41150382.jpgThings You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Published August 13, 2019

Hardcover, 320 pages


(Thanks to Netgalley & St. Martins Press, I received an eARC)



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.



This is the second book I’ve read bythis author, and again I was thoroughly impressed. One of the main reasons I wanted to pick this one up, other than the author, was that it takes place in Boston. I can see this one playing out as a really good movie.

Cassie was one of the fiercest main characters I had the chance to read about in a long time. She was so determined to prove herself, and I found that admirable. It was fun to read from a firefighter’s perspective, since I hadn’t before.The romantic aspect of the book was done well. I enjoyed the love interest and was very invested in them.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this one. If you enjoyed Katherine’s other book I’d 100% say go and pick this one up, it will not be a disappointment. There’s not much more I can say about this one other than I couldn’t put it down.

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