A crash landing leads to a crash course in survival...and passion.
En route to a tropical paradise, overworked and dedicated Aimee Myller is ready to begin her new life. But when the plane defects, the pilot, sexy Tristan Bress, needs to make an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Aimee Myller's dreams of a fairytale getaway in Brazil come crashing right down with the plane.
Forced to fend for themselves with no civilization in sight, together Tristan and Aimee begin to forage for food and shelter. As they fight for survival, one thing becomes clear: Passion and desire grow faster than vegetation in the rainforest. As they get closer and begin to rely on one another, secrets are revealed. Secrets that neither of them can ignore. Secrets that could destroy them both.
©2015 Layla Hagen (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
This has been on my TBR for a while so when the opportunity to listen to the audio version came up I was saying 'pick me please.' I didn't read the blurb or any reviews first so I went in with no expectations of the storyline. I am so glad that I did that because it made the experience that much more enjoyable for me.
Aimee is en route to her fiance in Brazil to prepare for their wedding day, when the private plane she is in crashes into the Amazon rainforest. Fortunately she is not alone in her survival, the pilot Tristan has also survived and luckily for both of them he is ex-military so has a lot of survival skills hidden up his sleeve.
As the days pass and the hope of being rescued dwindles, these two have to adapt to their new reality and gathering food, looking after their health and keeping themselves safe from predators becomes their new way of life. With nothing else to do they find themselves talking to each other about anything and everything. They get to know each other in a way that neither of them have done with anyone else in their lives.
The situations they find themselves in are, at times, life threatening and this only strengthens the bond between them with feelings of more than friendship growing between them. With the knowledge that they may never get rescued clouding their minds they turn for comfort in each other and this only deepens the connection between them. It also makes Aimee question her feelings towards her fiance and she struggles with the guilt and what she is now feeling for Tristan.
“Tristan slipped into my soul the way mist travels in the forest after the rain: unseen, unstoppable, and ubiquitous.” - Aimee
I had no idea how this was going to play out, what would happen if they were rescued and she had to face her fiance? What if they were never rescued, could they survive a life in the rain forest and if so, how would any future children survive? It is easy to read something and make up your mind about how you would react or deal with a situation if you were in their shoes but that reality is that unless you were living it yourself, there is no telling what you would do.
This was an exciting, thrilling and addictive read. I couldn't stop listening and finished it at 1.30am in the morning. A story that I will remember for a long time from now.
“I used to hate waking up every morning. Now I look forward to every day, even though we're stuck in this place. Because it means one more day with you.” - Tristan
So at first, I was intrigued with the story line. But after the plane crash, and the routine of day to day life in the rainforest, I was worried about being bored. Right when I started getting bored, something unexpected (well, it was probably expected since its the rainforest) would happen and shit started getting real. Every time one crisis was averted, another would happen soon thereafter. I would find myself sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would come next.
Now I want to touch on the emotional factor of Withering Hope. We hear most of the story from Aimee's POV. We really get to know her, and she is a very likable character. We occasionally get short chapters from Tristan's POV about how much she loves Aimee and to what lengths he will go to protect her. It's pretty obvious from his first POV chapter that the love that the two of them are going to have is going to be epic.
A lot of other reviewers have drawn connections between Aimee & Tristan's love to Noah & Ally from The Notebook. Never have I ever been about to compare another love to Noah and Ally. Until this book. Their love is full, complete, breathtaking and heartbreaking. You will tear up. You will be filled with hope, and then despair. Withering Hope is an extremely emotional book, and while that seems obvious to me at this moment after finishing the book, it honestly took me by surprise.
I would love to see this book turned into a movie. I also look forward to reading more books by Layla Hagen. Her writing and storytelling was purely amazing. Lastly, I really enjoyed the narrators. They both captured the emotion perfectly taking the story to its full potential.
I'm an avid audiobook fan reading contemporary, romance, YA, PNR, fantasy and sci-fi. I review for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
I cannot praise this book highly enough for a completely gripping and engaging story. It's a quickish read and I devoured it in half a day. The characters of Tristan and Aimee pull you into their predicament that deteriorates day by day. Physical and psychological survival teeters on the edge constantly. The story felt realistic and I felt like I lived it with them. The epilogue was beyond wow. Just excellent.
Audio update: I really enjoyed revisiting this book by audio. The feelings it evoked remained strong and I cried as the culmination of their experience was complete. The narration was excellent, dual POV although the male POV is limited but adds that extra something.
I loved this story. It was so beautiful and real. I'm listening at work while trying to hide my big fat tears. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves romance and adventure novels. First time I've listened to this author and I really enjoyed her work. The narrators were great! I loved the ending and the prologue.
I would rather have the audio version because I could listen while I'm doing my housework and doing stuff for my kids.
The whole story is memorable.
When was Amiee was hurt Tristan wouldn't leave her side on the way back home.
I laughed, cried, and my heart stopped at couple of times through out the whole book.
Awesome book! I was on edge throughout the whole book. I couldn't put it down at all. I had to see what happened next with Tristan and Amiee. I love how they helped each other with their fears. Wouldn't give up on each other. My heart dropped when the jagar's attacked. I cried at the end too. It's an epic story of love. I would recommend this book to everyone. Who wants to read about an epic love, and suspense. Then Thai book is for you. Layla Hagen is an awesome writer.
Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.
Ok, well that just happened.
I bought this audio while doped up on muscle relaxers and that's just a bad decision all around.
Most of the time I read straight up romance but sometimes it's nice to wave a little action over the top of the romance so after an hour, I was hooked! Aimee and Tristan crash land in the Amazon with all the difficulties and angst you would expect. The book is fantastic.
The reason why I am not jumping up and down begging everyone to listen is the epilogue. I know that I am not in the majority and I don't regret listening at all... But... Hmmm... The ending and I are not best friends. We like each other, we are glad to know each other... But I wouldn't want to have it over every night. If you know what I mean.
Beautiful story, awesome writing, I applaud the author for either a) researching the crap out of the Amazon and diseases and plants or b) really good at bsing.
The narration was on point. Couldn't have been better.
The audio version is on par with the print version. Book had slow start where audio painted more of a picture.
Loved the build up of chemistry between two characters. You could imagine them trying to survive in rain forest.
I loved the "wedding scene". Lots of hankies! The epilogue was also great. Again lots of hankies - but just so lovely.
Both. Cried quite a bit! Not usual for me with a book.
I have read criticism re survival in the rain forest. I have never been there - I read to be entertained. I loved the survival aspects, the build up the intensity. I could not turn the audio off - listened over two days. Great book.
I am a Lover of Audible books and also cd and mp3 books. I have 3 grown children, 8 grandchildren and I have been married for 30 years.
yes, its a really wonderful story
this WHOLE story is memorable.....
they brought more feeling than you would get from reading it, great emotion....
I laughed and I CRIED..... Its a very touching story.
No, this was my first.
I wanted to, yes, but could not. The story does not pull you in until a good 50% in.
OK ... Where to begin ... I think telling you that this is a love story, not a romance story is imperative. There are certain standards and/or events that must happen in a story to make it flow from a love story into a romance story. Without giving anything away, the only thing I can say is that a key element in romance was missing from Withering Hope...But, that's just a minor point in categorization so lets move on...
The story-line ... big chunks are hard to believe and you are really going to have to remember that this is a work of fiction and therefor the fantastical and over-the-top is not only acceptable but sometimes necessary.
The love story ... I loved it. It's not new. It's not fresh, but I still loved it. The relationship that formed between our leads took form predictably. Two people attracted to each other, both unsatisfied with where their lives are at the moment, are bound to forge a romantic connection sooner or later when stuck in the Amazon forest with no idea if they will survive or not. It's natural, so the story is acceptable.
Lastly, I want to mention something about the Audio aspect to this book verses the Book. When this book first published last year, I attempted to read it. I stopped. Twice. Why? Well, two things. It's a slow start. It's not until Tristan and Aimee fully accept their feelings for each other that the story takes off, and that takes quite a bit. So it dragged at the beginning...a lot. Second, when I skimmed to see if it would pick up, I realized the end and it kinda disappointed me (romance vs love story) and I wished it would have been categorized properly..
SO, when this Blog Tour came around for the Audio, I jumped at the chance. I just knew that listening to the story would be more captivating and exciting because it mirrors watching a movie. And I was right :) My brain was able to shut off and just listen to the words and it transported me straight to the Amazon. The narration was exceptional and it brought the story to life! I would HIGHLY recommend this Audio! :)
"Beautifully written and narrated."
This book made me cry. It was beautifully written and touched me so much at the end. I guess we all want a love such as theirs. Thank you x
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