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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

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my mountain<br />

I loved the story. I finished it in two sittings. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Loren
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  • 11-28-17

Oh The Book Was So Much Better Than The Picture

A beautiful love story, a man whose love for his wife keeps him faithful. A store that holds you in you seat, keeps you up turning the pages into the night. My Book Club chose this book with the idea we would go as a group to see the movie. I am so glad I read the book first. The screen play was a different story.

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Heartwarming read!

The title pulls you in, making you think this will be a story about the inner perseverance and physical strength under harsh conditions. It is in one way, but is also interwoven with a very eloquent love story

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WONDERFUL STORY

LOVED THIS BOOK- IT kept me interested the entire time.
I would tell anyone to read it

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Fantastic

A very well written book which held my interest all the way from beginning to end.
I very much enjoyed the narrators voice. He made the characters come alive.




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Ending totally sappy, totally stupid

The narrator did a fabulous job. I’m one of those people who have to finish a book once started. The characters were well developed but the storyline of the books was over the top. Too many near death experiences with the main character always having the remedy. I’m not sure but I think he was supposed to be MacGyver in disguise. The ending was terrible not believable in your wildest imagination. The last few chapters were so terrible I didn’t even listen to the last few minutes I could not endure it any longer. It was sappy and stupid. I’m sorry but if you’re wanting a story that’s at least 33 % believable, this is not the book for you.

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disappointed

I was interested in seeing the movie but always like to read the books first. I have never read anything from this author and am not likely to try another title. I wanted to like the book and I did listen to the entire book but must say it was difficult. It was predictable and became tedious. i am a fan of george newbern though. audible 20 review sweepstakes entry

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Outstanding!!!$!

Simply loved the story ...all of it!!
Love the characters, the way it was written and even though I️ had a glimmer of what had happened before the end, I love the way it came to it’s close..

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review worth buying

awesome awesome book and especially enjoyed the ending

the characters were great and the person narrating the book had a really great voice

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Wonderful!!!

This is a great story, book! Highly recommend it. Highly recommend it. Can't wait to see the movie.