"Love Fraud" tells two parallel stories. The first is the outrageous true story of Donna Andersen’s marriage to a sociopathic con artist, James Alwyn Montgomery, originally of Sydney, Australia. Montgomery took a quarter-million dollars from her, cheated with at least six women during a two-and-a-half-year relationship, had a child with one of them, and ten days after Andersen left him, married the mother of the child. It was the second time he committed bigamy.
The second story is about Andersen’s personal spiritual journey. Seeking to understand why her life was ravaged, Andersen developed an ability to channel spiritual guidance, and learned that her soul planned the entire debacle. The object of the exercise was for her to experience and then release the devastating betrayal, so that she could return to wholeness.
Although Love Fraud is a work of nonfiction, it is written with the lush description, empathetic character development and dramatic tension of a novel. The e-book edition is abridged, yet is still a riveting tale with a satisfying, inspirational ending.
Key points of Love Fraud
Sociopaths have no heart, no conscience and no remorse—and sometimes people engage with them for their own spiritual growth. This book:
1. Shows the true nature of sociopaths—exploitation of everyone they meet. 2. Portrays in-depth how sociopaths deceive and manipulate their victims. 3. Exposes the limitations of laws and social institutions in dealing with sociopaths. 4. Illustrates how metaphysical concepts play out in an individual life story. 5. Explains how traumas from past lives affect our present lives. 6. Reveals how our souls choose painful lessons to help us return to wholeness.
As many as 12 percent of the population—37 million people in the United States—have personality disorders that make them unsuitable as romantic partners. For people unaware of these human predators, "Love Fraud" is a stern warning. For people who have tangled with sociopaths, "Love Fraud" explains why it happens.
Donna Andersen is author "Love Fraud—How marriage to a sociopath fulfilled my spiritual plan." She is also author of Lovefraud.com, a website and blog that teaches people how to recognize and recover from sociopaths. Her new book is "Red Flags of Love Fraud—10 signs you’re dating a sociopath."
Donna learned about sociopaths the hard way—by marrying one. James Alwyn Montgomery, originally of Sydney, Australia, met her and quickly proposed in 1996. In two and a half years, Montgomery defrauded her of $227,000, cheated on her with at least six women, fathered a child with one of them, and then, 10 days after Andersen left him, married the mother of the child. It was the second time he committed bigamy.
This man had no conscience, no empathy and lied prolifically—which Donna learned, far too late, were the cardinal signs of a sociopath. In 2005, Donna launched Lovefraud.com to educate the public about this destructive personality disorder.
Lovefraud.com now receives almost 2,000 visits every day, and is considered the best source on the Internet about sociopaths. Donna has collected more than 3,000 cases of people targeted by sociopaths, and the Lovefraud blog has evolved into a healing community of survivors. Donna receives many e-mails thanking Lovefraud for saving their lives.
Donna has worked as a freelance copywriter since 1983, and was the original editor of Atlantic City Magazine from 1978 to 1982. She graduated summa cum laude from the Syracuse University's S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1978. While at college she co-founded a student magazine and worked at the student newspaper, the Daily Orange.read more
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