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Things You Save in a Fire

Written by: Katherine Center
Narrated by: Therese Plummer
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new audiobook 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.

©2019 Katherine Center (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Oh, how I love Katherine Center’s writing…and her newest novel is a gem...a story that reminds us that the word emergency has, at its heart, a new beginning. Just read it, and thank me later.” (Jodi Picoult, New York Times best-selling author)

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Well read and well written

Loved the themes of love, vulnerability, courage, fear and connection...had me thinking and pondering after I read it. The narrator has the perfect young adult "tone" to her. Will listen to it a second time!

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Lovely story- a bit too many cliches

It was an easy book to listen to- the story was interesting- but often it seemed like the author was trying too hard to get across certain points like forgiveness - where as it was something that was happening in the book, it felt like every time it happened it was like the same simplistic solution was brought out of their mouths and everything worked out okay. Maybe trying too hard?
Otherwise a good idea for a story. Just not a huge fan of the script at times.

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  • Dina
  • LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States
  • 2019-09-07

No Blaze Here

I was excited for Katherine Center's new book because I really liked "How to Walk Away." This one seemed to be written in response to #MeToo, but it was much too contrived and very light. There just seemed to be a lot of characters in very real situations making unrealistic decisions. The highlight in the audio version was Therese Plummer's narration which was stellar.

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  • Monkey Puppet
  • Los Angeles, CA USA
  • 2019-09-05

Movie will be better

Very nice rom/com plot. Unfortunately main character seems unrealistic, almost cartoonish. The technical detail is great but the author fails to capture a 3 dimensional protagonist.

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  • Maria Amelia Aranha
  • 2019-08-28

DIDN'T LIKE AT ALL

I didn't like the main character. She wants to be the queen of the world, the perfection, but she was so insecure ... didn't give people opportunity to talk and explain themselves.. The story is okay and didn't touch my soul.

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  • Gretchen
  • Salinas, CA, United States
  • 2019-09-02

Good Storyline but Weak Character Development

I enjoyed the humor, camaraderie & pranking amongst the firefighters and I appreciated the message of forgiveness woven throughout the story. However, I did not feel the characters were well developed and to me, the protagonist came across as more of a superhero than a real person.

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  • Donna Cooley
  • 2019-08-16

Outstanding

Such a great story, covering so many emotional issues and feelings. Lots of insight about being a firefighter in a so call man’s world.Brilliantly narrated by Therese Plummer, capturing the feelings of a woman desperate to keep love and relationships at bay.

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  • Mike Thompson
  • 2019-08-15

Perfection

Katherine Center and Therese Plummer are my audible dream team!!!! The story is sweet, but provides just enough plot twists to keep things interesting until the very end!!!! Sad to have finished this one... can’t wait for the next!

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  • Susan Jordan
  • 2019-09-14

Pretty predictable

From the other reviews I was expecting a more interesting novel. This is chic lit in a firehouse.

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  • Mr. Johnny White
  • 2019-09-14

Sappy and ridiculous

I didn’t realize I was reading a cheesy romance novel until a quarter of the way through and I already felt invested at that point. Not for me. Unrealistic. Don’t understand how it got so many five star reviews. It was a chore for me to get through. Thank goodness it’s over! On a positive note, the narrator was really good.

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  • Mickey12
  • 2019-08-31

Offensive to people who are visually impaired.

The book was okay, but made me SO angry. One of the characters has glaucoma, and acts completely helpless. Needs help with everything. I am halfway through the book and can't stand it.

I am hating this book even more now, the lecture about "forgiveness" by a Mother who walked out on her teen daughter is making me see red now.

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  • Ben Ahrens
  • Springfield, IL
  • 2019-08-22

Lit my fire

Yes somewhat predictable but so well written that it didn’t matter. Loved all the themes and serious topics woven throughout. Only slight complaint is that I wish there were more rookie and Cassie scenes

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