“Things You Save in a Fire” by Katherine Center
Hardcover, 320 pages
Slated for publication Aug. 13, 2019, by St. Martin’s Press
Firefighter Cassie Hanwell has a successful career in Texas that takes a detour when her semi-estranged mother in Massachusetts calls to ask for her help. Cassie must fight more than sexism when she goes to work at a small department near her mother’s home. She also must do battle with the demons from her past, and under no circumstances must she fall in love!
“Things You Save in a Fire” contained so many elements of a good story. It combined humor, heartbreak, romance, mystery and action with important lessons about family, love and forgiveness. I loved the message of girl power. Cassie may be just a “lady firefighter,” but she can certainly hold her own against her male counterparts. I enjoyed seeing a strong female character show so much courage and integrity.
The scenes involving first responder calls were very detailed and vivid. Props to Katherine Center for doing the research necessary to make firefighting come to life. And I got a kick out of Cassie’s first emergency response in Massachusetts — it’s not something you’d encounter every day!
I’m wracking my brain as to what this book might have lacked, but I’m coming up short. I look forward to reading more from this author!
I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the author
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.