My Rating: 4/5 – Where are all my Nicholas Sparks fans at? If that was you at one time but thought that a new Sparks-ish romance could no longer pull at your heart strings or keep you on your toes then this book is for you! A great story of the instinct to survive, but so much more than that. This book will give you all the feels and maybe even leave you with some survival skills that will save your life one day – who knows! I am very much looking forward to the movie adaption of this book, but I’m so glad I read the novel first.
Title: The Mountain Between Us
Author: Charles Martin
Synopsis, via charlesmartinbooks.com: 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 return home to Jacksonville, FL for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day.
When the last outgoing flight is canceled 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 becomes increasingly perilous. How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever?
I really enjoyed this book! To me this book felt nostalgic, even though I’ve never read it or any Charles Martin before. I was taken back to a time when Nicholas Sparks novels were new to me and when a good gut-wrenching romance could really hit me in my dramatic, gullible, teenaged heart. I’ve since stopped reading them, as they got predictable and eventually lackluster to me, but I still enjoy a good re-read or re-watch of The Notebook or A Walk To Remember.
The Mountain Between Us is part survival guide and part romance but 100% powerful storytelling. We spend most of the book with Ben and Ashley, trapped in the Uintas wilderness with flashbacks to Ben’s life with his estranged wife. There are 2 romances in this book and if you’re like me you don’t even know which one to root for (they’re both just that good). The wilderness part of the book kept me hooked just as much as the romance in this book; I like camping as much as the next guy, I’d say I’m a fair weather camper and hiker at best, but it’s always fun to ask yourself what you would do and how you would react if you were left to fend for yourself in the wild and this books lets you do that while learning some good basic Man vs. Wild type tips and tricks as well.
I chose to pick this book up now because I saw the previews for the movie coming out soon and I’m sucker for anything involving Kate Winslet. I always try to read the book before I see the on-screen adaption (the book is always better, am I right?) and I just couldn’t not read this one first. I actually started this book while I was on a road trip and in Utah, which is where this adventure takes place and a place I’ve never been before (Ummmm…. Utah is GORGEOUS btw. I WILL be returning, and I might never leave again) it was the perfect way to experience this story.
This book has all the telltale signs of a good movie adaption: a meet cute (hey-o, learned that from another Kate Winslet movie!) a obvious giant conflict (plane crash!), beautiful scenery, great protagonists, two good romantic plot lines, survivalist suspense and more than one twist that I, for one, didn’t see coming.
Have you read The Mountain Between Us? What did you think? Will you see the movie? Do you have any similar or other recommendations for me and others reading this?
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest feedback and review.