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Book Review: Things you save in a fire by Katherine Center

I have been desperately waiting to get my hands on Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center for MONTHS. Eventually, it arrived the day before release date – and I obviously started it as soon as I opened it!

Things you save in a fire by Katherine Center

Genre: Fiction, Romance

BUG Rating: 4.5/5

Overall: I read in 2 sittings, I just could not put this down! I loved everything about it, the characters – who couldn’t absolutely love Cassie, the Rookie and the rest of the crew! Katherine’s writing style was totally up my street, I really enjoyed the story being told from Cassie’s POV with plenty of Cassie’s humorous thoughts between the dialogues. There was a few moments were I actually gasped – wow, wow, WOW and other moments when I felt I was fighting back tears. It wasn’t just an amazing love story, it was way more than that, it was also a lesson on courage and forgiveness.

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. 


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?


+ The connection with the characters. LOVED THEM ALL

+ Cassie’s humour!

+ The underlying stories – Cassie’s determination to show a woman can be just as good a firefighter as a man, if not better + the interwound #MeToo element

+ The pace of the 2nd half of the book – so good!


– Maybe a slightly slower pace to the first half

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