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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

Rating- 8/10

I heard nothing but rave reviews about this book all over the Insta bookish world and I had to check it out for myself. Also, how gorgeous is the book cover, striking and bold colors, I love it.

Things You Save in a Fire follows a firefighter named Cassie. Cassie is the only female firefighter at her station in Austin, Texas. It’s kinda cool that this book was based in Austin because I was just there before I read this book. Wonderful city in case you’re wondering! Cassie is one of only a few female firefighters out there and she most definitely holds her own. She’s tough as nails, a go-getter, she’s strong and was literally born to deal with emergencies. In fact, she’s so great at dealing with other people’s problems and emergencies that when it comes to her own problems, she prefers to not even think about them and pushes those feelings and thoughts away. She also doesn’t have much of a dating life either. Cassie receives a call from her estranged mother of whom she hasn’t spoken to in many years, her mother asks her if she could move in with her for a little while in Massachusetts to care for her as she is unwell. This is the last thing that Cassie would want to do, especially because she hasn’t spoken to her mother in many years and she’s perfectly happy in her current home in Austin. Circumstances change and Cassie finds herself moving to a little town just outside of Boston to care for her mother. She begins working in a very old and worn out fire station of which they refuse to welcome her with open arms due to the fact that she’s a woman. The only person who doesn’t seem to mind Cassie being there, is a fellow new recruit nicknamed ‘The Rookie’. As soon as Cassie meets the rookie, she knows she’s in deep trouble because she develops a crush on him. Rule number one of being a female firefighter is to NOT date a fellow firefighter. Besides losing respect for your colleagues, it’s basically a big NO NO. Is this rookie worth the risk of her career and the respect that she’s worked so hard to gain?

I really liked Cassie, she was quite a relate-able character. Strong, independent, a hard worker, and wasn’t afraid to go for what she wanted out of life. She suddenly gets torn away from everything she has come to build and know in Austin and suddenly has to live and work in Massachusetts and care for her ailing mother.

This was a great read, you get totally absorbed in Cassie’s life and also get to understand why she is the way she is. This book is about forgiveness, opening up to new possibilities and falling head over heels in love, all with keeping true to who you are. This was a very enjoyable read. I also just loved Cassie, she was a very relate-able person, I liked that she was her own person and made her own path in life. I would definitely recommend you to read this book. Very fun, contemporary and a sweet love story and I loved the ending too. A fabulous read indeed, and a great book to read for any book club or together with your girlfriends.

Katherine Center is also the author of How to Walk Away which received rave reviews upon it's release. I'd definitely read another one of her books!


Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit.

Published: August 13th, 2019

Reviewed by Chrissy's Books


Chrissy's Books
Chrissy's Books
May 25, 2020

Thank you so much Ellie! I'm so glad you enjoyed my review! It's a fab book and definitely worth a read :)


Ellie Rayner
Ellie Rayner
May 19, 2020

I loved your review Chrissy! I've been wondering whether to read Katherine Center's books for a while, I'm not a fan of "mundane" plots, but your review really made me question that, I think I'm going to give it a go! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)


Unknown member
Mar 30, 2020

Good work Chrissy! I might have to get that 'things to save in a fire' book!

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