Women the world over are brought up to hope, even expect, to find the man of their dreams and live happily ever after. When Stephanie Wood meets a former architect turned farmer she embarks on an exhilarating romance with him. He seems compassionate, loving, truthful. They talk about the future. She falls in love. She also becomes increasingly beset by anxiety at his frequent cancellations, no-shows and bizarre excuses. She starts to wonder, who is this man?
When she ends the relationship Stephanie reboots her journalism skills and embarks on a romantic investigation. She discovers a story of mind-boggling duplicity and manipulation. She learns that the man she thought she was in love with doesn’t exist. She also finds she is not alone; that the world is full of smart people who have suffered at the hands of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies, people enormously skilled in the art of deception.
In this brilliantly acute and broad-ranging book, Wood, an award-winning writer and journalist, has written a riveting, important account of contemporary love, and the resilience of those who have witnessed its darkest sides.
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Heart Wrenching tale.
This beautifully written, heart felt exposee is a gut wrenching walk back through what for many women is a graveyard of lost hopes and dreams. I have a fridge magnet that says: It is better to have loved and lost than live with the psycho for the rest of your life. Stephanie you dodged a bullet in more ways than one. But this book is more than just Stephanie's story - it has a large slab of writing that is well researched that decodes the psyche of men and women. There are also horrifying case studies of similar stories to Stephanie’s own.
Breathtaking and heartbreaking
Brave & beautiful
Should be compulsory reading for all single women.