*** 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. ***
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.
Note: This novel is recommended for 18+ due to sexual content and mature themes.
I would give Withering Hope a million stars…it was that good. It was filled with adventure, thrills, and romance! Aimee is a passenger on a private jet making her way to her wedding in Brazil. She is happy to be marrying the man who has been by her side since childhood. However, things change drastically when the plane crashes in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. Thankfully, she and the pilot, Tristan, survive. It’s at this point where the story really begins. Will they be able to survive the hidden dangers in the rainforest? Will anyone come rescue them? As the two begin to rely on each other, they also come to realize they have feelings for each other? Will they betray Chris, Aimee’s fiancé and Tristan’s friend? Will the feelings they have for each other last if they ever make it out of the jungle alive?
This is one of the best romances I have EVER read! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Hagen’s writing just pulled me right into the story. I wasn’t just sitting in my favorite chair reading, I was in the rainforest with Aimee and Tristan. Her writing is that vivid and descriptive. I could see all the colors and hear the sounds that she was describing. I could feel how the humidity and heat drained their bodies as they went out into the jungle to find provisions to survive. I felt their desperation and fear as they battled sickness and dangerous animals. She wrote the characters of Aimee and Tristan with just as much detail as she did the setting. I felt like I knew both of them from the inside out. I felt so connected to both of them. And the romance….perfect! Yes, Aimee is engaged to someone else, but as you get to know her, you will see she has the tendency to do the safe thing and not live her life to the fullest. Tristan brings out the fire and passion in her. In turn, she calms the demons that he lives with. It is a slow-building romance; it isn’t an instant love story, and they don’t just jump into sex. They really have to deal with their feelings of desire and guilt, not to mention they have to survive. So, the romance isn’t really the forefront of the book; it’s a story of survival and the resilience of the human spirit! And the epilogue….it’s the icing on the cake. LOVED it!!! It was one of the sweetest and heartwarming epilogues EVER!
I have read almost all of Layla’s books, and I have loved each one. However, she has truly outdone herself with this one! It was perfection! If you like a deep romance that develops over time with a healthy dose of adventure and thrills, then one-click this book and take an unforgettable journey with Aimee and Tristan! You won’t regret it.
**ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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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