Things You Save in a Fire

St. Martin’s. Aug. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781250047328. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466847712.
After a traumatic event ten years ago on her 16th birthday, Cassie Hanwell has held people at arm’s length and focused on her career as a firefighter in Texas. But during an awards ceremony in her honor, she lets pent-up anger get the best of her, and soon her carefully curated life is in disarray. A surprise request from her long estranged mother has Cassie moving from Texas to Massachusetts to help her long estranged mother. Lucky enough to find a job at a firehouse nearby, Cassie faces extreme sexism, and then there’s Owen, “the rookie,” who elicits in Cassie unexpected feelings. Will she be able to overcome her sexist environment and prove herself while navigating these new emotions?
VERDICT Center (How To Walk Away) crafts a heartfelt story of growth and the redemptive power of love perfect for fans of women’s fiction, especially works by Jodi Picoult and Elin Hilderbrand.
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