If you’re looking for a good book about a rugged man who longs for the love of a strong woman, this is that book.
Mountains Never Meet is the story of Maggie Flannigan. She’s an engaged woman who is struggling to give up her independence to a man who comes from a different way of life than she does. He’s from an elite family. She’s the daughter of a Women’s Studies professor. He’s orderly and neat. She’s a bit of a slob.
The novel weaves Maggie’s story all over the world –Boston, Paris, and Africa as she works out the issues she has with her fiancé and the issues she has within herself. Filled with romance, sex, and internal conflict this book has a steady pace that kept me turning pages during a three hour plane ride.
I was a little shocked to discover that Maggie was thirty-five years old. Her history of chasing after men and bar hopping gave the impression she was about ten years younger. As I kept reading though, I couldn’t help but wonder if this wasn’t part of her self-conflict and her journey to stop running away from things. On the other hand, it could easily be that I have no frame of reference for the men and bars lifestyle in order to understand or relate to it.
The most interesting part of this book was the strong woman / needy man didactic. So many novels flip this scenario around and while Adam’s clinginess surprised me, I was pleased to see a new spin on the male / female relationship in the book world. Who is Adam? Does Maggie find love? Or will the pressure from the fiancé’s mother trump all and have Maggie walking down an aisle strewn with flower petals?
Mountains Never Meet is a fantastic airport or beach read. It’s light, humorous, and all about the mushy love stuff. Watch out for page 190 –the plot twist there will have you freaking out! And if you never want to look at mountains or long distance separation the same way again, be sure to get to page 279. My heart was crying out when I got to that Swahili proverb. Pick up Mountains Never Meet and you won’t put it down until you get to the last page.