26 December 2014

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.

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Aimee was supposed to get married to her long-time boyfriend. They were perfect for each other, she was going to have her perfect wedding with a great guy and to live happily ever after, only that before it happened, her plans came crashing down together with the plane that was supposed to bring her to Brazil in the very heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Tristan, the pilot, is the only one with her. With no way of returning to civilization ASAP, not to mention no way of communication - they were bound to stay for god knows until when. There was no one they could turn to but each other. They needed each other to survive, not just starvation, disease, danger but the fear that they could never be found.

Soon, they grew closer, and formed a bond the never expected to. With Aimee's endless chatter, Tristan learned to open up to her, and one by one tore up his walls. He told her secrets he never told anyone: his past, his fears, his shortcomings. She tries to fight her emotions, the growing feelings she has for Tristan. But it was becoming too much... she realized that you can hide everything, but not lies, nor love.

WOW. From the start to the very last page, I was always on the edge of a roller-coaster ride with all the ups and downs the author had made me experienced reading this novel. I couldn't dare put it down, because I might miss an "episode", a good part, or the part where the two would finally hook up.

Layla Hagen made vivid descriptions, raw emotions and completely relatable characters in Withering Hope. It's like watching The Survivor Series all over again, only these time, there were no scripts or camera involved. Only two POVs that had me completely glued to my Kindle on Christmas Eve.

If you want something unique to read, way different from your usual - you got to grab this book on January 19! It's an amazing novel filled with adventure, love and most especially hope. Just as when you thought you lost your faith in everything you believed in, there would always be something that would spark hope within you and makes everything, even the heaviest of all burden bearable again.

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 obvious enough 

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