My Review and a Giveaway of TRIALS OF LIFE by @junying007

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I’m honored to be part of Junying’s final day of her Trials of Life blog tour.

Writing one book is not easy. I know, I’m in the middle of re-writes on my first full length novel at the moment.

That’s why I have infinite admiration for Junying Kirk. Trials of Life is the second in her  ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy following her brilliant first book, The Same Moon, and concluding with Land of Hope. She has rewritten parts of Trials of Life since it first released, so this is a new and improved version of the book.

Be sure to ENTER the RAFFLECOPTER DRAW at the end of this post to win a copy of Trials of Life!

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My review ★★★★★ (Originally posted July 2012)

Trials of Life is the sequel to The Same Moon, which I truly enjoyed, and I’d highly recommend be read prior to this one, as it follows the main character – Pearl, in her quest to the West.

The style of writing is different in this one with shifting POVs. This goes against most of the conventional rules I’ve learned about writing, yet, once I settled into the story, this was not an issue as the plot drew me in.

We learn of Pearl’s education in the West —not all of it is good, and this story centers around a particularly bad part of it. The underlying theme, however, still touches on the immigrant experience for many who move to a new country in search of “a better life.” Pearl learns that although some things are better, the road is not all welcoming.

This is a well-told story of Pearl’s trials in a new world, and how along the way, she anchors herself to her new home with what is really important.

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Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Author Bio

Junying Kirk was born a spice girl, hailing from Sichuan Province in southwestern China. In the summer of 1988, a British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at Warwick University, followed by further post-graduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. In her career spanning from the East to the West, she has played various roles as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher and cultural consultant. Currently working as a professional interpreter and translator, she reads voraciously and writes with passion and dedication. She enjoys drawing from the wealth of life itself  to create stories, which are both engaging and exciting. She travels widely and keeps her mind and heart open for the new, the good, the bad and the ugly. Her ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy, “The Same Moon”, “Trials of Life” and “Land of Hope” have been published in both electronic form and paperbacks.

She lives in Birmingham, UK with her English husband.

To follow her world wide travels and other creative pursuits, please visit

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Book Blurb

On her continued “Journey to the West”, Pearl Zhang meets Andrew Church and they fall in love. Her determined, professional pursuits land her a plum international development job at a leading UK university. Life is on an upward curve, or so it seems.

Dick Appleton, a troublesome academic from a privileged background, wants a junior assistant other than Pearl, in his quest to discover China and what it has to offer him.

What happens when two powerful personalities and two different cultures meet and clash? Will life teach Pearl another sharp lesson in her adopted country, or will the ancient Chinese belief hold true that everything happens for a reason? Will she bow to her fate or fights for her beliefs?


“This wonderful book dissects and lays bare the entire course of an harassment claim, from the events leading to the claim through the hearing and its aftermath” – Tabitha Ormiston-Smith, Australia

“The Joker in the “Dark Knight”. Dr Hannibal Lecter in “Red Dragon”, The Judge from Blood Meridian. Ms. Kirk’s creation, description and actions of Dr. Richard Appleton will tremor your spine. – Vince Considine, USA

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16 responses to “My Review and a Giveaway of TRIALS OF LIFE by @junying007

  1. Looking absolutely fabulous, eden – thanks for being a part of my tour and this fantastic ride as a published author – Have terrific Thursday :)!


  2. Pingback: Fabulous #Interview, Double #Giveaways & More – The #Book Tour Kicks Off | Author Junying Kirk

  3. John Dolan

    I have been intending to read Hunting for some time now. Thank you for the timely reminder, ladies!


    • It’s a good thing I can decipher ‘John Dolan’ speak, I think you mean, Junying, right? ha!


      • Wow! That’s most weird. Autocorrect has a lot to answer for – and that will teach me to use a Kindle when I’m typing something important 🙂 Apologies, Junying. And Hunting, whoever the hell you are, my apologies too.


        • I read the message earlier on my iPhone and was thrown for a mo before I realise who Hunting is – Moi? Guess my Chinese name ‘handsome hero’ got your imagination go wild, John :). Thanks for your interest in my books. Likewise :).


  4. An excellent review, Eden!

    Junying, congratulations!


  5. Congrats and champagne, Junying! Great review, Eden.


  6. Great review of a talented writer. Eden. You are such a great supporter to so many of us!

    I sometimes wonder at the rules on POV. I’ve read several books that shift from 1st person to 3rd. I know when writing in 1st person it is a true challenge to keep the reader informed.

    Great success Junying!


    • Danny, I echo your praise of Eden :).

      PoV is a not an easy one – I didn’t pay much attention when I started writing my first book, and did some experiment with 1st & 3rd person. By the time I wrote my 3rd book Land of Hope, and when I rewrote parts of book 2 above, I became much more aware to stay consistent with POVs – some readers seem to find it more challenging than others when PoVs shift. Ultimately we authors have to decide how best to tell the story, and personally I find it easier to use multiple PoVs.

      Thanks for your continued support!


  7. Reblogged this on Seumas Gallacher and commented:
    … fascinating review piece by Eden Baylee on Junying Kirk’s novel . Trials of Life


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