Book Review: Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

Second book by the author and this one was really good.

‘Things You Save In A Fire’ is a heart warming, feel-good story about love, forgiveness and strength against all odds. Cassie Hanwell is a firefighter who knows her job and loves it with all her heart. Circumstances arise and she has to move from her comfort zone in Texas to help her mum who needs her assistance due to some health challenges. She suddenly finds herself on a new job where she has to prove herself to the new crew who have never worked with a female fire fighter before and think women shouldn’t be part of the team. Also new to the team is a rookie and for the first time in 10 years, Cassie feels her heart flutter because of a guy. Cassie finds herself on a journey of self discovery, love and new beginnings.

I really enjoyed this one. It was funny, relatable and the characters were fun. Cassie’s character was one that I kept rooting for and the rookie too was such a cool guy. I enjoyed reading the parts with the two of them the most and I am glad the story ended the way I hoped it would. I also liked the way the story addressed the issues around how women are treated when they work in professions that are primarily dominated by men. As a geologist, I can relate to joining an all male team and the dynamics that play out because you are the only woman in the team.  

This book I definitely recommend and I hope to read more by the author soonest.


Rating: 4.5 stars

Published: August 13th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 320

Genre: Romance

Buy: Amazon

The Author:

Katherine Center | Authors | Macmillan

Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire (August 2019), and five other bittersweet comic novels. Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Katherine recently gave a TEDx talk on how stories teach us empathy, and her work has appeared in USA Today, InStyle, Redbook, People, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Real Simple, Southern Living, and InTouch, among others. Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her fun husband, two sweet kids, and fluffy-but-fierce dog.

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