Withering Hope – Layla Hagen

I am pretty much a cream puff, when I got the bright idea to host a sleep over in my backyard with my girlfriends I was the “suck” who wussed out and went up to bed to snuggle with my husband for the remainder of the night finding the idea of sleeping on the lawn less than palatable in reality. In case you are interested I may have lived it down some sixteen years later. My divaish personal comfort needs aside I have always been intrigued by survival stories and secretly worry that I am not at all prepared for the apocalypse. Withering Hope popped up on my radar when it first came out in January but I mistakenly assumed it was just the N/A of the day. Not that there is anything wrong with N/A, but no longer being a “new adult” it takes a special one to tempt me. However, when I happened to read the synopsis for this I knew it had all the qualities of some of my favourite reads.


FROM GOODREADS – 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.

In situation straight out of Survivorman, the private plane Aimee is travelling in crashes into the Brazilian rain-forest thankfully her pilot isn’t without advanced survival training.

I was likely predisposed to love this book as one of my favorite stories of all time is Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard, which features a couple trying to survive a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains.


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