‘Cassie Hanwell was born to handle 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 managing 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.’

I’d heard a lot of great things about this book which made me keen to get my hands on it, and I am so glad I did – I adored it. Everything about it, from the beautiful cover, to the gorgeous story inside – loved it!

Right from the start, this book kept reminding me of the television programme, ‘Station 19’ – I kept picturing Cassie as a mix of two of the female leads in the show – and she is like them in ways – she’s strong, she’s great at her job, and she stands up for what she believes in. She’s also caring, forgiving, and, despite all her best efforts, she’s loving.

This book has a great cast of characters, from the firefighters in her team, who have to adjust to having a woman in their station for the first time, her old captain who gives her some hard learned advice about being a female firefighter, the ‘rookie’, who teaches her how to love, and be loved, through to her mother, the woman who left her sixteen year old daughter, to follow her heart, and who has been looking for forgiveness ever since.

I really enjoyed watching Cassie’s various relationships grow throughout the book, and, in my opinion, it’s something that the author deals with really well – she shows the progression between the characters, and she details Cassie’s personal growth as she learns to let people into her life. I particularly enjoyed watching the relationship between herself and her mother blossom – it was lovely to read, and they were some of my favourite passages in the book.

The novel has a great flow – it’s so easy to immerse yourself in the pages, and it’s hard to put down – I read it in less than two days, and it only took me that long because I refused to skim it – I wanted to devour every single word on those pages and take my time doing so.

It’s a novel full of heart, full of courage, but also with enough drama to keep you glued to the story – I was invested in the story, and the characters, and I was really gunning for them all to have a happy ending – always a sign of a good book, in my opinion!

It was the perfect, sweet, uplifting read to brighten a dark and dreary January, and I’d recommend it to pretty much everyone. My only regret about this book is that it took me so long to get around to reading it.

I rate ‘Things You Save In A Fire’ 5 out of 5 stars.


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