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Friday 23 January 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen!

Publication date: 19th January 2015
Paperback edition: -
Source: Kindle

Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: 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.
Favourite quote: "If he's a star and the night is claiming him, I want the night to take us both."

I was so excited about this book that it was one of my most anticipated reads for January! I couldn't wait to read it after I saw the cover and read the blurb! I then saw Blog Tour sign-ups and I quickly signed up! I was really excited when I got my ARC that I started reading it straightaway! After reading this book, I have to say that it wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be! I found that I liked it more than I loved it and I had a bit of a hard time connecting with the main characters, but I thought that the plot was awesome and developed nicely! The plot held my interest and I loved the whole plane crash scenario! I've read a few other books with the same sort of scenario and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to read this book and see if I enjoyed it just as much! There were also a few twist and turns in the plot to keep it interesting and some surprised me and left me desperate to read on and find out what was going to happen next! Overall, I enjoyed the plot and I loved how it all ended! As I said, I had a bit of a hard time connecting with the characters! Aimee was the main female character and I just couldn't connect with at the start of this book! I'm not sure why! I started to connect more with her as this book progressed though, and as Aimee grew as a character! She also learned a lot in this book too, which I loved! Aimee also impressed me in this book with her strength! At the start after the plane crash, she didn't really know how to cope, but as the situation progressed, she was able to take control and learn how to take care of herself! This was the Aimee I loved! She came a long way in this book, and impressed me as the book progressed! Tristan was the main male character and he was always putting Aimee first in this book! I loved that about him, but because of the situation they were in, Tristan should have been just as worried about his own safety as he was about Aimee's! I did respect him for putting Aimee first though, as he had more experience about surviving in the environment they were in! Tristan was also seriously hot and I could see that he had real feelings for Aimee! I loved Tristan, even though he was a bit hard for me to connect with! He came a long way in this book too, and it's true what the blurb says about him needing forgiveness! I'm so happy he found hope with Aimee! I really enjoyed that this book was written from both Aimee and Tristan's point of views! It made the plot better and I enjoyed getting to see their feelings for each other develop through both of their eyes! I can completely understand why this book is a standalone! Everything was resolved and the ending was absolutely beautiful! Tears were streaming down my face as I read it! It may just be one of my favourite endings! The cover for this book is absolutely stunning! It's what first drew me to the book and made me want to read the story behind it! Big thank you to Layla for an ARC of Withering Hope and to Xpresso Book Tours for having me on the Blog Tour!

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Author bio:

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.


  1. Great review, Kendall! This sounds like such an emotional read and I love it when the ending is just perfect for the book!

  2. Great review, the book sounds fantastic. Can't to read it

  3. Thank you so much for the review Kendall :)