Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
Genres: New Adult, 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.
Book Review ~ ‘Withering Hope’ by Layla Hagen ~ 5+ Stars!
A gorgeous book from Layla Hagen.
Withering Hope was a stunner of a story. I always know I’m going to get a book that knocks the socks off me emotionally when I read one by Layla Hagen, and ‘Withering Hope’ is no exception.
Aimee and Tristan’s story was an inspiring one. I always enjoy seeing how characters react psychologically to stress and unexpected situations, and seeing the hardships that Aimee and Tristan go through, as well as the positivity they cling to and portray to each other, was in turns sweet and heart-breaking.
Tristan was the perfect book boyfriend. I really admired him for his strength, and his determination to do right by Aimee and his boss, and not to take advantage of the situation. To see him promising Aimee that he’d do anything he could to return her to her fiancé was so bittersweet as we can see just how much that promise may cost him. I loved how their relationship simmered slowly, and came at a gradual and natural pace. I never once felt annoyed at Aimee for her devotion to her fiancé, and it was because of Layla Hagen’s brilliant set up where we becoming introduced to them through Aimee’s memories and you can see just how much they loved each other.
I absolutely adored this story. I cried, laughed and then cried again. Layla Hagen did an outstanding job at developing these characters throughout their traumatic experience, and made me really admire those who are in a fight for their life every day!