Charles Martin: The Mountain Between Us

When a blizzard strands them in Salt Lake City, two strangers agree to charter a plane together, hoping to return home; Ben Payne is a gifted surgeon returning from a conference, and Ashley Knox, a magazine writer, is en route to her wedding. But when unthinkable tragedy strikes, the pair find themselves stranded in Utah’s most remote wilderness in the dead of winter, badly injured and miles from civilization. Without food or shelter, and only Ben’s mountain climbing gear to protect themselves, Ashley and Ben’s chances for survival look bleak, but their reliance on each other sparks an immediate connection, which soon evolves into something more.

Days in the mountains become weeks, as their hope for rescue dwindles. How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever? Heart-wrenching and unputdownable, The Mountain Between Us will reaffirm your belief in the power of love to sustain us.

To be perfectly honest, I really had no interest in seeing The Mountain Between Us, except maybe to watch Idris Elba be super manly on a mountain because please. It’s Idris Elba. It just seemed like kind of a Redbox yawner–girl and guy get lost on a mountain, need each other’s body heat to stay warm…you get the picture.

I didn’t even realize it was a book until someone brought it to our book swap, and then I figured, why the heck not.

Guys, this book is SO much better than I expected it to be from watching that stupid movie trailer. True, a guy and a girl do get lost on a mountain after a plane crash–but it is SO not as simple a plot as needing to use each other’s body warmth. It’s a love story, sure…but maybe not in the way you think it is.

It’s sexy–though again, not in the way you are thinking–heart wrenching, and as that blurb up there says, unputdownable. It’s also not very long so you can probably finish it in a weekend. Make sure you dress warmly, though, because you are going to feel every bit of the north Utah snowfall. Charles Martin’s writing is superb.

If you like adventure books, this is a definite yes. Just save it for when you have two feet on the ground–it’s probably not the best airplane read ever.

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