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The Reckless Oath We Made di Bryn Greenwood
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The Reckless Oath We Made (originale 2019; edizione 2019)

di Bryn Greenwood (Autore)

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A provocative love story between a tough Kansas woman on a crooked path to redemption and her unlikeliest of champions, from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. Many things can bind two people: love, a common enemy, a dangerous promise. 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 a code of honor. Two years ago the voices he hears called him to be Zee's champion. Both shy and autistic, 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 in one of the most moving and complicated love stories of our time. The Reckless Oath We Made redefines what it means to be heroic, revealing the strength, honor, and power that lie at the heart of love.… (altro)
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Titolo:The Reckless Oath We Made
Autori:Bryn Greenwood (Autore)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2019), 448 pages
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Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was a favorite of mine. This too is a story of loyalty, friendship, and unorthodox love. Zhorzha (Zee/Lady Zhorzha) is the daughter of a bank robber and an obese hoarder barely surviving financially and in pain from a motorcycle accident, for which she uses THC. Her sister (LaReigna) is kidnapped from her prison volunteer job, and Zee assumes custody of her five year old nephew, Marcus. When hounded by the press, she is rescued by a weird guy, Gentry, whom she met at physical therapy. Gentry is somewhat autistic, hear voices in his head, thinks he is a knight from the Middle Ages (speaking Middle English) and he is wholly devoted to serving Lady Zhorzha. Gentry's family and friends are amazed to learn that Zhorzha is real, and he cannot help but to assist in her search and rescue of her sister. Zhorzha contacts her Uncle Alva, to leverage his jailhouse association with the KKK to find LaReigna since the police seem to be doing nothing. The rescue mission does awry, but the love story between Zee and Gentry is very sweet and the set of oddball characters are a hoot. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
For some reason, I haven’t read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, although I’ve heard great things about it and yet it just sits on my shelf overlooked. So The Reckless Oath We Made was my first read by Bryn Greenwood. And I enjoyed it. But I’m struggling with this review. I’m not sure in what genre this book should be included as there is a slight mystery regarding an abduction, but there’s also the unlikely pairing of two people who appear to be totally different on the surface. Overall, it’s a oddball type of story with a lot of growing up, sadness, and love. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
Bryn Greenwood is an amazing writer who writes detailed plotlines and multifaceted characters. All The Ugly and Wonderful Things was not an easy read but I connected so much with her storytelling. The Reckless Oath We Made was definitely a highly anticipated book for me as a reader.

Unfortunately, I had a hard time connecting with these characters and the pacing of this storyline. I struggled with some of the dialogue and the medieval vibe that the character Gentry used and I found it distracted me more than helping me relate to the characters and events.

I think I am definitely in the minority with my feelings about this book so it just might not have been a great fit for me as a reader. I do appreciate that Greenwood never shies away from difficult topics and that her characters are real and raw.

Thank you to NetGalley and Putnam for an advanced copy of this book. ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
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  Jonez | Oct 8, 2020 |
Both Vicky and I were over-the-moon for Greenwood’s previous novel, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, and now she’s written another stellar novel. She includes a vast variety of characters and give them all unique roles in this rich novel.
The story revolves around a tall red-haired waitress, Zee, with a real mouth on her, as well as a troubled past and a complicated present. She develops a curious and strong bond with a somewhat autistic young man, Gentry, who speaks in Middle English, is a talented swordfighter, and, as we later learn, is building a castle on a hill all by himself. He’s much like a man from another time, and the autism may just help him focus on the good and evil of the world. Through a string of events, he has taken a serious oath to protect the waitress, as she is his Lady Zhorzha.
Zee’s dad was in prison for violence and a bank robbery, and she clearly remembers intensely hating to visit him there. Her mother is an agoraphobic, whacked-out hoarder, and a real handful, who needs a lot of help with life. There are criminals of all statures in the book, and money is sparse for most everyone. It’s another extremely gritty and sorted story, just the kind of story that Greenwood handles so well.
The pace of the book quickly picks up speed when it shifts to telling about Zee’s plan to rescue her possibly kidnapped sister (LaReigne) from two prison escapees. The sister had been working in the prison when the convicted killers escaped and she was either kidnapped, or working together with them.
Zee, Gentry, and two others go on a quest to rescue the damsel, who does turns out to be the accomplice of the two convicts and the lover of one. Zee’s uncle, who was in on the old bank robbery with her father, helped with money and used his contacts with the local KKK for locating the escapees. There is a large swirl of inmates, racists, serious drug dealers and users, automatic weapons, all butting up against chivalry, honor, family, swords, bows and arrows, and that ever-present oath.
The simple rescue plan involved a quick ransom payment (with money from that old bank robbery) and withdrawal. Sadly, the convicts and the good old boys start shooting first, and several died by automatic weapons, pistols, arrows, and sword. Gentry ends up in prison for years, as he refused to leave a gravely injured friend near the backwoods hiding place. In the end, as the bullets flew before the ransom was paid, the old robbery money paid for legal fees, helping the mother, and even hanging on to that half-built castle.
The last thirty or forty pages of the book become sweet, as the good knight is finally released and reunited with His Lady. Greenwood allows herself to concentrate on the power of love, and the importance of an oath. Cover to cover, this was a wild ride of a book that had such a heart to it, even though so many of the book’s characters seemed intent on stomping that heart bloody … yet, cruelty cannot defeat that strong heart. ( )
  jphamilton | May 3, 2020 |
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A provocative love story between a tough Kansas woman on a crooked path to redemption and her unlikeliest of champions, from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. Many things can bind two people: love, a common enemy, a dangerous promise. 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 a code of honor. Two years ago the voices he hears called him to be Zee's champion. Both shy and autistic, 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 in one of the most moving and complicated love stories of our time. The Reckless Oath We Made redefines what it means to be heroic, revealing the strength, honor, and power that lie at the heart of love.

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