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Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Amazon
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Jeannie Walker
I certainly found Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story very interesting. I loved the fact that is in in first person. I learned in Greek weddings the best man switches the bridal crowns three times. I certainly did not expect the father-in-law to be so domineering that he interferred with the loving couple's bliss and happiness. However, too often, at least one parent will sponge off one of their children as Stavros's father did. Stavros felt he had to put his family first before his beautiful Ang ...more
Roy Murry
Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story
By Theresa Braun

Review by R. Murry

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
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 ...more
Joan Adamak
Life Can Be Bittersweet When Not Viewed Realistically

This story is written in first person through Angela, a psychic counselor and teacher, moonlighting in a metaphysical store. Throughout the story, she refers to the metaphysical knowledge she has. From high school on, she had been seeking her “Adonis” and although she had several slight crushes, nothing ever worked out. Then she met this beautiful, young Greek man, Stavros, who had immigrated here from Greece. They met at Barnes and Noble wher
Gary Markwick
It took me a while to get into "Groom and Doom" - the pace at the beginning is slow and I wasn't't sure if it was going to hold my attention, but as I read on I found myself getting more and more into the story. It made me laugh in parts, and also made me very sad. It is a heartfelt story and I really feel for Angela to the point of wishing that I had known her through her heartache.
The father in law from hell played a big influence on the lives of the people in the book, which eventually leads
Henry Simpson
This is an well written story about a young woman who falls in love, follows her heart, and suffers unforeseen consequences. It is told in the first person by its protagonist, Angela, and much of it reads like a journal or memoir. As a journal it stands up well to scrutiny, for it is rich in descriptions of external detail, color, and significance as well as thoughts, conflicted emotions, and concerns of its author. Angela is a thirtyish English Lit teacher, well educated, traveled and seemingly ...more
Laurel Osterkamp

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
Marie Fostino
We grow up with the stories being told of Cinderella and Snow White, you know the kind where prince charming finds us, or the Greek God as told in this story and we want to live happily ever after. In this story Angela wants the magical life; happily ever after with her soul mate Stravros. The story goes on with in-depth details of how the wedding and honeymoon was presented with problems brought on by Georgius who is Stravros father. Georgius is the over controlling father in law which stays in ...more
"Groom and 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 Gorgius 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 ...more
What a wonderful read! I enjoyed every page of this delightful book from beginning to end. Angela is a likeable woman in her 30’s who is going to marry her sweetheart Starvos. They get married in Greece, but even before the marriage Angela has a feeling something is…off. What I thought was probably the most interesting facet of this book is what is revealed by the author at the very end…I wasn’t totally surprised, but it made me like the book even more. I hope that Ms. Braun writes more books be ...more
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 hap ...more
Joey Pinkney
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. Angela’s engagement and marriage to her Greek groom Stavros should have been a fairytale life. Instead, the reality was fit for a horror movie.

As the main character, Angela, discusses her failed attempts at romance prior to Stavros, I quickly got a feel for the author’s easygoing style. Braun placed the story in Angela’s hands, and Angela laid out a
Robert Zimmermann
A DNF book - This book definitely wasn't for me. I couldn't get that far into it, no matter how much I tried.
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Angela is giddy with happiness; sure that she has found her happily ever after. Her fiancé, Stavros is kind and loving. She believes him to be her dream man incarnate. That he is Greek, too, is the cherry on top of her happiness. Raised by loving parents who have always provided emotional support for their daughter, Angela is singularly unprepared for the naked hostility she encounters from some of her new in-laws, particularly her father-in-law, Georgius. In this novel, Angela relates the story ...more
Angela is giddy with happiness; sure that she has found her happily ever after. Her fiancé Stavros is kind and loving; She believes him to be her dream man incarnate. That he is Greek, too, is the cherry on top of her happiness. Raised by loving parents who have always provided emotional support for their daughter, Angela is singularly unprepared for the naked hostility she encounters from some of her new in-laws, particularly her father-in-law, Georgius. In this novel, Angela relates the story ...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. When you have to deal with in-laws that don't really appreciate you, what can you do? In normal circumstances, everybody would try to cope with the situation as well as they could, but things are not so easy when you are getting married in a different country and you don't know why people are constantly offended or upset.

The premise of the b
Those Damn In-Laws!

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. Told from Angela's perspective, it is an account of one woman's journey through her wedding and honeymoon in the shadow of Georgius, Stavros's father, who seems unwilling to accept her into his life. Groom and Doom is an intimate portrait of Angela's hopes and fears in the face of an uncertain future. Before leaving fo
Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death)
I confess that I failed the author somewhat, as I promised that I would read the book and then give the author an honest review. I never finished the book, and the way things are going now I don't think I'll be able to anytime soon.

What happened was that I began to read the novel but simply could not get into the book, and it didn't help that I had schoolwork at the time. So I decided to come back to the novel later, something that, as you probably guessed, didn't happen due to a slew of life re
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Hmmm. What's this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open.

This should be fun.

What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she's weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It's kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she's from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She's reall
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