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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Review: Withering Hope

**Welcome to Life with the D's stop of the Withering Hope book tour brought to you by Xpresso Book tours!**

By: Layla Hagen
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


About the book:
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 REALLY enjoyed this book!!
Layla took me somewhere where I haven't been before and made me feel like I was actually there.  The descriptions of the rainforest were AMAZING!  The descriptions of what they were going through made it seem so real.  I do have to admit that I was skeptical about this book.  I was like "a love story in a rainforest!?!  How weird is that!?!" I couldn't put the book down!    Tristan is Aimee's Fiance's pilot and her personal driver.  He's taking her to Brazil where she will meet her Fiance and where they will have their wedding.  Problem is, they never make it.  They have to make an emergency lading in the rainforest.  After everything they deal with; diseases, hunting for food, and beasts, they find themselves growing closer and closer.  Although, Aimee is set to get married to Chris; who she has known since she was young, she doesn't really think she wants to marry him.  Tristan has demons of his own.  A failed marriage, which he blames himself for and nightmares from his deployments.  They battle these issues together.  Aimee's fiance never gives up hope on finding them and when he does find them, things are very different.
The end of the book was so sweet and had me close to tears!
I'm not giving much away with this review, because I think everyone needs to go out and read it!!

And don't forget to enter for your chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!!
You can find the giveaway HERE

Where to get this amazing book!!
Find it on Goodreads HERE 
Here are the purchasing links
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble

**Let's meet the Author**

About the Author:

My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult 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, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough

Links for Layla:  Make sure you check her out!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review: The 5 Stages of Falling in Love


Where to purchase this amazing book!

About The Book
Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.
Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her? Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days. When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again. As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.  

**My Review**

I really enjoyed this book!  Rachel has a way of making us feel the emotions the characters in the book are going through.  I loved Liz and how she handled life without her husband, with acting out kids because they missed their father and how she handled accepting being in love with someone else.  Liz was afraid she was betraying her husband by falling in love with someone else.  She goes through the five stages of grief which happen to also be her five stages of falling in love and the last stage is acceptance and this is where she knew it was OK to move on and let herself love someone else as well as not letting the memory of love fade of her husband, Grady.  This someone else wasn't just anyone, it was her new neighbor who was instantly attracted to her and her life.  He loved her kids and loved her, helping her through the loss and helping her learn that she could move on and love him as well as still loving her husband.  This book is so sweet.  I was on the verge of tears on some parts.  The way she talked about her husband showed how much she really loved him and how much he meant to her, I could see how hard it would be to feel OK to move on!

This is a book that you don't want to miss out on!  This book makes you feel like you were there and made you feel all sorts of emotions!  It's definitely a good and fast read! 

About The Author 

**Rachel Higginson**

Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast "Zach & Rachel Take Over the World." She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.  
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