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 and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.
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 crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?
Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage.
I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. It was a wonderfully moving story about finding one’s self, overcoming life’s challenges and forgiving others and one’s self.
Cassie Hanwell is tough, smart, fit and excellent at her job as a medic and firefighter. Her life in Austin, TX is going well as far as she is concerned. She loves her job and is receiving an award for saving children from a wrecked school bus. Then Cassie receives a phone call from her estranged mother in Rockport, Massachusetts asking her to come live with her for a year to help her with a medical condition. Cassie refuses to help her but when an incident at the awards ceremony puts her career in jeopardy, Cassie agrees to help her mother and moves across the country where a job at the local firehouse is waiting for her.
Cassie leaves a modern, up-to-date firehouse in Austin where women firefighters are not unusual and winds up in an old, out-of-date firehouse where a female firefighter has never graced its premises. Cassie has to prove that she belongs. She is not the only new firefighter at this station. A young rookie starts on the same day as Cassie, but he comes from a family of firefighters in Boston and will present a challenge to Cassie in ways she could never see coming.
What I loved about this book was how a number of characters have “secrets”, and how these secrets affect their relationships with others. It’s how these secrets unfold and bring to light the need for forgiveness in order to heal and move forward in life that was so gripping.
Cassie faces her own demons while also trying to discover who an anonymous bully is at work. They are threatening her to quit the fire department while she tries to navigate her new life in MA, heal her relationship with her mother, and opening herself up to true love.
This was a drama/romance/mystery/ and self-help book all rolled up into one. I loved it!