The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin is a page-turning love story along with an adventure story with a “twist” that makes it well worth reading. 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 wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is heading back East for a busy day of surgeries he has scheduled. The unthinkable happens as the small plane crashes when the pilot suffers a heart attack. Out in the middle of nowhere, as the days on the mountains become weeks, their survival becomes increasingly perilous. The characters are believable and you find yourself rooting for them. It seems like they are made to end up together but there’s the problem of a wife and waiting bridegroom back home! How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever?
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestselling novel Sarah’s Key. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island. Instead Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way. Melanie crashes their car on the way home just as she was about to share something startling that she remembered the day before. Antoine meets a very sexy mortician at the small-town hospital where Melanie is admitted that I found to be the most interesting character of the book. The “secret” turns out to be not such a big secret after all which is usually the case anyway. Although it was a good read it doesn’t hold up to Sarah’s Key.
It is 1903. Dr. Ravell is a young Harvard-educated obstetrician with a growing reputation for helping couples conceive. He has treated women from all walks of Boston society, but when Ravell meets Erika-an opera singer whose beauty is surpassed only by her spellbinding voice-he knows their doctor-patient relationship will be like none he has ever had in The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell. That first image of Erika singing in the cemetery is very moving, especially when you find out that she has been struggling for years to become pregnant. Erika believes there is no hope. Her husband is very determined to have a family and of course it’s not his fault they can’t have children. Her mind is made up: she will leave her prominent Bostonian husband to pursue her career in Italy, a plan both unconventional and risky. The author shares some family history, apparently something similar happened in real life which makes the story even more fascinating.