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Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story by [Braun, Theresa]
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  • 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
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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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Groom and Doom by Theresa Braun, is not your typical chick-lit, wedding story. That's not to say that chick lit or wedding stories are automatically formulaic, but this book is not what I was expecting. Ms. Braun has her master's degree in English literature, and you can tell how vast her knowledge is as she weaves in classic allusions and figurative language into her narrative. But she does so in a way that is unintimidating, merely adding flavor, rather than pretention, to the story.
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!
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On the surface this novel appears to be a love story gone terribly wrong, mostly due to circumstances and the interference of others. And while that does happen, on closer examination, it is truly a story of self-discovery. Like the Phoenix, Angela rises from the ashes of her crashed and burned marriage bringing with her the strength and wisdom to begin life anew.

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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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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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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