A new provocative love story from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.
“The story of Zee and Gentry is the reason we read.” —Brunonia Barry
Their journey will break them—or save them.
A moving and complicated love story for our time, The Reckless Oath We Made redefines what it means to be heroic. Zee has never admitted to needing anybody. But she needs Gentry. Her tough exterior shelters a heart that’s loyal to the point of self-destruction, while autistic Gentry wears his heart on his sleeve, including his desire to protect Zee at all costs. When an abduction tears Zee’s family apart, she turns to Gentry—and sets in motion a journey and a love that will change their lives forever.
“[A] mind-blowing book that has left me scrambling to pick up the pieces of my brain and my shattered heart . . . Prepare to have your mind and heart expanded to their limits.” —The Oklahoman
In Greenwood's lyrical yet gritty latest (after 2016's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things) LaReigne Trego-Gill has possibly been abducted by two escapees from the prison where she volunteers. Now, her sister, the brash and outspoken Zhorzha "Zee," in near constant pain from a motorcycle accident, must juggle LaReigne's son, Marcus; her hoarder mother; and a litany of money woes. Her family never recovered after Zee's father died in prison while serving a sentence for armed robbery, and distrust of the police leads Zee to take LaReigne's rescue into her own hands. Help comes in the form of self-declared knight Gentry Frank, 24, who is on the autism spectrum, hears voices, only speaks in Middle English, spars with real swords, and is building a castle in the woods. Gentry declared himself Zee's champion after meeting her at physical therapy, and Zee feels a sense of belonging with his kind adoptive family. Their tentative friendship blossoms into much more, and the loyal Gentry refuses to let his Lady Zhorzha go into battle alone. Greenwood is an exquisite storyteller, using multiple narratives to effortlessly bring to life characters that are complex, flawed, generous, and utterly human, and Gentry and Zee's tender, unusual romance is drawn in sweetly delicate strokes. Readers will be enchanted by this compassionate, winning novel.
I could not put this book down. There’s so much going on and every part of the book is interesting. Gentry is such an amazing character. This book is not like anything I’ve read before. It’s very unique . It’s a treasure.
Its an interesting read. Gentry’s dialogue was a little cringy at times and Zee was opportunistic to the max making it difficult to be emphatic with either main character.