Things You Save In A Fire

Cassie the protagonist of Things You Save In a Fire loves her job with the Austin Fire Department. After a shocking awards banquet she finds her career threatened and decides to salvage it with a year spent in Massachusetts with the guise of taking care of her estranged mother.

I usually don’t read books set in the Public Safety community. I can’t really enjoy them as I find myself cringing at the writer’s interpretation of a community that I am a part of. I am an emergency dispatcher. I guess in my world I would be consider a triple threat; I dispatch for Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Things You Save In A Fire represents one part of the public safety family. I feel that Katherine Center does a brilliant job of representing the camaraderie of the people who are united in their “calling” to help others. I especially enjoyed the pranks and teasing between the different characters. I often tell the “rookies” I work with that if I don’t pick on them then they should worry.

I also enjoyed how Katherine Center chose to connect her protagonist Cassie with her protagonist in How To Walk Away. There were moments where I cringed at Cassie’s actions, moments of laughter, and moments of happiness. There was even a moment where my heart was in my throat.

When We Left Cuba

“Fortunately, I’ve never been much for listening to what other people say.” ~ When We Left Cuba, Chanel Cleeton ~

Beatriz Perez finds herself exiled in Florida after the Cuban Revolution. Her twin brother killed during the Revolution, her families fortune are social standing loss. While her father works to rebuild his business and her mother works to rebuild their social standing through her daughters marriages, Beatriz is determined to find her own path.

Beatriz is tired of life in exile, she wants to return to her life in Cuba; she wants to avenge her brother’s death. Recruited by the CIA Beatriz plans to get close enough to Fidel Castro and get her revenge. She doesn’t count on falling in love with an man with his own political ambitions.

When We Left Cuba is a wonderful summer read. Be sure to find a comfy seat poolside or a good sandy spot on the beach while and let the ocean provide the soundtrack.

Storm And Fury

Although this novel is a hefty 504 pages and was an entertaining and quick read. I found myself completely absorbed in Trinity’s world. A world of Wardens, Demons and Humans inhabit the world.

Most of the Wardens she lives amongst believe Trinity to be just another Human girl in need of protection. What they don’t realize is she has a secret, a secret, a secret that must be hidden at all costs, until she is called upon along with her Warden Protector Misha.

Then one night Trinity’s world changes forever. She joins forces with Zayne a Warden from another community and leave the compound she has called home for most of her life. In a race to save a friend she discovers there is more to the lore she has been taught and that even the “good guys” can make mistakes while the “bad guys” aren’t always as bad as they’re made out to be.

The Golden Hour

“But it’s the love story of the century, haven’t you heard?” I said. “The King who gave up his throne for the woman he loves.” ~ Beatriz Williams, The Golden Hour.

Lulu finds herself with a plum assignment reporting on the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor while he serves as Governor of the Bahamas. Before long Lulu finds herself entangled in the intrigue and politics that is the center of Island life. Lulu is also drawn to a mysterious gentleman, one she can’t help but fall in love with.

I could not tear myself away from this novel, I read all 462 pages in just two days. I love the setting of the Bahamas, the intrigue of possibility of war time conspiracy from a reported loyal member of the Royal Family. Add in a forbidden love story and a horrific murder and its resulting trial, how could anyone walk away unsatisfied after reading this novel.

A Nearly Normal Family

“It takes all my strength not to run over and throw my arms around her and whisper that Dad is here, that I’m not going to let go of her until this over.” ~ M.T. Edvardsson, A Nearly Normal Family.

A thriller told from three points of view. The father’s, a pastor in the Church of Sweden who struggles with his morals and how far he’s willing to go to protect his family. The daughter, who stands accuse of murdering a prominent citizen. The mother, a defense attorney who must decide to stand with the ethics of her job, or the loyalty towards her family.

An intriguing plot that keeps you riveted with each turn of the page. I found myself constantly changing my mind about the characters motivation with each different view point. A must read if your a fan of thrillers.

Lost And Wanted

A wonderfully written novel of moving forward after the loss of a loved one and the need to feel wanted by those who are still with us.

Helen is a Harvard graduate and a professor of Physics at MIT in Massachusetts. She is not really surprised when her attempt to return her Harvard roommate’s call and doesn’t get an answer. Then Helen receives a call from Charlie’s husband telling her that Charlie had died the day before the missed call.

During the months that follow Charlie’s death Helen finds herself pulled back into Charlie’s circle. She reflects on the friendship they had and their seperate experiences. The choices they ultimately made and the impact those choices had on their lives. She also finds herself questioning everything she knows or thinks she knows about the Universe.

I was hesitant to pick up this novel, it’s been sitting on my shelf since April. I’m now sorry I hadn’t picked it up earlier. The next time I find myself looking at the sky it will be with my former child-like wonder; What do the stars have to tell us? What questions have we not yet found to ask of the Universe?

From Scratch

“Safe to open my heart, to be vulnerable” ~ Tembi Locke, From Scratch

What does it mean for us to open our hearts? To be emotionally vulnerable???

Tembi Locke found the answers to those questions during her College stay in Italy. She literally ran into the man who would help her discover those answers; the man whom she would come to share a life with. The man who would inspire her to open her heart even more as she put pen to paper and shared the most private events of her life.

A touching memoir to her late husband and his passion for his native Sicily that was so much a part of his essence. Tembi Locke invites us to share in her and her daughters grief at the loss of a husband and father. Share in her first stumbling steps as a widow and a single mother.

Tembi also shares the frustration and anger towards the family that initially disowned Saro for his choice of wife, and how those feelings were overcome. I loved her candor with her experience with adopting their daughter. Her honesty in the unexpected mix emotions of first meeting her daughters biological mother, then of finally meeting her daughter for the first time.

There is so much emotion in this Memoir, I cried and my heart ached for Tembi and her daughter. I even laughed at times. This book is so beautifully written and Tembi’s writing style is so fresh and honest. Also be sure to have some Sicilian fare when you sit down this book, I know I was starving by the time I finished reading it. Ciao!!!