Withering Hope Book Cover Withering Hope
Layla Hagen
19th January 2015


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.


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I am beside myself. Yes i did well up at this book and i do not do that often let me tell you. This book was not what i expected at all i thought it would be part Indiana Jones action in the rainforest with bickering characters, but it is so much more. It starts off so ordinary but then when they crash land in the rainforest it truly does become a battle of survival mentally and physically for Aimee and Tristan. Layla describes the rainforest so well and what sounds so accurate you can almost feel the heat on you suffocating your breathes like it does our central characters. I think she did some serious research into creatures and sounds and plants and it shows. Tristan and Aimee both have secrets and have to work together and against themselves to survive. I will not tell you if they do survive or not, but when i put this book down at nights i could not help but wonder would i survive both mentally or physically in this situation. I would like to think i could but when you think about getting food and water and look at how Tristan and Aimee found it then you begin to wonder. This is a story with really only two characters and three very very remote secondary characters, which is what makes it so beautiful and intense with also a few funny moments in there as well.All i can say is the ending will get you how you least expect it.

Now do not read on as i will discuss things in the book that i thought about but some people will consider spoilers – but i have to put them down in case you thought the same things as me and want to discuss them also





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OK, So those of you still reading this want to so let me begin. When you felt the sexual tension building between Tristan and Aimee i kept thinking they cant have sex what if she gets pregnant and has to be pregnant in the jungle how will she survive?! But I am glad to say Layla Hagen dealt with it very well by letting Tristan taking matters sensibly into his own hands.

I loved how Tristan and Aimee really grew to love each other, and how they each had serious strengths – Tristan and his survival instincts and Aimee in her way to build baskets and step up when needed. Aimee was so strong when Tristan was ill and then when Aimee was at deaths door he helped make her as comfortable as much as possible even though it destroyed him inside.

I admire that Layla Hagan addressed the fact that Aimee had her period and how she had to deal with it, i know it was only touched on very briefly but i suspect many authors would have glazed over that very basic female situation which occurs.

Finally the ending or shall i say endings as just when i pulled myself together another heart wrenching moment happened. The thread rings and tottoos, omg beautiful. Then describing her slow descent into death it felt so real and i could imagine how it could potentially be like that for some people. Then the description of their life life years later, but then with the epilogue and how elderly Tristan and Aimee said their goodbyes to the world, god i was bawling my eyes out. That my friend is true love right there

My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult 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, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough
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