Narrator: Therese Plummer
Published by MacMillan on August 13, 2019
Length: 9 hours, 36 minutes
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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 excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it's an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.
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 handsome rookie, who doesn't seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can't think about that. Because she doesn't fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don't date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping...but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she's worked so hard to be taken seriously?
Cassie is amazing. I wish I could be her, mostly. She suffered some serious hurts on her 16th birthday which have caused her to shut off emotionally. She is a firefighter because she wants to do good and help people. She is really, really good at work because she devotes herself to it fully. I loved her though and completely related to her reasons. But she doesn’t even believe in love! That’s crazy. I may think it’s difficult to find but I believe in it.
The Rookie is a really nice guy, a good guy. He is kind and friendly and supportive to everyone. He comes from a family of firefighters. He has his own issues and secrets but he doesn’t show them. I really liked him a lot.
Cassie has so much work and stress from her mother insisting she move from Texas to Boston, to the new firehouse with its disbelief in a woman being able to do the work, and being stuck training the Rookie. Some really difficult things happen but she handles them with the courage and caring that show clearly the kind of person she is.
I loved the story with its small town quirks and the personalities of all the fireman. The beauty of personal growth and learning to build those personal relationships is shared with all the emotions of the journey. Cassie also has to deal with misogyny. She is completely beautiful, even with her ordinary human flaws. I rooted for her but she didn’t need it; she’s a winner. I highly recommend Things You Save in a Fire.
Therese Plummer is one of my favorite narrators. She is usually found with romantic suspense but she was lovely in this life fiction with its action-oriented main character. I was comfortable with her as Cassie’s voice and thoughts, along with the other female and male voices. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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