Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 8/15/19-8/16/19

TRIGGER WARNING, the overall story has an element of rape/sexual assault. Read at your own discretion.

Why hello Internet! This one was a surprise for me! I wasn’t planning on reading this book, but because I needed something to listen to at work that I also had with me to read when I didn’t finish (blogger problems, am I right?), so this was the book I picked! Obviously this book is a Book of the Month club choice, because what else have I been reading lately, but it also is just a good book. I read How to Walk Away about 2 weeks before I started this blog, and I was super excited to read another book by Center, and man, I was not disappointed.

Cassie is a firefighter first, girl second. She wins the Austin Fire Department valor award, and instead of the mayor, Heath Thompson hands her the award. The same Heath Thompson who hurt her when she was 16. So she does what any person would do. She beats his face in with her award. She is given an ultimatum, apologize to Thompson and become lieutenant, or she’s fired. Hoping for door number 3, Cassie asks if she can be transferred to a firehouse in Massachusetts so she can take care of her estranged and very sick mother.

Her first day is the first day of a rookie, who happens to be complete eye candy. And they find themselves pushed together at every moment. When the rookie has an anniversary dinner that he promised a date for, he asks Cassie to go with him. And then they kiss, and the rest is history. Soon, Cassie begins to receive threatening notes to quit the firehouse. Cassie, being the strong, powerful woman she is, ignored it. But soon things begin to go out of control, and how long can she handle all of the things life has thrown at her? And more importantly, how is she going to handle the rookie?

Obviously Center did her research for this book. She has a tendency in her writing to go really deep into her information in order to give the most complete experience. Her books tend to be quick reads, and really enjoyable. They are often heavy which has more to do with subject matter and less to do with the arc of the story. But this particular book has a lot of dark elements that are disjointed by the young and pure love story.

I also love this book because it takes a story arc that we are all familiar with and tells it in a completely different way than any other story I have read. She finds ways to make each of her story so similar that people will want to pick it up and read, while being so uniquely itself that you will never forget it. Plus there are a million life lessons behind it. I cannot recommend this book enough. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars. Go read it.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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