by Layla Hagen
Publication Date: January 15, 2015
Genres: 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.
OK … Where to begin … I think telling you that this is a love story, not a romance story is imperative. There are certain standards and/or events that must happen in a story to make it flow from a love story into a romance story. Without giving anything away, the only thing I can say is that a key element in romance was missing from Withering Hope…But, that’s just a minor point in categorization so lets move on…
The story-line … big chunks are hard to believe and you are really going to have to remember that this is a work of fiction and therefor the fantastical and over-the-top is not only acceptable but sometimes necessary.
The love story … I loved it. It’s not new. It’s not fresh, but I still loved it. The relationship that formed between our leads took form predictably. Two people attracted to each other, both unsatisfied with where their lives are at the moment, are bound to forge a romantic connection sooner or later when stuck in the Amazon forest with no idea if they will survive or not. It’s natural, so the story is acceptable.
Lastly, I want to mention something about the Audio aspect to this book verses the Book. When this book first published last year, I attempted to read it. I stopped. Twice. Why? Well, two things. It’s a slow start. It’s not until Tristan and Aimee fully accept their feelings for each other that the story takes off, and that takes quite a bit. So it dragged at the beginning…a lot. Second, when I skimmed to see if it would pick up, I realized the end and it kinda disappointed me (romance vs love story) and I wished it would have been categorized properly..
SO, when this Blog Tour came around for the Audio, I jumped at the chance. I just knew that listening to the story would be more captivating and exciting because it mirrors watching a movie. And I was right 🙂 My brain was able to shut off and just listen to the words and it transported me straight to the Amazon. The narration was exceptional and it brought the story to life! I would HIGHLY recommend this Audio! 🙂
Audio provided by Indie Sage PR for blog tour review
Welcome! My name is Layla Hagen and I am a 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 😀