Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center
Published August 13th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Source Physical ARC from St. Martin’s Press, Digital ARC from St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley
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?
I haven’t read the author’s first book, How to Walk Away, but it have gotten rave reviews, so I was excited to read Things You Save In A Fire. I watch a lot of tv shows and documentaries about first responders, so the fact that the main character Cassie is a firefighter, also caught my interest. I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, but I would certainly put this book into the romance category, which I usually enjoy. I liked Cassie from the very beginning of the book and enjoyed watching her character change and grow throughout the story. It is slightly predictable but that didn’t bother me and didn’t take anything away from this sweet and actually pretty funny book. Overall, it was a interesting story that incorporated a lot of topics that I think a lot of people can relate to such as family, hope and love. If you are a fan of romance, I definitely recommend this book and I look forward to reading what the author publishes in the future.
Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of this book.