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Withering Hope by [Hagen, Layla]
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Aestas Book Blog
"Wow!! I read this book in one sitting and finished it with tears in my eyes because of how absolutely beautiful the epilogue was!! It was a gorgeous concept and such a perfect ending for them. If you're looking for a "different" love story, give this one a try!!"

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The story became utterly captivating and so powerful an alarm could have gone off next to us and we'd be shushing it so we could finish reading. It grabbed us and demanded for us not to give up; experience and understand just how much love, pain and devotion it had to offer. And it did and we felt it

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1549 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Layla Hagen (January 18, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book has been flooding my Goodreads wall for a while now and so I stopped to see what it was all about. The blurb immediately grabbed my attention. However the delivery of the story flopped, and I was disappointed overall.

Aimee was on her way to her fiance's Brazilian ranch home when her private plane met with a terrible ending. Thankfully she had such an amazing pilot in Tristan that he was able to bring them down safely for an emergency landing among the Amazon Rainforest.

I went in to this book with high hopes of an intense love story, forbidden desires, struggles and fights against their growing feelings, an intense adventure, danger around every corner, and some kick ass imagery that brings the story to life, but I feel like I didn't get any of that from Withering Hope.

It had started out promising, but its true colors were quickly revealed with the bad writing. What I mean by bad writing is that the author seemed to have an aversion to pronouns and would use the MCs names repeatedly. Also, repetition was the game it seemed. The author would repeat ideas within two sentences, as if we forgot that Aimee has trouble sleeping, so we have to be reminded of the many therapy techniques she learned from her therapist... just to name one instance out of several throughout the novel.

It all just interrupted the flow of the underlying story, making it feel stilted, and awkward, and un-organic. Also not much action or danger were found. Yeah there were snakes, spiders, and the occasional jaguar, but I never truly felt that anyone was in danger; that their situation was impossible. Aimee and Tristan were just magically able to adapt so well to their surroundings and live for months in this forest while they waited by the destroyed plan waiting for help.
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There is nothing better than finding a beautifully written novel that deeply affects you on a personal level and leaves you completely captivated. Withering Hope by Layla Hagen is an EPIC, one-of-a-kind, knock-your-socks-off love story. If you want to be totally wrapped up in a powerful romance, here you go!

Aimee is a heroine I connected with right away because she is genuine, strong, and positive. She is living the life she always wanted and is about to marry the man she has spent years loving. Aimee’s life takes a nosedive (literally) when the private plane she is on crashes in the Amazon Rainforest. This happens almost immediately in the story so you don’t have to wait long for the intensity to crank up. Now Aimee must do anything it takes to survive with very little supplies, the hope of being rescued, and her only companion – the pilot.

Tristan is a man you all will want to meet. He is powerful and fierce yet compassionate and friendly. Tristan has a very dark side with plenty of memories that haunt him. Regardless of the past, Tristan steps into the hero role effortlessly to ensure Aimee and him make it out of this disaster alive. Everything he does, it is with Aimee’s comfort and happiness in mind. Tristan is so dreamy!

The irreplaceable bond Aimee and Tristan form will last for eternity. They have new threats daily that require them to constantly rely on one another. They battle hunger, illness, wild beasts, and nature in while trying not to lose hope that they will be rescued. I cannot accurately describe how fantastic the connection between Aimee and Tristan is.

I was astounded by the descriptive details, glorious chemistry, and realistic danger that brought this story to life.
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I absolutely loved this book! This is such an incredible story about survival, love, friendship, and hope. What I find so remarkable about this story is that all the characters are good people, there is no bad guy. Aimee is engaged to Chris, her childhood best friend. One week before her wedding, Aimee and Tristan (Chris's private pilot) find themselves in an awful situation, their plane has crashed in the rain forest. I really enjoyed reading about how they tried to stay alive and make the best out of their situation. The writing of this book was so good and descriptive, I felt completely immersed in this story. I loved this book so much, it's a top book of 2015 and added to my all time favorites list.
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This could have been a good book. I loved the concept. Wilderness survival is always fun and the Amazon was a perfect choice of location. It had so much potential but in the end I was disappointed.

The first thing that struck me was that the writing seemed a little amateurish. There were little grammatical mistakes here and there, such as words being omitted. Also it didn't seem the writer did much research. She didn't mention a single plant or insect by name or even a snake. I got the sense that this could have been to illustrate the characters ignorance of their environment but it was still a little annoying.

The second thing that struck me was the lack of personality of the main characters. They were very two dimensional. The dialog was generic and boring and sometimes felt forced and unrealistic. Despite the fact that the author spent pages having the characters pour out their life stories to each other I never felt like I got to know either of them.

Perhaps the thing that most disappointed me about this book was the lack of adventure or any kind of action at all. The hero and heroine never or rarely leave the crash site and never do anything but shoot birds, take showers and eat. There were a couple of jaguar attacks but to be honest they felt very contrived to me. I'm no zoologist but most big cats are nocturnal hunters and these attacks happened in the daytime. I'm not saying jaguars can't hunt during the day but for a cub, that apparently hasn't left its mother yet, a daytime attack on humans in a barricaded area, without said mother is a bit much.

To sum up, it wasn't a terrible book, just boring and amateurish with a sappy ending worthy of Nicholas Sparks.
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