Title: Things You Save in a Fire
Author: Katherine Center
Genre: women’s lit, contemporary fiction, romance
Is this part of a series? No, but it does allude to Center’s earlier book How to Walk Away, Katherine Center.
Where do I you get a copy of this book? Amazon
Published: August 13th, 2019
Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies, and this is where she shines. As one of the only female firefighters in her crew, she knows she has to be smarter, faster, stronger than any of the others just to earn her place. When her estranged mother calls for help at the same time that she commits career suicide, she knows she needs to go.
Upending her whole life for an old school firehouse near Boston and a mother she spent years ignoring isn’t easy. None of the other fighters want her there- none think that she can do it…. except The Rookie. Owen Callaghan is sweet, gorgeous, and makes her feel terribly girly…. which can’t happen. Rule number one: no relationships with firefighters. She has to be one of the guys. Even if she’s never felt this way before… even if the more time she spends with him the harder it is to remember the rules. As life moves forward and she juggles an ailing mother and hateful stalker she has to decide what’s most important…. being one of the guys- strong, without fear or emotion…. or getting the guy.
I fell in love with Center’s work last year when I read How to Walk Away. It was the mix of emotions- trauma and pain, laughter and hope- combined to beautifully to create a whole picture. Her characters are never just one thing- they are confused, complex, sometimes broken…. human. Relatable and touchable. Here, that absolutely shines through. I loved these characters. The writing had a good, steady flow and I found myself unable to put it down.
The relationship between Callaghan and Hanwell was sweet, terribly awkward, and completely believable. I can see why Center chose him…. he’s the perfect foil for the untouchable firefighter. I also liked that I got to see so much growth from a lot of the characters. This is always important to me- it elevates a story.
I also loved the premise, and the underlying theme of forgiveness. The steps they went through. It was charming and thought provoking. For me, this is a five star book.
On the adult content scale, there’s good amount. There’s a lot of language, violence and the allusion to addiction and sexual trauma. It’s done tastefully, nothing too over the top… I would still let my niece read this one. I would say older teens and adults. Let’s give it a three.
The book is out! Have you read it? What did you think?