Published by Broadway Books on June 1st 2010
Genres: Fiction, Suspense
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On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness-- one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.
Ben, who has broken ribs and Ashley, who suffers a terrible leg fracture, along with the pilot's dog, are faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive. Fortunately, Ben is a medical professional and avid climber (and in a lucky break, has his gear from a climb earlier in the week). With little hope for rescue, he must nurse Ashley back to health and figure out how they are going to get off the mountain, where the temperature hovers in the teens. Meanwhile, Ashley soon realizes that the very private Ben has some serious emotional wounds to heal as well. He explains to Ashley that he is separated from his beloved wife, but in a long standing tradition, he faithfully records messages for her on his voice recorder reflecting on their love affair. As Ashley eavesdrops on Ben's tender words to his estranged wife she comes to fear that when it comes to her own love story, she's just settling. And what's more: she begins to realize that the man she is really attracted to, the man she may love, is Ben.
As the days on the mountains become weeks, their survival become increasingly perilous. How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever?
Both a tender and page-turning read, The Mountain Between Us will reaffirm your belief in the power of love to sustain us.
So I only knew about THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, and only read it, because I heard Charlie Hunnam would be playing the male lead in the movie. It is to be filmed this year but I don’t know when it will be released. But if he was going to play it, I had to read it. This is a work of fiction, not a true story.
THANK EVERYTHING and EVERYONE he didn’t go through with Fifty Shades of Grey. I would have had to read it.
Even so, I got the book and had trouble getting myself to start it. Why? I’ve seen nearly all of his movies. I’ve also watched his favorite (reported) films. And they are dark, depressing and he usually dies. I knew this book had a plane crash and a fight for survival.
I need some things from my books. I need to escape the world. I need to learn things, be challenged, grow my spirit, be uplifted, love and laugh. His sort of movies aren’t that way, usually. So I started reading after a very good, successful day, gathering my fortitude, and shielded myself with that success. … But this book was everything I need.
There is a plane crash and it is a story of survival. I enjoyed the intellectual and emotional details and the fight to survive. I love MacGyver and the skills of using what you have. It is also a story of a man, the memories of his loved ones and how he has lived his life. That emotional journey is the heart of the story. His life against the backdrop of probable death.
I’ll be very excited to see the film and how they give us the window to his past. Flashbacks, narration or what. This is a story which deserves to be told and I hope Charlie chooses more like this one.
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US is an amazing story, filling my head and heart. And make no mistake, it is a love story.