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

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

Unsolicited Testimonials for
'Behind The Smile'

~ The Story of Lek, a Thai Bar Girl in Pattaya, Thailand ~

Testimonials for Behind The SmileThis page lists all the unsolicited testimonials or reviews for Behind The Smile that I have received permission to publish.

If you have read Behind The Smile and would like to leave an unsolicited testimonial below, please send it to me and I will publish it whether it is favourable or not.

Please do write me an unsolicited testimonial or review to print on this page because it will help others decide whether they would like the book or not.

 Owen Jones

unsolicited testimonials

Enjoyed the book but finished too early for me. Was so involved with the main characters I needed to know more about their lives post the end of the book. Sequel maybe??

Liesl **** rating on Goodreads


Singing Heart wrote on FaceBook: 'Your novel is very well written and I love the story of Lek...she is so brave and I admire her spirit...its hard in life to choose to survive against all do what you have to do sometimes...she is the voice for so many other young girls who are misunderstood...'.


Mr Jones!

Your book Behind the Smiles was very interesting concerning the bar girls and Thailand. It is good there, and there are girls just like this.

Sex is in everyone's nature, as is having it for sale. The crime rate is less and the pleasure is more rewarding at the end. There is lots to learn about Thailand and the ladies.

I have a wife here in Thailand and have been married for eleven years and things are going good now. But in the past we have had lots of fights; just to get used to the style of Thai women. Some things just are.

They will never admit they are wrong; they want to control the money; you have to do what they want. They always want more then you can give.

You as a falang are secondary to their family.

If you eat what they eat is is cheaper to live here, and good.

I live here for six months a year then go back to Canada for the next six and so on. I have had one BAD experience with one Thai lady as I thought I could trust her, but boy was I wrong. Never give a Thai Lady your credit card. Luckily I found out what she was doing about $5,000 later so I put a stop on it and later she got another boy friend. It took six months of marriage to find this out.

Good luck Mr Jones with this book and any more to follow.



I bought your book, Behind The Smile, and enjoyed it tremendously. Your writing style is the sort that I like, it does not take my mind away from the story or the characters. You certainly give the impression that the book was written with fluency although I am sure you spent a lot of time playing with it.

The book is a good read and an accurate description of the world of a Thai bar worker. It is very hard to come to terms with how bar girls live as our cultures are so very different. We may have met at the same place but we took very different routes to get there. There is very little common ground to build upon. This book gives a real insight into their lives, hopes and aspirations.

I would recommend this to anyone with a Thai girlfriend, not as a warning but as a help in understanding her life. If it saves one argument then it` s money well spent. I think it would dispel a lot of prejudices if more people read it, if only those with prejudices cared enough to buy it.

If you ever do a sequel put me down for one.



I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it. I like stories that take place in foreign countries, so this was right up my alley. It was an easy read and flowed smoothly.

Owen did a great job of creating a character readers could connect with and care about. I loved learning little tidbits about the Thai culture and the author's descriptions allowed me to be able to picture the scenes and get a sense of what it might be like to actually be there.

I appreciated learning the back story of Lek and the circumstances that led to her working as a bar girl in Pattaya. Often we only see one side of the sex industry in countries like Thailand and the rest is left up to ur own assumptions.

The story ended rather abruptly (I wasn't expecting it) so I'm looking forward to the sequel and finding out what happens next!

**** rating Philadelphia, PA, USA


From the first pages I was mesmerised by Lek
and the other working girls, their hard life styles
and thoughts, so different from our own western
way of life and aspirations. Couldn't put it down
till I'd finished. I want to read more.





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