Review: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

January 22, 2018 Adult, Book Review 8 ★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Withing HopeWithing Hope by Layla Hagen
Published by Self-pub on January 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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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.

Oh, survival romances. Stories or survival are already quite fascinating but when you though in a little romance, especially a forbidden type, it’s hard for me to resist. I haven’t read many of these stories though, mostly getting my fix through movies and tv. But when this book popped up on my radar with a jungle backdrop I just knew I had to read it asap!

Aimee is a week away from her destination wedding in Brazil. On her way down to prep for the special day, the private plane crashes into the jungle, leaving herself and the pilot Tristan trapped with no means of communication or escape. They quickly need to find means of survival with identifying safe food to eat, ways to get water, dry wood for a signal fire, and avoiding jungle critters that could hurt them. And they do so without too much difficulty, in the beginning at least. Time moves incredibly quick, perhaps a little too fast for me to really get the full despair a situation like this would cause and to really feel those emotions from the characters. But I liked following along with their ways to survive, despite the need to suspend some major disbelief a time or two (or ten), which I honestly expect a little in stories like this to be honest.

As for the characters – Tristan is a vet with some serious PTSD and Aimee was the only thing that helped the terrifying nightmares he experienced every night. Of course Aimee is engaged and about to be married to her childhood friend and love and she feels torn and guilty for her growing feelings for Tristan. But it was inevitable for these two. They were all they had in that jungle and they both took such care of each other and putting themselves on the line to protect one another.

All in all, this was a nice quick read. Even though I had a few connection issues with parts of the story, I was still thoroughly committed to the outcome for these two. It really makes me want to grab up other books with this trope and to reread On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves, which is a highly addictive survival story with forbidden love thrown in the mix if you haven’t already read it. Withing Hope is currently FREE on Amazon so definitely worth one clicking!


About Layla Hagen


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.

I am represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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