Things You Save in a Fire, Katherine Center

This was a paperback ARC I received so I’m going to share a photo we did a shoot with.

Cassie works in the Austin Fire Department as a paramedic, and she’s good at her job, very good. But when an awards ceremony goes awry, she works out to not get fired, yet transferred. Which works for her because her mother needs some taking care of. It’s not an easy decision because she’s estranged from her mother. Let’s hope she manages the tough job of being a female in an all-male fire department at her new firehouse, where they’ve never had a female, and where she will have to prove herself all over again.

Cassie was raped on her 16th birthday, the same day her mother left her and her father, a man who didn’t know what to do with a girl but tried his best. So for 10 years, Cassie kept her head down, she worked hard to earn her spot in the fire department. She’s lead such a closed-off life, with no companionship because of what happened, she’s never even been kissed. Your heart breaks for the way she leads her life because of what she had been through.

Cassie is such an incredibly strong woman, and in the short span of the book, she learns and grows so much. Things You Save in a Fire is heartwarming and amusing at times with Cassie’s inner dialogue. It’s well-written with wonderful characters, a definite page-turner.

You can read my review on Goodreads and Bookbub. Things You Save is available for preorder on Amazon for $13.99, it releases August 13th.