The Mountain Story by Lori LansensThe Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

The Mountain Story

byLori Lansens

Hardcover | April 14, 2015

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Five days. Four hikers. Three survivors. From Lori Lansens, author of the national bestsellers Rush Home Road, The Girls and The Wife's Tale comes a gripping tale of adventure, sacrifice and survival in the unforgiving wilderness of a legendary mountain.
     On his 18th birthday, Wolf Truly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. Instead he encounters strangers wandering in the mountain wilderness, three women who will change the course of his life. Through a series of missteps he and the women wind up stranded, in view of the city below, but without a way down. They endure five days in freezing temperatures without food or water or shelter, and somehow find the courage to carry on.
     Wolf, now a grown man, has never told his son, or anyone, what happened on the mountain during those five days, but he can't put it off any longer. And in telling the story to his only child, Daniel, he at last explores the nature of the ties that bind and the sacrifices people will make for love. The mountain still has a hold on Wolf, composed of equal parts beauty and terror.
LORI LANSENS was a successful screenwriter before she burst onto the literary scene in 2002 with her first novel, Rush Home Road. Translated into 12 languages and published in 15 countries, Rush Home Road received rave reviews around the world. Her follow-up novel, The Girls, was an international success as well. Rights were sold in 20...
Title:The Mountain StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.82 × 6.32 × 1.29 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345809025

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from disap[pointed I have read all of Lori Lansen's novels and unfortunately I was disappointed by this one. The beginning and the ending were interesting; however, the middle seemed to be long and drawn out.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting & Emotional This is the first Fiction/Adventure book I've read and I really enjoyed it. I did find it to be slow at times, but then it would pick up again. Regardless, the story, characters and descriptions of what was happening and where they were was beautifully done. This story was quite emotional as well. It left me smirking and also shedding tears over the characters stories. Overall, this book was really well written and incredibly gripping.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating, Spectacular Ride The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens This action/adventure novel hits a home run in this genre and is a must read for those wanting a fast paced, adventure novel! Normally, these types of books aren't my thing but for whatever reason this book stuck with me and I could not put it down. I'm slightly annoyed I didn't pick this book up early, because it was a fantastic read, leaving me to believe I absolutely need more Lori Lansens in my life. This book isn't just a survive out in the wilderness story - it has heart, a plot, and lots of backstory. There are definitely survival aspects, but it's not just survival/wilderness porn. It's a fantastic blend of action, adventure, suspense, mystery and a splash of romance (just a tiny splash). We follow our leads throughout the story revealing truths about themselves and developing their personalities and lives. It's not cookie cutter or the norm, which is why this book is such a great read. Why is it not a five star you may ask? There were definitely some slow/boring parts for me. There were a few times I put the book down and thought I might not pick it up, but decided that I needed to. Once you get past those few boring chapters, the book keeps chugging along at it's fast pace. This book has plot twists and turns that make it interesting - you think it's going one way and then it swings in another - all while maintaining a PG/PG13 rating that I believe any reader will enjoy - not just adults, perhaps young adults too? The book isn't sensory in it's description, but it's well written that you can almost imagine yourself with the characters. I applaud Lori for writing this novel - it's a fantastic read that I'll definitely be recommending to fellow readers! Overall, this fascinating novel is a truly spectacular ride! Four out of five stars!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book I read this year... I sat down and read this book in one sitting. I'm such a fan.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Mountain Story I became very invested in the characters, it’s such a strongly written suspenseful story of survival. #plumreview I received this through a giveaway.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoy this Book I thought this book was really engaging. It moved quite quickly and told a very heartfelt story.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it Good story.. I found it very interesting and would definitely recommend it
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gripping I thought this book was very gripping - a tale about survival on many levels.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it I found the story interesting and compelling, but I found it a bit long and slow.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow. This book was to slow for me. Ending was good. Wouldn't read again.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read I enjoyed reading this book. It kept me guessing right until the end. It's an easy story to read. I'll recommend this book to friends and family.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another good one from Lori Lansens Almost gave this book a 3 until the last two chapters when I realized how much I actually cared about the characters. Was very interested to read to the end and find out what happened on the mountain and liked reading about Byrd and Wolf's friendship. Maybe my least favourite Lori Lansens book so far but still good and kept me reading. Could have done with a little less religious talk (but I also assume in this life threatening situation people need to turn to something) and Frankie stories.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Book I bought this book awhile back and this book is still one of the top ones that I recommend to friends! I loved this book! It was an adventurous read, made you really think about life and nature, and to always be prepared when you want to go somewhere! And i definitely didn't see the ending coming, such a twist I wasn't prepared for. I will be reading this book again in the near future.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Wow What a read! Would read it again
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay I felt the book dragged on too long in parts. By the time I was finished reading I was glad to be done. I wouldn't count this as one of my favourites.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relevant title This was an amazing story. Lesson learned - will never go on a hike without some life saving tools. Can't wait to read another book by this author.
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Respect: The Mountain Story reinforced my respect for The Mountain Story reinforces respect for Mother Nature, faith, hope and tenacity. stay focused and do not blame or be critical of others. I walked away with greater knowledge of survival tips. Once you start a Lori Lansens book there is no putting out down until the closing page. Love the way she writes.
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely time well spent! Lori Lansens does not disappoint...the characters are ever evolving and the plot keeps you engage with every word. Read this book!
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite authors Lori Lansens is one of my favourite authors. Each of her previous three books has been a very different story, but each of them celebrates the fortitude of the human spirit. Her newest novel, The Mountain Story, continues that concept. Four people - three of them know each other, the fourth was alone - are stranded on a mountain with no food, no water and no shelter for five days. Three make it down the mountain. And one of the survivors tells the tale.... "A person has to have lived a little to appreciate a survival story. That's what I've always said and I promised that when you were old enough, I'd tell you mine .... What happened up there changed my life, Danny. Hearing the story is going to change yours." Wolf Truly is our narrator. He brings to life his fractured upbringing..."In those dangerous narrows grew children who knew too much too young, but sadly, always seemed to learn too little too late." And the story of the mountain. I felt like I was sitting with Danny, reading the letter Wolf has written. Lansens has a way of drawing the reader in, making them feel like they are part of the story as well. Lansens captures the physicality of Wolf's life and his time on the mountain in both good and bad times. Her descriptions painted vivid pictures in my mind as I read. But, The Mountain Story is more than a story of survival. (Even though we know there are survivors, the question of who dies and the fight to make it through another day does not lessen the tension) Where Lansens excels for me is in her characters - their lives, their thoughts and their interactions. The Mountain Story is a coming of age story, an exploration of parent and child relationships, friendships, a questioning of a higher power, loss, love and redemption. And always - the strength of the human spirit. Life is a bumpy road. As Wolf says "There will be sway." Absolutely, positively recommended.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gritty story about survival. A must read! The Mountain Story begins on Wolf Truly's 18th birthday, the day on which he has decided to end his life. He set out for the mountain range to jump off of Angel's Peak, a section high above Palm Springs. His plans are interrupted when he encounters three women who, unbeknownst to him, will change his life forever. The quartet continue on together and through a series of mishaps end up getting stranded for five days. During their days on the mountain, the group endures injuries, hunger pains and are on the brink of dehydration. But, somehow still find the strength to carry on. Wolf, now a grown man, is a husband and father. He has never told anyone the truth about what actually happened during those days on the mountain. With his son, Daniel, now leaving for college he decides that it's finally time. An introductory letter from father to son appears on the first few pages. After reading it, I knew this was going to be a book that I would not want to put down. So, I buckled in to prepare myself for the ride. Afterall, Wolf warned, "There will be sway". The Mountain Story is a book filled with family drama, heroism and a little bit of humour. It is a coming of age story tangled into a thrilling tale of survival and redemption. For me, the story was also inspiring. There were so many moments during the hikers' time on the mountain where I thought if I were in their shoes, I would give up. But, surprisingly they continued to push on. One of my favourite quotes from the book simply emphasized their perseverance and will to live: "The most successful people in the most impossible situations are the ones that are sure they're gonna get out of it, and they go on thinking that, even if they die trying." I adored this book and wholeheartedly recommend it to all readers. There's something in here for everyone Note: I received a copy of this book from Random House of Canada for review purposes.
Date published: 2015-04-28

Editorial Reviews

“The Mountain Story is equal parts poignant drama and palm-sweaty suspense; Lori Lansens has delivered a page-turner.” —Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Fall on Your Knees and Adult Onset   “An expertly crafted novel about how ordinary lives can be changed by an extraordinary mountain. If climbing speaks to how we can find truth and beauty in hardship, Lansens shows that it is also a way to see inside our souls. I loved this novel.” —Claire Cameron, author of The Bear   “Lori Lansens writes with extravagant heart and vitality. In this vertigo-inducing book, she wrenches us into an adventure that pits spectacular danger in the present against the ever-present danger of the past.” —Marina Endicott, author of Good to a Fault and The Little Shadows   “It’s an incredible feat to write a harrowing, heart-stopping, brilliantly plotted survival novel. But also to make it moving, meditative, and sometimes even funny? Lori Lansens has done these things and much, much more with The Mountain Story. She is a master of this kind of literary balancing act, that rare writer who can create a great page-turner while effortlessly gracing it with stunning sentences and unforgettable characters. Wolf, Vonn, Bridget and Nola: you are with them on that mountain. And even while you know this book is going to break your heart, it blankets you with unbelievable hope. It’s crazy good.” —Lisa Gabriele, author of Tempting Faith DiNapoli and The Almost Archer Sisters   “Lori Lansens’ gripping new novel, The Mountain Story, combines the best elements of survival adventure, family drama and coming-of-age narrative. What captured my heart was Wolf’s deep respect for nature: his own, those of the women he tries to protect, and that of the flora, fauna and climate on the mountain. The novel shows us how we can be better in the face of incommensurable grief.” —Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of All the Broken Things   “With The Mountain Story Lori Lansens gives us a riveting novel of heartbreak, heroism and redemption. Lansens writes with breathtaking compassion and insight, creating characters as captivating and unpredictable as the rugged mountain that holds them hostage. Rich, suspenseful and relentless, this book delivers equal measures of high drama and humanity that will keep readers spellbound until the last word.” —Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss   “Like a luge ride—you hop on with three generations of women and don’t breathe until you arrive at the end. A carefully plotted, smart and funny novel about hanging on for dear life.” —Katherine Govier, author of The Ghost Brush