Thursday, January 29, 2015

Withering Hope Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Today, I'm excited to be one of the review stops on the Withering Hope Blog Tour!

Withering Hope
by Layla Hagen
Now Available!!!
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, for Readers aged 18+
Add Withering Hope to your Goodreads to-read list here.
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.

My Thoughts:
Terrific, fast-paced read!

I really enjoyed Withering Hope (and this title is so appropriate for this book). I really enjoyed getting to know Aimee and Tristan as we're given the first-person narration from each of these characters view points, with Aimee getting 80-90% of the narration.

Aimee was a great character, she's strong, smart and empathetic. Readers will root for her survival as she is a very down to earth character.

If I have to be deserted some place, I would love for Tristan to be my pilot! This man was cool and calm in the face of all danger, and always put Aimee's safety above his own. And his knowledge of survival skills really came in handy. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make it in the Amazon rainforest passed a day, seriously, there are so many things that I never would have considered being potential dangers that Layla has written in this standalone.

I also love that I learned some new facts about the Amazon rainforest from this book- I have no idea that it was flooded in lower parts for months at a time. Layla does a fantastic job of describing the Amazon setting with its lush nature- I could easily picture it in my mind.

There is a bit of action in this book, but it is very character-driven, the dialogue and romance between Aimee and Tristan was well-paced and interesting, which really helped the plot flow well.

But will Aimee and Tristan be rescued? Will Aimee be reunited with her fiancé, and if so, will she be able to deny her feelings for Tristan? You'll have to read to find out! :)

I would recommend this read to readers looking for a quick read with action, adventure and inevitable romance!

Happy Reading!!!

About Layla:
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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Special thanks to Layla and Xpresso Book Tours, for allowing me to participate in this tour!!!


  1. Great review, Hayley! The rainforest aspect sounds fascinating and kind of scary, too! I love how realistic that's made out to be, and survivalist stories are always so thought provoking and emotional! So happy you liked it!

  2. Thank you Hayley for this beautiful review <3 it makes me so happy that you liked Tristan and Aimee's story so much!!