Under the Oak Tree (Novel)

Alt title: Sangsurinamu Arae (Novel)

Ch: 448
2017 - 2022
4.597 out of 5 from 218 votes
Rank #206
Under the Oak Tree (Novel)

A flawless love story of the flawed. Stuttering lady Maximilian is forced into a marriage with Sir Riftan, but he leaves on a campaign after their wedding night. 3 years later, he triumphantly returns, ready to cherish her. As life with her husband finally begins, she only has one question — does she deserve this love and happiness?

Source: Manta Comics

Includes 45 extra chapters.

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Story: I think that the story does a great job depicting how childhood trauma can shape people and their relationships well into adulthood, as both Max and Riftan were deeply traumatised by their upbringings. The story is very slow and I find the explicit scenes largely unnecessary, but they do both realise that their relationship is unhealthy and that it's not sustainable as it is. It is extremely slow, and often I found the plot a bit lacking in driving motivation (it was like the author couldn't decide if they wanted the character growth or the political and physical battles to be the focus), but overall enjoyable. Characters: As I mentioned above, I believe the characters are well done. Max lived in fear of everyone around her, either directly (the way she feared her father's beatings) or indirectly (the way she feared everyone else siding with her father/closing their eyes to the absues she underwent). This carried over even in her new environment with fear of rejection and unquestioning acceptance of the hostility many people in the castle had for her based on her father's ill treatment of Riftan, even as she worked herself to the bone to learn how to be a proper lady of the house and to aid the people in a monster-riddled land. Meanwhile, Riftan grew up among mercenaries knowing only how to fight anything that was a danger to protect himself and his allies (or in this case, his wife). This carried over in how he fought against any and all help Max could provide because it was 'his job' to take care of his wife. The side characters weren't added and tossed aside without care, and they added to the story by supporting Max when Riftan was away or they were fighting. Overall:I don't know if it's the translation or the original words that are repetitive, but the way Max's response to anything even mildly susprising was to scream did get on my nerves, but I'm a sucker for even a moderately realistic depiction of healing from childhood trauma. It is a good story, but I would recommend waiting for it to be completed before reading it, as it's so slow going that if you had to wait, most people would probaby drop it

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