Book Review | Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center #bookreview #netgalley #katherinecenter

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Published: August 13, 2019

Pages: 320

My Thoughts

(Read January 2019)

I finished this book with a huge grin on my face. Katherine Center’s books have a way of making me feel like hugging whoever is nearest to me!

I received an arc from Netgalley and even though it doesn’t come out for months, I was drawn to the bright cover and the promise of an inspiring and captivating story.

Cassie Hanwell is a badass. She’s a firefighter and a paramedic and she’s ridiculously fit and does Parkour for goodness sake (brilliant job for including that pop culture reference!) She can beat any guy at basketball and can do one handed pull-ups!

But even with all those qualities – Cassie has created a world for herself that filled with routine and predictability. She’s always in control and you’ll never see her crack.

It’s a big deal to share your grief with other people—to give them a glimpse of the pain you carry. It connects you in a profound way. That’s why you usually only do it with friends.

So what happens when the universe has a sick sense of humor? When everything Cassie has built is threatened? She’s strong, but how strong? Is she stubborn or is there something in her past she’s avoiding?

Katherine Center’s characters are flawed and real and relatable. Her style of writing allows you to get in their head. Ultimately this is a story about forgiveness and family and being compassionate and real and…human. Oh, and hot firefighters never hurt a storyline!

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About the Author

KATHERINE CENTER is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including How to Walk Away, Happiness for Beginners, and The Bright Side of Disaster. Her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, is soon to be a movie. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Katherine recently gave a TEDx talk on how stories teach us empathy, and her work has appeared in USA Today, InStyle, Redbook, People, The Atlantic, Real Simple, and others. Katherine lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet kids. Visit her online at

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  1. I love Katherine Center! Everyone Is Beautiful was wonderful when I read it years ago, and I’ve always meant to read more of her but haven’t gotten around to it. I need to remedy that. Glad to hear that this is good!


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