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Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story [Kindle Edition]

Theresa Braun
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Book Description

Groom and
Doom: A Greek Love Story
by Theresa Braun really surprised me. When you read
as much as I do, it's always a rare treat to feel like I have discovered an
unexpected treasure, like I did with this novel. I thought the pacing was
great, and the characters fully fleshed out and relatable. I actually had
physical reactions to some of the stuff that Georgius was doing, and any book
that gets me that emotionally invested gets my two thumbs up. But more so than
that, I was genuinely impressed with the way that the author took many
situations (and characters) and instead of making them cliché and formulaic
which would have been the easy way out--made them unique and interesting. The
prose was lovely and I could picture everything perfectly. I feel like this
should be made into a movie. Very good!  --Samantha

This book was not at
all what I was expecting. First off - I love the oxymoronic title, and thinks
it sets the tone of the story perfectly. On one hand we have Angela who is in
love with her 'Greek God' Starvos, but is that love enough? Is it really so
perfect after all? Or is it all 'doomed'? I thought the characters were
brilliant and loved the beautiful way that Theresa Braun writes the scenes. It
was easy to get lost in this multi-layered story and I was sad when it was all
over. But I'm happy I read it and would definitely recommend to others.


I loved this book
and read it in one night! It's not your typical formulaic romance that's all
predictable and sunshine and roses (after the contrived conflict, that is). No,
this wonderfully-written novel goes deeper than the surface and tugs at the
heart. Anyone who has ever been on love (or thought they were) should read
this. Ms. Braun is a talented author who managed to surprise even this jaded
reader with this unique story. Fans of women's fiction and contemporary romance
will be delighted by this read.  -Claire

Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story gives a realistic portrayal of a day that ends up less like the fairytale so many girls dream of and more like a roller coaster ride without the brakes. Angela must listen to her heart when a tarot card reading before the wedding in Crete casts a ray of doubt on her happily-ever-after. She resolves to let her relationship and her destiny take flight.

And the family drama ensues. Soon after the bride and groom arrive in Greece, they are tormented mentally and emotionally by the groom's father, Georgius. Tensions rise and Angela's body reacts to the stress, all while she begins to realize she has absolutely no control over anything related to the ceremony.

She and Stavros finally escape to Venice for their romantic honeymoon where she is haunted by ridiculous sightings of Georgius, her mind warped by the wedding's trauma. Angela prays the honeymoon will still be magical enough to keep them together.

Love is war, one that is complicated by a host of human flaws. The newlyweds duck for cover from an obstinate father-in-law lighting the fuse, as they struggle to avoid their relationship's complete annihilation.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Theresa Braun; 1 edition (April 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y5AO0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groom and Doom : A Greek Love Story July 18, 2012
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Ms. Braun writes very well about the love story of Angela and her Greek god Stavros. One statement, in the Pre-Wedding part of the tale, says a lot about what will follow. Angela gets a psychic reading that basically states the love affair won't work. She gets upset and cries - she cries many times in the story. Her friend consoles her by saying, "Forget him (His reading.) There're always Whackos out there."

Well, I'm not saying Whacko is a word I would use for all the characters in this novella, but I would say that the main characters lack mental fortitude. Angela is living in a fantasy world when it comes to her love for Stavros. She loves the mystic of the Greek world he's from. To her, he is not like any other man she knows, meaning he is not endowed with the masculine side she sees in others she has dated.

What Angela doesn't see is that he is not the man, who stands up for his own - his lover - first. It's not in his character. He is lovey-dovey though. This character flaw doesn't come out until the Wedding Trip, where his father, Georgius, is the main "Axe hole," as Theresa states towards the end of her story. She doesn't even stand up for herself or her family. Fools and whackos fall in love for stupid reasons. Who am I to judge?

The Love Birds are in Greece for their marriage. All doesn't go the way Angela or Stavros cared for, because his father presents problems every chance he can against the wedding proceedings. A non-excuse in my mind is his wife died eleven months ago; and the family must mourn her death for twelve. A Greek tradition is not properly revered and stains the whole wedding celebrations - end of world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep July 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a deep, complicated story of love, and the journey to marriage. Battling with families, hoping everyone gets along, and making it all work. It's sad, but persevering. The story is well written, but in some parts, a little drawn out. But, if you stay through those parts, it really is a deep story. The range of emotions in this story keep you reeling. The up and down battle of emotions involved in pulling off a wedding are quite realistic. This isn't your typical romance novel. But it's quite interesting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting August 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This story really made me think. It seems like it's about a wedding and a love relationship, but really
there is a lot more to think about in this read. I wasn't expecting a happy ending because of the title
and some of the clues while reading the book. The main character questions many things going on in
her world that many people probably think about--some of the things maybe not so much, but she's a
quirky character. There were times I felt the character gave too much information, but at the same time
I felt it really made me get to know what she was thinking and feeling. In the end, the doom is all how
you look at it. That might be what the author was trying to say. What seems like turmoil and family
drama can really be a vehicle to try to learn some life lessons. Interesting read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "ROMANTIC, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, HEARTFELT!" August 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Theresa Braun delivers a powerful story about love and passion that had it doubts from the very beginning of the relationship that tugs at the heart through-out. One woman who wanted to follow her heart and the footsteps of her soul-mate in a romantic relationship continued to remind her of its flaws. It seemed every time she made an attempt to spice up the relationship with plans, she found herself against all odds. Her dream of the Magical and most happy day of her life begins to slowly fall apart, where love has gone wrong. There are happy moments as well as sad, and joyous moments as well as heart-wrenching moments, leaving a few questions to ponder. Was it meant to be, and is it always worth the effort to try? The story is beautifully written, the setting fits like a glove, and the characters are unique. Highly Entertaining and Highly Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Is Perfection Not Enough? August 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Though I don't ordinarily read novels in the chick lit genre, it's certainly not because I believe there's a lack of very talented authors who write in that genre. It's more that I have my preferences, and usually stick to them, for better or worse.

Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story and other well-written chick lit novels are making me reassess my preferences and prejudices, towards the genre. That's because brilliant writing is brilliant writing, no matter what the genre might be. The chick lit genre is definitely no exception. Like a Shakespearian Comedy, which involves one or more romantic entanglements and marriages, Theresa Braun's novel also has moments that bring smiles and some that tug at your emotions and might cause you to shed a few tears.

The first-person narrator is Angela. At the beginning of Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story, she is at her place of employment, the metaphysical shop The Dragon's Lair, discussing with a friend and fellow employee details about her love life, leading up to her eventual relationship with the man who she would marry, Stavros. When the handsome Greek man Stavros came into her life, though, Angela knew she was destined to spend her life with him in married bliss. Their dating and the romance that blossoms between them, the love notes nad poems he sends her, makes you think as you read that Angela's discovered her perfect match, and that they will get married and live, like in the fairy tales, happily ever after.

The author, Theresa Braun, writes in a very descriptive, poetic way. especially when describing Stavros or the beauty of countries like Greece.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Groom was a star, the Doom was a scar...
Groom and Doom by Theresa Braun is a dark, yet whimsical tale of a woman who meets and marries the man of her dreams only to experience a nightmare. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joey D. Pinkney
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Damn In-Laws!
Angela and Stavros are a loving couple engaged to be married in a traditional Greek ceremony that will take place in Crete, the homeland of her fiancé's family. Read more
Published on February 4, 2013 by Nikki
3.0 out of 5 stars Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story~
It is about five years later, and the story is told from Angela's viewpoint as she looks back, re-examining the events of the past and reminiscing about some pivotal episodes. Read more
Published on January 20, 2013 by Coffee Time Romance & More
3.0 out of 5 stars A book filled with Emotions!
A very descriptive story of a nightmare wedding and a Honeymoon!
This book reflects all the pain and emotions of a divorced woman after her marriage to a very loving husband. Read more
Published on November 6, 2012 by Maria D. Georga
3.0 out of 5 stars DOOMED LOVE STORY
The author sent me a copy of her book in exchange of an honest review.

The story of a woman and her reflections on her love life, wedding day, and honeymoon. Read more
Published on October 19, 2012 by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars More a Greek Tragedy, sad and heartbreaking: Groom and Doom
Angela has spent years looking for the right man. Finally she is sure she has found him in her Greek finance', Stravos. But all is not as well as Angela has led herself to believe. Read more
Published on October 8, 2012 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of a True Phoenix...
On the surface this novel appears to be a love story gone terribly wrong, mostly due to circumstances and the interference of others. Read more
Published on September 30, 2012 by Jane Cowart
4.0 out of 5 stars Life Can Be Bittersweet When Not Viewed Realistically
This story is written in first person through Angela, a psychic counselor and teacher, moonlighting in a metaphysical store. Read more
Published on September 29, 2012 by Joan A. Adamak
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Interesting Greek Love Story
I certainly found Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story very interesting. I loved the fact that is in in first person. Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author)
4.0 out of 5 stars Karolina's Review for Groom and Doom:
Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story is an original family drama. You might find yourself thanking your lucky stars you don't have any of these "What the heck? Read more
Published on September 22, 2012 by Karolina
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More About the Author

Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides. An English teacher and adjunct college professor for over thirteen years, she continues to share her enthusiasm for literary arts with her students. She earned a Master's in English literature with a thesis on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

In her spare time, she enjoys delving into her own creative writing, painting, photography and even ghost hunting. Spending time with her family and traveling as often possible are two of her passions. In fact, her world meanderings are often backdrops for her work. Striving to make the world a better place is something dear to her heart.

"Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story" is her first novel. She is already working on her next work, which will be a tragic love story set in Renaissance England and will be part of a series.


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