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 AnticipatedThe 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 Slippingbut 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 4.5 StarsCassie Hanwell is one strong cookie She must be she is the only female firefighter at her station To prove herself, she must be better, faster, and harder working than her male counterparts She works in a male dominated fieldhow male dominated I did some research and found that There are 1.16 million firefighters in the United States, but only 7 percent are women according to the National Fire Protection Association That s a big gap and Cassie feels it in this book Cassie is a complete professional when dealing with emergencies, high stress situations and tragedies on the job In her personal life not so much You see, Cassie doesn t have a personal life She doesn t date, she doesn t hang out, she doesn t really have friends, she s not looking for a boyfriend, she fills her life with work and responsibility.She is torn when she receives a call from her estranged and ailing Mother A mother who left when Cassie was a teenager, a Mother she has spent years being angry with A Mother she blamed But when an incident occurs at an awards ceremony, Cassie decides to transfer to a new firehouse outside of Boston so that she can work while helping her Mother.Once again, she is one of the newest members at a fire station that isn t too happy to have a female there She is subjected to hazing and must prove herself and her abilities as a firefighter She knew it would be hard staring over, she was mentally prepared for that What she wasn t prepared for was the feelings she began to experience when she met the Rookie, Owen Callahan Her old chief gave her strict instructions Never date a firefighter It doesn t help that the two newbies get paired up for everything She can t escape him or her feelings.She also can t escape her feelings about being around her Mother Forgiveness is a theme in this book Forging others Forging yourself That being vulnerable does not make you weak and that giving someone a second chance can turn everything around.I loved how this book was about relationships in various forms friendships, relationships with co workers, relationships between a parent and their child, romantic relationships, etc I also loved the theme of forgiveness and the path the characters choose to go on in terms of forgiveness I also loved how Cassie was a strong female character who changed and grew over the course of this book She had flaws, she had pain, she had sadness and anger, she also had courage, heart, and determination She felt real believable What she was feeling and how she re acted to situations made sense I enjoy romances and this was so much than that It contained great likable and some not so likable characters, a great theme, and the growth of the characters This was a captivating and engaging book It is beautifully written and grabbed my attention right away I rooted for several of the characters and loved every single page Plus, it did not feel rushed at all and it had an epilogue YES Plus, there is a little nod to the accident from How to Walk Away which I thought was a nice touch.Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own. 5 Sappy Stars An Unputdownable, Funny, Fabulous and Sweet novel, that will end up on my Best of List for 2018 How do I love Thee Let me tell you the ways Things You Save in a Fire turned me into a complete mush Yes, it s true and I admit it I know, I know, it s unbelievable right Roll your eyes at me, go ahead it seems utterly preposterous given what you all know of me, but it happened I ve been transformed into a schmoopy girl for real And you have Katherine Center to thank Cassie Hanwell is a Firefighter She isn t exactly great with people but she s awesome at her job Austin has been her home for years now and she loves it there When her mom, who is in bad health, calls her requesting that she go back home to Massachusetts, Cassie feels that she has no choice She plans to give it a year Fight fires, and do what it takes to care for the mom who abandoned her when she was Sixteen, that s it What she didn t plan for is meeting the Rookie You know what they say about plans don t you What made Things You Save in a Fire so great you ask Well, it s completely and totally HILARIOUS I started reading this in public and broke into hysterical laughter within the first few pages People at Starbucks stopped conversations to stare at me It happened again just a few minutes later and I actually had to put my head down because I was laughing so hard my body was shaking it was then that I knew, that reading this novel in public might not be the best idea In addition, every moment of this novel felt like real life I was completely and totally immersed because I identified with so much of what Cassie was going through For as many times as I laughed hysterically, there were just as many where I ached for Cassie Her pain tore through me and my chest caught My stomach felt as though it was filled with needles and then, well, the crying commenced And then of course, there s the Rookie Sigh Yeah, that guy was the real deal Schmoop City Cassie however, doesn t do relationships In fact, she thinks their dumb The fact is, Cassie certainly doesn t let people in and she never lets people hug her yet for some reason she can t get the Rookie out of her mind Funny how that works In the end, Things You Save in a Fire swept me off of my feet It has great, believable characters, heartfelt, realistic writing and fantastic storytelling This book is simply unputdownable It is endearing, funny, fabulous and sweet This was a buddy read with Kaceey We absolutely LOVED this book To say we loved it doesn t even begin to describe our feelings Laughter, tears, and lots of smiles ensued while reading this So glad I got to read this one with you Kace A huge thank you to Jordan at St Martin s Press for recommending and passing along this book It will definitely appear on my Goodreads Best of list for 2018 Thank you also to Katherine Center for this fabulous read I can t wait to read How to Walk Away, which we have coming up soon.Published on Goodreads 12.13.18.Except to be Published on Instagram.Will be published on Twitter and on release date. 3.75 starsSuper sweet love story that made this cynic both cringe and smile Things You Save in a Fire is about a woman who must learn to forgive in order to loveCassie, a 26 year old firefighter in Austin Texas, has faced a lot of adversity in her life On her 16th birthday, her mother left her father and Cassie for another man, which led to further tragedy Further, being a woman in a male dominated profession, she has had to fight her way to acceptance So when her estranged mother asks Cassie to come care for her outside of Boston while she adjusts to going blind, it should be an easy transition for Cassie But when she arrives in Lillian at her new firehouse, she faces challenges she never thought she would experience including learning to forgive and accept love Things You Save in a Fire was exactly what I needed It s light and happy but also has some depth There s a lot to love I especially loved Cassie s character It was refreshing to have a strong, independent female protagonist not fall for losers I admired how she didn t back down from challenges and loved seeing her best the guys at the firehouse I also loved her relationship with her mother Cassie s relationship with the rookie was sweet, I just wish it hadn t been so rushed towards the end Onto my cynical side There were times, especially when Cassie made grand declarations of love when I was groaning aloud and had to cover my eyes which makes it hard to read The proposal scene was especially hard to take I know, I know I am just that person Everything just came together too quickly and too neatly At the same time, these were some very sweet and endearing moments that felt authentic As for some of the others, my brain just has trouble processing them as realityOverall this is an easy and enjoyable read, even for those who are cynics at heart I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and St Martin s Press in exchange for an honest review. Five well deserved, positive, hopeful, when you read it, this book gives you hope, joy, not only warm , definitely heat your heart, gives you tunes makes you dance and sing at the end you feel like you re watching Gosling and Stone s favorite LaLaLand dance scene on your mind over and over again stars What an inspirational, fantastic book with those beautiful characters, I wish they were real so I could give them a very big GROUP HUG and tell them I love you 3thousand I start to read this book on my lunch break, but lunch turned into let s have dessert and coffee break, too and coffee break turns into oh look at the look, let s also have some chai tea latte, it s 5 pm, thankfully I m self employed As you can imagine I had the longest lunch of the history My counted sighs during this reading 216 My counted giggles 34 they were embarrassing, my advice , don t do at the restaurants crowded with the businessmen with serious faces, one of them already gave me his card, you guess right, he s shrink My counted teardrops More than 1000, last pages are really hard to survive, good news, a small boy around 6 years young who was sitting at the next table, gave me his chocolate chip cookie my favorite So I ate it and continued to sob At least my ugly cries stopped I loved Cassie, she s achiever, fighter and also survivor, smart, competitor, tough but she s lonely, hides herself by building concrete walls around her feelings Till he met the ROOKIE Nope we don t talk about Nathan Fillion and his TV series, but let s imagine 20 years younger version of him, I think Cassie is not going be the only one who is gonna fall in love with rookie The Rookie, only mentioned few times his real name but this nickname stuck with him ,is the sweetest, nicest hero that you can ever imagine He s natural born charmer, but as a big plus, he can really cook He can sense something happened so bad to Cassie in the past but he is really patient enough to win her heart I confess, as I read a few pages, I thought this is a chic lit meets rom com kinda book The girl had incident with the city council member who squeezed her butt when she was getting her award for her achievements as a firefighter at the time she s about to get promoted So she refused to tell she was sorry to the council member so she was transferred to her new work place with full of biased, Neanderthal meets cavemen, suspicious coworkers But the other main reason of her move is her sick estranged mother s need of her urgent help So we think, okay classically Cassie will make them eat their statements about a woman cannot be good firefighter and beat them up with her spectacular efforts and achievements She s gonna learn how to forgive her mother and after longtime she s gonna learn to open her heart for real love at first sight a big applause for ROOKIE Or let s chant IN WE ROOKIE WE TRUST But it s not simple like that There are so many issues sensitively told on this book starting with abuse, abandonment, early death, drug addiction, fatal diseases, miscarriages, vandalism etc And the most interesting thing, the author meticulously deals with these matters and at the end she shows us there are still starts shining above us at the darkest times of the night She gives us hope, guy and helps us meet with our own happiness It s all about to change your point of view and learn how to forgive, starting with yourself You got it why I gave five stars Because I have no choice Good news Most of the people at the restaurant who just witnessed my reading, already started to give their pre orders for this book Okay, I make them do it by yelling HEY WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR READ THIS BOOK But this is irrelevant I hope everybody enjoys this as much as like me Thanks to the publisher for ARC COPY and my special thanks to NetGalley But mostly thanks to the author for creating this amazing work It s all about forgiveness Even when you tell yourself you can t life might just surprise you Occasionally, a book can reach deeply, touching you profoundly The best part is you never see it coming This book had me smiling, crying then smiling once again through my tears Cassie is a tough as nails firefighter She s got to be She s working in a typically male dominated field, and they never let her forget it.But hands down, Cassie is the best at what she does So driven in fact, her private life takes a major backseat Actually, it s nonexistent She does not date She does not do romance Cassie left her life behind in Austin to look after her mother in Massachusetts That means she must once again prove her mettle to both her new station, and herself Maybe it s time for new beginnings professionally and personally.Cassie must learn some most valuable lessons if she hopes to move forward More specifically, how to incorporate a sense of forgiveness into her no nonsense life To rise above and forgive others along the way and perhaps in return, the chance to forgive and heal herself Maybe I just learned a little bit about forgiveness too.Katherine Center has written a true to life, heartwarming story that will touch every reader fortunate enough to pick this gem up From the most hardened of hearts to the hopelessly mushy reader There are so many wonderful soul searching moments within this read that there will be than a few that stand out and speak to you This was my first read from this author and can t wait to back track and get my hands on her previous book It was written from the heart to the heart.If there is one book I would recommend above all others this yearit would be this one Do not miss out It is a must read This was an incredible buddy read with Susanne that has us still talking about it Thank you to Jordan Hanley at St Martin s Press for an ARC to read and review. 4.5 stars, rounded up.Add Katherine Center to the list of authors I ve discovered this year whose work has utterly wowed me Between her newest book and How to Walk Away , which I read earlier this year see my review , I ve become a big fan while becoming emotionally unglued Because that s how I roll, y all Cassie has always been tough as nails As one of very few female firefighters at her Austin firehouse, she knows that she has to do everything better, be stronger, faster, and tougher, and never show one ounce of emotion It s something she s been comfortable with since her mother abandoned her and her father on Cassie s 16th birthday Cassie has never really let anyone get too close to her, because vulnerability means weakness in her book.But on a night that should be one of her proudest achievements, Cassie s carefully constructed fa ade cracks, and the results are shocking, to say the least, to those who know her best She creates quite a mess for herself so much so that when her estranged mother calls and asks her to move to Boston for a year to help her through some serious health issues, Cassie ignores her gut instincts and agrees But she makes it perfectly clear that she s not there to reminisce or be friends with her mother, she s only there to help I reminded myself again that she was only Diana Of course, our parents get an extra dose of importance in our minds When we re little, they re everything the gods and goddesses that rule our worlds It takes a lot of growing up, and a lot of disappointment, to accept that they re just normal, bumbling, mistaken humans, like everybody else Cassie takes a job in the small town of Lillian, a town which has never had a female firefighter and isn t interested in one In fact, the captain thinks female firefighters may very well lead to the decline of Western civilization So once again, she s bound and determined to do everything better than any of the men on the squad, and not allow them to treat her like a girl She ignores the hazing, the teasing, and those who want to see her fail, and she outdoes them at every turn.The one thing she can t seem to ignore, however, is the rookie Owen Callaghan, son of a retired firefighter, who joined the squad in Lillian the same day Cassie did Sure he s good looking, fit, and can cook like nobody s business, but Cassie knows she is a better firefighter and EMT than he is But why does her stomach flip every time she seems him It s not like she hasn t worked around gorgeous men before, but for some reason, she can t get him out of her mind, and it doesn t help that they get paired up for everything.Cassie came to Lillian to work, not to date, and besides, dating a fellow firefighter is career suicide That s the one main thing her captain in Austin told her before Cassie left never date firefighters So no matter what, she s just going to ignore the rookie and treat him like one of the guys Because in Cassie s eyes, love equals vulnerability, which equals failure.If you ve spent your entire life guarding yourself from any sign of weakness, keeping everyone at arm s length, can you be truly happy Which is harder, forgiving someone for hurting you or forgiving yourself How do you decide whether it s worth risking everything you ve built your life around to pursue something that might not work out, and might hurt you Things You Save in a Fire is one of those books where you can probably guess most if not all of what will happen, but it doesn t matter one iota, because you re totally hooked Once again, Center creates vulnerable, likable, relatable characters and makes you care about them, makes you root for them, makes you angry when roadblocks occur, and makes you fearful that something bad will befall these characters you ve come to know.This is a book about how the walls we build to protect ourselves often keep people out than we realize, and before we know it, we re safe but alone This is a book about realizing that being a little vulnerable doesn t mean you re still not tough or brave, and it s also a book about when you know it s right to sacrifice what you want for those you care about Like any story where matters of the heart, family issues, and relationships are dealt with, Things You Save in a Fire is moving at times, a little poignant, and you might find something is in your eye once or twice But this is one of those books that wins you over from the very first page, and doesn t let up, so it s worth a few tears at least.NetGalley and St Martin s Press provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. This is a wonderful piece of contemporary fiction from Katherine Center, full of warmth, featuring the strong, independent, and extremely capable Cassie Hanwell A firefighter extraordinaire, so brave and up for an award for valour at which all her crew from the modern and progressive Austin FD are present, both to support and prank her at the event However, Cassie s night is knocked for six when the mayor is unable to present the award and in his place is a man from her nightmare past, council man Heath Thompson, all of which leads to events that are to spoil her evening and place her in a difficult position at work Cassie s mom, Lily, has got in touch to ask her to come help her for up to a year due to her eye problems Cassie has never forgiven her mom ever since she left her father for another man on her 16th birthday, a day that has left indelible traumatic marks in her memories as she is to suffer further trauma and horror Cassie refuses to even consider the requisite apology required after award night, despite the fact it means missing out on a huge promotion and leaving her present job in Austin This propels her apprehensive move to Boston, Massachusetts, to live with Lily, having every intention to help but not get emotionally close to her She takes up a position as the first woman firefighter at the dilapidated and poorly equipped Lillian Fire Department Starting on the same day is rookie, Owen Callaghan, Cassie has to prove herself again and again, face hazing and constant pranking, and tasked with training up the rookie Cassie has never had any problems in closing herself off from any emotional entanglements since she was 16, but for the first time she feels her barriers fall away as she falls for the rookie, but a relationship is out of the question, she had been warned by her Captain at Austin Cassie finds she did not know the circumstances her mother found herself on her 16th birthday She walks into unfamiliar territory as she starts to succumb to hugs, tentatively move into the necessary but difficult process of implementing forgiveness into her life and contemplate a real relationship for the first time in her life Katherine Center writes a beautiful and emotionally engaging novel with her feisty but traumatised Cassie Cassie has to face the doubts of her male colleagues who need some persuading that a woman can be a competent firefighter, and her life is littered with obstacles and challenges, both personal and professional, not to mention having to deal with a malicious stalker In a narrative full of warmth and humour, we see Cassie address her emotional traumas, have to cope with her mom s health issues, and begin to understand the power and joy of love This is a lovely and entertaining novel which I so enjoyed reading Many thanks to St Martin s Press for an ARC. My reviews can also be seen at Saving lives was easy Saving herself was another story What a fantastic read Cassie Hanwell is a firefighter with the Austin Fire Department She is a very busy and independent woman Her co workers think she s lonely, but she tells them she s happy with the way things are.Cassie is about to receive the Austin Fire Department s Valor Award She is the FIRST female to ever win this prestigious award Cassie is anxiously waiting for them to call her to the stage to receive her award from the Mayor However, an announcement is made saying that someone else will be giving Cassie the award When Cassie sees who it is she s shocked But the shock wears off quicklyWhat happens next is COMPLETELY unexpected.On top of everything else, Cassie s mother has been trying to get in touch with her Cassie and her mother are far from close so she s stunned when her mother says I need you to come to Massachusetts to live with me She has some health issues and needs Cassie s help She asks Cassie to think it over Cassie says she doesn t need any time to thinkthe answer is no.Unfortunately, before she knows it she s moving to Boston.Cassie will be working at the Lillian Fire Department, where she s needed but not wanted The LFD has NEVER had a woman firefighter Cassie is determined to prove she can do the job just as well as they can She is advised to do anything she can to keep from reminding them that she s a woman no makeup, no long hair, no jewelry etc but she also shouldn t back down, get offended, or show fear Will Cassie be able to deal with the good old boys and their archaic ideas So, to succeed in my new job, I basically need to be an asexual, androgynous, human robot that s dead to all physical and emotional sensation Easy peasy right Soon some surprising feelings have Cassie rethinking many parts of her life Is it possible that she may even end up breaking the biggest rule of all Cassie survived her past by never talking about it with ANYONE She closed off many parts of herself so then she wouldn t get hurt But could she be missing out on something wonderful Every now and then a story comes along that gets me right in the heart Things You Save in a Fire is that kind of story.I ve said it before but I really do love the way Katherine Center writes about the messy parts of life with such honesty The storyline was well written and there were many great relatable characters From the laugh out loud moments to the heartbreaking moments, this story had me gripped until I finished the very last page Things You Save in a Fire is a heart warming, gut wrenching, and hilarious story about healing, family, forgiveness, courage, and love I d like to thank St Martin s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel All views are my own. This was such a charming, humorous, and touching story I didn t want it to end I found this author s writing style to be perfectly balanced in introducing the characters and making me instantly care about them I wanted to learn about what made them who they are and react the way they did This author has such a easy, breezy style that made this book so easy to fall in love with.Cassie is a female fire firefighter working in an all male fire station, so you can probably imagine some of the sticky situations that developed The romance offered just the right amounts of sweetness, stubbornness, and laugh out loud humor The mystery element was also such a plus for my own love of any type of a search for who dunnit and it added some good suspense.This one absolutely sparkled with themes of hope, love, forgiveness, healing and a overpowering message to live life to its fullest.Can you tell that I absolutely fell for this one Highly recommend Thanks to the publisher for my review copy Book will be out in August 2019 Blog review closer to publication date.
Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire August 2019 , and five other bittersweet comic novels Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas
- 320 pages
- Things You Save in a Fire
- Katherine Center
- 21 February 2018 Katherine Center