- 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: #1,782,932 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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very excited when I started this book to see that the book was told from Angela’s point of view. Read more
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Joey D. Pinkney
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 morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Nikki
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 morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Coffee Time Romance & More
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
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
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 morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Kindle Customer
This story is written in first person through Angela, a psychic counselor and teacher, moonlighting in a metaphysical store. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by Joan A. Adamak
I certainly found Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story very interesting. I loved the fact that is in in first person. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author)