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Book Review: Things You Save In A Fire

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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center– 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?

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: August 13, 2019

Acquired: Public library E-book

Series: N/A

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: This book had layers and depth that I wasn’t expecting. I was anticipating an easy, light, fluffy beach read. That’s not at all what I got. And I loved it. I had a hard time connecting to Cassie as a main character in the beginning. I thought she was hard-headed, closed off, and too distant to be a good main character. I was so wrong. Once I understood why she was that way and the things that she had experienced in her life I was completely sucked into her story. I began to admire her stoic strong shell and how she conducted herself. The story really took off for me once she began working at her new fire house. I could feel the emotions that she kept buried from her new co-workers. I was so pleased with the number of funny moments that happened in this book. I think that’s what made this a 5 star read for me- the contrast between the serious and the funny. Without the moments of humor, this book would have been way too heavy. I highly recommend this one!

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