Author: Katherine Center
Series: Standalone book (August 13, 2019 release date)
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis: 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 everything—the only job she’s ever loved and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.
Review: I loved, loved, loved this book! “Things You Save in a Fire” is a beautifully written story of courage, hope, forgiveness, and learning to love against all odds. I was hooked from the very first page and I could not put the book down until it was finished the same day. Cassie (main character) is simply amazing. She’s a kick-ass, tough-as-nails uber-awesome firefighter who makes the tough decision to leave everything she’s built in Texas to move to Massachusetts to care for her estranged mother. What I appreciated most about Cassie is her unwavering sense of duty, loyalty, and hilarious snark. I lost count how many times I laughed out loud reading this book.
Cassie’s journey of forgiveness and healing was both heartwarming and inspirational. I gained such a greater appreciation for the power of empathy and connecting with others. And… The Rookie. The relationship between Cassie and The Rookie had my heart melting. It was such an authentic and sweet story of falling in love and fighting for what you want.
Katherine Center’s writing gave me so many feels in this book. I laughed. I cried. I was angry. I worried. “Things You Save in a Fire” was the first book I read from this author, but it won’t be my last. Katherine Center is a true master storyteller and a powerhouse in this genre. If you’re a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ “The Last Song” or Jodi Picoult’s “Change of Heart”, then you MUST read this book.