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
OVERVIEW 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.