THE RECKLESS OATH WE MADE by Bryn Greenwood
A provocative love story between a tough Kansas woman on a crooked path to redemption and the unlikeliest of champions, from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Zee is nobody’s fairy tale princess. Almost six-foot, with a redhead’s temper and a shattered hip, she has a long list of worries: never-ending bills, her beautiful, gullible sister, her five-year-old nephew, her housebound mother, and her drug-dealing boss.
Zee may not be a princess, but Gentry is an actual knight, complete with sword, armor, and code of honor. Two years ago the voices he hears called him to be Zee’s champion. He’s barely spoken to her since, but he has kept watch, ready to come to her aid.
When an abduction tears Zee’s family apart, she turns to the last person she ever imagined–Gentry–and sets in motion a chain of events that will not only change both of their lives, but bind them to one another forever.
THE RECKLESS OATH WE MADE is an unlikely love story about a woman whose family has a criminal background and an autistic man who speaks only in Middle English and believes himself to be a knight.
”People talk about having an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. I had a pair of imaginary bill collectors, so no matter which way I turned, there was somebody to remind me I needed money. That’s how I ended up on a train at four o’clock in the morning with my nephew and a hundred pounds of weed.
Zee is downright poor. From childhood on up until adulthood, she has felt the hard knocks of life. From couch surfing to going from job to job just to try and make a few dollars.
Gentry, on the hand, comes from a supportive family. They understand and accept that he has 3 voices which he communicates with. ”Gawen, who was like an overgrown playmate, but a bit of a bully. Hildegard, who was pious but awfully judgmental. And the Witch, who is sort of Gentry’s spiritual adviser.” The witch is the voice who has told him to be the Champion of the lady he has seen at his physical therapy sessions.
Zee is unsure why this stranger has shown up at her side to offer her a hand up when all else seems to be going by the wayside. Not only is this guy seem strange but she finds his matter of speech odd too.
“The Witch has been telling him for years that he has a special duty. It turns out you’re his special duty.”
“I don’t understand,” Zee said.
“The Witch told him he was supposed to protect you, so that’s what he’s been trying to do. He didn’t mention that to you?”
Gentry is always a gentleman and ready to be of service to Zee. Unfortunately for Zee, her life keeps taking a downturn. It hits rock bottom when her sister who volunteers at the prison is kidnapped and taken hostage by a couple of white supremacist inmates.
Zee decides the police aren’t getting the job done on bringing her sister home to her young son. So, she takes matters into her own hands which ultimately will involve Gentry since he’s her Champion. This is where the story really picked up for me. The adventure of how she was going to pull off this rescue mission off was exciting.
The story is moved forward by being told from several different points of view. The majority of the story is told by Zee along with Gentry being the next most used narrator. The story does have some side characters who contribute to the telling of what is happening. When Gentry speaks and/or it’s his chapter to move the story forward it is done in Middle English. It takes a little getting used to the language. It reminds of when you meet a person with an accent and you really have to pay attention to what they’re saying until you get used to their accent.
THE RECKLESS OATH WE TOOK is a standalone book. It’s about overcoming your past and finding a path that follows the straight and narrow.
RELEASE DATE: August 20, 2019
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