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Lek, the eldest child in a typical rice-farming family, did not hope for anything more than the other girls in her village: work in the fields for a few years; have a few babies; let mum take care of them and go back to work until they had their own children and it was her turn to take care of them.
 

Suddenly, her father died with debts that the family knew nothing about. Lek was 20 and the only one who could prevent foreclosure. However, the only way she knew was to work in a bar in Pattaya.
 

She went as a waitress, but when she became pregnant, things had to change. She had the baby, gave it to her mother, and went back to work. However, needing more money now, she drifted into the sex industry.
 

The audiobook relates her "adventures", her dreams and nightmares. It shows, from Lek’s position, what it’s like to be a bar girl - the hopes and frustrations, the hopes and the let-downs, the hopes and the deceit that are part of her every-day life.
 

One day, she meets a man she likes and he likes her too. Nothing new there, but she feels that it is different this time. They have a wonderful holiday and then he goes home - as they all had, leaving more promises and more hopes. This one returns, but real life with a real boyfriend is not as easy as she had dreamed it would be.
 

After all she has been through, can she be a normal girlfriend or wife again? Could she ever trust a man enough? Or would she be better off giving up her dreams and just working in the bar?
 

Lek begins to learn that getting what you want is not always all you hoped for.
 

This second book in the trilogy called An Exciting Future: The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya explores the characteristics needed by returning Thais and foreigners if they want to live in an isolated Thai village, where there are none of the trappings of city life.
 

They move back to the village to be with Lek’s daughter, other family and old friends, but the villagers are not all as excited about Lek moving back as she is, although the only two who really matter, Soom and her mother are delighted.
 

Craig is also happy to live in the village, although it is not at all easy for him as no-one there speaks English and the Internet does not work as well as he was led to believe. Will he be able to make ends meet? Will he be deported? And would Britain allow Lek in if he had no money?
 

Will Lek and Craig manage to live in the village of Baan Suay or will the loneliness, the tedium and the lack of stimulation drive them away or even apart?
 

"Behind the Smile" refers to the fact that Thailand is known the world over as "The Land of Smiles".

©2013 Owen Jones (P)2019 Owen Jones

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Interesting Story!

I found this audiobook and enjoyed listening so much. Great job by the narrator. Highly recommended.

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An Excellent Book

Lek is such a strong lady - I love her . . . . . .!

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Great

There is too uch casual sex for me, but it is a story about the sex industry, I suppose ****4

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Impressive Story!

This is an exciting story of Lek. I listened it again and again. Owen Jones did a great job!

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Girl in Pattaya!

We are going to go to Thailand when Covid permits. I’m going to look out for Lek :-)

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Love this audiobook!

I’m hooked on this series. I find Lek and her girlfriends. Great story to listen to!

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Good job. I love it.

Even better than the first book! Lek is such a wonderful woman. I enjoyed listening so much.

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Superb!

My friend told me about this series. Can we have it in French,
please? I love it!

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Very Good!

My husband and I go to Thailand and Pattaya sometimes (before Covid),
but I had no idea about the girls in the bars. They always looked so happy. I must be very naive.

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Very nice!!

I know that there are girls who have to work in Pattaya, Hua Hin and
other places, but a lot of them like the job. They aren't all sad

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  • Henry Miller
  • 09-05-21

Well Narrated!

I always love to listen to Owen Jones audiobook. Amazing story and great job by the narrator!

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  • Melissa McLean
  • 09-05-21

Comprehensive audiobook!

My heart goes out to girls like Lek and her friends because I believe that these books paint an accurate picture of their lives.

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  • Aimee Bibi
  • 09-05-21

Lovely!

I didn’t know what to expect when I downloaded Behind The Smiles vols 1 & 2, but I have really enjoyed them.

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  • Lauren Middleton
  • 30-04-21

Just wow!

I was waiting for Behind the Smile, Volume Two. Finally, I got this audiobook and it's amazing!

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  • Chelsea Charlton
  • 30-04-21

Lovely audiobook!

I like this story and I want more volume from Owen Jones. Amazing story with perfect characters!

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  • John Preston
  • 30-04-21

Amazing audio-book!

I grab this audiobook for my daughter. She enjoyed listening so much. Great job by Owen Jones!

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  • yesif yeaa
  • 07-03-21

Like it

I live in south Pattaya, and know a girl just like Lek! same name too!

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  • hagesoy hula
  • 06-03-21

Good read

Lek has led such a hard life... I think that Mr. Jones captures it
very cleverly... in such detail.

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  • mejey mehu
  • 06-03-21

Loved this book

I love this series! I sure hope that all seven volumes are in audio .

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  • John D Price
  • 10-02-21

Amazing!

Amazing! More than anything this story tells you never to give up in your life.Great work from Owen jones again.One of the best story I've ever read. Life is too much beautiful, you will just have to live in it. appreciated it very much.Definitely recommend this