Thursday, March 31, 2016

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
Publication Date: January 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.

I love listening to audiobook and when I saw the synopsis of Withering Hope by Layla Hagen, I had to give it a go. I mean you have two people stranded in the Amazon rain forest trying to survive and make it back to civilization. Okay, there is a lot more to it than that. Aimee is about to marry the person she thinks she loves, or at the very least her best friend since childhood. One week before the wedding, she decides to go to her fiancé, Chris’s ranch in Brazil – where the wedding will take place - a week early alone, but a storm hits and the plan goes down. Tristan, a former army soldier, is Chris’s pilot for his private plane. He tried to go around the storm, however, in the end the best he could do was try to get them down without killing he or Aimee. They make a crash landing and both survive, but the real question is will they survive the rain forest? Will they be rescued in time? On top of those worries, there is a growing attraction between the two of them. It is more than just being trapped together. They find that in each other everything they felt was missing in their lives and more. They help each other mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Word of warning, grab tissues for the end. The story is well written and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to Aimee and Tristan; although, there were a couple of times my anxiety spiked when I was listening due to a few precarious situations they both wound up in. Coleen Marlo, Michael David Axgtell, and Christy Romano do a great job at narrating the story and bringing it to life. Although there were a couple of times a new accent was thrown in that hadn’t been there before, but overall a good narration. I highly recommend the book and the audiobook. 4 stars for the book and 3.5 for the narration.
 Welcome! My name is Layla Hagen and I am a 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 😀