30 January 2015

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen with Giveaway

Withering Hope
by Layla Hagen.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
Publication: January 19th 2015.

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.

Reviewed by Kelly

I was literally sobbing when I finished this book. It was an amazing adventure to read. I would give it a million stars if I could! The story is so compelling and so tender! The love and passion come slowly which makes it that much more real. This is now one of my favorite books of all time! Even after reading several other books since I finished this one, I still keep thinking about it!

This is more than a love story. It is the trek of two people against all odds and hopes to survive in the Amazon Rainforest. What they find is hope, love, passion and survival in each other. The survival is very literal in every sense of the word. They need each other to survive!

The writing is so vivid, I could see it all; the trees, the leaves, the animals, plants, rain, homemade baskets woven from leaves and a wreckage of a small plane. I could feel their constant struggle to survive and fit in a world not meant for humans to live in without some modern medicine and technology. I could feel the gradual friendship and then the desire to help the other and then want the other to be there and do whatever they could to protect the other until it was the ultimate love story.

Chris and Aimee were to be married. Chris had a lot of money and when Tristan and Aimee crashed, they knew Chris would come for them or more appropriately, Aimee. They had to hold out with hope that they would be rescued soon as they really didn’t have much in supplies. But days turned to weeks and then months. Tristan had nightmares from being in Afghanistan and Aimee helped him through them and would hold him when he had them and she helped him to heal. Aimee found that Tristan really understood her. They were always there for each other. She learned how to use a bow and arrow. The rainforest became more dangerous with one too many close calls with death and then the ending came and I was crying and I didn’t know how it would end but it was an amazing ending.

If you liked On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves, epic love stories, stories of survival, learning to hunt and protect yourself, white exotic flowers, snake bites, living in the rainforest than this might be for you! But I promise, you will love it! It is more than just a love story! Just make sure you have some tissue nearby.

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My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult 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, in case the photo didn’t make it obv

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