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The Mountain Between Us

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  5,177 ratings  ·  890 reviews
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
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Broadway Books (first published 2010)
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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
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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
Célia Loureiro
Há imensos livros com histórias de sobrevivência. Ultimamente recordo-me de dois: “A Vida de Pi” e “Sozinhos na Ilha”. O primeiro vale por não ser um mote para o enredo romântico, pelo contrário: é sobre o ser humano e o seu lado animal. Daí que seja, de longe, o meu favorito. Depois temos o livro da Tracy Garvis-Garves, em que um rapaz jovem e a suposta explicadora de verão se perdem numa ilha paradisíaca. Tem o seu quê de sexualidade e muito pouco de condições inóspitas, pelo que não conseg
Jan 15, 2013 JQ rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
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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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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 :).
Wow. That is all I can say. I am really glad I didn't know much about this book. I love stories of survival, and this fit the bill. My head is reeling!
Charles Martin's books are so interesting and "wholesome." Martin either does incredible research or he has a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills. It was fascinating to me how these two people were able to endure such a harrowing experience. While this book was sad in some ways, it is hopeful at the end. If I had read it rather than listening to it in bits and pieces, I would have had a good cry. It is a story of how love sustains us as humans. Some say the story is unbelievable, but after re ...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
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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
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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
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
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
Like the stars say... I really liked it. Can't wait to watch this on screen in 2016.
Who doesn't like a good love story? Well, of course I do, but . . I find that so often the love story is a cliche, nothing-new, stereotypical and somehow recycled from another love story, a story told time and time again - in short, predictable and boring. The Mountain Between us shatters that premise. It is a beautifully written story that focuses on so much more than love, though love is at the center.

The story is adventurous and remarkable, and took me on an emotional roller-coaster, one whi
When bad weather closes down the Salt Lake City airport, Dr. Ben Payne charters a single-engine prop plane to get him to Denver, where he can catch a flight home. He offers the other seat to Ashley Knox, who is flying east for her wedding. But when the pilot suffers a heart attack, the plane crashes into the vast wilderness....Ashley's leg is terribly broken and Ben has broken ribs. Along with the pilot's dog, they are faced with an incredible battle for survival.

Ben tells Ashley he is separated
Iesākšu ar to, ka grāmatu lasīju angļu valodā, kā lielāko daļu grāmatu, ko lasu, bet piebildīšu, ka pirmā izdevībā došos uz grāmatnīcu un iegādāšos jau tulkotu grāmatu, jo ir liela vēlme pievienot šo grāmatu savā grāmatu plauktā.

Šī ir pirmā grāmata no Čārlza Mārtina grāmatu klāsta, kas nonākusi līdz manīm pilnīgas nejaušības dēļ un pateicoties manai paziņai par, ko es būšu bezgala pateicīga, jo viņa to man ieteica.

Kaut gan grāmata ir tulkota arī latviešu valodā (un man liels prieks, ka tik apbur
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yes, read this book.

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.

This book made me hold my breath with suspense! And I never expected the ending. A definite good read!!
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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Lisa Newton-Smart
It is not often a book leaves me speechless, breathless....this is one of those rare 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
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
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