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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 fo...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Broadway Books (first published 2010)
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Carol
I guess i don't get it. I could not finish reading this book so i skimmed it. Survival stories are one of my favorites but this was just too much to be believed. Everything goes too well for a male doctor and a female writer, both nearly at death's door after a small airplane crash into a mountain. How incredible that they have many of their survival tools at hand. Thank goodness we have a doctor as well. Isn't it great that this duo is dialoguing their wit to beat the band and throwing snowball...more
Miki
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Jacqueline
I loved this book. It had many of the things I love. First of all it is a plane crash survival story. I eat that stuff up. Then it had humor and pathos, a strong heroine and a very strong and morally upright hero. The writing was well done. I could feel the cold and ice an snow along with the characters. The author avoided using deus ex machine to get his characters out of their very tight spot. The story was told in the first person from the hero's POV interspersed with diary entries which he w...more
Glenda
The Mountain Between Us is an adventure story, a story of survivial, but above all a love story. It's the story of two strangers who charter a plane because the regular flights have been cancelled due to oncoming snowstorms. Ashley needs to make it home to her wedding and Ben is a surgeon with a lot of work ahead of him. The plane goes down in the middle of a snowy wilderness, in the High Uintas in Utah. It's a grueling journey out of the danger, cold and isolation of their predicament but we le...more
Lindsay
I went into this book with some doubts. I got wind that this was "Christian fiction" before I started it and I prepared myself for very heavy-handed God this, God that. Oh, how WRONG I was! This was completely unlike any Christian fiction that I have read before it. You weren't pounded over the head with the Bible every other line. This was so subtle and pure. Despite the harsh environment Ben and Ashley were trying to survive in, this was a soft and gentle story about love and loss, hope and de...more
JQ
Jan 15, 2013 JQ rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
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Kwoomac
Schmaltzy romance, a Lifetime movie can't be far behind. Dr Ben Payne and journalist Ashley Kno are thrown together after their small chartered plane crashes in the mountains in the High Uintas Wilderness,in Utah, killing their pilot. The setting is described as one of the most remote places in the US. Ashley has a broken leg, Ben just some broken ribs, so it's up to him to get them out of there. Fortunately, both are athletes in superb condition. In addition, Ben's hobby is mountain climbing an...more
Carol
Darn the stars...Yes, I really liked this book but the stars always give me problems. I just want to tell you why I liked the book and not have to rate it. One day I feel one way and the next, perhaps, differently.

I have been racking my brain this week, trying to remember how Charles Martin first showed up on my radar. I know that I purchased a few of his books for our library based on reviews. They sounded like pleasant reads that might appeal to our members who like inspirational or gentle rea...more
Tawni Williams
After reading my second novel from Charles Martin, I think he is my new favorite author! He is able to 'teach' you real things about life in the context of an intriguing story. This one is about love. Not the hot, sweaty, I'm-in-love-because-he's-a-vampire type love (though don't get me wrong, there is a place for that type of entertainment), but it's the type of love that perseveres hardship, trials, and roots itself in selflessness. It would be really boring to just say that - but you BETTER l...more
Priscilla Vaughn
I really enjoyed this book.
Dr. Ben is going home after attending a medical convention in Seattle.
Ashley is going home after business in Seattle. She is about to marry her best friend.
When all flights out of Seattle are canceled, Ben hires a private plane and invites Ashley along.
The plane crashes, the pilot is killed and both Ben and Ashley are injured - Ashley being in worse shape than Ben.
It is up to Ben to get them out or be a comfort to Ashley should they not get out.
I like the way the aut...more
Darlene
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US is a beautiful survival story by Charles Martin. In response to the question of where he got the idea for this story, Charles Martin responds:

“A friend and I were climbing the Woody Ridge Trail in the eastern U.S. It gains 3400 vertical feet in 2.2 miles. The conditions were horrible. My friend—who’d made some poor clothing choices—dehydrated a few hundred feet from the top. Started having decision-making trouble and losing fine motor skills. The temp dropped to about ze...more
Danielle
Read this review and others on my blog, Shady Tree Reads

This fast paced survival story had me on the edge of my seat at most times, but what suprised me more was the touching, heartfelt aspects of the book. There are two components throughout the story. One is Ben's first hand account of what him and Ashley are going through to try and survive the practically insurmountable conditions thrown at them. The other aspect is Ben talking to his wife into a recorder, reliving thier past and explaining...more
Janell
The writing style of this author is really poetic and he certainly has a gift for writing. This time, though, it felt as if I had read parts of it before. It really had many of the same elements as When Crickets Cry. In fact, the main characters from both books were so similar there were times it felt like reading the same story. If I had read this one first, however, it would have gotten 4 stars.

As far as the story itself, even though they were supposedly in this dire survival situation, it ne...more
Melanie
Halfway through the book I literally stopped reading and thought to myself: "This book was only published because Charles Martin had a previous book that did really well and the publishers knew people would buy it just from that." I don't even think his publisher read this book- either that or people's standards are way too low.

This story has been told before, the writing style was HORRIBLE, the dialogue was painful, the characters were undeveloped, and the ending was predictable.

I always try to...more
Cielle
Looking for a good clean romance with a little adventure? Here's your book. The only thing I didn't like was feeling guilty for eating anything while reading, since the main characters are practically starving :).
Christina
This book made me hold my breath with suspense! And I never expected the ending. A definite good read!!
Katrina
Oct 19, 2011 Katrina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women who like Mushy, Predictable Romances
Shelves: adult, fiction, girl-read
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Molly
Creepy. That's the word that came into my mind when I finished reading this book.

*spoilers* Ben's wife and unborn children had died over 4 years earlier, yet he talks about them as though they are still alive, making the reader and Ashley, the woman he is stranded on the mountain with for a whole month, think he has a wife and 4 year old twins.

He is incredibly attracted to Ashley but doesn't hit on her in the whole entire month they are together (because he is still in love with his dead wife)...more
Lisa Newton-Smart
It is not often a book leaves me speechless, breathless....this is one of those rare gems....you want to hold it close, savor it a bit before you get your thoughts completely around it. The characters that Charles Martin creates in Ashley and Ben are not stock, stereotypical characters but rather multi-faceted...they made me genuinely laugh (which rarely happens when I read)...they are flawed and have problems they do not pretend to have the answers to. They are rough around the "emotional" edge...more
Wanda
Wow! What a wonderful read! This was my first time reading a Charles Martin novel and this book consumed me early on. The Mountain Between Us is on my list of favorite books.

Dr. Ben Payne, an orthopedic surgeon, leaving a medical convention, is waiting at Salt Lake City Airport for a flight east. The flight is on hold because of a faulty de-icer and an anticipated snow storm. Ben hires a chartered plane to take him to Denver to catch a connecting flight. Grover, the pilot, says he can take one...more
Michael
On some level it would be easy to categorize Charles Martin's "The Mountain Between Us" as a romance story of old and new love. But doing so would miss part of what makes Martin's novels all so solid, strong and appealing to readers both male and female. Martin has a knack for creating flawed male characters who, despite those flaws, foibles and imperfections, find believable, real relationships with women who they deeply love.

The latest is Dr. Ben Payne, a high school and college runner who esc...more
Shelley
My sister-in-law gave me this book since she thought I would like it. Having said that she does not really know my taste in books. This book is very well written and I enjoyed the portion of the story that dealt with the trials and tribulations of survival after a devastating plane crash. That portion was very interesting as was the interplay between the 2 survivors. The flashbacks about his marriage I could have done without though. I am not one for romance novels and while I would not call thi...more
Wendy
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Jannie
Loved it! I was very quickly drawn in to the plight of Ben and Ashley and the little dog they called Napoleon. They were very likeable from the start and I wanted to see them get rescued. I also enjoyed seeing their friendship develop as their ordeal continued. Ashley was very likeable with her sense of humor and strength. I kind of guessed Ben's secret before it was ever revealed, so seeing the bond between a married man and another woman didn't bother me as much as it might have otherwise. I c...more
Shirley Draper
This book is great. I loved every minute while I was reading it and could not put the book down. I never enjoyed reading fiction..until now. I am reading several of Charles Martin Books now.
Diane Chamberlain
Mixed feelings. I was totally engrossed, and totally surprised. Martin got me good with his ending, and that's okay. Well done. I liked the relationship that developed between the characters. I skipped some of the survivalist details because they went on a bit too long for me, though some of them were fascinating. I would have been dead the first day, so it was intriguing to follow the fight for survival. I liked Ben's nobility. What bothered me and what causes my mixed feelings is that he (Ben,...more
Dana B
Wow. This was my first book by this author and it was extraordinary, so well written. I liked the characters immediately and was fully enthralled in their story/stories--even the dog. Tis a survival story and a story of love, of true, deep and abiding love.
The characters--a pilot named Grover, Dr. Ben Payne along with his wife Rachel, his twins Michael and Hannah, and writer/bride to be Ashley--were all easily liked and I wanted to know details about each one, I couldn't get enough. There was a...more
Betty410
This story, much like "Where the River Ends", gets to my sentimental side, but with a somewhat happier ending although a surprising one.
After meeting in the Salt Lake City airport, a girl returning for her wedding and an orthopedic surgeon get bumped due to weather from their flights. He secures a private flight and invites her along. The adventure following a crash in the mountains is the center of the story but like the prior book the expressions of emotions, the tenderness of love is the hear...more
Ramona
I would give this book a 4.5 rating, but don't know how to do that here. Martin tells a great story of not only survival, but of loss, love & relationships and how the little things in life can sometimes make a big difference. His writing style kept me reading more quickly to see what was going to happen next, what obstacles for survival would be thrown up next & who might live & who might die. Coming from an aviation family, I fell in love with the pilot, Grover, & loved what he...more
Kim
This was an adult version of Hatchet with a little love thrown in for good measure. I liked it. Although all the love stuff at first got on my nerves. Ugh. Now that I have finished it I think the main character, Ben, might have let the grief get the best of him--for a while at least. I really enjoyed the survival part of the story. Ben was not your average guy. He was more like the Survivor guy on the Discovery Channel than any normal person. None-the-less, I was happy it had a good ending.
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