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Things You Save in a Fire
Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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. 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 creweven 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 its not her thing. And dont forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping...and it means risking it allthe only job shes ever loved, and the hero shes 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.
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Mavey
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive

Thanks for the tags @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @damselsgotballs !

Have a great weekend everyone!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You too!! 💛💛💛 2w
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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

I really liked a lot of this. Cassie being forced out of her comfort zone & into making real connections w people, including the mother who abandoned her & her father, was a good story. As was Cassie adapting to a new town & a new crew at a new (very old) fire house. Even her love story was pretty good (though I could have done without her makeover into a barbie doll & the whole scene at his parent's party.) But I do have complaints ⬇️

bookandbedandtea It started to get tedious that she was better at absolutely EVERYTHING than the male firefighters. And the entire storyline with DeSantis was annoying and unnecessary. And, ultimately, unbelievable. If it hadn't gone further than the notes and harassment it would have been fine but his behavior at the fire, the lies he told after, her figuring out his drug problem and ⬇️ 2mo
bookandbedandtea arriving in the nick of time to save him from ODing, whisking him off to rehab, and unknowingly getting him to fess up to the captain was ridiculous. It was too over the top. This story already had a LOT going on and this whole thing felt like too much. 2mo
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monalyisha
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Cassie & I don‘t have much in common. She can do n*i*ne pull-ups, I can do n*o*ne; she‘s emotionally closed-off & I‘m an over-sharer; she works in a male-dominated environment, I work in…a Library. But sisterhood binds us! This is, first & foremost, a Romance novel (the ending drives that point home). If you‘re bothered by the romantic lead being *too* perfect, definitely avoid this one.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: But it also deals with tough subjects like abandonment, sexism, mother-daughter relationships, addiction, death, grief, terminal illness, & sexual assault. Is it weird to follow that up by saying I might buy this for my MIL for Christmas? 😅 (edited) 2mo
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monalyisha
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I wouldn‘t normally have chosen this book for myself…but I agreed to be the moderator for this month‘s book club at work. Let‘s see how it goes! 🤷‍♀️ Maybe it‘ll surprise me.

Kangaj1 I just read it and enjoyed a lighter read. 2mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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Panpan

Too superficial for my taste!

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atl_scfl
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Cute, quick read. Cassie is a female firefighter who has to leave Austin for Massachusetts. It does s pretty good job describing her personal struggles, sexism at work and her feeling for The Rookie. Ending was a bit rushed and cheesy, but overall a good read to kill some time.

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MelKelsey
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I listened to Things You Save in a Fire. It's an easy rom-com. Nothing of literary merit but fun. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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ItsAnotherJen
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4 ⭐
I really enjoyed this, so glad I read it! It got really good in the middle. Like, really really good. I grew to really like the main character. Strong female lead, lots of interesting things happening, good characters throughout.
The ending was a little too quick. It did tie up all the loose ends. I'm glad for that. But there were a lot of loose ends and they all got tied very very quickly. 😅

Isn't this cover pretty? Love the bright colors.

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Arvena
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Mehso-so

Sad to say, but I didn't like it.. The story felt preachy and fake; reads like a self-help book.

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Amie
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There were parts of this that I enjoyed, but mostly it didn't work for me. At times it seemed like it was trying to be a light rom com, but the characters had such intensely horrific experiences in their pasts, which were mostly glossed over and apparently solved by falling in love 🙄. The epilogue had way too much crammed into it; I get it, they live happily ever after, no need to belabor the point.

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Arvena
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Starting a new book :)

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5280reader
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When you get your husband hooked on the audio book on a road trip… and he demands we listen to the end together once home!!! So sweet!!!

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Beccacraft
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I really enjoy this author‘s writing- engaging and heartfelt. This book is about a woman firefighter with a tough and unstoppable exterior- she‘s one of the best, strongest, and effective firefighters on her shifts. Yet, inside she‘s struggling to grasp the effects of rape, abandonment from her mom, and sexism within her field. She is an example of a strong woman who must hide her true self to “make it”. Loved it despite some predictable moments.

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Amoon
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Cassie is a firefighter in Austin. After 2 traumatic cents when she was 16, she has built a protective wall around herself that pretty much has shut down all of her feelings. She was made to be the best firefighter. She feels totally calm in the chaos of emergencies. Her mother had abandoned Cassie and her father and now wants Cassie to stay with her for a year. Told in Cassie‘s POV we learn about hurt, pain, forgiveness and true love. Great book!

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Sharpeipup
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“What women think of as sharing, men see as complaining.”

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Alora
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Camping at my cottage for the long weekend
Trying my hammock I got for my birthday!

Love reading in nature... The bugs are brutal!
Luckily they've died down so far today 🙏🌲🙌

#readathon #readingoutdoors #camping

Crazeedi Perfect place to be!! 8mo
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rather_be_reading
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Quick cute read. At first I thought it was cliche and cheesy but by the end I really liked it. The one thing I didnt like was how she tied everything up on the Epilogue bc it seemed added on and rushed.

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Book 78

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Alora
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Beautiful day today!! Reading outside 🌞
My book matches my new flowers!!
I absolutely LOVE Dahlias!! My favourite!!

Went to one of the best greenhouses I've been to yesterday! I finally found the yellow & pink Dahlias that I've wanted forever!! They are even prettier!!

Can't wait to open my own greenhouse one day!
Flora by Alora 🌺🌸

#20in4 #readathon #readingoutdoors #flowers

PurpleyPumpkin Those are beautiful!🤩 Looks like you‘re very prepared for spring. 🌺 9mo
monalyisha I love the amount of exclamation points in this post. 😅🌸💖 9mo
Nute I would love to have a greenhouse. A fellow Litten often posts photos of her greenhouse...I enjoy seeing them. 8mo
Alora @Nute oh cool! Do you know who?! 8mo
Nute I don‘t remember who it is. I thought that she and I had communicated one time so I tried scrolling through my conversation history but I couldn‘t find her. I‘ll keep an eye out for future posts.🙂 8mo
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Julsmarshall
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Shopping your favorite #indiebookstore is required on #independentbookstoreday ❤️❤️❤️ you @larkandowlbooksellers !

alysonimagines @Julsmarshall I love Lark & Owl! Didn‘t make it over there today, but I definitely want to go back sometime soon. 9mo
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Alora
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Starting this one today and getting some hours for the #20in4 #readathon ! 💙💙
I‘ve heard a lot of good things about this one!
Also excited for a strong female role...and it‘s set in BOSTON!!

#currentlyreading #LitsySpringBreak #booked2021

Alora So excited to start this one @Pricel101 ! Been waiting for Spring because of the beautiful cover! 💙 Thank you again! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s a beautiful cover and a great time to start it! 10mo
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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved this wonderful book. It is the story of Cassie who is a firefighter and how her world changes when she encounters a person from her past. Sometimes things that seem to be really bad end in good things happening. I will definitely be reading more books by Katherine Center.

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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved this wonderful book. It is the story of Cassie who is a firefighter and how her world changes when she encounters a person from her past. Sometimes things that seem to be really bad end in good things happening. I will definitely be reading more books by Katherine Center.

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mdm139
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This rom com is a cut above the rest. It gives you all the feels. The characters grow and face their traumas. I will definitely be buying other books by the author. It is a good beach read with substance.

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MurElly
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I couldn't put it down!

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mcctrish
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I loved this in audio ❤️ the Boston accents make me swoon! It‘s a great feel good story

Lifeisasnap I loved the book too. That Santa collection is fantastic!!! 13mo
mcctrish @Lifeisasnap thank you!! I do love Santas 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love the Santas! 🎅🏼 13mo
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mcctrish
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First I am loving my latest audio book!!! I don‘t want to stop listening AT ALL! Second, I am loving getting Christmas cards from my #poutinepenpals ❤️ I was at Chapters today and their boxed cards were on sale so I stocked up for next year 🤣

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💚🎄 I always stock up on discounted holiday cards too. ❤☃️ 13mo
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mcctrish
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Even tho‘ I said I needed a minute to relish my last book, I can‘t help myself and started this one. Also I love these colours

Cathythoughts Looks good ... on we go constant readers 😁 13mo
mcctrish @Cathythoughts 😁so true! So many books, so little time 13mo
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MindyK59
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I really enjoyed this book. It was my first by this author. A female firefighter faces both personal and professional challenges. It held my interest and made me want to keep reading.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 154 of 2020.

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LiteraryinLawrence
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With this book I finished a third bingo for #bookspinbingo! My prediction is that I‘ll finish the last two books in the top row by the month‘s end, giving me two more bingos. I‘m working on my November list! @TheAromaofBooks

Annie1215 Wow! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Awesome month!! 1y
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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I finally read the book I received last month in the #septemberswap and I liked it! Was it a little cliched? Yes. But it was still a good read that held my attention and made me want to keep turning the pages. The main character is a firefighter who moves to a different state for personal and family reasons. She has to prove herself all over again with the misogynistic crew so the last thing she wants is to have feelings for one of them! 💜

MoonWitch94 So glad you enjoyed it!! 💗 1y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I adored this book and she is becoming one of my favorite authors. This book is about a woman firefighter who finds herself in a “boys club” and has to face many challenges both in her personal life and professional career.

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This was a fun virtual event kicking off the paperback of the tagged book, with Katherine Center and Brene Briwn, who are IRL friends. I enjoyed watching virtually with my IRL friend @JenReadsAlot 😊 it was nice to listen and knit right from the home office. AND get some interesting book recs. Katherine is into “bodice ripping” romance. Who knew?

JenReadsAlot That was so much fun!!! 1y
AmyG Whatever you are knitting...it‘s gorgeous. (edited) 1y
PurpleTulipGirl Sounds like an interesting conversation. Your knitting is beautiful! 1y
Palimpsest Beautiful! 🧶 1y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Thank you so much to @MoonWitch94 for this #septemberswap book! I‘m really excited to read it, and of course I‘ll let you know what I think since it‘s on your TBR. Thanks for organizing, @BennettBookworm !

MoonWitch94 📚🍁Happy Reading!!! And yes, I can‘t wait to hear how you like it! 1y
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Maybe all happiness could ever hope to be was a tiny interruption from sorrow.

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Laughterhp
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A week late with this one!

📕Things You Save in the Fire
✒️ES Thomson
📺Thor Ragnarok
🎙Twenty-One Pilots
🎶Tie It Up - Kelly Clarkson

#ManicMonday #LetterT

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AmandaMCruz
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This was my first book to read by this author. Well written and full of hope. I did cry reading the epilogue. Heartbreak, trauma, loss, forgiveness, family, and love all in 497 pages.

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AmyK1
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This was a quick, easy read. I wasn‘t sure about it at first but the end was pretty good.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Jenken1998
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Loved my first read for #deweysreadathon #reversereadathon. BA firefighter Cassie moves in with her semi estranged mom and learns how to forgive others and herself. Read it cover to cover without stopping. 5 star read for me

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valeriegeary Good looking stack! 👏🏻 1y
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crowlows19
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I listened to the whole thing in a day. A wonderful romance that really hit home for me. Cassie's struggle to gain the respect she deserves in a male dominated profession was just so real and so, so well done.

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pareads
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I took a break from Litsy because I was busy with school but have some great summer reads I am excited to review. I enjoyed so many things about this book- Cassie being a badass firefighter, the rookie, Cassie's relationship with her mom, moving to a new city, witty dialogue and so much more! I stayed up way too late finishing this story and it was well-worth it. I'll be looking forward to reading Center's other books 🙃

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Book_yogi
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This is my second book by Katherine Center and I enjoyed it as much as Wish You Were Here. Her books are so full of hope, not liking them would be like kicking puppies.

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Eggs
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#fallinginlove is the last thing that Cassie Hanwell wants to do or expects to happen as the newest rookie on the firefighting squad...

#jamminjune

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Kayla.Adriena
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10 pages in. 10 pages.. and I am not amused. In fact I'm horrified. A female author describing a "joke" that is played on the MC where she is propositioned during a night meant to honor her, repeatedly propositioned. All in "good fun" where afterwards money is passed around from bets. It's like the Me Too Movement never happened. I could throw up.

marleed I‘m so grateful what was once accepted behavior is now seen as disgusting and unacceptable. I hope the MeToo movement does not fade into events of 2018-19 and that we are forever woke for this lesson. 2y
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elisebarker
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It didn‘t start out as a pick for me but it got better. I think part of the issue for me was the narrator. I‘m sure I‘ve heard her before and some of her inflections rub me wrong 😂 Overall, a good book!

DimeryRene I loved this book!!!!! 2y
elisebarker @DimeryRene I didn‘t like it at the beginning, but I liked it a lot by the end 😊 2y
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LaraS
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So I was trying to check off “book translated from another language” prompt off the #whileiwasreading challenge, and accidentally got this book instead of “Things We Lost In The Fire”. Definitely not the same thing. 😆

oh well, I needed something a little lighter after spending so much time trapped in the hive of The Bees.