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 is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight, and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness - one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.
Ben, who has broken ribs and Ashley, who suffers a terrible leg fracture, along with the pilot's dog, are faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive. Fortunately, Ben is a medical professional and avid climber. With little hope for rescue, he must nurse Ashley back to health and figure out how they are going to get off the mountain, where the temperature hovers in the teens.
Meanwhile, Ashley soon realizes that the very private Ben has some serious emotional wounds to heal as well. He explains to Ashley that he is separated from his beloved wife, but in a long standing tradition, he faithfully records messages for her on his voice recorder, reflecting on their love affair. As Ashley eavesdrops on Ben's tender words to his estranged wife she comes to fear that when it comes to her own love story, she's just settling. And what's more: she begins to realize that the man she is really attracted to, the man she may love, is Ben.
©2010 Charles Martin (P)2010 Random House
I enjoy reading Lynn Austin's historical fiction. Her books oh the Civil are awesome as well.
An excellent book, clean and wholesome reading with a message from, God to hide in our heats.
Charles Martin is on of the best authors I've ever read . So far I have all but two of books and I will read them many times.
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I've been trying to listen to every book that George Newbern reads. I have found him to be a FABULOUS reader, so I was very disappointed in this performance. Where did you go, George? Was it the story that caused you to read in such a breathy, sappy and monotone voice? Bummer.
Boredom. And eye-rolling ... too much gush.
I really wanted to like this and just could hardly bear getting through it. The premise was good, but way too sappy. And I skipped through the recordings to his wife ... it just didn't work for me.
I loved the narrator and the story. 4.5. The characters were human and string and the story was page-turning and I couldn't put it down.
Probably not. I seldom read a book twice.
It is Martin at his best. I just wish it was tighter at the end. He ends it three times.
Good inflection with conversational presentation.
I found myself laughing at times.
I would always recommend Martin for a good read.
A Book holds a house of Gold.
This book was a trek into human love, courage, fear, strength, and coping in the face of a bleak landscape of loss and being lost in the middle of nowhere with no one knowing what a heavy cross fate has just dealt two wonderful people... (and a little spunky dog!).
Ben and Ashley met at the airport and when their flights were cancelled, they ended up together on a small private charter jet to avoid spending another day away from home. Ashley was about to be married and had plans with her bridesmaids the next day. Ben was a surgeon with a few operations awaiting him. They were both anxious to be off before the weather completely closed down the airport.
The pilot, Grover, was a seasoned veteran with a very skilled background and plenty of safety gear and extras on-board.
Everything was looking bright and they settled in with light conversation.
The pilot was relaxed and jovial, but when a suspicious cough started up as he was leveling his airplane off over mountains in a remote area, Dr Ben became concerned.
And then the concern became a nightmare when it was clear that the pilot's heart was failing.
He bravely fought to stabilize and land his craft to save them from a fiery crash.
Experienced skill in the throes of his heart attack saves the lives of Ben and Ashley and the little dog, but sadly Grover lies still in what remains of the plane.
It's a very long and arduous trek fraught with many hardships and dangers and I should stop here to avoid any real spoilers!
Suffice it to say, the read is worth the struggle interspersed with moments of joy and humor peppered lightly in the dialogue.
Mostly, it's about the human heart, the will to live, to love, and to find the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Once a heart breaks…it doesn’t just grow back. It’s not a lizard’s tail. It’s more like a huge stained glass that shattered into a million pieces, and it’s not going back together. Least not the way it was. You can mush it all into one piece, but that doesn’t make it a window. That makes it a pile of broken colored glass. Shattered hearts don’t mend and they don’t heal. They just don’t work that way.” —
Read it and hug those that you love a little tighter and be gentle with your words...
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but if you want to hurt someone...way down deep, use words.”
The not knowing where the author was going and from whence he came.
Realizing why Mr. Martin wrote story.
Will purchase more of this author's works.
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