by Layla Hagen
Publication Date: January 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
So this one is actually a bit difficult to place. While the writing was wonderful, at times it lagged a bit. I think I just expected more excitement from a book about a plane crashing into the Amazon and turning two people’s lives upside down. I appreciated Tristan a bit more than Aimee, mostly because he had more realistic reactions to what was happening, and more realistic expectations. Perhaps that’s Aimee’s charm; she’s naive to the point that she just really doesn’t seem to grasp their situation, even after weeks have passed. Weeks. The book gets really good about half way through, so I suggest you just hold onto your pants and keep moving, as I did enjoy the second half far more, and the pace picked up as the two started to peel back the layers of their lives and lies. It was an interesting take on a love triangle, though you could hardly even call it that. I didn’t love the narrator’s Tristan voice but the male who did his pov was great, and she did do well as Aimee, sounding just young enough but not too young that I confused her for a teenager. There’s a lot of different puzzle pieces making up this mysterious read, and at the end I enjoyed the way they fit together. I didn’t find there were too many holes or questions left open, which I prefer in a stand-alone or companion to a standalone, if you will. If I was pressed for an answer, I would say that more people will enjoy reading this than listening, but if you’re on an audio kick, definitely check out this steamy title.
About Layla Hagen
Welcome! My name is Layla Hagen and I am a Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it 😀
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