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“The Mountain Between Us” intrigued me because of the many similarities with Bridget Essex’s “A Wolf for Valentine’s Day”.
No, there’s no werewolf here, but there is
• A woman disillusioned with where she is at this point in life; she doesn’t like who she’s become
• A mysterious and gorgeous superfit woman
• A secluded yoga retreat high up a mountain
• Bad weather
What there also is, that was missing from “A Wolf”, is a real sense of joy listening to the very likable MCs Tess and Remy banter and flirt as they get to know each other while being brought together frequently by unexpected circumstances, and while being kept apart by a jealous ex.
The secondary characters in “The Mountain Between Us” are terrific too. We have Tess’ friend Emily, resort maintenance man Glenn and his dog, desk clerk Marty, and a gaggle of hilarious new-age yoga enthusiasts.
The interactions between Tess and Remy are super cute, despite Remy frequently infuriating Tess with mixed signals. Tess is particularly delightful. Despite not liking who’s she’s allowed herself to become, she radiates optimism and excitement for the future as she seeks to once again be like “college Tess”, who she remembers as being brave, took chances and had a fire for life. Well, that certainly describes our Tess on the mountain well!
This is a very fun book, but one of the funniest sections was probably unintentional. Suddenly, during a snowstorm emergency, one tank of gas from a lawnmower is obtained and hot showers are suddenly plentiful, the resort pool is heated and the hot tub is soon working! Was that magic gasoline? 🙄
I was, as I said earlier, intrigued by “The Mountain Between Us”, but I was also unsure whether I wanted to try it. The only other book I’ve listened to by Snowe (“Heart of Glass”) was disappointing, as was the Essex book that has so many similar elements. Also, this is my first time listening to this narrator. Well, with books as with people, sometimes one just has to take a chance…and I’m really glad I did!
The characters, story and witty banter (I love witty banter!) was terrific, and Lillis turns out to be a wonderful narrator. 4.25* for the book, with an extra ½* for the narration, rounded up to 5* - highly recommended; I’ll re-listen to “The Mountain Between Us” myself when I want a cheerful book that will make me smile.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
My rating and my review was not in anyway affected by my having been provided a review copy.