My Review Of Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (August 13, 2019)
  • Genre: Womens Fiction, Family Life, Domestic Life

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about courage, 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 a total pro at other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own.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 infatuation-inspiring rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because love is girly, and it’s not her thing. And don’t forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…and it means risking it all—the only job she’s ever loved, and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself.


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 Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” 
Katherine recently gave a TEDx talk on how stories teach us empathy, and her work has appeared in USA Today, InStyle, Redbook, People, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Real Simple, Southern Living, and InTouch, among others. Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her fun husband, two sweet kids, and fluffy-but-fierce dog.

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an ARC of Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center.

This is my first book I have read by Center, And I was so looking forward to reading it. I wanted to like this book so bad, because the blurb really grabbed my attention. But it wasn’t grabbing me as I had hoped it would at first. So I read on, and I thought well maybe this isn’t so bad, but then I started to get confused a little bit. I mean here you have a girl, that gets angry when anyone calls her a girl, she insists she is not a girl but a firefighter. 
Okay, then it comes to she doesn’t have time to have a relationship with anyone. Then next thing I’m reading is her and this other firefighter are getting a little romantic together. I just couldn’t figure out if it was a romance or if it had to do with strong-willed women or if it was something to do with the women’s movement back in the day. I am sorry to you all that loved it, and that is awesome because that’s your prerogative. But it just didn’t do it for me.

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One thought on “My Review Of Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

  1. Aw. Sorry this didn’t work for you. I’ve seen it around and kept thinking the synopsis was good. But I understand the issue you had with the ‘not wanting to be. A girl but instant romance’ 😄