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Behind the Fake Smile

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Behind the Fake Smile is a fictional book based on real-life experiences. Chelsea navigates a world of abuse, heartache, hurt, depression, disease, and loss. She discovers immense strength at a young age when she realized that no matter how many times she was knocked down, she found the willpower to get back up and smile another day.

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Meet The Author

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

Behind the Fake Smile is a fictional book based on real-life experiences. Chelsea navigates a world of abuse, heartache, hurt, depression, disease, and loss. She discovers immense strength at a young age when she realized that no matter how many times she was knocked down, she found the willpower to get back up and smile another day.

It’s a story of how ordinary people perform unknown miracles and give and receive signs that help them tackle their inner demons. It’s about how people’s hearts are touched and how that affects others through time and dimensions.

This book will penetrate your heart and soul as you experience life through Chelsea’s cracked heart as she is guided through a journey of peace, love, and purpose. Ultimately, she learns how to get to the root of suffering and to replant it using hellfire with holy water.

Weight1 oz

20 reviews for Behind the Fake Smile

  1. Amy Baker Butters (verified owner)

    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❤️

  2. Jenna Nelson (verified owner)

    Ack! I’m so proud of you and excited for this! You, my precious friend, are AMAZING! The way you poured your heart out so open and vulnerable, brings me to tears! Thank you for sharing a piece of you with me! Love you! 💜💜

  3. Amazon (verified owner)

    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!

  4. Dana Wilcox (verified owner)

    To understand ones 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 🙂

  5. Sandy Brimhall (verified owner)

    I just finished your book!!! I literally cried through most of it because so much of your pain was also mine. I just couldn’t express it in a way that you did… LOVED LOVED LOVED IT! When is 2 coming out?

  6. 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.

  7. Sandra Brimhall (verified owner)

    For those who gave their love to the WRONG person! AND SURVIVED!

    As 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!!!

  8. Michael Tain ( BTL MOTO ) (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. Amazon Customer (verified owner)

    Riveting!

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

  10. 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!

  11. Heather Flinders (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.

  12. Amazon Customer (verified owner)

    As I write this review during the coronavirus crisis, I find a book like this, which details one woman’s journey from desperate circumstances in her younger years to success on her terms, to be uplifting and heartwarming, which is something I think we all need right now. She describes what happened to her with such honesty. Though the world she describes might seem foreign to those of us who have never lived in such a place or with those problems, her depiction of it makes it very real, which of course it was for her. But not every author can describe what happened to them well; I think writing a memoir is one of the hardest things to do, especially when you have had a difficult past. But the author is good at just opening the vein, so to speak, and bringing us into her reality. Jyl London, I wish you well in all of your future endeavors. You deserve it!

  13. 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 a series!!!

  14. 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.

  15. Kevin Denison (verified owner)

    Priceless!!!

    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 piers. 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.

  16. Amazon Customer (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.

  17. Amazon Customer (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!!

  18. Amazon Customer (verified owner)

    Heartwrenching 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 and easy to read for any level of reader. Loved every bit and couldn’t wait for the sequel to arrive.

  19. 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 & 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.

  20. Jason Harris (verified owner)

    Captivating

    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!!!

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