Withering Hope

  • by Layla Hagen
  • Narrated by Coleen Marlo, Michael David Axtell, Christy Romano
  • 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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A very addictive story!

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
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- Jo Fergus

I loved every minute of this book!

Would you listen to Withering Hope again? Why?

I would listen to it again because the story is one that can never get old.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Aimee and Tristan are my faves because they brought hope, love, and understanding. to this story


Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is the last scene at the end of the book. Not going into details but it made me weep.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried, laughed, and smiled through out this tale. It moved me.


Any additional comments?

I loved every minute of this book. Layla does a wonderful job of creating a world and plot that could truly happen.
Aimee has strength, bravery, and compassion for people she didn’t know she had. She feels like she has let her parents down, thereby letting herself down. However, when her plan goes down in the Amazon Rainforest she learns she never lost it and her parents would be proud of her life choices.
Tristan lives in a world few have seen and survived. He fears the dark nights or terror. However, he faces each day looking for a bright light. When the plan he is flying malfunctions he has to become the man he used to be; to survive the threats that come from the rainforest.

Aimee and Tristan have things that haunt them from their past. They have to learn to count on each other to make it another day. The buildup in this story is wonderful. I felt every moment the walls came down. Every moment when they thought it was their last.
I truly loved this story and the connection I felt with each of the characters. You will cry, smile, and hope with them every step of the way.
I highly recommend this book! 5 star read!

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- Amy My Book Obsession

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios