Book to Big Screen: The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

This is 120 Hours (trapped climber) and any Nicholas Sparks book (classic love story) on steroids. You instantly fall in love with Ben’s love for his wife, while simultaneously rooting for Ashley’s survival, my feelings were constantly conflicted as I just prayed for them to live.

Publication Date: June 1st, 2010

Rating: 4.7 Stars

Two strangers meet coincidentally in an airport in Utah. One on her way home for her wedding, the other, a doctor hoping to return to his patients. The weather grounds their conventional flight, leaving them to seek private charter. In the air, through barren landscape and dreadful weather, the pilot suffers a heart attack and crash lands the plane. Ashley and Ben must fight to survive.

Why I chose this Book: I will be the first to admit I am a SUCKER for chick flicks, books, movies, doesn’t matter. Even better, I saw this book was soon to be playing in the theaters starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet and of course I HAD to read the book, especially before seeing the movie…because I will be watching this movie!

My husband is not a reader, he would rather watch Squawk Talk or SportsCenter to gain his news, than read it in a paper, online or otherwise. However, movies he never turns down…even if they are chick flicks. So, while I know he won’t read the book with me, he will accompany me to the movie, all the more motivation to read The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin for a later “date night” at the local theater.

Why I Loved this Book: Such a captivating novel. The author makes us fall in love with Ben’s love for his wife and root for Ashley as her sense of caring and humor makes you so attracted to her friendship with Ben. This is 120 Hours (trapped climber who cuts his arm off to survive) and any Nicholas Sparks book (classic love story) on steroids. The reader learns so much about survival, and more importantly love, from Ben, while simultaneously rooting for Ashley’s survival.  My feelings were constantly conflicted while I just prayed for them to live.

I cannot wait to see this movie when it is released October 6th.  Throughout the book I couldn’t help but picture Idris and Kate out there in the winter tundra, such great casting! There’s still time to read this book before purchasing tickets to see it on the big screen in October.  You can watch the movie trailer here for a sneak peek.

*Disclaimer: This book was so generously provided to me by Broadway Books in exchange for an honest, thoughtful review.

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