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Land of Hope (Journey to the West #3)

4.55  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Junying Kirk completes her "Journey to the West" trilogy with this inter-racial saga. A complex love story is interwoven through a tale of international crime, broken dreams, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. "Journey" is just that, a merciless trek from the coast of Southern China to the drug farms in the heart of England, exposing worlds you never would have ...more
Paperback, 5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm), 448 pages
Published March 20th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published September 28th 2012)
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Jul 27, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Junying Kirk, mysteries, Chinese culture
Shelves: ebook, i-edited
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Book Info: Genre: Thriller/Suspense with some romance
Reading Level: Adult (some erotic scenes)
Book Available October, 2012 in ebook from multiple distributors
Recommended for: Those interested in thrillers, especially with topics based on real-world issues, like human trafficking and slavery
Read: 8/20 - 8/29/12 and 9/21 - 24/12
Trigger Warninings: Rape and violence against women, human slavery.

My Thoughts: Unlike the two earlie
Feb 25, 2013 Junying rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Guess I'll have to give it full marks to my own work :) Books are our babies, so we are allowed to have a little bias. Anyway, I have worked extremely hard on this book, and it is the most creative of my writing efforts so far. I have grown as an author since the publication of the first two of my trilogy, and that experience and maturity will show in this book. I feel confident enough to publish a paperback version next.

This book is darker in content and it combined my love for crime fiction an
Jane Isaac
Jun 04, 2013 Jane Isaac rated it it was amazing
Although I started with the third book in the series, I didn't feel as though I was missing something in the background detail. The main character of the book is Pearl Zhang, a Chinese (Mandarin) interpreter who works with the police and social services agencies throughout the UK. Pearl is a well rounded character who immigrated to the UK many years earlier and is currently separated and dealing with relationship issues with her husband, Andrew, whom she is still very much attached to.

Kirk uses
Jun 22, 2013 Lili rated it really liked it
This is a story that needs to be told and it reveals to us the torment suffered by vulnerable illegal immigrants who are ensnared into slavery by human traffickers; the author gives us a powerful insight into this dark trade. Although this book tells some poignant tales it is also an emotional love story; an interesting vibrant read.
Sandra  Valente
Copy received from author for review

Where do I begin. There is so much I want to say, yet don't want to say too much. As I have to start somewhere, here goes. This is the third book in the Journey to the West trilogy by Junying Kirk. I own the first book 'The Same Moon' but sadly, haven't gotten to it yet. When Junying asked me to read Land of Hope, I was worried I wouldn't 'get' the third book precisely because I hadn't read the back stories. She assured me that it could be read as a stand-alon
Andy Wood
Oct 14, 2012 Andy Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Doreen McGettigan
Thrilling, Intelligent, Current and Bold…
Although The Land of Hope is the third book in the author’s trilogy, Journey to the West, this book has no trouble standing alone. I will be going back to read Same Moon and Trials of Life.
Pearl, the main character and narrator has moved on after leaving, forcefully her successful career and has landed as an interpreter for law enforcement as well as other agencies while struggling with the heartache of being separated from the love of her life Andrew.
Eri Nelson
Oct 08, 2012 Eri Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Hope Reliant On A Unknown Land”

As many may know, my genre of choice is very similar to what I choose to write. However, I often jump fence and venture forth into pastures of a different read. It was on one of this wondering leaps that I found Junying Kirk and ‘The Same Moon’. Since then it has been friendship based on a mutual respect and all inspiring beauty of the written word.

When I heard there was to be a third in the following of the ‘The Same Moon’, I offered myself to beta read. As I eag
Rexcrisanto Delson
Land of Hope is the third of a trilogy of thrilling books. I say “thrilling” even though I didn’t read the first two yet, but if they are of any resembling caliber as this; thrilling is the appropriate word. If traveling the world via literary works interests you, this will not disappoint you as it exposes you to east (China) meets west backdrops. There’s even a romance woven into the fast paced thriller. The most appealing facet of this book is how its fictional storyline depicts the dark ...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
I didn't like Land of Hope as well as the other two books in the series, The Same Moon and Trials of Life. Partly, though, this was due to the book's dark subject matter. Dealing with the traffic in slaves among Chinese illegal immigrants in England, parts of this book were quite horrifying, and very, very upsetting.

I did find that the main character was, for me, not quite as sympathetic a character as she was in the earlier books; this was because of her sordid liaison with the married policema
Mariam Kobras
Nov 02, 2012 Mariam Kobras rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Land Of Hope" has so many faces, it's hard to begin and describe it.
It's a crime story that feels as British and comfortable as a Midsomer Murder episode. It's an international thriller that reminds of a Bourne movie, and it's a beautiful, and very atmospheric insight into life in China, both in the past and the present.
While Kirk makes the crime story move forward at a good pace, her writing really shines and sparkles when she delves into the Chinese culture.
It's astounding how her style, her
Madeline Sloane
Oct 30, 2012 Madeline Sloane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Land of Hope" is a layered tale told with finesse. It’s also a story of love left behind in the quest for success.
Author Junying Kirk has the expertise and the experience to understand and explain the quandary of the Chinese immigrant living illegally in the U.K. Her characters are gripping; their lives are fascinating; their fates are poignant, and Kirk is bold enough to look behind the veil of official assurances and false smiles, and reveal the cultural divide: “Better the devil you know th
Consuelo Murgia
Oct 09, 2014 Consuelo Murgia rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book I'm really fond of: a story of immigration, Eastern and Western countries and different cultures.
Mar 24, 2013 Junying rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm delighted with all the wonderful feedback I have received since the publication of the e-book a few months ago. So much so that this third book of my trilogy has become my very first paperback.

A few readers who have read it told me that with the great characterisation and fast-paced plot, an international setting and addressing important and current issues, it will make a fantastic film. In fact, one script writer in China has asked me to co-write a script with her. Although I have never se
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Junying Kirk was born a Spice girl from Sichuan Province in China. In the summer of 1988, a British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching in the UK, which eventually adopted her. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher, professional interpreter and cultural consultant. Currently working as International Partnerships Manager in a large UK ...more
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