Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire

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 eme...

Details Things You Save in a Fire

TitleThings You Save in a Fire
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Things You Save in a Fire

  • Katherine Center
    Just gonna jump right in and give my own book five beautiful stars. That's reasonable, right? ;)
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... “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 fem...
  • Susanne Strong
    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...
  • Meredith
    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 love. Cassie, 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. Furthermore, being a woman in a male-dominated profession, she has had to fight her w...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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 te...
  • Debra
    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 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 ...
  • Kaceey
    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 ...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***This is my first book by Ms. Center and it was like a breath of fresh air for me. I had been reading an extremely heartbreaking and soul searching type of book when I knew I needed something to lift me up. This book was just the ticket!Cassie Hanwell had been settling in and working fine with the Austin fire department. She loved her job, she was finally getting the respect she deserved and the firefighters were a great group o...
  • Paromjit
    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 h...
  • Larry H
    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 everyt...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 bold and fiery stars! 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 (Now includes full review for pub day tomorrow 8/13!)Cassie Hanwell is one of the few female firefighters in her firehouse, and she handles emergencies like a champ. One day Cassie’s life is thrown off kilter when her mother asks her to leave Texas behind and move to Boston. Why? Because her mother she rarely sees or talks to needs care. Being a good daughter, Cassie transfers to a Boston firehou...
  • marilyn
    I wouldn't mind living in this world that twenty six year old Cassie lives in, being a neighbor to her, her mother, and her mother's friend, Josie. But before firefighter Cassie goes to live with her mother in the Boston, she is living in Austin, TX with her dad and getting recognition for saving a busload of kids from drowning when a school bus overturns. When it turns out that the person presenting her the award is a person from her high school...
  • Holly B
    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 more 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 al...
  • Theresa Alan
    Wow! I loved this book! (Women's fiction with romantic elements.)The protagonist, Cassie, is a firefighter in Austin, TX, at a progressive, modern station. She’s honored for her valor, but at the event, she gets herself into some trouble. When the mother she’s estranged from asks her to come to a small town outside of Boston to help her because she’s ill, Cassie wants no part of it. But between getting in trouble and her beloved father’s ...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    After reading a book that I love I usually always have a lull in reading. Who we kidding? The whole last two years has been a lull for me. I always just want something that is enjoyable and easy to read after that type of book. I just usually have a hard time finding it and end up one starring stuff. This is that type book. And I liked it. I liked it a lot. I gave up sleep for this book. Sleep is one of my favorite things.The book is centered on ...
  • Toni
    Some books leave you feeling better about the world and people in it. Either because their main message is that of love, hope, and forgiveness, or because they have amazing characters: strong, calm, caring. They put your feet a bit more firmly on the ground, because you recognize they are rooted in reality, and uplift you, help you raise your head and notice that despite everpresent tragedy and suffering, the world is full of beautiful souls, rea...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! I've been trying to get downTo the heart of the matterBut everything changesAnd my friends seem to scatterBut I think it's about forgivenessForgivenessEven if, even if you don't love me anymore --The Heart of the Matter, Don Henley, Songwriters: Mike Campbell / Don Henley / John David Souther Cassie Hanwell is a firefighter for the city of Austin as this story begins. She lives, breathes, imbibes the gospel of firefighting, a...
  • Michelle
    Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book and provide an honest review!4.5 Stars rounded up!!I was THRILLED when my request was approved for this book. At the time, I had not yet read, How to Walk Away, so I made it my mission to read that first. After having read it (loved it), I really looked forward to seeing if Ms. Center could repeat the success of the previous book. Being the Christmas season, it to...
  • Liz
    Ok, I’ll admit it. I requested this book purely because I loved the title. But as I read the first few pages, I was second guessing myself. Was this going to be some sort of romance fluff? The answer is unfortunately, yes. Now, if you’re into that, I guess this is a decent one. The book blurb says it’s about family and forgiveness. And there is some of that. But it’s really mostly about romance, the head over heels infatuation kind. Cassi...
  • Marialyce
    Life is sometimes so very hard. We find we bump up against adversity, and though we try to tough it through the bad times, we often find ourselves injured in ways not visible to others, yet surely visible to ourselves.“That’s the thing I always love best about the human race: How we pick ourselves back up over and over and just keep on going.”True to this quote, Cassie has had to pick herself up and move on. She has had much in her young li...
  • JanB
    Life has been tough for Cassie. To cope, she has built walls that lets no one in, especially men, and she thrives on routine and order with no drama. Oh, and she’s a firefighter who can hold her own physically and mentally in a male-dominated profession.When her ailing, estranged mother asks her to come live with her in Massachusetts for a year, Cassie moves from her modern, progressive fire department in Austin, to a job at a small, ill-equipp...
  • Jennifer
    Katherine Center is pretty near perfect in my opinion. Things You Save in a Fire deals with gender, family, ethics, trauma, and forgiveness. It's engaging and activates a number of emotions across the board. I loved the characters, and I loved this book. Check it out.Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Things You Save in a Fire. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.So...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    Katherine Center’s newest book Things You Save in a Fire is the type of book that stays with you. It was actually the first book I read in 2019 and I absolutely loved it. When I recommend it to people, I describe it as the type of book that heals the soul when you read it. I felt very introspective while I was reading it and I reflected a lot on myself.About the BookCassie Hanwell is one of very few female firefighters in Austin who has slowly ...
  • Christine
    4.5 rounded to 5 starsAre you in need of a fabulous reading boost? Perhaps you are looking to recover from a heavy-duty tome or trying your darnedest to break out of a reading slump. Or maybe you just in the mood for a nice feel good novel. If any of these scenarios apply to you, then this is the book you want to grab.Things You Save in a Fire is about Cassie Hanwell, a young woman firefighter trying to break through some pretty steep emotional b...
  • Berit☀️✨
    HOT DAMN! This book is on FIRE!!!🔥Loved this engaging story from first word to last! The characters were wonderful, The romance was sweet, the friendships were strong, and I loved the firehouse setting! Cannot think of a better way to have kicked off my 2019 reads! 🔥 Full fiery review closer to pub day August 2019 👩🏻🚒❤👨🏻🚒❤ HOT DAMN! This book is on FIRE!!!🔥Loved this engaging story from first word to last! The ch...
  • Katie B
    This book had such a strong female lead character which is part of the reason I enjoyed it so much. I had pretty much fallen in love with her by the end of the opening scene. And even though parts of the story are predictable, that's not a negative. Life is full of enough surprises and so it can actually be refreshing to pick up a book like this one and already have a general idea which direction the author is going to go in.Cassie doesn't have t...
  • Nadia
    You can call me sentimental, but Things You Save in a Fire is getting 5 stars from me!There's nothing particulatly groundbreaking about this little charming book but you'll still fall in love with it without knowing how it happened!! I picked this up only last night and couldn't put it down until I was finished.Cassie Hanwell loves being a firefighter and she is also very good at it. A rising star at her home station in Austin, she has a great ca...
  • Selena
    Absolutely beautiful book of love, strength, courage and pain. I received a free e-copy of Things You Save In a Fire by Katherine Center from NetGalley for my honest review.Cassie Hanwell, is one of the toughest firefighters there is. She has saved many lives and has the highest medal the department has to give. Cassie decides to transfer across the country due to a request by her estranged and sick, mother. She transfers from a city that adores ...
  • Jenny
    The dictionary defines forgiveness as the "action or process of forgiving or being forgiven." Wikipedia elaborates a little more and says "forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, forswears recompense from or punishment of the offender, however legally or morally justified it might be, and with an incr...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: FOR RELEASE DAY. If you're looking for a feely feel good type of read, Katherine Center writes books for you!After How To Walk Away there was zero chance I wasn’t going to do whatever was necessary in order to get my hands on Katherine Center’s next release. Lucky for me the powers that be at St. Martins haven’t figured out I’m awful yet and gave me an early copy.The story ...