Things You Save In A Fire - Katherine Center
Things You Save In A Fire delivers a powerful hit in one punch. It is a knock-out!
When I recommend a book, I ask myself the following question:
Are the female characters written with dimension, strength and intelligence?
Katherine Center answers this question with a big yes, yes and yes in Things You Save In A Fire.
I loved the main character, Cassie Hanwell! She checks all my boxes on what I am looking for in a recommended book.
Dimension, strength and intelligence. Check, check, check.
Cassie is a firefighter, could certainly compete in American Ninja Warrior, bravely steps up in any emergency and simply knows her stuff backwards and forwards.
One of my favorite inspirational speeches is by Reese Witherspoon at Glamour's 2015 Women of the Year Awards, in which she speaks about starting her own production company with a focus on creating stronger roles for women in film.
Within that speech, Reese Witherspoon references the countless times of disappointment she had experienced in her career when reviewing a script and, in the moment of crisis, the female character would turn to the guy and say “What do we do now?”
Well, I can tell you this… Cassie Hanwell never says “What do we do now?” She just starts doing it.
This is my first read by Ms. Center and I am extremely grateful to the recommendation from a mutual friend who encouraged me to bring this book to the top of my TBR stack. I did.
I opened to the first page… and 24 hours later, I was a Katherine Center fan for life.
A thrilling story behind-the-scenes of the super-heroes who put their lives on the line everyday for us. Not only bravely (and literally) fighting fires… but also “fighting fires” in the workplace to make room for women in professions that have been challenging to break into.
Cassie is a badass force that navigates a journey filled with relatable unjust decisions… yet chooses her weapon carefully to win her challenges.
What is her weapon? She makes herself simply too good to be ignored.
And that is a powerful weapon.
But, Things You Save In A Fire goes even deeper. Cassie is also navigating an estranged relationship with her mother.
And here is where Things You Save In A Fire really becomes a story of courage…
It starts to fight the brutal world of living without forgiveness.
And although Cassie deals with life and death decisions everyday like a super-hero, she comes face-to-face with her greatest test when it comes to choosing love and forgiveness.
She steps up to the true test of courage… And, as I turned the pages, I was fighting for her all the way.
Because, even a super-hero needs encouragement.
Be a super-hero… Choose to love…
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From the # 1 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 crew—even 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 it’s not her thing. And don’t forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping...and it means risking it all—the only job she’s ever loved, and the hero she’s 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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