Site of the writer Andrew Wood

So… here is my stop on Junying’s wondrous blog tour to celebrate the release of her newest book ‘Land of Hope’.


Land of Hope Blurb

Every year, millions of illegal immigrants cross borders in search of wealth, happiness and a life of ease in the Land of Hope. Some succeed. Others suffer unimaginable hardships.

When Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad) hires Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese interpreter, they join forces to fight injustice in the corrupt underworld of international crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Pearl is the voice of broken dreams, translating raw, deranged, and colourful tales of those who cannot speak for themselves. As Pearl gets more and more tangled in the lives of strangers, Jack becomes a welcome diversion, complicated by the fact that both are married. Their trans-continental roller-coaster ride derails when Pearl tumbles into the sinister world of her clients, a world full of secrets, lies, and unspeakable violence – only this time, it’s directed at her.

Can she depend on Jack? Find out in this third and final book of Junying Kirk’s “Journey to the West” trilogy.

Does it sound tantalising enough just by reading that? Here is my review of the book 🙂


A Close Dose of Reality

Having not read the first two books, I went into this with a fresh head and without any idea about the recurring characters featured, such as Pearl and Andrew. Needless to say I was a virgin to this trilogy!

Land of Hope delves into a cruel, sinister and very much darkened world of human trafficking and prostitution. Dr Pearl Church meets a variety of characters from her native China along the way, in her interpreting role, and finds out things about their lives that would make anybody’s skin crawl… it certainly did with me!

Junying’s masterful use of the English language sucks you into the lives of these unfortunate people, giving you a raw insight into the world of international crime as well as the hardships that they face. To them their only hope is to do whatever they can to escape the cruel and tough life they have left behind and seek out new lives in the ‘Land of Hope’ that is the United Kingdom.

I went into this book with knowledge that there was a dark and gritty back drop but I was still shocked at what I discovered as I went from one page to another. Regardless of such gloom, I never had an issue with reading about such things or neither did I feel that it was too much. A genre such as this is something I have never read before and to find myself immersed in this world with such ease is, in my opinion, the sign of a top quality writer – Junying can pull anyone into this world and guarantee a worthwhile experience.

The book mixes all these harsh reality checks with a passionate love affair that is more than enough to please any reader. Pearl and Inspector Jack Gordon venture into realms of forbidden pleasure when their paths cross when her talents of interpretation are required. The speed at which these two characters become entwined conjured up three apt words in my mind – ‘Spontaneous Sexual Combustion’. The instantaneous heat between them was such a hook for me to be caught up on.

The entire book took me on one journey to the next with deep and insightful views into the pasts and backgrounds of every character, all of whom interlace to make a dark, yet satisfying tapestry that is no doubt the crowning achievement of the trilogy. It all spirals towards an ending that is undeniably bittersweet, but to find out why you will have to venture forth and read the book for yourselves. *Hint hint*


I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in this blog tour and reading and reviewing Junying’s book. All I hope now is that she honours me with another culinary delight hehe.

Tomorrow’s stop will be at for an interview of the lady herself as well as an exciting give-away! Make sure you do not miss it, people!

Thanks for stopping by!


Comments on: "Land of Hope Blog Tour – Book Blurb and Review" (12)

  1. What a delightful review, Andy – so glad that you enjoyed going onto a journey with Pearl and Jack, and you’re back in one piece 🙂 Thanks for reading, reviewing and hosting my book tour! Yes, you’ve got yourself another culinary treat 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on intense sensations and commented:
    I’ve never tried a reblog before. So… let’s press the button and see what excitement ensues…

  3. You have excellent taste in authors, Andy! Nice to see you giving such an enthusiastic and thoughtful review of this book.

  4. Vanessa, I’m delighted that you’ve reblogged Andy’s post today. It’s a wonderful idea for reaching more people. As I’ve commented on your site, it’s something I intend to make use of soon, and the target? You know whom 🙂

  5. A great review of Land Of Hope, Andy. I thoroughly enjoyed Junying’s book and couldn’t agree more with your views.

  6. Sandra, I join Andy in thanking you for visiting and leaving lovely comments. I look forward to reading your feedback and the grand finale at your site – counting down from now 🙂

  7. Sandra – stalk me as much as you like, and I’ll try stalking back 🙂 thanks again for everything!

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