Book Review: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Title: Things You Save in a Fire
By: Katherine Center
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 320
Release Date: August 13th, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Review: I am so glad I pick up this book. This story is full of struggle and heartache. A real picture of what true life can be. It doesn't beat around the bush about how women are treated in a man's world, or how some people can fall off their rockers. 

I loved how the writer told the story. Her writing style is smooth and so easy to read. The characters were really colorful, a wonderful cast. The feelings this book gives is amazing. 

A wonderful read for anyone. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


  1. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Great review!

    1. I love this book. I can't wait to pick up another book from this author.

  2. I read so many great reviews for this book, that I couldn't resist downloading. Holy cow! I loved it so much. So many feels. So many tears, and I have since read Center's previous book, which was also wonderful.

    1. I absolutely adored this book. I also want to check out more of Center's books. She has a great writing style.