Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

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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.

I got this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

things-you-save-in-a-fire book review

Let’s just start by saying I am not a Woman’s Fiction type of reader. I don’t really care for strong female characters and their life-changing stories. I usually read Thrillers, Horror and anything that has to do with death and being scared. But man, this book just melted my heart and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Katherine Center did an amazing job building up the main character, by the end of the book I felt like I was right there with her, going through everything she was going through. As well as giggling like a teenager who just met a cute boy.

It was funny, sad, heartwarming and life-changing. I was laughing, almost crying (I don’t cry when reading lol) and reading as fast as I could because I just had to find out what happens next.

I finished it in just a few days, which is an amazing accomplishment for a mom of three.

This book follows Cassie, a female firefighter. And even though she is a girl she is tough as nails. I’d say tougher than most of the guys. The girl can do 29 one handed pull-ups. Wow! And there’s a good reason why she is like that.

The running theme throughout the book is forgiveness, and Cassie struggles with forgiving her mom. Life throws some curve balls at her and she has to navigate through them.

I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished this book I went and bought two more of Katherine's books. And LOVED them too!