Okay, for the second time, Katherine Center owes me a box of tissues! Wow, she just ripped out my heart, stomped all over it, and I didn’t even see it coming! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center. She will have your emotions all over the place. I have only read two other books by Katherine Center before but I know THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE won’t be the last! I’m so excited to read more by this author that as soon as I was finished, I placed all of her other books on hold at my library! Wow! What an awesome story. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! I have made it a quest to catch up on the rest of her books because her writing is just that good. She makes her readers feel every emotion her characters are feeling to the point where you feel as if you are right there, struggling along with them.

Cassie Hanwell is a fire fighter with the Austin Fire Department. She is about to receive a Valor Award and as the first female to ever receive this award, she is beyond excited but also a nervous wreck! When she hears her name being called and sees who is presenting the award she loses her mind. What happens next is totally unlike her and shocking! Her life is never going to be the same and not only does she lose her job, but she finds herself moving to Boston. Her estranged mother has asked for her help.

She also gets a new job working at the Lillian Fire Department and starts on the same day as The Rookie. Oh my goodness, The Rookie!💗 He totally gave me all the feels and I was rooting for him through out the whole book. He isn’t the best fire fighter but Cassie tries to teach him how to be one while keeping her distance. Why? He awakens things inside her she didn’t know she could possibly ever feel again after a horrible event in her past.

I don’t want to say too much for fear of giving away all of THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE but once I started reading this beautiful and heart breaking story, I could not stop! Everyone should have this unforgettable book on their summer/fall reading list. The dialogue between Cassie and the rookie, Owen is just hysterical. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters from page one and I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.



From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about family, 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 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.


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  1. I loved this one and am so glad you did as well Susan, although I knew you would. I didn’t cry, but it was close. A can’t agree more with all you said and felt about this story. Awesome review. 😢👷‍♀️☕🧡

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