Book Review – Things you Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire is about the major events of female fire-fighter, Cassie Hanwell’s, life. On the night of her 16th birthday, Cassie’s life is forever changed when not one, but two major events occur. From there, she becomes tough, closed off and, ultimately, always prepared to deal with emergencies. This makes her an ideal firefighter, but her being a woman does not.

Eventually Cassie’s life calls her to a Boston firehouse where her femininity is challenged even deeper by their old-school ways and the attractive, new rookie. Can Cassie remain calm? Will she put her career on the line amongst trying to prove herself as a woman in a man’s world? And what exactly is the courageous thing to do in a situation like hers?

Things You Save in a Fire

I’ve been working on a big book that is taking me forever to get through, so I had to take a break and throw in my July Book of the Month selection just to mix it up. A quick read, this one has finally been crossed off my to-read list, only slightly into August.

Book 30:
Things You Save in a Fire
by Katherine Center

Genre:
Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction

Published:
August 2019

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Things You Save in a Fire is about the major events of female fire-fighter, Cassie Hanwell’s, life. On the night of her 16th birthday, Cassie’s life is forever changed when not one, but two major events occur. From there, she becomes tough, closed off and, ultimately, always prepared to deal with emergencies. This makes her an ideal firefighter, but her being a woman does not.

Eventually Cassie’s life calls her to a Boston firehouse where her femininity is challenged even deeper by their old-school ways and the attractive, new rookie. Can Cassie remain calm? Will she put her career on the line amongst trying to prove herself as a woman in a man’s world? And what exactly is the courageous thing to do in a situation like hers?

Favorite Quote(s):

“It’s pure fiction. Of course. I’m just telling myself stories.

“But that’s the life changing thing about stories.

“We believe them anyway.”

– Katherine Center, Things You Save in a Fire

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.

Pages:
320

My Overall Rating:
3.5 – This story was so cute. It was such a quick read. It was fun. It was heart-felt. It was… nice.

But it lacked a depth I still hope to see in chick lit despite chick lit being… chick lit. Halfway into the book, I could have told you how it would end – it’s that predictable. So for the person looking for a beach read, an escape, a quick vacation, this would be a great book. So despite my only giving it 3.5 stars out of 5, I would actually still recommend this book because it’s quick and easy.

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