Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"Center gives readers a sharp and witty exploration of love and forgiveness that is at once insightful, entertaining, and thoroughly addictive."
KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW

"An appealing heroine, a compelling love story, a tearjerking twist, and a thoroughly absorbing story. Another winner from Center."
BOOKLIST, STARRED REVIEW

"A spirited, independent heroine meets a smoking-hot fireman in Center's smart romance... If you enjoyed 'The Kiss Quotient,' by Helen Hoang, read Things You Save in a Fire"'
THE WASHINGTON POST

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.

Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group

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hRuth
Feb 15, 2021

A lovely, well-written, heart-warming story. I needed that ❤️

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sbeck693
Jan 03, 2021

Good Strong Feminist novel. Cassie is a Fire Fighter & a trained Paramedic. She is constantly feeling she needs to prove she is as good as any of the men BUT she does it by being better, stronger and more knowledgeable but best of all she is calm in a crisis which she knows is her best trait. Cassie has emotional issues she needs to address if she is ever going to be happy & find love. An easy enjoyable read.

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BeckyR21
Sep 12, 2020

I've read all of Katherine Center's books, and this one took a bit for me to become engaged. I wasn't a big fan of Cassie, and the only reason that I kept reading was my loyalty to the author. The book does pick up past the half way mark, with a satisfying ending. The rookie is a fabulous character, as expected since Center's husband is also a firefighter. I liked him as much as I liked Jake in Happiness for Beginners (probably my fave Katherine Center book).

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Daisybates
Sep 06, 2020

This is a great story about a firefighter, a female firefighter in a man's world. I learned a lot about that world. However, the book was so much more than that. Many themes were packed into this story-love, empathy, forgiveness, and surviving difficult situations. Highly recommend!

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KatG1983
Aug 07, 2020

Pretty solid if formulaic rom-com in book form. Liked the main character a lot, will definitely not remember anything that happened in the book a month from now. Good for a summer weekend read!

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Summer2021
Aug 06, 2020

This book is excellent.

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Pandato4
Aug 03, 2020

This was my first book to read by this author. Well written and full of hope. I did cry reading the epilogue. Heartbreak, trauma, loss, forgiveness, family, and love all in 497 pages.

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sasie
Jul 13, 2020

This was a five star book for me. A romance with a really strong female character that I just connected to right away. A super good story.

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 2020

Cassie has always been tough as nails. As one of very few female firefighters at her Austin firehouse, she knows that she has to do everything better, be stronger, faster, and tougher, and never show one ounce of emotion. It's something she's been comfortable with since her mother abandoned her and her father on Cassie's 16th birthday. Cassie has never really let anyone get too close to her, because vulnerability means weakness in her book.

But on a night that should be one of her proudest achievements, Cassie's carefully constructed façade cracks, and the results are shocking, to say the least, to those who know her best. She creates quite a mess for herself—so much so that when her estranged mother calls and asks her to move to Boston for a year to help her through some serious health issues, Cassie ignores her gut instincts and agrees. But she makes it perfectly clear that she's not there to reminisce or be friends with her mother, she's only there to help.

"I reminded myself again that she was only Diana. Of course, our parents get an extra dose of importance in our minds. When we're little, they're everything—the gods and goddesses that rule our worlds. It takes a lot of growing up, and a lot of disappointment, to accept that they're just normal, bumbling, mistaken humans, like everybody else."

Cassie takes a job in the small town of Lillian, a town which has never had a female firefighter and isn't interested in one. In fact, the captain thinks female firefighters may very well lead to the decline of Western civilization. So once again, she's bound and determined to do everything better than any of the men on the squad, and not allow them to treat her like a girl. She ignores the hazing, the teasing, and those who want to see her fail, and she outdoes them at every turn.

The one thing she can't seem to ignore, however, is the rookie—Owen Callaghan, son of a retired firefighter, who joined the squad in Lillian the same day Cassie did. Sure he's good-looking, fit, and can cook like nobody's business, but Cassie knows she is a better firefighter and EMT than he is. But why does her stomach flip every time she seems him? It's not like she hasn't worked around gorgeous men before, but for some reason, she can't get him out of her mind, and it doesn't help that they get paired up for everything.

Cassie came to Lillian to work, not to date, and besides, dating a fellow firefighter is career suicide. That's the one main thing her captain in Austin told her before Cassie left—never date firefighters. So no matter what, she's just going to ignore the rookie and treat him like one of the guys. Because in Cassie's eyes, love equals vulnerability, which equals failure.

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ottawawoman
Jun 17, 2020

I loved this book. It’s a feel good rom-com, sure, but the main character doesn’t have it easy. She goes through some tough experiences, and we walk through with her.
I recommend this for individuals or book clubs.

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