Reviewed by: Elise
Page count: 458 Pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
In stock: Yes
I’ve always loved reading books about survival and making it in the wilderness. I remember re-reading Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet as a kid over and over until the book was practically falling apart and then reading it some more. There’s something about following a character as they have to fight for their life that I find exhilarating. Journeying with them as they face the odds, rooting for them when they succeed, and feeling such real disappointment when mother nature gets the best of them. For this reason I picked up The Mountain Between Us knowing nothing more then it was a story of survival and the cover was graced by the beautiful Kate Winslet.
Let me just say I loved this book. I didn’t expect a whole lot from it but I was happily surprised by the added theme of romance throughout. To give you a quick run down without spoiling anything the book follows a gifted surgeon named Ben Payne when his flight home gets cancelled due to poor weather and Ben makes the decision to charter a plane inviting along magazine writer Ashley Knox, afraid she will miss her upcoming wedding. Unthinkable tragedy strikes and the next thing you know the two newly strangers find themselves stranded in Utah’s remote wilderness in the dead of winter.
The thing that really made the book stand out to me was the characters personalities, the relationship that develops between them, and the chapters that flashback to Ben’s life before the crash. Ben is so easy to love. He is kind and considerate, loves his wife, and is loyal to Ashley and dedicated to making sure she makes it out alive. What I found really interesting though is the guilt he feels for getting Ashley stuck in this situation in the first place. He is determined to make sure either they both make it out or both die trying. Never once does it cross his mind to leave her despite Ashley’s persistence and the indisputable fact he would have a much better chance of survival.
They are both such strong characters and I loved getting to read about how they handle the situations they find themselves in and the mental and physical toll it takes on both of them. They end up creating such a strong bond and having to rely on each other for everything and I’ll tell you that I definitely did not see the ending coming but I absolutely loved it and thought it brought the whole thing together perfectly. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a little excitement who likes survival type wilderness stories or a little romance without going overboard.
PS. Do not watch the movie if you have read or plan on reading the book. It completely ruins everything good about it and made me angry!!!