Under the Oak Tree S1V2 by: Suji Kim

Season One Volume 2 [Chapters 40-78]

Maximilian (Maxi), the eldest daughter of the Croyso family, grows up being abused by her father. As a consequence of the physical and mental trauma, she develops a crippling inferiority complex about both her stutter and her physical appearance as well as a general lack of self-respect.

When Maxi’s father, Duke Croyso, receives a royal order from the King to fight the Red Dragon Sektor, he decides to marry his daughter off to Riftan Calypse, a peasant knight. Duke Croyso’s plan is to push off his martial responsibilities to his son-in-law. Maxi thus finds herself forced into a marriage with a man she barely knows. The newlyweds spend their first night together, but they become separated immediately as Riftan leaves for war early next morning.

Fast forward three years later, and the couple reunites when Riftan comes back to the city to celebrate his victory in war. Although the two spent only one night together and Riftan is a stranger to Maxi, she is afraid that he might want to divorce her, for the divorce would mean a death sentence for the young woman.

What are Riftan’s intentions? Will Maxi find the strength to overcome her trauma and lack of self-confidence? Will the couple survive and find love against all odds?


Content Warnings: Graphic sexual scenes/situations, violence, blood/gore, bullying, child abuse, rehashing of verbal/physical/emotional abuse, ableism, PTSD, and anxiety.

We pick up directly where volume one left off getting to see a lot of day-to-day activities that Maxi does while continuing to try to prove her worth. Afraid that Riftan could decide to divorce her Maxi is determined to prove her usefulness at the castle. Still working on decorating the castle and improving the grounds Maxi is busy throughout the day.

I wasn’t as invested in this volume as I was the first…I was hoping to see more progress in Maxi coming into her own and finding her inner strength. The next volume sounds like it will be full of situations that will test Maxi, not only testing her individually but testing her trust/faith in her connection to Riftan. Both Maxi and Riftan are still secretive about their inner thoughts and feelings and I look forward to their trust, and love for each other, growing to where they finally feel free to completely open to one another.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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