Withering Hope by Layla Hagen ~Goodreads~
Published 19th January 2015
Kindle 262 pages ~The Book Depository~
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiance 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 US to the ranch- where her fiance 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 on 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 fiance, 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.
I think I gave this book the rating of a two star mainly because I read a similar book last month, so I guess I felt that this one was a little too predictable for me sadly. However I wouldn’t say it bored me, it had suspense, romance, and desperation. All the things that do make a good survival book.
Even though Aimee’s and Tristan’s relationship was somewhat predictable I did enjoy their romance, I like that they found comfort in each other and helped each other through the worst of times. Maybe the romance happened too quickly for me I don’t know but I think what perhaps could have made this book better, would have been their romance to grow from anger, frustration and sadness because of being stranded in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest and the possibility of never being rescued. Nevertheless I thought they were adorable, and Tristan definitely sounded like a gorgeous guy haha.
I think something that lacked in this book was perhaps the detail of their starvation, I wish it delved more into how being stranded effect them mentally as well as physically. I wanted to see more desperation, they seemed to do well in gathering food and not starving for too long. I wanted to feel their emotions myself so I could connect with them better.
Overall I did enjoy this book, it was a nice quick read with sweet romance and suspense that kept me reading until the very end. My only advice would be if you’re just read a survival book then leave this book for a while longer so you don’t make the mistake I did and find it a little bit predictable- oops!