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Behind Tear-Stained Eyes

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Behind Tear-Stained Eyes: Charting new waters filled with hellfire

Behind Tear-Stained Eyes is the sequel to the fictional book, Behind the Fake Smile. Both books are based on real-life experiences.

Meet The Author

Behind Tear-Stained Eyes is the sequel to the fictional book, Behind the Fake Smile. Both books are based on real-life experiences.

Depression can’t hit a moving target. That was a phrase to live by for Chelsea Hansen-Smith. She was full of life and love, and she had big goals, but she was to discover that life doesn’t always turn out the way you planned.

It’s the story of how Chelsea finds immense strength when her lifelong dreams uncovered her painful past and reunited her with a new future—a future that forced Chelsea into a life that required her to admit defeat and chart new waters filled with hellfire.

This book will penetrate your heart and soul as you experience life through Chelsea’s cracked but hopeful heart.

Weight1 oz

15 reviews for Behind Tear-Stained Eyes

  1. Amazon (verified owner)

    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!!!

  2. Kevin Denison (verified owner)

    During the enjoyment of the timeless read of “Behind Tear-Stained Eyes”

    My mind would replicate the author’s (Jyl London) voice to that of a journey across America in a schooner. Filled with love, sinisterly acts, dedication, theft, loyalty with the balance of reliable friends. Such as that of a wagon trek with broken wheels, axels, torn canopy, sickness, and loss of life. All, a critical endeavor that could change a life.

    It’s not the obstacles thrown in our path to curve direction of our drive. But the bearings one keeps and the strengthening those obstacles create to where the ultimate horizon begins. This Author has a brilliant perception in people, unmasked by the light she bears.

    Although like many, gets entangled in the depths of life’s trial and tribulations. Her travels in such are heightened by more life-changing experiences than many. Fortifying her demeanor. One day I feel in my heart. Her Prince Charming will come. Offering a home named, “1037 Plumeria Way”, where she’ll be blessed with lifelong courtship and forever happiness.

    This book is a MUST read as it humbles the soul throughout its pages. Leaves that are written systematically to devour the next chapter.

    Well done Jyl! My light from afar.

  3. Amazon Customer (verified owner)

    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’s 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.

  4. Terri Mason (verified owner)

    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.

  5. Amazon (verified owner)

    The way you poured your heart out so open and vulnerable, brings me to tears!

    I started reading this book last week and finished it in 4 hours. It’s hard to put down. You want to cheer, cry, laugh, and smile as you see through the lens of a woman named, Chelsea. She is a bada$$ that has a heart of gold. She learns that although she has been given a hard life that her story is not off of her circumstances. She loves and forgives really hurtful people with grace and class.

    Through her example, you will feel like you can conquer the world using hellfire with holy water. I can’t wait for more books from Jyl. I didn’t want it to end.

    These books are keepers to be re-read many times. Thank you for inspiring, motivating and reminding us life isn’t perfect, but we can make the best of it.

  6. Jennifer House (verified owner)

    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.

  7. Amazon (verified owner)

    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.

  8. Michael Tain (verified owner)

    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!

  9. Marlyin A. (verified owner)

    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. A great example of female strength and overcoming adversity, coming out on top!

  10. Amazon (verified owner)

    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 more to the series!!!

  11. Amazon Customer (verified owner)


    What a captivating story! This book is so well written with colorful detail. You won’t be able to put it down. Highly recommended!

  12. Jason Harris (verified owner)

    Unbelievable follow-up

    I was VERY excited about 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!

  13. Amazon Customer (verified owner)


    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 this 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!!!

  14. Amazon (verified owner)

    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 for 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 past. 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!!

  15. Annette Boisvert (verified owner)

    An enlightened story of the fight against all odds

    Each individual story and 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 and 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.

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