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

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 excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies. But when her estranged an
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 13th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Susan This was not a YA novel. Parts of the story refer to something that happened while she was a teenager still in high school, but the main character is…moreThis was not a YA novel. Parts of the story refer to something that happened while she was a teenager still in high school, but the main character is a firefighter in her twenties.(less)
Leslie Try Netgalley.com. Not sure if still available, but that is how I got the pleasure of reading. Well worth it!

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Katherine Center
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Just gonna jump right in and give my own book five beautiful stars. That's reasonable, right? ;)
Deanna
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“Saving lives was easy. Saving herself was another story”.

What a fantastic read!

Cassie Hanwell is a firefighter with the Austin Fire Department. She is a very busy and independent woman. Her co-workers think she's lonely, but she tells them she’s happy with the way things are.

Cassie is about to receive the Austin Fire Department’s Valor Award. She is the FIRST female to ever win this prestigious award. Cassie is anxiousl
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Susanne  Strong
5 Sappy Stars!

An Unputdownable, Funny, Fabulous and Sweet novel, that will end up on my Best of List for 2018!


How do I love Thee? Let me tell you the ways! “Things You Save in a Fire” turned me into a complete mush. Yes, it’s true and I admit it. I know, I know, it’s unbelievable right? Roll your eyes at me, go ahead - it seems utterly preposterous given what you all know of me, but it happened. I’ve been transformed into a schmoopy girl for real. And you have Katherine Center to thank.

Cass
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Meredith
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 stars

Super sweet love story that made this cynic both cringe and smile!

Things You Save in a Fire is about a woman who must learn to forgive in order to love.


Cassie, a 26-year-old firefighter in Austin Texas, has faced a lot of adversity in her life. On her 16th birthday, her mother left her father and Cassie for another man, which led to further tragedy. Furthermore, being a woman in a male-dominated profession, she has had to fight her way to acceptance. So when her estranged mother as
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Debra
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Cassie Hanwell is one strong cookie! She must be - she is the only female firefighter at her station. To prove herself, she must be better, faster, and harder working than her male counterparts. She works in a male dominated field...how male dominated? I did some research and found that "There are 1.16 million firefighters in the United States, but only 7 percent are women according to the National Fire Protection Association." That's a big gap and Cassie feels it in this book!

Cassie i
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Kaceey
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s all about forgiveness. Even when you tell yourself you can’t… life might just surprise you!

Occasionally, a book can reach deeply, touching you profoundly. The best part is you never see it coming!

This book had me smiling, crying then smiling once again through my tears.

Cassie is a tough-as-nails firefighter. She’s got to be. She’s working in a typically male dominated field, and they never let her forget it.
But hands down, Cassie is the best at what she does. So driven in fact, her private
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five well-deserved, positive, hopeful, when you read it, this book gives you hope, joy, not only warm , definitely heat your heart, gives you tunes makes you dance and sing -at the end you feel like you’re watching Gosling and Stone’s favorite LaLaLand dance scene on your mind over and over again- stars!

What an inspirational, fantastic book with those beautiful characters, I wish they were real so I could give them a very big GROUP HUG and tell them I love you 3thousand !

I start to read this bo
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Larry H
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars, rounded up.

Add Katherine Center to the list of authors I've discovered this year whose work has utterly wowed me. Between her newest book and How to Walk Away , which I read earlier this year (see my review), I've become a big fan while becoming emotionally unglued. Because that's how I roll, y'all!

Cassie has always been tough as nails. As one of very few female firefighters at her Austin firehouse, she knows that she has to do everything better, be stronger, faster, and tougher, and
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Holly  B
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a charming, humorous, and touching story. I didn't want it to end!

I found this author's writing style to be perfectly balanced in introducing the characters and making me instantly care about them. I wanted to learn more about what made them "who they are" and react the way they did. This author has such a  "easy, breezy style"  that made this book so easy to fall in love with.

Cassie is a female fire-firefighter working in an all male fire station, so you can probably imagine so
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Theresa Alan
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this book! (Women's fiction with romantic elements.)

The protagonist, Cassie, is a firefighter in Austin, TX, at a progressive, modern station. She’s honored for her valor, but at the event, she gets herself into some trouble. When the mother she’s estranged from asks her to come to a small town outside of Boston to help her because she’s ill, Cassie wants no part of it. But between getting in trouble and her beloved father’s urging, she agrees to transfer to an old-school firehouse
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Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
This is my first book by Ms. Center and it was like a breath of fresh air for me. I had been reading an extremely heartbreaking and soul searching type of book when I knew I needed something to lift me up. This book was just the ticket!

Cassie Hanwell had been settling in and working fine with the Austin fire department. She loved her job, she was finally getting the respect she deserved and the firefighters were a great group of guys. “Anyone who’d seen our rainbow flag flying, or shopped at one
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
This one won’t be out until summer, so my review will come closer to pub date, but until then, every single star to this emotional, but uplifting story. Katherine Center has her own style...one I love...Easy to read, fun, engaging, lovable characters...It has it all. If you enjoy domestic fiction, don’t miss this one!

5 bold and fiery stars! 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Cheri
I've been trying to get down
To the heart of the matter
But everything changes
And my friends seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore

--The Heart of the Matter, Don Henley, Songwriters: Mike Campbell / Don Henley / John David Souther

Cassie Hanwell is a firefighter for the city of Austin as this story begins. She lives, breathes, imbibes the gospel of firefighting, and all that goes with the territory. She sees herself as strong, inde
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
After reading a book that I love I usually always have a lull in reading. Who we kidding? The whole last two years has been a lull for me. I always just want something that is enjoyable and easy to read after that type of book. I just usually have a hard time finding it and end up one starring stuff.


This is that type book. And I liked it. I liked it a lot. I gave up sleep for this book. Sleep is one of my favorite things.

The book is centered on a female firefighter (Cassie) who gets in a bit of
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Paromjit
This is a wonderful piece of contemporary fiction from Katherine Center, full of warmth, featuring the strong, independent, and extremely capable Cassie Hanwell. A firefighter extraordinaire, so brave and up for an award for valour at which all her crew from the modern and progressive Austin FD are present, both to support and prank her at the event. However, Cassie's night is knocked for six when the mayor is unable to present the award and in his place is a man from her nightmare past, council ...more
Selena
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely beautiful book of love, strength, courage and pain.

I received a free e-copy of Things You Save In a Fire by Katherine Center from NetGalley for my honest review.

Cassie Hanwell, is one of the toughest firefighters there is. She has saved many lives and has the highest medal the department has to give. Cassie decides to transfer across the country due to a request by her estranged and sick, mother. She transfers from a city that adores her and co-workers that love her to a city where w
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Nadia
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can call me sentimental, but Things You Save in a Fire is getting 5 stars from me!

There's nothing particulatly groundbreaking about this little charming book but you'll still fall in love with it without knowing how it happened!! I picked this up only last night and couldn't put it down until I was finished.

Cassie Hanwell loves being a firefighter and she is also very good at it. A rising star at her home station in Austin, she has a great career in front of her. When Cassie's estranged moth
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Jenny
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The dictionary defines forgiveness as the "action or process of forgiving or being forgiven." Wikipedia elaborates a little more and says "forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, forswears recompense from or punishment of the offender, however legally or morally justified it might be, and with an increased ability to wish the offender well." So no ma ...more
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
I can’t think of a better book on my TBR to kick off my first review of 2019 than Things You Save in a Fire by the incredibly talented and insightful Katherine Center. Katherine really has a way with writing a novel that healed my soul and gave me so much introspection, reflection, and opened me up to areas I can grow in. And it is one incredible story!!!

I’ll be sharing my full review closer to publication this summer, but I want to share a few early thoughts to start spreading the word about th
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Berit☀️✨
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019, book-besties
HOT DAMN! This book is on FIRE!!!🔥

Loved this engaging story from first word to last! The characters were wonderful, The romance was sweet, the friendships were strong, and I loved the firehouse setting! Cannot think of a better way to have kicked off my 2019 reads!

🔥 Full fiery review closer to pub day August 2019 👩🏻🚒❤👨🏻🚒❤



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Christine
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Michelle review
4.5 rounded to 5 stars

Are you in need of a fabulous reading boost? Perhaps you are looking to recover from a heavy-duty tome or trying your darnedest to break out of a reading slump. Or maybe you just in the mood for a nice feel good novel. If any of these scenarios apply to you, then this is the book you want to grab.

Things You Save in a Fire is about Cassie Hanwell, a young woman firefighter trying to break through some pretty steep emotional barriers she has tried to bury ever since a very tr
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Kendall
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An unputdownable, emotional, beautiful, and sweet novel that will leave your heart full for days!!!

Things You Save in a Fire is a truly remarkable read that has left a special place in my heart and my book shelf <3 <3.

Katherine Center hit this one out of the park my friends! She sure knows how to write an engaging novel that will leave you truly sad that it has ended.

What I loved most about this book? The power of forgiveness. Have you ever gone through something in your life that has l
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

After How To Walk Away there was zero chance I wasn’t going to do whatever was necessary in order to get my hands on Katherine Center’s next release. Lucky for me the powers that be at St. Martins haven’t figured out I’m awful yet and gave me an early copy.

The story here is of Cassie. Her momma walked out on the family when she was just a kid, but she coped by never letting anyone get too close and becoming a real up-and-comer in the f
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Michelle
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book and provide an honest review!

4.5 Stars rounded up!!

I was THRILLED when my request was approved for this book. At the time, I had not yet read, How to Walk Away, so I made it my mission to read that first. After having read it (loved it), I really looked forward to seeing if Ms. Center could repeat the success of the previous book. Being the Christmas season, it took me a little longer to get to this than I would
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Ginger
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

This book was excellent and I’m not a fan of women’s literature! In fact, the more mushy it gets, the more I tend to stay away.

Things You Save In a Fire is not this type of book. It's smart, courageous and causes you to think about your own emotions, especially old hurts and scars.

The book starts off with Cassie Hanwell being a firefighter in Austin, Texas and she’s one of the best.
But on a day of celebration of heroi
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Erin Clemence
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Special thanks to Jordan and St. Martin’s Press for sending an ARC of this novel my way!

Katherine Center has a way of writing fiction that settles deep in your soul, riles up your emotions, and brings on bittersweet conclusions, while making sappy and sweet also believable and honest. It is something that not a lot of authors can do, and boy does she do it well.

Cassie Hanwell is one of the only female firefighters in Austin, Texas. Brave and tough, Cassie has proven herself over and over ag
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Erin
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin's Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review

Although this book will not be published until later this year, I just couldn't wait any longer and decided that Sunday afternoon was the perfect time. I really enjoyed the main protagonist, Cassie, as she navigated the politics of being the lone female firefighter in her district and learning to forgive her estranged ailing mother. Of course, there is also the added storyline of Cassie being able to ope
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Holly
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I absolutely loved How to Walk Away so I was very excited to see that Katherine Center has a new book. Fans of Center will not be disappointed.

Cassie is a firefighter and is faced with having to relocate from Texas to Massachusetts to help her mother with her medical problems. She quickly discovers that her new department is not nearly as progressive and female-friendly as Austin’s, which even had a female chief. Cassie finds that she has to prove herself again and again to be accepted as “one o
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Jayme
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t normally read Chick Lit or Romance, so I had never read a book by Katherine Center, prior to this one.

But, so many of my favorite GR friends and reviewers were raving about this one, and my curiosity made me push the “request button” on NG one evening, and voila! I received an early approval!

So, I started this yesterday, and at first, I thought...oh no....I am going to be an outlier on this one? Yikes!

I didn’t like our female firefighter, Cassie. I found her to be immature and petulan
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Amy Imogene Reads
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

One of my all time favorite narrators, and a kick-awesome plot. This is a brilliant piece of fiction and a romance in the loosest sense.

Narrator: ★★★★★
Love interest: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Dialogue: ★★★★★

Things You Save in a Fire is my first novel by Katherine Center. (It had a cute cover so I took a look.) But it wasn't the cover that sold me on the story—it was the first chapter. From the first page, I was hooked to this narrator's voice.

Cassie Hanwell is a firefighter fighting the good fight i
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Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire (August 2019), and five other bittersweet comic novels. Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas ...more
“Choosing to love—despite all the ways that people let you down, and disappear, and break your heart. Knowing everything we know about how hard life is and choosing to love, anyway.. That’s not weakness, that’s courage.” 4 likes
“That’s the thing I always love best about the human race: How we pick ourselves back up over and over and just keep on going.” 3 likes
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