Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire

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Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefigters 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 aililng 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 jeapordise her place in a career where she's worked so hard to be taken seriously?

Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 168 x 247 x 30mm | 513g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250047323
  • 9781250047328
  • 223,011

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Praise for Things You Save in a Fire:

One of:
The Washington Post's The 10 Books to Read in 2019 Based on What You Loved in 2018
The Hollywood Reporter's 2019 Books to Keep on Your Radar
She Reads' Most Anticipated Books of 2019
Good Housekeeping's 25 Best New Books of Summer 2019
USA Today's Must Read Women's Fiction of 2019
Bookbub's 31 of the Biggest Books Coming Out This Summer
The Nerd Daily's Most Anticipated Reads of 2019
An August 2019 LibraryReads Pick!

Oh, how I love Katherine Center's writing...and her newest novel is a gem...a story that reminds us that the word emergency has, at its heart, a new beginning. Just read it, and thank me later." --Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things

"Center gives readers a sharp and witty exploration of love and forgiveness that is at once insightful, entertaining, and thoroughly addictive." --Kirkus, starred review

A compelling love story, a tearjerking twist, and a thoroughly absorbing story. Another winner from Center. --Booklist, starred review

An emotionally resonant and deeply satisfying love story...a moving testament to the power of forgiveness. --BookPage

"A spirited, independent heroine meets a smoking-hot fireman in Center's smart romance... If you enjoyed 'The Kiss Quotient, ' by Helen Hoang, read Things You Save in a Fire"' -- The Washington Post

"Center crafts a heartfelt story of growth and the redemptive power of love perfect for fans of women's fiction, especially works by Jodi Picoult and Elin Hilderbrand." -- Library Journal

The novel is at its best in the fire station...its window into firefighter culture is fascinating. But Things You Save In a Fire has a greater ambition, too: shedding a light on trauma victims and the devastating effects of ignoring emotional fallout from a harrowing experience. - Newsday

"Katherine Center's funny, unabashedly sentimental romance unfolds between Cassie, the only woman firefighter in her town, and a new rookie on the squad." -- Refinery29

"A novel as vibrant as its cover." - Bustle

"[Things You Save in a Fire] is not only delightfully romantic, but also courageous and inspiring." - The Christian Science Monitor

"An emotional story of self-discovery and forgiveness." -- Fresh Fiction

"Things You Save in a Fire is a profound tale of how a woman makes it in a man's world." -- The New York Journal of Books

"A wonderful exploration of personal vulnerability and strength that takes the reader along on Cassie's journey ... Things You Save in a Fire is sure to be a hit." -- Shelf Awareness

I don't even know how to explain how much I adored this book...This is a story of love, of family, and of learning how to be vulnerable--and trust me, Cassie's life journey is one you don't want to miss." --Siobhan Jones, Book of the Month Club

Praise for How to Walk Away:

A marvelous example of acceptance and healing and a celebration of family. --USA Today

Center explores the limits of hope and love...[she] transforms the story of a family tragedy into a heartfelt guide to living the fullest life possible. --Publisher's Weekly

With its appealing characters and wisdom about grappling with life's challenges, Center's sixth novel has all the makings of a breakout hit. --Booklist (starred review)

A story about survival that is heartbreakingly honest and wryly funny, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Elizabeth Berg. --Kirkus
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About Katherine Center

Katherine Center is the author of six novels, including How to Walk Away, Happiness for Beginners, The Bright Side of Disaster, and Everyone Is Beautiful. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, and Real Simple, as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. Katherine is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.
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86,937 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 32% (28,015)
4 43% (37,437)
3 20% (17,319)
2 4% (3,408)
1 1% (758)
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