Title – Something Worth Saving
Author – Chelsea Landon
Release Date – February 4, 2014
I’ll tell you a story about two people who loved with everything they had and fought for what they believed in despite the world around them. They fought for something worth saving.
The story is something beautiful. It’s a story about me.
My reality, the story I’m telling, is that I share Jace Ryan with the world and he keeps us safe. The warmth of his heart and body, all beautiful, and worth saving.
Some would now venture to wonder, what’s missing then?
And I ask myself that a lot.
But it’s the nights that get me because you see that there? That hesitation? The question where I asked myself what’s missing? You see everything around us tests our will, our faith, and our ability to tell right from wrong, to believe there’s good when there’s only evil.
To me, it’s a fate among the toughest deciding on its path. It’s the restless sounds at night that I awake to wondering what I’m missing. The ones that crept deep in my bones and reminded me that this story, while still being written, had taken a turn into something darker, a place I never thought we would be.
It was one night, one fate and something tragic destroying something beautiful. Heavy sheets of smoke curling and rolling together constricting my visions of this life I had.
You see that there? That wrenching pain in your gut knowing not everything as it seems? Look closer. That nervous energy you now have, stumbling over words you can’t say, a voice muffled under a mask, a moaning plea to be saved, slurred words on the tip of your tongue, there’s the something tragic.
When I have nothing left to give, nothing left to say, it’s him that brings me back to the moment, in the arms of my firefighter, the warmth of his heart and body, struggling to save his family.
You know it’s going to be a pretty darn good book when you’re highlighting before the story really even starts. What really pulled me in first thing was the language that Chelsea used. It felt so much like you were living in the story; you were experiencing everything – not just reading it. The structure and wording just made the characters so much more personable! I also loved how there was a drawing and pictures of the notes rather than just typing them out. Again, it just made you connect to the characters on a whole other level!
“A fire needs three things to survive. Oxygen, heat, and fuel. What does love need?”
I really have so much respect for Chelsea in writing these characters. There were so many times that I felt like she was reaching into the depths of my soul and speaking words that I’m always so afraid to say out loud for fear of judgment. I don’t know that I have ever read a character who I related to as much as I did with Aubrey. Chelsea just says the words that I think so many women (and maybe men) feel in their minds at times, but never verbalize…it was a complete breath of fresh air! Jace was an amazing character as well and I loved how fiercely he felt the need to protect his family. Getting to peek inside his mind worked so well for this story, especially since him and Aubrey were on such different wavelengths sometimes!
This story wasn’t about hot sex or falling in love. These characters were already there, but it was dealing with all these other life obstacles that get in the way of a relationship – work, children, difficulty with communication, tragedies, etc. It’s what happens after you fall in love – how do you maintain it? How do you keep the fire alive? How do you keep from losing yourself and your relationship? I haven’t read a book like this in a long time and I’m so glad that I found it.
“No one has the perfect relationship, and no one is perfect themselves. We lie, cheat, steal, beg, sin, whatever you want to call our fault, we all have them. They just present themselves in different ways.”
Even more, I loved the fire analogies throughout the book. I had never really thought of a relationship in terms of that but it made complete sense and just painted a very vivid picture. Furthermore, I appreciated learning about the life of a firefighter. It kind of gives you a whole new eye-opening respect for these heroes.
There were a few typos and such, but nothing glaring that detracted from the story. Overall, in case it isn’t abundantly clear, I would absolutely recommend this book. If you’re looking for something different, something with a more realistic tone, do yourself a favor and pick this up! I can’t wait to see what Chelsea Landon will come up with next!
Primary Search – Something Worth Saving
“Engine 10, Ladder 1 …Battalion 22 …800 block, cross streets are University and Western…”
When the apartment address came across the scanner, I went cold. I’d never felt fear like that. It was instant, from my head to my toes, numbing and all-consuming.
The guys looked at me as we loaded onto the truck. “Is that your …” Their voices trailed off as I started to shake, my head nodding vigorously.
We pulled out. Anxious eyes watched me carefully, not knowing what to say.
I had just talked to her. She was fine.
And then my thoughts went to one person. Ridley.
My breath tripped when the apartment number was called out on the scanner and Mike turned around. This was real. This was so fucking real, and I had to deal with it.
“They’ve activated a second alarm already…”
I felt sick. My stomach dropped, my heart stilled, and I could almost feel the blood drain from my face.
Never did I think he’d actually hurt her. It never crossed my mind.
And all this time, the warning had been there. But most of all, I had pushed him toward it. I had baited him with the one thing that had the power to destroy me. That was the worst feeling of all. I knew it now …something he’d known all along.
With my mask and air already on, we came around Western, and the smoke was billowing through broken windows shattered from the heat on the fourth floor. Our apartment faced the back so I couldn’t see how bad it really was, but there was no stopping me when I got off that truck.
My dad tried to catch me. Kasey tried, too, and Axe even blocked me, but not this time. I was going in no matter what. They wouldn’t stop me like they did at the pier.
As with any firefighter, I was there to access the situation and respond based on my training. How can you do that when your mind is stuck on one thing?
How do I save my family when I’m so clearly caught up with anger? My hope was slipping through my own fingers as I was forced to make one decision, one that changed lives. I climbed the stairs, forty pounds of gear weighing me down as I took them two steps at a time.
The thick brown smoke and the sagging wood let me know I didn’t have long. If I was going to get to them, I needed to move now. I started taking the steps three at a time and finally reached the fourth floor.
All I heard now was heavy breathing — my own, that hollow sound the SCBA made, the beep of our monitors tracking me as I searched through smoke thick enough to blind you. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t see anything. All that surrounded me was the roar of the nearby flames and blackness.
Sweat poured down my neck and back under my bunker gear. Where I was standing, the temperature was a mere 150. Maybe a little higher. Near the ceiling, it could be thousands. Crawling, I made my way to the door. Axe was beside me now, Denny and Kasey behind him.
When I got to our apartment and saw that it was fully engulfed, I lost my head in the smoke and reacted as recklessly as I felt, consumed in my own flames. My family was in there, and I let that thought take over.
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