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Things You Save in a Fire

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

A fabulously strong female character and a delightfully fun read.



Cassie Hanwell loves being a firefighter in her Austin, Texas firehouse. It’s totally what she was made to be. She is calm in the face of emergencies and in dealing with other people’s tragedies. But Cassie mother, who lives in Boston, needs her daughter’s help. She begrudgingly moves across country to help her sick mother. The firehouse in Boston is pretty old school compared to her Texas firehouse...hazing, lacking of funding and outdated facilities. That the firemen in Boston are not thrilled to have a “lady” on their crew is putting it mildly. Cassie’s only supporter is the handsome new rookie fireman, Owen Callahan. Both Cassie and Owen started work on the same day, and Cassie could not help but notice his good looks, but Cassie is trying her best to keep her distance. Firemen can’t date firemen....and she won’t jeopardize her career, no matter what.


THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE is a delightfully fun and entertaining read. The story is well told and features themes of family, forgiveness, betrayal, and love. Cassie’s character is strong and she is more than determined to prove herself as a firefighter. She is relentless and faces her opposition head on. My favorite part was when she wanted to play basketball with the crew and they wouldn’t let her...she showed them.

KATHERINE CENTER’s writing is easy and enjoyable. It’s simply captivating and the final pages will have you cheering I absolutely loved learning about firehouses.

Center is The New York Times best-selling author of How to Walk Away (2018). She lives in Houston, Texas. Thanks to St Martin’s Press and Katherine Center for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher St. Martin’s Press

Published August 13, 2019

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