massachusetts and reside with her estranged mother who has fallen ill. The only problem is, the new station is dead set in its masculine ways and against all things female Firefighter. As Cassie fights to earn her place among the crew she faces several obstacles including: a very handsome Rookie Firefighter, and the struggle with herself to protect her heart at all costs. This book is awesome! Cassie, the main character is seriously bad ass! I loved her easy-going toughness and the confidence she has in herself when interacting with her crew during her day to day life at the station. She made me want to go find a pull-up bar and start working out! Katherine Center did an awesome job portraying the life of a Firefighter! The jokes the firefighters played on each other and their banter was laugh-out-loud hilarious! Things You Save in a Fire also has some very serious, very real moments as well. It touches on traumatic events, broken trust, healing, and forgiveness. I think the author does fantastic job mixing the serious in with the humor. It has just the right amount of both elements. I strongly recommend this book to readers. Thank to so much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the chance to read and review this advanced copy.
jbarr5 5 months ago
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center There's something about firefighters and I don't know what it is but I love reading about how they put out fires and save others. Book starts out with the firefighter award ceremony and she's been propositioned from her partner, she sees it as a prank. She also in her downtime runs a defense class, volunteers at Big Sisters and helps her dad build his house... She was the most honored one: a female, a firefighter and the youngest ever... Cassie has to face the Counsel Man before getting her award-we learn their past and wow! you can tell how nervous she is...she does ok til he pinches her butt...we learn about what she wanted to be when she grew up and how things changed. When her mother calls for help it's a very touching moment for me as I am blind myself and don't have many who help me so for her to ask Cassie to come is huge. Diane is an artist-so devastating. Like the choice she has and takes. Have visited Rockport for a few hours one day and found it a close community on the ocean. Love hearing of the crochet club, I would fit in perfect in this environment-we have visited and enjoyed the area years ago. Like how she conforms to the new firehouse and is alert for the other rookie... Love hearing about the grants, to better the firehouse She is in fear of losing her job then captain informs them of cut backs and it's either her or other rookie... Everybody has a secret that would alter their lives and has... Love when they each open up, makes so much more sense to have others support. This book has something for everyone: adventure, action, romance, travel, mysteries and secrets. I received this review book from St. Martins Press via Net Galley and this is my honest opinion.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Cassie is the only female fire fighter at her Austin, Texas fire station. She is tough as nails and is as strong as any of the men in her station. After an incident happens, Cassie's only choice is to move to Massachusetts and transfer to a new station. Her mother, who abandoned her on her 16th birthday, lives there and has been asking Cassie to move there and help take care of her for one year. It's there that she meets the rookie firefighter, who started the same day as her. She feels an instant connection to him, which freaks her out. This is a story about forgiveness. Cassie needs to forgive her mother and herself, allow herself to feel things, and trust others. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced copy in an exchange for my honest review.
StrategicSerendipity 5 months ago
Once I started reading this book, it was impossible to put down. I loved the author's writing style. Her characters were relatable and entertaining even while they were dealing with some pretty big issues. I kept telling myself "one more page" and that was a complete lie. Cassie Hanwell is a female firefighter. As the daughter of a single dad/basketball coach, she doesn't mind being surrounded by guys in a male-dominated career. She is a superstar in her Texas firehouse...until she isn't anymore. At the same time, her estranged mom is recovering from surgery and asks her to come help...in Boston...for just a year. Something Cassie really doesn't want to do. But when her career options shrink, she gives in and moves across the country. Into a station that really doesn't want a "lady" in their midst. Cassie knocks herself out to do all the right things and do them better than anyone else. At the same time she is trying really hard to just provide the help her mother needs without any sticky relationship stuff. For me one of the most powerful messages in this book is about forgiveness. The characters are flawed and make mistakes, so there are plenty of opportunities to talk about it. The book generated so many questions. What is forgiveness? Who is it for? What holds us back? What moves us forward? I will remember this book and think about what it has taught me for many years to come. It is my favorite book I have read this year. I am thankful for the advance electronic copy I received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
A heartwarming tale of a female firefighter with a second chance at both her career and love. Katherine Center's writing is witty and wonderful. A perfect light summer read
Kwpat 5 months ago
Katherine Center has a way of writing what seems like a fun, quirky story that explores in-depth relationships. Cassie is a firefighter in Texas who is career oriented. The book opens with Cassie receiving a prestigious award for saving some children. The mayor is scheduled to give her the award. Something happened that the mayor could not attend. She walks toward the stage and finds the city councilman is presenting her the reward. She explodes and takes action. Something totally unexpected happens...... Cassie receives a phone call from her estranged mom who left Cassie and her Dad ten years ago and is living in Boston. She needs Cassie to come and stay with her for a year. Cassie ends up in Boston working for a fire department where she is the only woman. This book explores relationships including forgiveness. A good easy read with good character exploration. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
TarynLee 5 months ago
Cassie Hanwell has spent her life making her dream of coming a firefighter true, she works at a firehouse in Texas and all seems to be going well in the world she has constructed for herself. When she learns that her mother is sick and needs her help Cassie just wants to ignore it and continue living her life. She has never really been close with her mother and she has never been able to come to terms with the choices her mother has made. After an incident at her firehouse leaves Cassie with few choices she decides that the best thing she can do is go help her mother out and work at a fire station near her. Cassie soon learns that this new firehouse is totally different from the one that she was working at. The other firefighters don't believe women belong in the job and she is constantly trying to prove them wrong, it doesn't help that there is a rookie who joined at the same time and the others seem to love him. When feelings start to develop between the rookie and herself Cassie pushes them aside. She has a past that keeps her from even dating men much less loving one. She has built a wall around herself that makes it hard for anyone to get through, including her own mother. Follow along in this tale of a woman who has been hurt by the past and who doesn't know how to open herself up to the future. Does she stay closed off? Does she let the past dictate her future? Will she deal with all the feelings she has spent years hiding from? This was such an emotional read, Cassie touched my heart from the start and I just wanted her to come out the other side open to new beginnings. She is such a lovely character you can't help but want her to be able to turn everything around and have the life she deserves not just the one she is living. I cried so much throughout this read but they were empathetic tears. This was story telling at its best and I look forward to picking up more books from this author.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Mix one part family drama, one part culture of the fire station, one part romance, and one part the challenges of forgiveness and you'll have an enjoyable summer read by Katherine Center. I really enjoy how this author writes as the story flows along with characters who are not all good or all bad and the author connects you to the humanity of the main characters. The epilogue brought a tear to my eye which means the author did her job getting me to care about the characters. 4.5 stars for me. My ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MiekeReads 5 months ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, I've never read Katherine Center before and I was afraid it would be a bit of a tear jerker. I was right. Bittersweet, is the best way to describe this romance. Love happens at the best and worst times in your life. Cassie is a tough and smart young firefighter who needs a change of scene when an awards ceremony goes awry. Owen is a rookie firefighter at her new station. I really liked Cassie's ingenuity and strength and Owen's ability to show his vulnerability. At first glance they would seem like opposites, but they really complemented each other perfectly. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. I received an ARC in exchange of my honest review.
annie2015 5 months ago
Wow! What a wonderfully written story filled with love and loss, betral and forgiveness. The characters and storyline are well-developed, engaging, and interesting. It definitely held my interest and kept me flipping pages as quickly as I could. I definitely feel my time was well-spent reading this book. It was my first by Ms. Center, but certainly not my last. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias or remuneration. #ARC #arcreview. #arcreview2019 #NewRelease #nowavailable #mustread #mustreadbook #bookstagram #bookstoread @stmartinspress #NetGalley
bookbruin 5 months ago
This was such a beautiful story of forgiveness and healing. Katherine Center truly has a gift for transporting the reader into the story and getting you invested in the characters. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. Some moments were exhilarating, while others were sweet and tender. There were also painful and gut wrenching scenes that left me holding my heart. Cassie was a fantastic heroine. I loved her drive, tenacity, and confidence. Her struggles to overcome the stigma and prejudices of being a female firefighter only made me root harder for her. Events in her past (that may be a trigger for some) hardened her heart, but I loved how she slowly opened up and began to live again. Her journey to let go of all the anger and forgiving others (and herself) was so powerful. I appreciated that the romantic relationship in the story was just as important as the friendships and familial relationships. Every part was vital in Cassie's journey. The rookie pretty much left me with a goofy grin on my face every time he was on the page. (The Poo-huahua!!!) I loved his friendship with Cassie and how they each trusted and healed each other. Their chemistry and connection jumped off the page and built up so beautifully and naturally. The supporting cast of characters were also a treat and all of the fire station pranks added some wonderful lighthearted moments. My favorite was probably the ladder and rooftop ;) I also loved getting a glimpse into the inner workings and dynamics of being a firefighter. I thought the more serious moments were balanced so well with the sweet and silly ones. It made this book unputdownable to me. The epilogue had me smiling ear to ear (even the bittersweet parts) and I cannot wait to read more from Katherine Center! *Note: There is a bridge novella called The Girl in the Plane that ties this book to How to Walk Away. It is Cassie's POV of the events that open How to Walk Away. Both books can be read as standalones. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
AnitaG 5 months ago
Cassie Hanwell is the kind of firefighter every team dreams of having. She’s great in a crisis and is a problem solver. She once dreamed of being a doctor, but fell in love with being an EMT, then a paramedic and tied it all together when she became a firefighter. Katherine Center gives the reader just a tiny peek into Cassie’s past. Enough that you know it’s impacted her life today, and you want to know more. When Cassie receives a major valor award she’s thrilled to have her firehouse team by her side, joking with her, yet cheering her on. When the award is given by a substitute city councilman, we learn that Cassie has some strong feelings, and they are not positive. Mix this with the pleas from her mother to come and help her for a year, Cassie’s life is faced with enormous change and potential struggle. Massachusetts is night and day different to the life she is accustomed to. She’s now living with her mom, and the firehouse is not ready for a woman to be a part of their team. She’s listened to all the advice from her former captain, but nothing has prepared her for these challenges. She works her hardest, and she believes she can be a positive teammate and but there are conflicts she doesn’t see coming. Katherine Center beautifully writes this story of a woman learning her way in new surroundings when she realizes it’s not all about work. She realizes she has feelings and for the first time she opens herself up to more than just the friendships at work. Her mom stirs up the emotions she’s tried to hide. Her mom talks to her about forgiveness, and this theme is so important to the rest of the book. I can’t say enough good things about Things You Save in a Fire. I’ve been a long time fan of Katherine Center’s books. Her work continues to entertain and enlighten me. This book is one that is such a quick and captivating read, I didn’t want to put it down, and finished it at 3 in the morning, but I had to find out the rest. I also love how the epilogue gave closure to this story. I hope you’ll look for this book in stores and libraries and pick up a copy.