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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 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 Angela The happiest day of Angela s life was tainted by Georgius, her over bearing father in law I believe it is true that Life s challenges are meant to make you stronger and this Greek Love story definitely had a lot of challenges To the author I liked the post divorce dream I have also cried to sad songs both before the wedding and after I have a question for readers Do you believe in magic Jeannie Walker Award Winning Author of Fighting the Devil A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder [[ Free E-pub ]] ↟ Groom and Doom ↯ This book is out of print Life Can Be Bittersweet When Not Viewed RealisticallyThis 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 Life Can Be Bittersweet When Not Viewed RealisticallyThis 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 where they both worked while she was studying for her Masters Angela and Stavros were two extremely immature young people and for four years they adored each other, living as a couple Whatever Angela wanted him to be, he was or became They developed cute little customs of notes or letters declaring their love Both of them loved to read and Angela managed to find second hand furniture and made them comfortable living quarters She hated teaching and as the story proceeded, any time Angela was faced with a situation which she disliked, she cried buckets of tears or she turned to some metaphysical practice, which allowed her to escape from reality, not realizing these practices were to help her manage her reality Stavros had a good background His mother, Sophia, had died eleven months before and he had been extremely close to her His father, Georgius, was a gynecologist in Greece and so long as Stavros resided in Greece, his father supported him Consequently, money meant nothing to him and Angela took care of the finances and sometime it frustrated her when Stavros wanted to spendmoney than was available But she always gave in, afraid that she would lose him Even though they lived together prior to marriage, Angela was sure they would defy statistics and be together forever Stavros had a natural ability to write poetry, but no actual vocation Finally Stavros gave Angela an engagement ring and she felt her future was so bright Suddenly the reader is told that her wedding is to be in Greece and only a few of Angela s relatives are able to attend there But most of Stavros family will be there and his father had already started inviting people.Angela and her girlfriend Liana had traveled to Greece when in their twenties and Angela felt she was a Greek at heart Stavros family had a house on Crete Angela had visions of how she wanted her wedding to be, but couldn t find out how Greek weddings were except for what she could find out on the internet The story does not say that she made any great effort to find out directly from Stavros family or asked Stavros to find out But Stavros does tell her that it is a Greek tradition to complete a year of mourning without any celebration At the time when they had picked the date, Sophia was still alive and Angela felt they couldn t change it because her folks wouldn t be able to attend When she and Stavros flew to Greece, she met Stavros family for the first time, including Georgius with his steeped traditions Apparently when Angela and Liana had visited Greece before, they didn t realize the totally dominant nature of Greek men when they are head of the house and Georgius is distant and hostile to Angela and her family Since Angela has never had to deal with a different culture, she is forever upset because Georgius is in charge of the wedding arrangements, he is paying for it and he does it his way, and it does appear that there is malicious intent behind many of his actions But none of his children, including Stavros attempt to change his plans or complain in any manner From then on through the balance of the story, even though it passes the point where Georgius has any control of their lives, Angela lets him mentally and emotionally haunt her This novel is well written and is an indepth study of Angela and Stavros and what Angela assumes Georgius intentions are in ruining her life Because of the candidness in revealing Angela s thoughts and actions, the story can be a little disconcerting and depressing And yet, as a reviewer, I commend the author on her forthrightness of such revelations because they couldn t have been easy This romance is different than the stereotype romance one usually finds and I do recommend this novel 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 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 sophisticated, who tends to see the world through the looking glass of an imagination based on literature, myth, and popular culture Although she expresses skepticism about the magical, she is open minded enough to solicit the advice of fortune tellers and, when one touches a nerve, she reacts The plot is simple Girl meets boy, Marriage in Greece, and Honeymoon in Venice An Afterword adds a final act Act one is uneventful and fun Angela falls for an exotic Greek named Stavros instead of the safer candidates available Stavros is a handsome, sexy guy with all the attributes of a romance novel heartthrob To this reader it seemed that Angela imagined Stavros to possess attributes he never demonstrated Love can trump logic and common sense, even with someone as sophisticated as Angela This is an old idea, an important one Act two is the biggie Angela and Stavros travel to Greece for their wedding There Angela meets her fianc e s family, which is dominated by Giorgius, the father Giorgius orchestrates a series of events that seem intended to make Angela miserable and ruin her wedding By American standards, Giorgius would be regarded as a bully, if not a serial mental abuser, self centered and inconsiderate He s controlling, exhibits ill temper, insults Angela s family, shows favoritism, and disrespects at will The list goes on, but you get the point No one stands up to him Angela, a guest, cannot Stavros, her presumed protector, is passive Act three is a happy honeymoon in a beautiful Italian city, a welcome contrast to the time in Greece It reads much like a travelogue The story could end there, but the author added an Afterword, which tells what happened in later years I won t comment on it except to say it changed my view of what came before.Though novels may be influenced by actual events, they are invented stories Journals and memoirs are subjective versions of true things This story could have been composed during the events described or afterward, perhaps as part of an attempt to reconstruct and understand what went right and wrong, as therapy The author is an English teacher and so is the protagonist The book is filled with details and sounds autobiographical the Afterword admits as much If so, it must have been difficult to writecredit to the author for putting it before the world.A few qualms The novel is overflowing with references to literature, myth, TV shows, and popular culture A reader who notices these references is sometimes distracted from the story I noticed nuff said The author has a gift for description, and unfailingly tells the shape, color, and details of every significant person, place, and object Sometimes less is 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 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 thevivid as well I highly recommend this unique and charming novel 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 gettingandinto 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 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 gettingandinto 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 to their break up, this shouldn t have happened as he appears to have won the fight The wedding itself was an indication that perhaps his family were not the family you would want to hang out with, one of the comments being you are such a sweetheart, you remind me so much of my plump daughter uuummm.I thought the honeymoon in Venice was very romantic, and I loved Georgia s ghost stories If only they had been able to carry all those beautiful feelings on My favourite saying from a dream was Georgia s tree was seen falling, but it wasn t the trees fault, surely someone had cut in down, and in its pain it wanted the rest of the forest to come down with it I really enjoyed the book and I recommend it to all Thank you to the author for sharing your experience 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 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 Angela s subconscious and haunts her Angela s wedding and honeymoon is so full of emotions and unpleasant circumstances that later on in her marriage she is still trying to recover Does she find happily ever after You will have to read this book to find out Theresa Braun does a great job with her details of trying to fit in with the new family and the emotions of a new bride Thank you Theresa for a good read A DNF book This book definitely wasn t for me I couldn t get that far into it, no matter how much I tried. 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 fianc 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 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 fianc 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 for Greece, Angela is told by a tarot reader that Stavros is not the one for her, a prediction that upsets her but she refuses to believe While in Crete, Angela soon realizes that Stavros s family is in complete control of the wedding and all things related to it, and that Georgius is going to do everything in his power to show her she is an unworthy addition to his fold Georgius remains in mourning over the loss of his wife almost one year prior and feels justified in tormenting Angela and Stavros at every turn With the wedding over, the newlyweds head off to Venice for their honeymoon, a refreshing break from the daily emotional abuse doled out by Georgius Although they have a wonderful time sightseeing, dining, and making love, Angela is haunted by bizarre hallucinations of her father in law While meandering around Venice, Stavros frequently reads ghost stories about lovers from a book he has been reading Though the tales are intriguing and amusing, the reader is left to wonder if maybe they are a foreshadowing of events to come After a brief return visit to see Georgius, they leave for home in Florida to begin life as a married couple, but will the relationship survive in the midst of animosity and unresolved issues Groom and Doom is a well written and interesting story of love, intimacy not steamy sex scenes but the real stuff that goes on behind closed doors , and the attempt to unite two families into one Sometimes amusing, often insightful, it is filled with references to pop culture, mythology, and literature, adding depth to a novel already rich in detail regarding not just the atmosphere but also the inner thoughts of the protagonist Ms Braun tells the story in first person and does it well She explores how someone s upbringing and family relationships can have such a tremendous influence on their behavior, and how a domineering patriarch can ruin the happiness of others with his selfishness, disrespect, and need for tradition.There are a few minor errors with the book regarding formatting indents not even in places and punctuation missing or added commas There are also several unconventional contractions used within dialogue to emphasize exact speech Although not a grammatical error in fiction, it is not something I personally like to see too much of Examples there re, when re, out n, foods ve, things ve, readers re, not ve, thing d WARNING Potential Spoilers Below are some of my favorite passages from the book Stavros amazed me whenever he proved that he not only listened to me, but thought whatever I said was important enough to store in long term memory How wonderful it would be to meet your own gaze in the mirror and think, I ve never looked better And this includes not only the physical surface in the reflection, but the beautiful soul beaming through to the outside One day I would get there The most my brother and I had fought over was who was going to get the bigger half of the piece of cake Now I ve learned a parental trick You let one kid cut it and the other one gets to pick the slice Pure genius Note to self never ask yourself if something can get worse, because it can I noticed my parents, for the most part, were purposely not leading the discussion Instead, they were merely hitting back the tiny white plastic conversation ping pong ball they were served Little did I know they were kind of like unsuspecting Rainsford, conversing with human hunter General Zaroff, in The Most Dangerous Game This dinner was turning out to be a survival of the fittest Was this a message that I would get my chance to defend my honor and assert myself Would I be getting some kind of support from the other side Would Stavros and I live happily ever after, our quiet revenge I leaned into him, one of my favorite things to do It s one of those entitlements of being in a couple the right to invade your lover s space Speaking of that, there s something we ve gotta do before we leave Venice What s that Lose our passports so we re forced to stay here I knew him maybe even better than I knew myself and I knew if we were ever separated that the universe would bring us together again.Here are some the interesting things mentioned in Groom and Doom The Future s So Bright by Timbuk3, Sisyphus, Opa , Iolite, Lacanian psychoanalysis, The Decameron here is a summery of all the tales in The Decameron , Basil Lore and Legends, boubounieres, Wheat and rice thrown at weddings, Lemurian Crystals, Pilonidal Cyst yikes , I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden, Crete, Retsina, Cretan wedding traditions, Ouzo, Greek wedding traditions, Raki, Tantalus, an island for goats, Venizelos Tombs, Gouverneto Monastery, Ted Andrews, Chania Lighthouse, Rethymno, Athens, Temple of Hephaestus, Hadrian s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Delphi, Doric Columns, Murano glass, Casanova, Emma Bunton, Hamlet, Guy de Maupassant, Italian restaurants, Sartre, a haunted house, Sotoportego dei Preti 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 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 tale of family experiences, Greek history, etymology, European landscapes and various understandings of spiritual dogmas Angela shared her experiences in dealing with archetypal men the nice guy, the bad boy and the psycho.Then Angela meets Stavros I m not sure if he s tall, but he s definitely dark and handsome Reluctant to give in to her almost instant feelings of true love, Angela kept me interested in how things would unfold between the two through marriage and beyond.Angela makes every attempt to ponder her best move to gain traction with her in laws while constantly running into obstacles in terms of gaining their respect If Stavros is Angela s knight in shining armor, his chivalry is often overshadowed by his father s overbearing and antagonistic ways His obstinate behavior towards Stavros and Angela is relentless As warm and knowledgeable as Stavros is, he is the exact opposite to his father s frigidity and distance This makes for some extremely interesting incidents for the soon to be newlyweds.Groom and Doom is not for action seekers or the thrill enthusiasts This is the type of story for the laid back reader who likes to take time with the long sweeps of the author s storytelling brush Theresa Braun allows this story to slowly simmer Iike a meal prepared in a Crock Pot The easiness of Angela s relationship with Stavros is jutted against the stark reality of Angela s loathing for the bottomless pit that is her job as an English professor.The star rating for this book would have been higher had Groom and Doom not moved so agonizingly slow Moving from courtship to engagement to the Greek wedding to the thereafter, there are too many details With Angela at the helm of Groom and Doom as the narrator, the minutiae of how she perceives her internal and external struggles made the story stall in several places.The counterbalance to the idle moments in Groom and Doom is the wealth of information expounded on by Stavros His jokes, his timing, his knowledge of Greek history, his curiosity about the places he and Angela travels all make for a rich experience for the discerning reader I did not feel Starvos presence in Groom and Doom was strong enough to make up for the pacing of this novel.Theresa Braun wrote Angela in a way that made Angela down to earth and flawed If you like the actionthan the build up, Groom and Doom may be a frustrating novel to tackle If you would love to travel through the Mediterranean, especially Greece, but can not make it for whatever reason, Groom and Doom is worth checking out.To read the complete JoeyPinkney.com Book Review for Groom and Doom by Theresa Braun