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
Charles Martin has again written a wonderful story - with a surprising ending. I would recommend this latest book of Charles.
This was a very good book. It told a great story with some surprising twists and turns. I would buy this author's books again.
I enjoyed every minute of this listen. Hats off to George Newbern- I never tired of your voice. The story was such an inspiration to all who have love and strength in our lives. Makes you realize that love and the ability to love never dies. Its a simple read with a beautiful surprise ending.
While there were some tender and touching moments in this book, and the narrator was good, in general the characters and plot were very unbelievable - really? ++Plot spoiler++ An orthopedic surgeon who climbs mountains in his spare time is also stupid enough to get on a small plane in the middle of a storm with a pilot who has a bad heart. And as we find out near the end, all this rush was so he could get back to his dead wife...who he hasn't minded being apart from during his work/mountain climbing trip. Please. Also, if the author was hoping to convince anyone that abortion when facing imminent maternal death from placental abruption is immoral, he has failed miserably.
toward the end....when the house with the marble floors (where his wife and twins lived) turned out to be a mausoleum...their graves.
It was disppointing, because so many other people seemed to like this book; but, it was simply too tedious for me.
I loved how this book played out. The thought's of the character's spoke loudly through the author's words and left me to wonder if I would think the same. The ending is well done, and leaves the readers imagination to wonder with the characters into the future. A book for both men and women and very easy to listen to.
The book reached my very core. For me, and many, it is impossible to put into words those feelings that run deep, sometimes hidden, in our very essence - The story, the characters, the narrator managed to reach and tenderly caress those feelings reminding me why I need to keep taking that next step and to trust and have faith in what I have always known deep inside me is there. A beautiful book.
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