Behind the Fake Smile
By: Jyl London
"Behind the Fake Smile - A novel that is intimate and magical, funny, searing and visionary"
Read Reviews by My Readers
An enlightened story of the fight against
all odds Each individual story & characters in this book are so complex yet easy to relate to as most of us have encountered someone like them. The main character “ Chelsea “ helps you see her weaknesses, pain & determination and gives women hope to defeat the hardships they face. It helped me personally reconnect with my own spiritual journey which I had pushed aside. I Love Jyl’s style of writing bringing her dreams to life. Hoping to see more books in her future.
I loved reading this from start to finish. I found at times, there were things unresolved but they would later find one. I was captivated so much that I read this in under 7 hours. I just couldn't put it down. There was only one character that left me wondering "What was the end result of htis person's role." All in all, I give it two thumbs up and a great story that left me beyond excited for the next book. Great job Jyl!!!
For those who gave their love to the WRONG person! AND SURVIVED!
As a young pregnant teen, marrying the BAD GUY was a choice I made. That choice came with a lot of bad consequences.
This amazing book helped me to put some closure to my past life and a hope for the future.
Jyl's vulnerability and passion drove me on a road that I needed to go down. THANKS for helping me peel some past pain away and keep my eyes on something more.
I can't wait for your next book!!!
I loved the book and couldn't stop reading it.
I can feel your character's honesty and vulnerability through your words...
You have incredible courage and love. One minute I laugh out loud as I read, and the next minute I’m in shock, then crying, then laughing at one of your lines—Incredible.
I love you❤️
Engaging from start to finish. Highly recommended!
This book follows the story of Chelsea who became a mother at a very young age. Along with the typical struggles that starting a family so young would bring, she also goes through many trying hardships with some close relationships and in her career. What I love about this book is how engaging the author is with her writing and how easy it was to read. I had a hard time putting it down! It’s also very inspiring to see how the character is able to take such difficult situations and overcome them in a way that continually makes her stronger.
Absolutely amazing, a must read!
I absolutely loved this book...
Hats off to the writer...
This is an amazing honest story written very well with great detail and great courage, highly recommended!! 5 stars for sure!
Can’t put down! Excellent book!
The writing style and content are excellent. I couldn’t put this book down and I highly recommend it! You’ll love every minute. Great example of female strength and overcoming adversity, coming out on top!
A true testament of love in the face of immense adversity!
My dearest Jyl, I devoured this book of your life in story form. I couldn’t put it down, so I read it in its entirety in four hours... I’ve just finished the last page and with tears still in my eyes, I’m in such awe and gratitude for your courage and strength to persevere through life challenges and heartbreaks with such love and forgiveness. You inspired me and keep me in constant awe. With such grace and inner and outer beauty, you are truly Love embodied 🙏💕. Thank you for writing this book for all to witness such grace in the face of adversity ... I can hardly wait for your next one. God bless you dear one.
I am NOT a big reader. Usually, I read when I have to or to kill some time and absolutely nothing else is available. I don't find many books I like or love. I have a collection of books I have read and loved and re-read. I have found 2 known authors I've really enjoyed and will buy anything they publish.
That being said, I ordered this book the day it was released, simply because a friend wrote it. I was actually excited to get some time to read it but knew it would have to wait until the legislative session was over. Not only did I not have the time, but I didn't have the focus to process what I would read. And I knew it before I even ordered it. So it sat on my counter.
I took it with me to read 2 weeks ago during a few hours of "work". I got a couple of chapters in and back on my counter it went. Then the world closed and the earth quaked (again and again) and I felt overwhelmed with anxiety. I took some time to allow myself to rest and focused on things that needed my attention.
This morning as I was leaving for work I felt urged to take this book with me. I wasn't sure why cause I haven't had much downtime. But today was really quiet and I had time to read! I loved and related to so many things my friend wrote about that when I got home, I took off my shoes and sat down and finished it. Ya, I don't do that sort of thing! This book, about part of the complicated life of my friend Jyl London, literally made me laugh, cry, and yell. She has such a beautiful heart which really shows up in this book. I'm actually sad I'm finished reading it!
Buy it, read it, you'll LOVE it!
Heart wrenching yet uplifting
This was totally a binge worthy read. Each chapter keeps you on your toes not knowing what to expect. Many times I found my mouth wide open in surprise. Tears were shed but also wanted to scream " You go girl" very well written & easy to read for any level of reader. Loved every bit & couldn't wait for the sequel to arrive.
Jyl’s voice targets wisdom. Her words have a silver lining of empathy. She is a light, a beam or ray of light that warms you from within. Her smile is infectious and her personality is a pillar to her peers.
She is absolutely beautiful from within! Her demeanor is laced with affection to the needy, her friends and family. With a lite read in her book from any verse, you’ll be hooked. She is the all American girl that believes in life, love, and happiness; and deserves it all!!
I recommend a quiet evening when starting this book and let yourself unravel from your personal territories and allow yourself to immerse in her words that are from her soul. Believe in her and enjoy a moment from her universe. She is all you’ll need to spoil yourself in her paths. Priceless!!!
This book pulled me in...couldn’t put it down! Loved it!
Jyl’s detail in writing her dreams took me right into every scene. Reading this book I was stuck by Chelsea’s growth and bravery through her many trials. The book made me reflect on my own youth experiences and I laughed and cried reading hers. This book is one that I couldn’t put down and read in under 24 hours! Love the lessons she shares and the book ending left me wanting to hear more about Chelsea, her family and what happens in her future! There has to be a series!!!
What a captivating story! This book is so well written with colorful detail. You won’t be able to put it down. Highly recommended!
So real and heart-wrenching!
I loved reading this book, seriously I couldn't put it down! The main character, Chelsea, is a strong female lead yet the author keeps her super real. She makes mistakes and goes through real-life drama and craziness but all the while keeps that smile on her face and doesn't lose her love of life or people no matter how many times she's taken advantage of. This is a story that I think so many women today can relate to. A good book is one that can make me both laugh and cry and this one didn't disappoint.
Unbelievable follow up
I was VERY excited for this book and it did NOT disappoint! This had unbelievable scenarios that often seemed unreal but held together so well, that they fit perfectly. I did find myself wanting more details revealed in this book, as opposed to the last, but it kept me glued to it. I finished this one in 4 hours. Another great achievement Jyl!
A must read, captivating as equal to scaring retaining emotions.
This read not only had me looking forward to the next chapter as impatiently as waiting the next sunset. It carved through time like a hot butter knife. Relative to my life, I was able to feel the depths of her words as she lived in her passed. Regardless of your lifestyle this book hits home in a way that refills the emotion barrel. It was touching, pulling, loving, mystical, adorable and hurtful. All in ways that grasped my heart completely. The outcome is a route only for the strong, that created a pillar in our society. This IS a must read!!
To understand one's choices, know the choices they had to pick from weren't always easy or fair
As with the 1st Book (Behind the Fake Smile), once I started reading, I could not put it down! I've known Jyl since around 1992ish and saw her in and out of these struggles, yet she always had such a Positive vibe and Aura around her every time we talked, texted, or finally met up. These books were so well written, I felt I knew how she was feeling and what thoughts brought her to rationalize her decisions and Believe me, She had a lot of decisions along her journey that were very hard to make. She always thought, and still does, of how her decision will affect others around her. She made some that wasn't best for her life based on being best for others' lives. To myself and so many others, that is True Selflessness. I very much admire her Strength to go on through the darkness and put on a Smile while still thinking and doing for others! She Loves Life, Friends & Family, she has always concentrated more on the Positive than the Negative and Believe me, it's hard sometimes. When she & her last ex came to my wedding, I knew by her expression (although Beautiful, Glowing & Smiling) that she was not okay. She stood in line alone to tell me Congrats while he quickly ran out and smoked when he returned to her side, her stance changed... Of course, we weren't allowed a small conversation alone before they had to go... Anyone can judge anyone from the sidelines, but until you've walked in someone else's shoes, you never truly know what they are or have gone through to get where they are today!
I understand so much how she had to overcome reliving so many trials to write these books and tell some of her stories. I'm so grateful she was able to do so with grace, openness, and honest thoughts. I walk away from her being so courageous to tell her story with the ability to know that it really is OK to remove Toxic people from your life, That it is OK to have wants & Goals for yourself, That it is OK to pick yourself up and keep going and giving ❤ Life isn't always pretty but, you can Always find Pretty in life...
Ultimately, It is up to us how we see our trials and Achievements, as Both can be Positive.
Thank you Jyl for sharing your story, I know its helped a lot of people find strength from within. Love you Always, Dana 🙂