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.
Praise for THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE from #1 NYT Bestselling Author JODI PICOULT
“Oh, how I love Katherine Center’s writing…and her newest novel is a gem: a tale of a female firefighter who has to learn the difference between saving a life and truly living one; 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, NYT bestselling author of A SPARK OF LIGHT and SMALL GREAT THINGS
#1 NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR JODI PICOULT
"Oh, how I love Katherine Center’s writing…and her newest novel is a gem: ->
#1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR JODI PICOULT
...a tale of a female firefighter who has to learn the difference between saving a life and truly living one; ->
#1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR JODI PICOULT
...a story that reminds us that the word emergency has, at its heart, a new beginning. ->
#1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR JODI PICOULT
Just read it, and thank me later.”
on THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE
One of SheReads’ Most Anticipated Books of 2019!
“Everyone fell in love with the breakout hit How to Walk Away in 2018 and this upcoming August, Katherine Center brings readers another important women’s fiction novel.”
"This poignant, beautiful, thought-provoking, emotionally- intelligent and timely novel had me laughing and tearing up in equal measures . . . I would have given it six stars out of five - it was such an enjoyable, heartwarming read!"
"Katherine Center did it again!! “Things You Save in a Fire” is an absolutely wonderful read!! . . . She has become one of my favorite authors. Do yourself a favor... go buy all her books!! You won’t be disappointed!! Again — Bravo!"
"This book has it all! Strength, love, romance, courage and hurt . . . An excellent, well written novel! I was caught in Cassie's world and found myself rooting for her to take her life back! You will love this story!"
"This story just filled me with so much joy, I don't know how to explain it . . . If anyone is looking for a story that'll have you swooning and then in tears, but leave you with your heart full, then you must pick this one up."
"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!"
"I read this book in one sitting, and it wasn't what I thought it would be, it was so much better. The writing was so on-point, it was both heartwarming, a bit humorous and at times quite serious. Yet through it all, it gave me pause to think about human frailties, the good, the bad and even the ugly. Highly recommended. "
(VERY) Early Praise for Things You Save in a Fire
Early READER REVIEWS for Things You Save in a Fire
“Katherine Center did it again!! “Things You Save in a Fire” is an absolutely wonderful read!! . . . I loved “How to Walk Away” but I think I love this one even more!! Ms Center’s writing style is emotional, familiar and safe. She does such an amazing job of introducing the characters that you feel immediately connected! She has become one of my favorite authors. Do yourself a favor… go buy all her books!! You won’t be disappointed!! Again — Bravo!”
“Last night I finished Katherine Center’s ARC of Things You Save in a Fire and wow!! Her books have this ability to be light and fun while also touching on some really deep issues and this one really struck a chord with me. . . . Definitely add to your TBR list!! Five stars.”
“Oh my goodness – this is one of the best books I have read in a while! . . . I love the way Katherine Center writes. Her style is so simple, yet detailed, and the story line of this book grips you from the beginning. Her characters display such wide range of emotions—from confusion, to anger, to forgiveness and contentment/happiness, just to name a few. I became emotionally invested in Cassie’s story and finished the book in just over a day. Definitely a must read!
“I read this book in one sitting, and it wasn’t what I thought it would be, it was so much better. The writing was so on-point, it was both heartwarming, a bit humorous and at times quite serious. Yet through it all, it gave me pause to think about human frailties, the good, the bad and even the ugly. Highly recommended.”
“I couldn’t get through this book fast enough. The storytelling is superb. The characters are relatable and deeply developed. I will be recommending this book to everyone!”
“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!”
“Center has mastered the art of writing about emotions without drowning in them and keeping the story moving at a snapping speed so that you can’t put it down. She kept me up into the wee hours of the morning with this one.”
“Beautiful story. The way the author weaves several layers of love, redemption and forgiveness into the story is breathtaking. As when I finished How To Walk Away, I feel a sense of loss that the story is over and a sense of completion for a story well told!”
“Another great book by Katherine Center! I loved Happiness is for Beginners and How to Walk Away, so when I saw this book on NetGalley, I said a little prayer in hope that I would be approved. I read it over the Thanksgiving weekend and could not put it down. Another 5 star book from her! She writes in a style that is so easy and fun to read and her messages are full of hope and forgiveness. Her words really make me think about ways to make life easier on myself (and others) by learning about yourself and practicing letting things go. It’s well written, funny and very witty. Definitely put this on your TBR list!
“I’m loving this author. She gets better and better. Loved the characters! Loved the story! Did not want to put this down or want it to end. I loved her last book How to Walk Away. This was even better.”
“Absolutely could not put this book down. I loved both Happiness 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 characters’ dialogue is so witty and engaging and often filled with quips of wisdom.”
“This is a fantastic, well written novel about learning to love. It’s the story of someone very strong who needs to learn to live life more fully by accepting the softer parts of life and learning to accept others.”
“This is a friggin fantastic read. I loved it!”
“I loved Cassie. She was complex, nuanced, flawed, and relatable. The ability to write characters whose motivations are so human and understandable is rare, and Center has it down. I appreciated the way she treated gender and feminism in this book, and made it a core issue that she addressed pretty unflinchingly. She also just writes relationships SO WELL. And I appreciated that while a potential romantic relationship was one of the main themes of the book, we also got a lot of focus on other elements of Cassie’s life, like her relationship with her parents, the way she takes care of herself and manages her life, and how awesome she is at what she does. . . . And, as always, Katherine Center is a really good writer. The writing was tight, the pacing was great, there was some solid subtle humor, and the book sucked me in right away – I read the whole thing in an evening. Highly recommend.”
“Katherine Center has written a book that made me laugh, cry and swoon several times over.”
“Love love loved this book!!!! Wonderful, complex characters and such a strong female protagonist. Cassie is a firefighter who leaves Texas to go take care of her mother in Boston. She joins a new firehouse, falls for someone unexpected, and begins a path of forgiveness. This book was just wonderful.”
“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!”
“I truly loved it. Cassie is my hero!”
“I love the way she creates these hopeful stories while slowly building characters so you develop a kinship and can’t help but root for them. Things You Save in a Fire is a story about hope, perseverance, forgiveness, making tough choices and how all of those things shape who you become.”
“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!”
“After reading my second of her books, I’m realizing Katherine Center is the kind of author who writes books that absolutely captivate me, and I love her for it . . . This one had so much emotion. I was so into Cassie’s story. At times, it was a hard read because I was so emotionally invested in Cassie’s life – both personal and professional. Also, there were some twists at the end that made it so I literally had to sit down and catch my breath. I mean, y’all, my heart was racing, as I was that into this one.”
“I absolutely adored this story. The characters are so lovable and the story is so touching. This story has a little bit of everything: friendship, betrayal, love, heartache, and forgiveness.”
“This one just filled me with so much joy, I don’t know how to explain it. But here I go… First and foremost, Katherine’s ability to create such amazing, complex, strong characters is beyond words. I’ve always said that a book is nothing without its characters and these people were my absolute favorite. I loved them from the very first page and I hurt with them and for them, but most of all, I rooted for them and I’m so damn content.”
“Katherine Center has done it again. I was so lucky to be given an ARC of her latest masterpiece, “Things You Save in a Fire,” when I was in a very bad spot in my life. As she has in all of her previous novels, Katherine captivated me from page one and didn’t let me go until the final word of the epilogue. She has the rare gift of building a world that is so real and tangible that the reader feels intimately connected to her characters, as if they are old friends . . . Katherine Center’s writing is magical. I cannot recommend this book enough!”
“I am not usually that into the romance genre but her books are different…there is that element but there is so much more. Her characters are multifaceted and imperfect and she covers some pretty deep issues while still being an enjoyable read. This story was unique and the subtle elements of sexism, past trauma and what forgiveness really means all played a part in making this story so thought-provoking.”
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