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.
After reading “How to Walk Away” last summer, I knew that I would love any book Katherine Center wrote! I practically read the entire thing while on the elliptical machine at the gym. Best workout I ever got since I wasn’t paying attention to anything other than the book!
“Things You Save in a Fire” was another amazing story! Katherine Center has a wonderful talent for engaging you in the story. As the plot progresses so does your commitment to finishing it. The characters are so real and lifelike you will absolutely feel like you know them.
If you want to read a story about one badass woman with the need to prove herself worthy of her job by beating everyone and anyone that gets in her way, this is the story for you! I love how Cassie’s badass life story inspired me but also made me feel that more women need to know that it’s ok to hurt, need love and affection, and STILL be badass as what you do! Cassie’s story will help you to see that women can have their cake and eat it too!
Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away and the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire (August 2019), as well as five other bittersweet comic novels. She writes about how we fall down–and how we get back up. Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb. 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.