“Choosing to love—despite all the ways that people let you down, and disappear, and break your heart. Knowing everything we know about how hard life is and choosing to love, anyway.. That’s not weakness, that’s courage.”
Published: Not yet! Comes out August 13, 2019
Pages: 320 Pages
My Copy Came From: NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press
Read Via: Kindle
My Like Level: 4 out of 5
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit, Family Life, Rom-Com
Book Synopsis from Amazon:
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.
This was wonderful from start to finish! I am so grateful to have been given the chance to read this sweet, heartwarming story. Katherine Center’s novels are always adorable, and full of life lessons. You can always count on her to add a little romance, and lots of humor to her stories. Things You Save in a Fire was no different! I loved it from the beginning and cheered for the characters throughout. Cassie, The Rookie, Diana, Josie, etc. Each had a story to tell, and held a puzzle piece to complete this book. I love when a novel can make me feel joy, frustration, and sadness. I love it even more when a novel can make me laugh. This book did all of that and more. Fun Fact: If you read Katherine’s previous novel How To Walk Away, there is a little call back to that books main character in the beginning of this one. Love that little tie in!
If I had to give one critical note of constructive criticism, I would say that Cassie’s stubbornness got a wee bit annoying. I understand that her character had to be stubborn and head strong in order further the story along, but I grew a bit tired of that. At times it seemed a bit over the top, and unrealistic.
Aside from that though, this book was so fun! I know you will LOVE it! Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is bound to be a smashing success!
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this advanced readers edition of Things You Save in a Fire in exchange for an honest review.
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