Release date: August 13, 2019
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.
So if you’ve been following me on social media, you have probably heard me rave about How To Walk Away by Katherine Center. It was by far the best book of 2018 and if anyone disagrees they can fight me. When Katherine Center announced this upcoming release, I was literally celebrating. Plus, it was a story about a female firefighter!!! The girl power freak in me went absolutely nuts. It also helped that Chicago Fire was on a break so this book really filled that void for me.
Cassie was a hard character to get a handle on. I almost was disappointed with this book because it took forever to really connect with her. In How To Walk Away you get emotional invested really quick. In Things You Save In A Fire, it seemed like well past the halfway mark before I really felt invested. It took me awhile to realize that was the point though. Cassie is a very closed off person who doesn’t let anyone get to close. So even the readers had to earn that trust to get behind her walls and really see the real Cassie. I felt that was a great build up to the character and by the climax of the book the bond the reader has with Cassie is so strong and the emotions are so real and raw.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 out of 5) I still need to go back and read all the amazing books by Katherine Center prior to How To Walk Away because her writing is phenomenal and the characters are like family. She definitely has another hit on her hands with Things You Save In A Fire.