Msolo, your instinct is right on love spells in that regard. However, that doesn't mean a Love spell wouldn't help.
Any Love spell worth the candle wax is one that affects the CASTER, to help bolster confidence in their ability to find love on their own merit. It doesn't affect any will but your own, to make sure you won't give up.
If you feel a connection to Saint Anthony (don't know whether you're a practicing Catholic?) you might consider offering a prayer to him. I don't know what else, if anything, went along with inverting the statue, but the simplest rituals are the easiest to muddy with conflicted feelings, being the most vague.
Prayer is exactly the same as simple spellwork and often more effective, because it includes a built-in focusing technique- words.
Other than that, be persistent, be passionate, be patient.