How I Lost a Million Dollars on a Dating Service could be the title of this book but The Woman Behind the Smile is so much more than a “Catfish” story – a term used to refer to someone who creates a false online persona to reel someone into a romantic relationship. Many people are looking to online dating as a way to get back into real life after the death of a spouse, divorce or a failed relationship. We paint ourselves as the “perfect partner” with a profile that reflects our life’s story, or does it? In The Woman Behind the Smile, Debby shows how during much of her life she hid behind the mask of being the perfect wife, mother, Air Force Officer, banker, legal assistant and friend – until life was completely changed by “The Call.” The subsequent rebuilding of her life would include a journey only seen on Lifetime Movie Channel! Like Debby, we all have some hidden stories and like her, it’s now time for us to STAND UP in our power.
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Debby Montgomery Johnson is a woman on a mission. In her book, “The Woman Behind the Smile” she shares her personal experience with a love that turned into betrayal and financial disaster and she removes the mask of shame and shows others how do to the same. Many of us have something, something we’re hiding, something we’re ashamed of, something that through no fault of our own or through our own making, something that we keep hidden and that, in turn, keeps us hidden, from each other and the world.
From Vermont and a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Debby is the President of Benfotiamine.Net, Inc, a vitamin supplement company that provides an alternative for the pain of neuropathy, a nerve disorder. (Benfotiamine.Net). Benfotiamine makes an extraordinary difference especially for diabetics and their families.
Her background is diverse, from working as a paralegal and bank branch manager to being a U.S. Air Force officer, serving as an Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon, the Defense Intelligence Agency and in Wiesbaden, Germany. Debby is just like you. A woman on a mission to live an authentic, joyful life as the Woman WITH the Smile rather than behind it.
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I received a complimentary copy of The Woman Behind the Smile by Debby Montgomery Johnson
for the purpose of an honest review.
It was a pleasure to read The Woman Behind the Smile for review. I admire Debby for being able to come forward and write about her experience with “catfishing“. I’m certain it is never easy to write about being scammed.
The Woman Behind the Smile is written very clearly and Debby shares many actual IM conversations between herself and “Eric” which let me feel as if I was the woman in this book, being hoodwinked by the man I thought I was preparing to spend the rest of my life with.
I’m glad Debby has been able to forgive Joseph and move forward with her life. I know, from personal experience of a different kind, that learning to trust and love again isn’t always easy. A strong faith in God is helpful to rebuilding a shattered life.
I would like to see Debby flesh this book out with more of how this “relationship” affected her daily life during the duration and the months immediately after the reveal. Giving the book more depth would have made the story more interesting to me.
I am pleased to offer The Woman Behind the Smile by Debby Montgomery Johnson four steaming hot cups of Reviews by Room With Books coffee.
©December 10, 2016
Patricia, Reviews by Room With Books
January 2016 Mission Statement
I inspire women to rise from relationship fraud, betrayal and mistrust.
I show you how to remove the mask and uncover your truths and to Stand UP in Your Power.
I take you from victim to victorious…
From guilty to glorious…
From angry to awesome!
You will no longer be the Woman Behind the Smile, but the woman With the smile!
If my book were to become a movie (and we’ve had some interest already!), I’d have the following actors cast:
Debby: Meg Ryan or Angelina Jolie
Eric: Colin Firth, Jeff Daniels
Joseph: Terrance Howard or Blair Underwood
Mary: Doris Roberts
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