The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between Us

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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From the author of Where the River Ends , comes this page-turning story of love and survival.

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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780767927000
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 22 cm.


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Oct 26, 2020

This book is a great read! It was difficult to set down. I have seen the movie, too. Although the majority of the book is the same as the movie, as with most great books, the book is better. The movie had great actors and gorgeous scenery. The book had depth in characterization of the wilderness, as well as the central three characters: a female writer, a male surgeon, and the surgeon's wife. The novel also is a more realistic version than the movie's interpretation. LOVED the BOOK!

Sep 03, 2020

What a great story! This may be my favorite of 2020.

Jun 19, 2019

Absolutely loved this book!

bibliosara Apr 10, 2019

Wow! Martin is an incredible author. I read this book after watching the movie (starring Kate Winslet and Idris Alba) thinking that the book would be very similar to the movie. I should know better, really, but everyone is naïve now and then! The Mountain Between Us – book version – is perhaps even more intense than the movie. The characters spring to life and are well-developed. In fact, the plot has two parallel conflicts: one is the conflict the characters experience with the natural world, while the other conflict is entirely internal. Both have issues they are running from, especially our hero. He has a mysterious past that is only revealed about 2/3 of the way through the book. There is a subtle Christian element to the book, but it is very much in the background. This book is a powerful testament to love, to the value of life, and to the perseverance we must demonstrate in order to overcome the impossible.

Feb 06, 2019

I felt cheated. I was lured into reading an interesting book with awkward situations, and ended up reading a romance novel. Not for me.

ArapahoeMaryA Feb 03, 2019

The Mountain Between Us is an interesting blend of survival story/clean romance. It’s a bit schmaltzy, but the quick pace and well-developed characters make it an engaging read.

Aug 12, 2018

I saw the movie first then read the book.
As usual the two are quite different.
The book was well written, a little slow at first then picks up towards the middle.
Very Enjoyable.

Jul 26, 2018

I watched the movie and that prompted me to read the book. The book is so much better than the movie. The descriptions of the wilderness where the plane crashed were wonderful. The events that took place were completely believable. I became very fond of the characters in the book and so sad near the end. If you read the book you will know why. This is the first book by Charles Martin that I have read and I have requested another.

Apr 09, 2018

Really a good book. Looking forward to seeing the movie, but I bet the book's gonna be better! I couldn't put it down and read it over a rainy weekend.

Apr 06, 2018

Recently saw the movie and decided to read the book. The movie is "based upon" the book but so much of it is different. They took the general story and changed most of it! Book was amazing and I'll be looking into others by this author now.

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ArapahoeMaryA Feb 03, 2019

I had to let her go. She's not coming back. The distance is too great. The mountain between us is the one mountain I cannot climb.

Jun 11, 2014

"It may sound cliche-ish, but I married a woman who fits me. I'm one half of a two-piece puzzle."


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