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The Mountain Between Us

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  7,621 Ratings  ·  1,206 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Broadway Books
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Dec 19, 2016 Desislava rated it it was ok
The Mountain Between Us is one of those cheesy, sticky-sweet, and formulaic novels. Dr. Ben Payne and Ashley Knox, two strangers, crash in the wilderness. She is a soon-to-be-married writer and Ben is a married, orthopedic surgeon, who is mountain climber and an Eagle Scout.

The chapters are divaded beween flashbacks about Ben's marriage with Rachel and the adventure side of story where Ben and Ashley have to survive in the snowy mountains of Utah. For me, the flashbacks to Ben's family life were
Aug 09, 2010 Carol rated it did not like it
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
Nov 03, 2015 Miki rated it it was ok
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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
Jan 15, 2013 JQ rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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Célia Loureiro
Jun 02, 2015 Célia Loureiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus-books-i-own
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
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
Sep 18, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2010 Glenda rated it really liked it
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
Judy Collins
Feb 12, 2016 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing
Hollywood Movie News Congrats, Charles!

Awesome Book! Full of drama and suspense with a twist of romance! Could not put it down- finished in 2 nights. Having lived in Ponte Vedra could relate...have read all his books (all 5 stars) If you have not read this author, you are missing out.

Cannot wait for the movie!!
Feb 06, 2016 Fortunr rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A pretty good survival story - pity it is a bit too saccharine in the end.
Nov 12, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it
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
Molly's  Blog
Aug 28, 2013 Molly's Blog rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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Tawni Williams
Jul 28, 2013 Tawni Williams rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2012 Melanie rated it did not like it
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
Joana Cotidiana
Talvez a maior desilusão de 2016.
Nov 05, 2013 Darlene rated it really liked it
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
Jan 08, 2012 Wendy rated it it was ok
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Jul 17, 2015 Kayla rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. Where do you begin? This book is the epitome of people in a situation falling in love. You just know it is going to happen but not sure if it really will. You want them to be together but will the author make it happen? Charles Martin has been known to pull my heart strings but this book there weren't any tears. Maybe because I sped read the last few chapters, maybe because I listened to most of the book? Who knows but I know I wasn't disappointed.

If you crash landed on the side of a
Vannetta Chapman
Jun 16, 2016 Vannetta Chapman rated it it was amazing
This book is lovely. Charles Martin is a new author to me, and an instant favorite. I can HIGHLY recommend him. This story grabbed me from the back cover description, and it did not disappoint. A story of survival, and as Charles Martin said, at its heart a love story.
Sep 09, 2012 Cielle rated it really liked it
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 :).
Feb 03, 2015 Jamie rated it it was amazing
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!
Ana Gomes
Gostei, mas estava a espera de gostar mais. Suponho que a escrita de ritmo lento e de algum modo repetitiva tenha influenciado esta classificação.
Manuela Santos
Jul 31, 2015 Manuela Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“Estou de volta… Terei estado inconsciente muito tempo? Está aqui um cão. Debaixo do meu casaco, aninhado debaixo do meu braço.
Já te falei nele? Não me consigo lembrar do nome dele.
Está a tremer e parece estar a sonhar. De cada vez que o vento assobia, ele tem um sobressalto e rosna.”

Após ter acabado de ler “Até Que o Rio Nos Separe “ do mesmo autor, peguei de seguida neste livro e ainda estou a digerir as últimas páginas, se queria muito chegar ao fim, agora só posso dizer que já estou com Saud
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Judi/Judith Riddle
Ben and Ashley are strangers who meet at the airport one snowy night in Colorado. They are both trying to get to their destination when the flights are suddenly canceled due to bad weather. A pilot who decides to take a chance with the weather agrees to fly them to their destinations in his small single engine airplane. The pilot has a heart attack and they crash in the High Uintas mountains in Utah. Ben, Ashley and the pilot’s dog are the only survivors. Ashley has minor head injuries but a sev ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars, 2010
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
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
OMG that ending!!!


I don't know whether I'm shocked, freaked out or impressed by that ending. Seriously, I didn't see it coming, maybe because I didn't pay enough attention to the small details or clues the writer gave through the book, I don't know. I know the puzzle was missing some pieces, but this... my mind couldn't come up with something this creepy.

Anyways, I wanted to read this book because Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike were gonna play the main parts in the future movie adaptation. G
Priscilla Vaughn
Jun 10, 2010 Priscilla Vaughn rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2012 Janell rated it liked it
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
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