- File Size: 1219 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Publisher: Theresa Braun; 1 edition (April 26, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 26, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007Y5AO0A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Everything else is this novella is secondary but important to the characters development: family members fight over who gets what - cars, rooms, places at dinner, background, setting, etc., while preparing for the wedding All could have been avoided if Angela asked Stavros one question when he said he loved her and asked her "Will you marry me?" That question should have been, "Which is it, me or your family?" Harsh question, but it's a realistic one before getting married.
And - side note - as an English teacher myself, I really appreciated her description of the plight of the high school teacher. It was spot on!
Anyway, the story of Groom and Doom is about a romance between Angela and Starvos and the trouble that ensues when they plan their perfect Greek wedding. Angela, among other things, is a fortune teller, and she has had her own tarot cards read many times. Most of the readings tell her wonderfully positive things about her wedding and her future, yet she can't seem to relax and let go. There are constant nagging feelings of doubt about where she is headed, especially when it comes to her teaching career or her masters, but also when it comes to her personal life as well. But she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that she loves Starvos.
Will that love be enough to withstand a domineering father-in-law? Will Starvos be the "Greek God" Angela has imagined him to be? You'll have to read it to find out. But know this: any obstacle or insecurity Angela must face is written with realism and gravity. That's what I mean when I say this book isn't typical. Angela's story and her problems feel real, as if they were happening to the readers themselves. Because of this, her triumphs feel all the more vivid as well. I highly recommend this unique and charming novel!
Filled with insights and feelings as well as spiritual and new age teachings, Groom and Doom leads the reader through the transformation from victim to acceptance. Very well done, Ms. Braun. I look forward to your future works!
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