Happy Release Day Layla Hagen!! Withering Hope arrives on the scene today and I’m sharing my review of this remarkable love story of two people brought together amidst harrowing circumstances of a plane crashing into the Amazon. I hope that you will check out this new release from Layla and 1-click it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble today for $.99!! Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and as always Happy Reading!! ~ Amber
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.
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was not typical in any regard for me whether in setting or in the way the characters connected. From the start Tristan and Aimee are in a fight, not just in personality but literally for their lives. Aimee is fighting to connect with Tristan, to have not so much an emotional connection in the beginning but just to have him talk to her. Tristan is a loner and doesn’t need the interaction, but more than that Aimee scares him; what he feels when he’s around her scares him. Tristan is haunted by his past, which Aimee begins to see but she can’t get him to open up to her. Being stranded in the Amazon as the result of a plane crash enroute to Aimee’s wedding, the pair realize that they have no one to depend on but each other.
What ensues in their fight for survival is also their fight with their feelings. Aimee feels guilt for starting to react to Tristan emotionally in ways that her fiancée and best friend don’t make her feel. Tristan feels guilt for wanting to act on feelings that he has been fighting for Aimee for so long. But as they both begin to rely on each other for everything, Aimee begins to understand how she soothes Tristan and he begins to see that what they feel for each other may be more than just a product of their circumstance.
Layla Hagen has yet to disappoint me with her writing. This book was as I said different from her others, but no less beautiful. I admit as I began reading I was unsure how I was going to feel about this story; and even as I finished I was left trying to piece together my thoughts. Tristan and Aimee found beauty in spite of despair. They found in the other a passion and a balance that each was missing that ultimately made them whole.
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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