Author: Layla Hagen
Published on: January 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 262
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
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.
Withering Hope was a beautiful story of survival, love, and endless hope.
I absolutely loved this story. Aimee and Tristan’s romance was not something that happened instantaneously. It happened organically. It was a slow build and I loved the journey to it.
I really enjoyed that Aimee and Tristan were both strong characters. Characters that each had their own issues and past hurts that they held on to. Yet, they were both resilient and resourceful.
Aimee was just wonderful character. She was thoughtful and so kind. It was easy to like her. Aimee was a successful lawyer who was engaged to her best friend Chris. Her and Chris had grown up together and fell in love. She was so excited about their upcoming wedding and honeymoon in Brazil.
Tristan was Chris’ pilot and part time chauffeur. Chris gave him a job when he had little else. Tristan was this wonderfully sweet, quiet, and resourceful guy. He had a quiet strength that easily drew you to him.
When their plane crashed in the Amazon Rainforest, it was them against their elements. They hoped to be rescued but as days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months, their hopes dwindled. Not knowing when or if they would be rescued, they were each other’s only support. Their friendship grew over time and as it did their feelings for one another developed. It was something that they each struggled with and watching it play out was intense.
Everyone who knows me knows I’m no great fan of audiobooks but the narration for this story was excellent. It helped draw me into this story and I was surprised that I was able to be caught up in the emotions and struggles that happened within the book. This was a fantastic read and they audio only enhanced it. This story was great but it was the beautiful epilogue that made me fall in love with it even more. I definitely recommend this novel and I would love to read more from Ms. Hagen.
No rescue helicopter arrives. Not the following morning, or any morning after it. I expect Aimee to break down, but she doesn’t. It shouldn’t surprise me, though. I’ve suspected she is strong since I first met her.
Chris Moore hired me as his pilot two and a half years ago, giving me the chance for a
fresh start I so desperately needed. I was grateful to him, and even liked him. Despite his wealth and success, he was grounded and unpretentious. When I first met Aimee, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she was just as unassuming.
And so much more.
She went out of her way to be friendly, making it easy to adjust to my side job as her driver when Chris didn’t need me as a pilot. I suppose I came off as cold to her, because I only acknowledged her effort with a curt thank you. But I wasn’t used to anyone being friendly to me. Over the past years people had either shown me pity or feared me. Not Aimee. Of course, she didn’t know anything about my past—Chris kept his word and never told her.
When first I drove Aimee to Chris’s parents’ mansion, I realized Aimee hadn’t given me any special treatment. She was genuinely friendly to everyone on the staff. They all liked to be around her.
So did I.
I liked it a little too much.
She had a way of growing on people without even trying. She was warm and eager to get to really know people. A bit too eager… and the secrets I carried were best left buried. So I was content with being around her, or observing her from a distance.
From where it was safe.
Here, where our lifeline depends on working and sticking together, where I’m prepared to do just about anything to keep her safe, it will be hard to keep that distance, but I will do my best.