Behind the Smile, the story of Lek, a bargirl in Pattaya

The Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya
'Daddy's Hobby'

Unsolicited Reviews of
'Behind The Smile'

~ the Story of Lek, a Bar Girl in Pattaya ~

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Owen Jones

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Hi,

I enjoyed the book. It was well written and interesting to learn how other people live. Especially the choices that some have to make in life. Makes one think how lucky one is.

I look forward to the next chapter in Lek's life.

I found some of the sex sections a bit explicit. However, that is just me. Everybody raved about the 50 Shades of Grey books, but I could not read them as they were too 'full on' for me. I also felt that towards the end of the book the story was more about Craig than Lek. I would have liked to have been told a bit more about life in Lek's home village. How they farm, what their houses are like, the countryside, their religion, how she dealt mentally with what she had to do to earn a living etc. I am not a 'bar' person so I found some parts less interesting and a bit repetitive for me.

All in all, I am glad I read it and look forward to hearing how she gets on in her new relationship.

Have a good Christmas and a healthy new year.

Regards,
Jane

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Hi Owen

Looking forward to book 2. Is it finished then?
Please can you give me the website for the details.
It definitly wasn't explicit compared to Shades of Grey and Jackie Collins type books. I fully understand why you put sex bits in. Not that much in it either since as you say it's about the sex industry. It's just me, I'm getting old!! The younger generation love that sort of thing.

I felt sorry (not quite the right word) for the girls. When all they probably want is the same as most of us. Someone to love and care for us and vice versa, with a loving family home. Nothing grand, just the simple things in life.
By the way, what is a Falang? Is it a foreigner?

Take care
Jane

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Hi Jane.

Looking forward to book 2. Is it finished then?
Yes, as of 28th. March 2013. You can visit its website at:

http://anexcitingfuture.com

Please can you give me the website for the details.
I think the website is in the book, but it may not be in the first edition.
Everything you ask for and more is on that site.
Some of it is in the sequel too.

http://behind-the-smile.org

and the blog:

http://behind-the-smile.org/wordpress/

It definitely wasn't explicit compared to Shades of Grey and Jackie Collins type books. I fully understand why you put sex bits in. Not that much in it either since as you say it's about the sex industry. It's just me, I'm getting old!! The younger generation love that sort of thing.
An elderly friend hasn't mentioned the book at all, although she has read it.
Someone said she said it was 'a bit racy'.

I felt sorry (not quite the right word) for the girls. When all they probably want is the same as most of us. Someone to love and care for us and vice versa, with a loving family home. Nothing grand, just the simple things in life.
I felt sorry for the girls, which is why I wrote the book.
I cry when I reread some of it, because I remember what made me write each section.

By the way, what is a Falang? Is it a foreigner?
Yes, a white foreigner.
Should be 'farang', but 90%+ pronounce an 'r' as an 'l'.
The first white men here were the French, who conquered Cambodia (French Indo-China).
Farangset means French, but now we are all called farang.
It can be translated as Caucasian.
(I'm sure that's in the book somewhere, if not it should be).

I agree about the book leaning towards Craig at the end.
However, it is sort of inevitable that he plays a larger part because he is the major influence on Lek's life.
Sometimes it is hard to steer the story away from him, because it is definitely Lek's story, although she radically changes a man's life, who in turn radically changes the life of her and her family and friends (most of which is to come).

Merry Christmas,
and thanks again for your review,
Owen

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