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‘Things You Save in a Fire’ by Katherine Center

This author is a great pick if you are in the mood for an easy romance with some good suspense and decent values thrown in. Romance isn’t my usual genre, but I found it grand for a busy holiday time. The other novel of hers I’ve read called How to Walk Away, was about hope and finding joy in dark circumstances, and this one focuses on forgiveness. It was on the 2019 Goodreads Best Choice Awards List for Romance. There are many lists in different categories for each year on Goodreads, which are really helpful!!

As the only female firefighter in her Texas firehouse, Cassie Hanwell is excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But she never anticipated that her estranged and ailing mother would ask her move to Boston. 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. Only the infatuation-inspiring rookie doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. Her old captain gave her some advice: don’t date firefighters. Will she jeopardise her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?

‘How to Walk Away’ by Katherine Center

“When you don’t know what to do for yourself, do something for somebody else.”

Hugely predictable yet surprisingly compelling, this humorous and adequately inspirational unsentimental romantic novel is a  ‘feel good’ read. It reminded me a little of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes because it struck a similar tone. A good one to bring to the cottage or pack in your carry-on. Even as the bestseller headline screams “Unforgettable love story in the darkest of circumstances!” this is not great literature, but I give it credit for readability and almost making me miss my stop on the subway. For this genre, it is well done.

The flyleaf describes the storyline best:
“Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.”