The Land Of Trees by L.A. Naylor – Book Review. @lanaylor11 @CameronPMtweets #TheLandOfTrees


An intelligent mystery set among the people and landscapes of  Guatemala. A compelling read for adults and young adults alike.

Based on the experiences of author LA Naylor when she travelled to and lived in Guatemala for a year – a country that she chose almost at random and grew to love and respect.

LA Naylor is available for interview and will be touring the UK with bookshop events.

Adoptee Lia has followed her Spanish teacher, Rafael, to Guatemala, for romance and adventure. She doesn’t know much about the country but she’s happy because she’s finally living life on her own terms. On their first night together Lia decides to declare her feelings, but before she gets the chance, the unimaginable happens and Rafael is brutally killed.

Devastated, Lia travels to Rafael’s family home in the countryside, determined to find out why. But not everyone is keen on her investigation and Lia has to decide what is more important: living without answers or taking the deadly consequences that come with the truth.

Set against a backdrop of civil unrest and huge political change, Naylor shows the powerful impact the past can have, even decades later.



Lia and Richard have travelled to Guatemala on an adventure and to meet Lia’s friend, Rafael.

He’s late meeting them in a bar, but they get to meet Macy a fellow U.K. resident from Amersham. Rafael arrives, he’s seen handing a case to the barman, but this is soon forgotten.

However, Rafael is then attacked and dies, leaving Lia devastated. The friends decide to find out why he died.

What follows is a crime mystery story, with details of the history, politics and people of Guatemala, with stunning descriptive writing that really brings the beauty of the country to life. A tale of tragedy and ultimately hope.

Thank you to Cameron Publicity & Marketing for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 You can buy a copy here


LA NAYLOR has been a fisherwoman, the CEO of a charity, a wreck diver and an English teacher. She was awarded a grant from the Campaign for Learning to write a non-fiction book on miscarriages of justice in the UK. That book, Judge for Yourself, was a bestseller and was praised by The Guardian, Michael Mansfield QC and many more.

Naylor received a lifetime membership to the Millennium Awards Fellowship which recognises, celebrates and records the achievements of individuals working to strengthen and enrich their communities. The Land of Trees is her first novel. She lives in London. 

The Land of Trees will be available at all good bookshops and online outlets in ebook and paperback. More information can be found about LA Naylor at

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