Choosing to love—despite all the ways that people let you down, and disappear, and break your heart. Knowing everything we know about how hard life is and choosing to love, anyway.. That’s not weakness, that’s courage.
Things You Save in a Fire follows a female firefighter, Cassie, after an altercation with a government employee at an award ceremony causes her to lose her position. Cassie's estranged mother needs help while recovering from eye surgery, so Cassie reluctantly accepts the invite, with the caveat that it would be temporary. For a complete summary, you can go here.
TL;DR: A touching story about strength, family, forgiveness, and love, with a badass female main character.
Full Review: I read this book as a part of our Judging More Than Just The Cover Book Club podcast [check out the spoiler-filled discussion episode here]. This was our tenth episode, following A Trail of Lightning. So this review will be spoiler-free and the podcast will have more details and thorough analysis. We chose this book because it had a strong female main character and was in the Book of the Month Box, which I LOVE. I, mean, $14.99 a month for a new release hardcover and $9.99 for any additional book AND free shipping? Can’t beat that. [Click here to get your first box for $9.99.]
I don’t want to give away anything in the story, but I had a very strong personal connection to the plot. That—mixed with new baby hormones—led me to be very emotional while reading this book. Because of how this book made me feel, I gave it my Best Book Award. [See the other winners here.]
With the world still in turmoil, some people are diving in deep to sci-fi end-of-the-world, pandemic, and/or post-apocalyptic stories. Me, on the other hand? I am diving into fuzzy, feel-good stories, and this was the perfect book to do that. Also, with a new baby, I appreciate any book that I can read in short snippets and still follow the plot.
I will definitely read Center’s newest book, What You Wish For. I might even read this one again. [I always say that, but I never end up reading books twice.] I recommend this book to anyone looking for a badass strong female character who can fall in love without sacrificing her own strength. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Podcast Episode (With Spoilers)
I’m at my very best when things are at their very worst.