While I was in school I read many books. To the point that I can't remember the titles to most of them. Recently I decided to try to find some of them, but from what I can remember, I can't seem to find this one in particular.
It's about a boy or young man that receives a book or pamphlet of some kind and gets transported into the Himalayas or somewhere else rather cold where he undergoes an ordeal alongside a young woman that I believe has a scar or birthmark prevalent on her body. During the story I think they may have been fighting in a revolution or war and they end up in love. The story ends with the boy being transported home and changed somehow.
I read this in New York State several years ago and it was printed in English. I apologize for being unable to provide the exact year, but I'm lucky if I remember if a week has passed or a month. It can't have been any more than five years ago.
I apologize if this isn't enough information to find it, but I'm hoping someone else knows of it.