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?
Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage.
Yall, this book brought me out of a hardcore slump. I kind of knew that it would, and apparently Kaylie did too because she requested it for me on NetGalley. Find a best friend that knows your taste in books and hand delivers them to you.
Now I’m going to tell you why I loved this book so hard. First, it is funny. Like, actually funny. I laughed out loud more than once, even in public. The whole novel has little snarky humorous bits throughout, which was nice to occasionally lighten some of the heavy feels. Next, let’s talk about the main character, Cassie Hanwell. I loved her badass-ness, her passion, her humor and her strength. Cassie’s transformation was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes more than once. She was faced with adversity and emotional battles that felt realistic and painful. Honestly, the whole book felt realistic to me-the characters and the drama; Center tells a story that could have happened to anyone. I love that Center included an epilogue, it makes my heart feel so complete when finishing a book and actually feeling FINISHED. I can’t be the only one who misses characters and wishes I knew what happened to them in the long run and Center does an excellent job following through.
I highlighted so many parts of this book, it’s nearly impossible to narrow down some of my favorites, but I will try,
“Yes, the world is full of unspeakable cruelty. But the answer wasn’t to never feel hope, or bliss, or love-but to savor every fleeting, precious second of those feelings when they came.”
“The answer wasn’t to never love anyone. It was to love like crazy whenever you could.”
“He went on. ‘So that’s why I’m telling you. Because I’m never sure, when you push me away, if you really want me to go.'”
“It’s amazing how brave you can be when you feel safe.”
I would highly HIGHLY recommend this book to my friends. It gave me heart eyes, swooning moments, heart-ripped-out moments, laughs and so much more. Also, you learn quite a lot about firefighters, which can never be a bad thing. While I’m praising Katherine Center, check out my review of How To Walk Away. Order Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center so you can experience this amazing book!