Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Review: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect. 

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. 

With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts. 

As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest. 

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.

Withering Hope is a riveting story of survival and finding true love when you least expect it…or even don’t expect it at all. The author does a great job of writing an intriguing tale, drawing the reader in and keeping you on edge while you wait to see what will happen to Tristan and Aimee once their plane has to crash land in the Amazon rainforest.

I have to say, Aimee’s character is tremendously strong; she doesn’t cower and expect Tristan to just take care of everything once the crash happens. She’s a great example of an empowered, determined and tenacious female lead which makes it very easy to like her. Tristan is an excellent male lead-protective, caring, and someone you can immediately empathize with…even if he tries to keep to himself. Right from the start I was on his side.

I like that Aimee didn’t just fall for Tristan from the start-after all, she’s engaged to be married so you would hope that she doesn’t just throw all hope out the window once the crash happens. And Tristan doesn’t make moves on her, no matter how much he wants to. So things do develop over time, no insta-love here…and with their dire situation, everything is more intense.

With descriptive writing, great intensity and characters that are so easy to like, Withering Hope provides an engaging and enjoyable read…and will provide you with one hell of a tear-jerking end. 4.5 stars…and please excuse me while I go pick up everything else this author has written!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*


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  1. WOW, what a wonderful review :)

    Thank you so much!


    1. That's because it's a wonderful book ;-) So glad I got the chance to read and review it!