REVIEW – Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire

Expected publication: August 13th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

“Saving lives was easy. Saving herself was another story”.

What a fantastic read!

Cassie Hanwell is a firefighter with the Austin Fire Department. She is a very busy and independent woman.  Her co-workers think she’s lonely, but she tells them she’s happy with the way things are.

Cassie is about to receive the Austin Fire Department’s Valor Award. She is the FIRST female to ever win this prestigious award. Cassie is anxiously waiting for them to call her to the stage to receive her award from the Mayor.  However, an announcement is made saying that someone else will be giving Cassie the award. When Cassie sees who it is she’s shocked. But the shock wears off quickly…

What happens next is COMPLETELY unexpected.

On top of everything else, Cassie’s mother has been trying to get in touch with her. Cassie and her mother are far from close so she’s stunned when her mother says “I need you to come to Massachusetts to live with me”. She has some health issues and needs Cassie’s help. She asks Cassie to think it over. Cassie says she doesn’t need any time to think…the answer is no.

Unfortunately, before she knows it she’s moving to Boston.

Cassie will be working at the Lillian Fire Department, where she’s needed but not wanted.  The LFD has NEVER had a woman firefighter. Cassie is determined to prove she can do the job just as well as they can. She is advised to do anything she can to keep from reminding them that she’s a woman (no makeup, no long hair, no jewelry…etc) but she also shouldn’t back down, get offended, or show fear. Will Cassie be able to deal with the “good old boys” and their archaic ideas?

“So, to succeed in my new job, I basically need to be an asexual, androgynous, human robot that’s dead to all physical and emotional sensation.”

Easy peasy… right?

Soon some surprising feelings have Cassie rethinking many parts of her life. Is it possible that she may even end up breaking the biggest rule of all?

Cassie survived her past by never talking about it with ANYONE. She closed off many parts of herself so then she wouldn’t get hurt. But could she be missing out on something wonderful?

Every now and then a story comes along that gets me right in the heart. “Things You Save in a Fire” is that kind of story.

I’ve said it before but I really do love the way Katherine Center writes about the messy parts of life with such honesty. The storyline was well-written and there were many great relatable characters. From the laugh out loud moments to the heartbreaking moments, this story had me gripped until I finished the very last page.

Things You Save in a Fire”  is a heart-warming, gut-wrenching, and hilarious story about healing, family, forgiveness, courage, and love.

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All views are my own.

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I can’t wait for : The Arrangement by Robyn Harding (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read.

I came across this meme recently and thought it sounded like a lot of fun. There are so many books that I can’t wait to read…
My choice for this week is:

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

(If you click on the book image it will take you to Goodreads description)
The Arrangement

Expected publication: August 20,2019 by Gallery/Scout Press

 

I’ve enjoyed previous novels by Robyn Harding and after reading the description for “The Arrangement” was quick to add it to my “to be read” list. I also love the cover!! August seems so far away.

I really can’t wait to read it!

Are you planning on reading this book too?

Happy Reading!!!

Music Monday – Queen!!!!

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

 

Today my “Music Monday” is dedicated to Queen.

I recently watched the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  I loved the movie and of course the soundtrack was awesome! It reminded me how much I love Queen.

The following are a few of my favorite Queen songs. I’m also including a clip of Jimmy Fallon interviewing, Rami Malek. I think Rami did a fantastic job portraying Freddie Mercury in the movie.

I hope you enjoy the clips!

 

RIP – Freddie Mercury

Queen – Radio Ga Ga

Queen – We Will Rock You

Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure

 

 

 

Queen – Radio Ga Ga

I’d sit alone and watch your light
My only friend through teenage nights
And everything I had to know
I heard it on my radio
You gave them all those old time stars
Through wars of worlds invaded by Mars
You made ’em laugh, you made ’em cry
You made us feel like we could fly (radio)
So don’t become some background noise
A backdrop for the girls and boys
Who just don’t know or just don’t care
And just complain when you’re not there
You had your time, you had the power
You’ve yet to have your finest hour
Radio (radio)
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio goo goo
Radio ga ga
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio blah blah
Radio, what’s new?
Radio, someone still loves you
We watch the shows, we watch the stars
On videos for hours and hours
We hardly need to use our ears
How music changes through the years
Let’s hope you never leave old friend
Like all good things on you we depend
So stick around ’cause we might miss you
When we grow tired of all this visual
You had your time, you had the power
You’ve yet to have your finest hour
Radio (radio)
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio goo goo
Radio ga ga
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio goo goo
Radio ga ga
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio blah blah
Radio, what’s new?
Someone still loves you
Radio ga ga
Radio ga ga
Radio ga ga
You had your time, you had the power
You’ve yet to have your finest hour
Radio (radio)
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Songwriters: Roger Taylor
Radio Ga Ga lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Queen – We Will Rock You

Buddy, you’re a boy, make a big noise
Playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday
You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
Kicking your can all over the place, singin’
We will, we will rock you
We will, we will rock you
Buddy, you’re a young man, hard man
Shouting in the street, gonna take on the world someday
You got blood on your face, you big disgrace
Waving your banner all over the place
We will, we will rock you, sing it!
We will, we will rock you, yeah
Buddy, you’re an old man, poor man
Pleading with your eyes, gonna get you some peace someday
You got mud on your face, big disgrace
Somebody better put you back into your place, do it!
We will, we will rock you, yeah, yeah, come on
We will, we will rock you, alright, louder!
We will, we will rock you, one more time
We will, we will rock you
Yeah
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Songwriters: Brian Harold May
We Will Rock You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure

Mmm num ba de
Dum bum ba be
Doo buh dum ba beh beh
Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you, no man ask for
Under pressure that burns a building down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets
Um ba ba be
Um ba ba be
De day da
Ee day da, that’s okay
It’s the terror of knowing what the world is about
Watching some good friends screaming
“Let me out!”
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people, people on streets
Day day de mm hm
Da da da ba ba
Okay
Chipping around, kick my brains around the floor
These are the days it never rains but it pours
Ee do ba be
Ee da ba ba ba
Um bo bo
Be lap
People on streets
Ee da de da de
People on streets
Ee da de da de da de da
It’s the terror of knowing what the world is about
Watching some good friends screaming
‘Let me out’
Pray tomorrow gets me higher, high
Pressure on people, people on streets
Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don’t work
Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn
Why, why, why?
Love, love, love, love, love
Insanity laughs under pressure we’re breaking
Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?
Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
Why can’t we give love, give love, give love, give love
Give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?
‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love (people on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure
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Songwriters: David Bowie / John Richard Deacon / Brian Harold May / Freddie Mercury / Roger Meddows Taylor
Under Pressure lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

REVIEW – The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

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Published October 9th, 2018 by Berkley

 

I really enjoyed this author’s previous novel “Watching Edie” so I had high hopes for this novel.  I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed it.

“The Lies We Told” opens in Cambridgeshire in 1986. We see right away that something is very wrong. A mother isn’t sure what she’s looking at, but it’s not long before it becomes clear what has happened. She’s horrified at what her daughter has done. And she’s even more terrified when she sees that her daughter is smiling.

All Beth wanted was to be a mother. When she finally got her miracle baby, she couldn’t have been happier. Beth and her husband, Doug doted on Hannah. They finally had their family. But as time when on, Beth began to notice that Hannah didn’t act or react like other children did. After awhile Beth couldn’t deny it…something was wrong with Hannah. It wasn’t that she wasn’t intelligent, Hannah was extremely smart.  But she seemed to get pleasure from hurting others.

The reaction of pain was what motivated her.”

Was this karma or some kind of payback for the choices they made years earlier?

Beth doesn’t know what to do. She’s desperate, and desperate people don’t always make the best decisions. Unfortunately, Beth makes a decision that has devastating results. Just when she thinks things can’t possibly get worse…they do.

London 2017 – Clara doesn’t want to be the kind of girlfriend who checks up on her boyfriend. They just moved in together six months earlier. But she’s worried. He didn’t come home the night before and he didn’t text or call either. He has a very important interview that day so it doesn’t make sense that he wouldn’t come home.

Clara and their mutual friend, Mac contact the police but are told there isn’t much they can do at this point. Clara and Mac start to investigate on their own. Clara realizes that Luke has been keeping things from her. She starts to wonder if she ever really knew him at all….

Where is Luke?

“The Lies We Told” was an entertaining and quick read that held my attention and kept me guessing.

The story alternates between Clara and Beth’s perspectives in 1986 and 2017. Alternating chapters tell two different stories, but we see how everything relates as it all comes together.  I definitely had to suspend disbelief quite a bit, but I still really enjoyed the story.

I am looking forward to seeing what Camilla Way writes next.

I’d like to thank Berkley Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.