Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America's Bravest. Listen to the novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!
Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they've been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his kids. Jenn decides to have a baby - with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man.
©2010 Kathryn Shay (P)2013 Kathryn Shay
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"Could not stop listening!"
I could not stop listening to this audiobook - I had to find out what happened to each and every one of the characters. It was touching and funny and - in the context of the genre - a really enjoyable light listen with some surprisingly touching moments, brought to life by Jeffrey Kafer's narration. He's got a great voice and it suited the story perfectly. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my review and am delighted I had the chance to listen in!
"A Fun Read"
the book is fairly spread out between characters limiting in depth look at many of them
I enjoyed the interaction between the Mitch and his children especially.
Fun read for listening to in the car, reader does a good job with different voices so you can tell the difference between characters.
This is a great book with an even better story line. Can't wait for the next one.
"Well-written and well-narrated"
In this story about firefighters and paramedics and detectives, the personal lives of those who serve us are revealed. We get a glimpse of how the devotion of these heroes to their jobs impacts their private lives, and how they learn to cope with tragedy, betrayal, and interpersonal relationships. The characters were credible, the situations realistic, and the conclusion at the end was not rushed or forced. Jeffrey Kafer's narration moves the story along at a good pace, and kept my interest. His female voices were not contrived, and were believable. I found myself rooting for the main character, Mitch, and hoping somehow he could get free of his crazy wife. I completely forgot this story was being read to me, I felt like a fly on the wall. I am looking forward to listening to Mr. Kafer again, and would not hesitate to read a book by this author. It was a good match.
I received a free download of this book, but that did not influence my candid review of it.
"Romance, hardship, firefighters @ work"
Totally loved the story and the narration. Will immediately listen to all the other books of the series.
"Loved this book!"
Loved the story, and the narrator
Mitch for sure. It is sad when good people come to the end of a marriage.
Found his voice soothing and felt this story was better off for having a male reader.
After a devastating fire, Mitch, Jenn, and Zach Malvaso vow to change their lives for the better. Mitch decides that he either has to make a serious commitment to making his marriage work or call it quits, Jenn decides she wants a baby, and Zach wants his wife back.
Megan Hale moved to Hidden Cove to escape the demons chasing after her. After her husband died in the line of duty and her father only a short time later, Megan knew that she had to leave the big city scene. She has finally found peace in the little town that is just like family. Her attraction to Mitch is as unexpected as it is complicated. Vowing never to be the 'other woman', Megan is adamant about not admitting her feelings for Mitch, and he feels the same way. This book is overcoming the trials of life and falling in love when you least expect it.
Although the story revolves mostly around Mitch and Megan, Shay has subplots with the other siblings that grab the reader and don't let go. I can't wait until her next book in this series comes out. I never understood exactly how much a firefighter risked until I read this book. The things that a firefighter has to know, along with the risks they take for strangers is humbling.
The emotion in this book is so overwhelming at times that I felt like crying. This is a well written book that I would highly recommend!
Jeffrey Kafer was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
"Not what I expected but good"
I hoped for more suspense and less romance but it was still a good story. Not sure I will continue with the series. Character were likeable and development was good. Plot was plausible. Bubblegum for the brain.
This audiobook surprised me. I purchased it because it was on sale and it looked interesting, but other than that I had no idea what it was about. It centered around three siblings who work for the fire department; Mitch, Jenn and Zach. After almost dying in a disastrous fire, they decided to make drastic changes in their lives.
Mitch, who has been living in a dead marriage, decides he needs to be happy again. Jenn decides she wants to have a baby, and Zach decides to be a better man. Of the three stories, I liked Jenn’s the best. Her and Grady’s story was agonizing at times, and beautiful at others; I loved every minute of it. I’m glad Mitch’s story went as it did; had he turned out to be a cheating bastard, I would have hated him. I’m still not really sure I liked the whole relationship he had with Megan while he was married, even though nothing happened. It was still an emotional relationship; however Mitch’s wife was such an evil troll, you really can’t feel sorry for her. Zach’s story doesn’t feel finished and reading the next books blurb proves it isn’t. However, I didn’t feel bad for him considering all he did.
The authenticity and emotions of the characters stand out the most to me; along with the imagery Shay depicted, in fighting fires and rescuing people, this read as a real life drama brought to life, and immersed me in a world I didn’t want to come out of....Sara
"After The Fire"
It is definitely one of my top 5! This is my first book by Kathryn Shay and I loved it! The story had several stories lines going on and the town is even a character.
Mitch. He had such a hard time with keeping his life at work and at home together. His wife was awful even to her children. The author had to make her this way to justify Mitch falling for another woman. While I'm not a fan of that story line, his wife was really a bad person even to her own children.
I absolutely love Jeffrey Kafer as a narrator. He does such a great job with all the characters. I can fully believe that each one has a different tone and personality.
I wanted to but couldn't.
Great story which means I have to get the rest of the books in this series!
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