Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Book Review: Things You Save in a Fire, by Katherine Center @katherinecenter

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center book cover and review
Once again, Things You Save in a Fire is not my usual fare.  I'm not sure why I chose to download it, but I really enjoyed this sweet story.

Cassie Hanwell is tough. She's been that way since she's had to deal with some tough situations in her short life. One being her mother leaving her dad for another man on Cassie's 16th birthday! And Cassie has never forgiven her mother.

But Cassie has found her niche. She's a firefighter -- a great firefighter, and as the story opens, she is being honored in Austin, Texas for her heroism. That ceremony will change her life.

I don't want to give too much away, but the ceremony disaster, as well as the fact that her estranged mother has asked Cassie to live with her for one year, has Cassie moving across the country to work for a fire department in a small town near Boston. Her mother has gone blind in one eye and needs Cassie to help out until she gets used to her new situation. Cassie wants nothing to do with her mother and has no intention of forgiving her or becoming close. Cassie has been warned that her new Captain will be difficult. He's one of those firefighters, along with his entire crew, who doesn't think women can be firefighters. Cassie has a lot to prove.

And it does prove difficult. But Cassie, being the tough girl she is, is up to the task. Sort of. Things, of course, don't go as expected, not just in her job, but in every other way.

I really enjoyed the pacing of Things You Save in a Fire. I thought the setup and drama of Cassie's new situation kept my interest and moved quickly. The romance is delightful and had me giggling more than once. The build-up of tension and danger at the end was perfect.

I loved the characters and wanted them to get their happily ever after. And for the most part they did -- after a lot of drama! All in all, Things You Save in a Fire was an easy, light-hearted (for the most part) book that drew me in and left me feeling warm and fuzzy. And, this one could have great appeal for teens too. A perfect little gem if you need a bit of fluff after all those dark fantasies, mysteries, wars, and sci-fi stories you've been reading lately (like me.)

Published by St. Martin's, August 13, 2019
eARC obtained from NetGalley
320 pages

Rating: 4.5/5

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  1. I'm glad you liked this one. I also thought it had a good balance of romance, drama, and fun.

  2. I've heard lots of good things about this one. I really need to read it soon. Glad you enjoyed!


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