• Rachel Penate

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Updated: Apr 10, 2020


★★★★.5⁣⁣ (Both Scales)


Cassie is thriving as a successful fireman in Austin until a run in with a past love interest puts her over the edge. In the year that follows Cassie learns how not only to re-build her reputation but also her heart.


Every once in a while, a book comes along at the exact right time in your life. It hits you in a way that is personal and moving and can’t help but leave a lasting impression upon your heart. Books have that power to change you, because books teach us what is the best and worst about ourselves.

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE is a book about the strength of a woman, the power of empathy, and the beauty of forgiveness.

WHAT I LOVED: This book. OH this book. It was simple yet complex … Humorous yet deeply heartbreaking … I cheered on Cassie like a sister and cried with her like a best friend. Katherine Center did an impeccable job of writing a character with so much personality, grit, determination, and depth. Cassie is a freaking superhero and I want to be just like her! For all of those reasons, I soared through this book and absolutely didn’t want it to end. I loved Cassie’s world and it instilled in me hope for the future.

WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE: Since the book was so short, it could’ve used more content. Especially when it comes to fleshing out Cassie & Owen’s relationship. They were so sweet, I would’ve just loved more time with them. I would also mention the seemingly quick resolve, but I was ok with it because it didn’t deter from the quality of the story.

Overall, a unique and refreshing story.

*Sensitivity Warnings*: terminal illness, sexual assault, sexism, and some language.


ABSOLUTELY. If you love a sweet and heartwarming romance full of honesty and grit, this one is for you.

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