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  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Theresa Braun; 1 edition (April 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y5AO0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roy Murry, Author on 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 By Nickinic - Ebooks Galore on July 31, 2012
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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 By the inquisitor on August 1, 2012
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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 By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2012
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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 By Douglas R. Cobb on August 8, 2012
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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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