[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.


**Book received in exchange for an honest review **

I started this book and ended up putting it down due to my own issues. I just couldn't master reading and enjoyment at the same time. However I had an amazing week long vacation in Jamaica and the pure relaxation of the country made it so much easier to block out the world, listen to the waves and Twilight soundtrack in order to find happiness. That and no wi-fi.
So I picked up where I left off and I found that I was enjoying the story more than I had before.
Aimee and Tristan have an unexpected crash landing in the rainforest and I personally would have freaked out like there was no tomorrow so I'm glad that these two were capable and although fictional have more guts than me ... and could survive months.
It's certainly a story of will.
Believing that they'll survive even when you'd think they were against them.
It's lovely seeing how that eagerness to survive in the forest as well as with the same person for two months (because I get fed up with the same person after about an hour #jokes) They don't argue and they work together as a team not only to get through the ordeal but Aimee offers Tristan comfort after his own demons show their ugly heads.
This is obviously going to bring out a bond between two people that you probably don't see in reality. Too many people keep themselves closed up until they hit breaking point and don't ask for help when they need it.
That bond shows more than anything when towards the end when they're finally going to see the light at the end of the tunnel and they engage in a 'ceremony' of their love.
And that love lasted until the very last day. Might I add the ending was so sad but yet such a happy one. I want that!!
I forgot her fiances name (sorry) but I actually felt for him. Spending 2 months looking for the love of you life only to find her in love with someone else.... sheesh!  That part of the book was hard to not get emotional over if that makes sense. We all know what wasted love feels like.
I love this book for so many reasons from their courage to their love and also how Layla wrote it. It wasn't a headache book as I call them where there's tons of arguing and OTT love. It was nice simple love and I think that's the best kind.


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