Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Things You Save in a Fire
Author: Katherine Center
Format: Audiobook Borrowed on Libby

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 excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing 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 jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage



This is my second Katherine Center book. The first one I read was How to Walk Away and I loved that one just as much as I loved this one.

I’m not a big fan of Women’s Fiction – at least I didn’t think I was. I always want more romance and less… everything else.

However, this? Even though the romance wasn’t a huge part of the story, I still really, really loved it.

I wish I knew exactly what it is about Katherine Center’s books that I like so much. Maybe it’s the fact that there is angst and upsetting things in her books – tough subjects – without being completely heartbreaking and depressing.

When I read the synopsis, I was so worried that the torment our main character, Cassie, would get for being a woman in a male-dominated industry would be too much for me to take. I have personal experience with dealing with misogyny in the workplace and I thought maybe it would hit too close to home.

Thankfully, this was not the case.

Yes, there was a lot of man-splaining and such, but luckily it wasn’t overwhelming for me.

I also just so appreciate female characters like Cassie. She’s such an inspiration with how hard she works to be the best at her job, how she shouldn’t have to, but is constantly proving herself.

The best part, I think, of the two books I’ve read from this author is the fact that her stories, while taking you on quite an emotional rollercoaster – never goes past my limit and always ends with an HEA – even if the ending isn’t rosy and perfect, the future is still bright.

Audiobook Performance: 4 stars


Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars


Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

Bookshelf Placement: Yes!

It’s already there 🙂

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars





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