From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about courage, hope, and learning to love against all odds.


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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 everything—the only job she’s ever loved and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.


Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself.

(VERY) Early Praise for Things You Save in a Fire

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READER REVIEWS for Things You Save in a Fire

“This poignant, beautiful, thought-provoking, emotionally intelligent and timely novel had me laughing and tearing up in equal measures. Indomitable Cassie and goodhearted Owen can’t help but capture your heart and your imagination as surely as they did mine. Whenever I pick up a book by Katherine Center, I know I will invariably find a story full of wit, laugh-out-loud humor and personal insight, written in a melodious, flowing style that pulls me so far in that I forget my surroundings . . . I would have given it six stars out of five – it was such an enjoyable, heartwarming read!”



“Absolutely could not put this book down. I loved both Happiness is for Beginners and How to Walk Away so I was super excited that St. Martin’s Press sent me an Advanced Readers’ Edition of Things You Save in a Fire. I just love Katherine’s style of writing and her character’s dialogue is so witty and engaging and often filled with quips of wisdom.”



“This is a friggin fantastic read. I loved it!”



“Katherine Center has written a book that made me laugh, cry and swoon several times over.”



“I absolutely love Katherine Center’s writing. This book is about a strong young woman, the only female firefighter in her Austin, Texas firehouse. After an “incident” she transfers to Boston to take care of her mother, she finally learns how to forgive and to love. The only problem that I had with this book: I wanted more!”



“You will fall in love with Cassie. She is such a strong lead and watching her go through so many changes is incredible. Owen is my new favorite male lead. He is such a gentleman! Enjoyed this book so much!”