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The Mountain Between Us

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  40,848 ratings  ·  5,125 reviews
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, badl ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Broadway Books
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Christine Bierma I would never tag this as Christian fiction. It's a clean book but it's not a "christian" book. …moreI would never tag this as Christian fiction. It's a clean book but it's not a "christian" book. (less)
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On the surface, The Mountain Between Us appears to be nothing more than another survival story, but don’t be fooled. This is an emotionally laden journey—a story meaningful enough to leave a lasting impression on this reader.

Stranded at the airport in Utah, with nothing but cancelled flights looming on the overhead screens, two strangers opt to share a chartered plane to Denver. Dr. Ben Payne is hoping to get back to his patients after having been away for a medical conference and some much nee
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nicholas Sparks Fans
When it came to love, you taught me to crawl, walk, run, and then, somewhere on the beach, beneath the moon and running into a headwind, clipping away five-minute miles, you turned to me, cut the ties that held my wings, and taught me to fly. My feet barely touching the ground.

If writing like this... which goes on for pages and pages, makes you nauseated - this book is not for you. Think Nicholas Sparks. This author has a lot in common with Sparks. However, if you love this kind of talk, this bo
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I rarely go back and change my rating but this book has been haunting me. And although It read more like a wilderness survival manual than a "romance" novel. The story line is beautiful, I wasn't being fair to this book. I went back and re-read a few chapters just to make sure it was me and not this book. It's a good book that stayed with me and I debated over it on and off for a few months. Sorry. ...more
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In what may be the longest synopsis in the history of the universe, nearly the entire storyline for The Mountain Between Us is presented so I’ll spare you all the excessive details. Basically, the tale here is of Ashley and Ben, strangers who meet at the airport while trying to get to their respective homes. When an epic snowstorm shuts things down, the two hop a puddle jumper in hopes of beating the weather and continuing on to their
Jan 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I wonder how you ever fell for me. You believe in things you cannot see and speak a language that only hearts knew.

So if you're like me, you only picked up this book because it's been made into a film starring the delightful Kate Winslet and the very dreamy Idris Elba. Watching the trailer, I was thinking " Another action movie where characters battle the elements." Of course, I was also thinking "Gee that Kate Winslet is one lucky gal- stuck on a boat with Leonardo DiCaprio, getting v
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the type of book I could barely put down, but also wanted to press pause on - only to make reading it last longer. I really enjoyed The Mountain Between Us!

I first heard about this book last spring, in a “books to read before they become movies” type of article. I typically scan these kinds of articles but have so many books on my TBR list already, something really has to grab my attention. The premise of the plot for this one did. Then, to find out Ben and Ashley, the two main characte
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Aug 09, 2010 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 02, 2010 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
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-screen
The Mountain Between Us was both a romance and adventure/survival story that kept me engaged. I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. Yes, some of the events were too convenient and predictable, but in IMHO it was worth the read. If you want to read a romantic, hopefully, wholehearted book, read this one. I look forward to the screen version.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
a survival story of a man and woman on ice mountain after a plane crash, two injured strangers relying on each other to stay alive, and through hard weeks they become closer
Ben is the one who struggled hard to protect Ashley, several times when their situation worsens, Ashley asked Ben to leave her behind but he consistently refuses, till they finally found help
this journey changed their lives, and their recognition of love came after a while so it's free from the pressures of the tragic event
“The High Uintas Wilderness. Largest east-to-west mountain range on the continent, home to 1.3 million acres of uncivilized wilderness, gets five to seven hundred inches of snow a year—more in some of the higher elevations. More than seven hundred lakes, some of the best fishing and hunting anywhere.” “Sounds remote.” … “In the middle is a national forest that’s designated a wilderness, which means there are no motorized vehicles of any kind allowed. Hence, it’s one of the more remot
This is not my typical sort of story. I like adventure and survival tales, but all too often it's filled with gruesome details that turn my stomach. This book somehow manages to be incredibly real and detailed without becoming gruesome, which is a testimony to the author's delightful command of the English language. It is evident that the author did his research about every facet of the book's subject matter, giving it an authenticity that makes it read like truth.

Dr. Ben Payne, orthopedic surge
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world few hearts survive
All I know is the way I feel
When it's real, I keep it alive”

--“Up Where We Belong” – lyrics by Jack Nitzsche / Buffy Saint-Marie / Will Jennings

Some journeys are physically demanding, physically draining, and some journeys are more emotional journeys. This is an intensely physical journey, although it doesn’t really start out that way – a cancelled flight, a man, Dr. Ben Payne anxious to return home after a medical conference, a young w
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars.
Adventure/ survival stories don’t usually impinge on my radar but after having read another Charles Martin book and enjoying it and recommendations from others about this one, I decided to give it a go. The story concerns surgeon Ben Payne and Ashley Knox, a young magazine writer, who is flying back home to get married. When the plane crashes they are plunged into an unenviable situation, trying to keep themselves alive in mountainous snow covered terrain. To add to the dr
Judy D Collins
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: charles-martin, movie
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. A Florida gal, have all Martin's books (My favorite author of all time). All 5 Stars. If you have not read this author, you are missing out.

“Forgiveness is a tough thing. Both in the offering…and the accepting.”
― Charles Martin, The Mountain Between Us

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Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
It seems like I've been much tougher on books this year. This particular one made my antenna do a little PING! when I saw the trailer for the movie starring those two unfortunate-looking actors Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. The trailer looked fantastic: a plane crash at 11,000 feet, and two strangers forming a strong bond and relying on one another to survive. But it was in and out of the theater in the blink of an eye; and it's still not available on Netflix or Prime.

So, I picked up the book at
This is a story I won’t be forgetting any time soon. It was intense! There were moments during the story I had to mentally calm my nerves and relax the death grip that I was squeezing upon my coffee mug. When I was forced to put my book down, I was constantly thinking about the characters and their dire situation, and my poor husband had to listen to me talk a lot about these fictionalized characters as though they were real people in my life. Upon turning the last page, I actually went back and ...more
Andrea Cox
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There's a great story buried in the muck, I just know it. The Mountain Between Us had the potential to be amazing, but unfortunately, it fell way short of that mark for me. The content issues were atrocious, particularly for a Christian book or a book written by a Christian guy. They ruined the entire story for me, leaving me feeling filthy, when I was really hoping to love this book and discover a new author to enjoy. While I was being shocked by the content of this book, Eph
Terri Wino
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, and if it wasn't for having to get up early and go to work on Monday I would have finished it in one day.

If you're looking for a true blue, hardcore survivor story, this isn't the book for you. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect going into this book; I chose it for one of the categories on my reading challenge this year. What I got was a story that sucked me in from the beginning. I liked both of these characters and I wanted to know what happened next to them. We
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG! If I could give this book ten stars I would. I absolutely loved it!! It is now on my list of my most favorite books. You must read this!!
Jacqueline J
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 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plane-crash
The Mountain Between Us came across my feed a couple weeks ago (Thanks, Lisa!). I was quite intrigued, as this is a plane-crash-survival story AND it is going to be a movie (coming out in October per imbd)...I was sold!! I absolutely love survival stories...and books that are turned into movies!

I really enjoyed this book and even though there were times I had to suspended disbelief (which is common with fictional survival stories) I was hooked and couldn't read fast enough to reach the ending.

Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea how or if I would like this book but I really enjoyed it. It was a little slow in some places. I also felt Ashley's POV was a little unrealistic. She went through major, MAJOR trauma yet kept a very upbeat, light attitude about everything. Ben on the other hand played off much more real to me. Very "guyish". Some of the language is a bit crude and may not be comfortable for all readers. I would like to read more by this author in the future. 4 1/2 stars. ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017, favorites
So far, this is my favorite Charles Martin book. I saw the movie trailer, (which looks amazing!) and I had a recommendation from a friend to read this. If I could have, I would have read it in a couple of days. It's one of those books you can't wait to get home and crack open!
Ben & Ashley are complete strangers who meet up at the airport. There is a snowstorm, and they're stranded. Ben is a surgeon trying to get home. Ashley is getting married the next day. They charter a small plane that goes
Vicki Willis
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2017
I loved this book from the first page to the last. A beautiful story of survival, friendship and love. My heart was twisted between wanting them to find love and staying true to their loves. The ending hit me like a ton of bricks once I realized what was happening. A truly excellent book that I am so glad I read.
Alja (alyaofwinterfell)
DNF @ 45%

Oh man, where to begin.

I wanted to read this book because I was really interested in the movie and as a general rule, I prefer to read something before watching the movie/tv adaptation. I like to imagine the places and the characters without having the forced visual input from the movies, and then I like to compare my version to the one on the screen.

It usually works out well, but I really needn't have bothered in this case.

I thought that I'm going to read an intense, suspenseful survi
Jenny Jo Weir
This story crept up on me. I didn't notice how submerged I had become in it until I was fully captivated. I loved the development and play out regarding the characters and the plot. I also enjoyed the manner in which it was written, very good flow and delivery. Loved it! ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Really good, but I wished there were fewer flashbacks.
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