Under the Oak Tree


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The daughter of a duke, the stuttering Maximilian, married a knight of lowly status at her father’s coercion.

After their first night, her husband departed for an expedition without another word.

He comes back three years later, this time as a famous knight in the whole continent.

How would Maximilian face him on his return?

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상수리나무 아래
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New aitakm1 rated it
May 25, 2020
Status: c1
I haven't actually started yet.

But the status of the original chapters being N/A makes me a bit scared especially if I start to read it and I really like it. Can someone fix that pls

_ (:3 」∠) _
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New Yuri1993 rated it
May 25, 2020
Status: c46
Really good. This is one of the best novels that I've ever read. I really love Riftan! He's a real sweet heart. Can't wait to read the next chapters! ✨☺️
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inori-chii rated it
January 5, 2020
Status: c8
First of all, thank you SO MUCH, dear translator, for picking this up! Having seen so MANY fanarts of it, I was super curious about the story! (Even Spoon, the artist of WMMAP, made few fanarts of it! My NU's PP being one of them btw hehe) Judging from how there's many cosplays & fanarts of it, I'm guessing the WN is pretty popular in Korea

That aside, for those who are being put off with what's going on in the few first chapters, maybe I'm biasing from what I saw... more>> in some fanarts containing spoilers, but I can definitely tell/guarantee the story will get better as well as the FL & ML's relationship too. So y'all please don't lose hope in this story!


Again, I'm biasing from what I saw from the spoilerish fanarts but ML is actually super duper in love w/ the FL. He actually loves & knew her before their marriage & them getting married is something he wanted. (Which is probably where the Love Interest Falls In Love First & Possessive Characters tags come from lol) Later, the FL will join the ML's army (not sure for that part but she'll spend lot of time/get to know some members of his army) & apparently, she can also use magic. Again, small reminder that I have NOT read the korean raws so some infos might be slightly wrong!


Just google the korean name of the WN if you wanna get spoiled from the fanarts (mainly on Twitter) like me ;) <<less
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Z_E_D.00 rated it
January 12, 2020
Status: c4
So far, the reviews I’ve read had been leaning towards the negative.

The story is great aside from the fact that it’s badly translated, but it’s fully obvious that it isn’t BL.....

now for the MC herself, she has a madical condition which makes her stutter whenever she talks (I’ve noticed that some of you didn’t understand why she stuttered so much).

its understandable why the MC would act very frightful around her husband, she has been scolded in the past if she spoke (because of her condition) and she can’t risk the... more>> ML getting irratated because of her condition and divorcing her (she thinks that’s what will happen because her father told her so).

she’s been abused all her life because of her condition which is why she is always at a loss of how to act around her husband who btw thinks her stuttering and continuous silence is because she doesn’t like him, he is insecure himself and thinks she can’t bare to look at him (because of his previous lower status).

the only one who’s winning in this miserable situation is the MC’s father.

-sigh- I hope this review helps show this story in a better light, it’s quit unique actually, you don’t find a lot of light novels where the ML is the one with lower status. <<less
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otomefreak rated it
January 6, 2020
Status: c4
The fact that you guys give one star for a story that is barely beginning is unfathomable to me...

From what I see, the story and characters have big chance of developing, especially the MC. Well, there is a Character Development tag, after all, and this is what intrigues me the most. I’m curious how will the MC change later.

The translation definitely needs some work, though... Maybe the translator could use an editor. Nevertheless, I’m grateful to her for picking up this novel!

I’m giving four stars for now, perhaps I will... more>> come back later when the story develops further. <<less
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herkawaiinovels rated it
April 30, 2020
Status: ss c1
I read up to the end of the first arc. And let me tell you, this novel is harsh and brutal.

If you are looking for a cute and fluffy novel, this isn't it.

Both MCs are deeply flawed. They make a lot of mistakes and need a lot of growing up to do. But they also have their own reasons for being flawed. These characters are so well-developed and I think that is one of the main strengths of this series.

There were so many points in the series where I really... more>> wanted to give up on it. Their relationship remained toxic even up to chapter 100. As a feminist, I couldn't take the values that Max had. I even questioned whether the author really believed and promoted these patriarchal values herself. But it wasn't until the end of the first arc that I realized, the author was criticizing those beliefs, not promoting them.

This novel is very well-written. The world-building is rich, and the story-telling is well-done.

All I can say at the end of the first arc is that the journey was painfully beautiful.


The end of the first arc devastated me however I also think it was something that needed to happen. But also... poor Riftan : (

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MeimeiXgreetsXNiangniang rated it
March 31, 2020
Status: c15
Some people are so quick to judge. Well sorry if you don't like a stuttering and weak MC. However, I believe this story is about how Maximillian will overcome her trauma from her abusive father. So far we're only 15 chapters and yes Maximillian is still stuttering and weak.

If you don't like that kind of character then please leave.

In my case I want to see her get her happy ending so I'll continue to follow along.

As for the ML, he quick to misunderstood the MC and quickly make assumptions. That's... more>> why some people might get frustrated reading their interactions. However, at chapter 15 he showed that he can actually explain himself once he understands what's the problem. The only problem is that he's very dense at realizing what's going on. For someone so talented in the military, he's bad at reading MCs mood. <<less
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Vanessanellyn rated it
April 13, 2020
Status: 30
This is a story with great character development, so if you're fine with steamy stuff, this will be an amazing read.

The story starts with a pitiful, traumatized MC meeting the rude ML (her husband, he's only rude at first 😉) for the first time in three years. The story progresses steadily, turning a timid and stuttering MC into a courageous woman who's capable of standing side-by-side with the ML.

I can see why many people are bashing the MC because of her spineless nature, but we can't really blame... more>> her. She was severely abused (verbally, emotionally, and physically) by her family. Despite being a noble, she was constantly belittled by her own father and was treated as lower than a maid by her own family. It's not surprising that she became a stuttering mess, as others would have decided to take their own life if they were her.

But the beauty of the novel is not at the beginning, but in the later chapters where the author decides to develop her characters, especially the MC.



The MC won't be a stuttering mess forever. She will become a great mage who can stand and fight alongside the ML. She becomes a great fit for her husband who loves her to death. 😂


Well, even though I'm telling you all of these, we wouldn't be reading this if not for the translators... (Thank you translator-nims!)

P.S. I recommed reading chapter one at word-excerpt. I'm really sorry to the other blog, but the way they translated the story just increased the confusion of the readers (including me at first) 😅 They made the ML become more of a jerk than he actually was. One of the reviews even asked if this was BL, which is not true... <<less
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SamSam rated it
March 1, 2020
Status: c16
As far as we are, the story becomes better ! I was trying this novel just because of the translator and at first, I tought it was another bullsh*t (which I can't stand anymore !! in need of mature fluffy stories) with a Marie Sue and numerous great bastards all around her... BUT after few chapters, it's getting interesting with some Lucia vibes. I can't wait to read more and to see our FL growing stronger and the romance between our leads !!!

p.s about reposting the begining corrected : Well... more>> done dear translator - tks <3<3<3 <<less
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gwenivy639 rated it
May 6, 2020
Status: c38
At first the scene starts with abuse, explicit stuffs (I want more), and then the fluff. Maximillian (FL) kept her situation back when she was in Croix Dukedom to his husband, Riftan, who's treating her with outmost care!!!Fudge!!!He is the no-filter Male Lead that doesn't show the cliché moves of what a male lead should do!!! Maxi's character progress was quite average. It's not the type of progress that independently moves with the plot's flow but with the help of Riftan. I hope atleast she would be able to get... more>> out of her cocoon and I also hope that Riftan would continue to be smooth and rough, all at the same time🤤🤤🤤[Instead of using b**st or manhood, use 'member' or 'mountains', as an alternative or something🤣🤣👌 that would be worth it!!!] <<less
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_dreamlesscloud_ rated it
May 2, 2020
Status: c35
The beginning was a rough start but the latest chapters started getting fluffy. I like how the ML dotes on the FL in his own ways. She wasn't the most confident character but she's getting better. I read somewhere that she'll become a badass. I can't wait for when their misunderstandings clear up and they start communicating with each other. By then, I feel like I'm gonna get diabetes considering the latest chapters left me with sweet and heartwarming feelings. Maybe heartburn, then.

I'm glad I stuck with this story and... more>> I have a feeling I'll stick 'till the end.

(I'd like to thank the commenter/s (can't remember who exactly but...) who persuaded readers to continue reading on when people started complaining about the main leads (≧艸≦*) And let me just say that the cover really made me click on this to start reading? My favorite painting, The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, seems to be inspired by it. What a lovely picture to look at!)

Thank you to the translator who picked this up! Keep up the good work (≧y≦*) <<less
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Bardura rated it
April 23, 2020
Status: c30
Oh dear, this is a tough one.

This is one of the stories you have to be patient with and wait for the character development to start. There are a lot of miscommunication at the beginning because of the lead characters low self-esteem. Max and Riftan, they are both so awkward and poor at communicating.

One thinks that anger is a sign to beat, and the other takes every word as a critique of his social status.

One is very timid, the other one is a bit overbearing.

And both of them misunderstand each other due to FL, Max's father.

Since Max has a below sea-level self esteem and Riftan has insecurity the misunderstandings between them are still not cleared.

So why keep reading it?

Because there is an explanation for everything, the story mainly revolves around Max's character progress which has already started and we've already seen Riftan being really considerate with her when he f*cking doesnt misunderstand every damn thing.

Max is just an innocent bean who got physically and mentally abused by her own father. Our MC grew up without love or care from her family, she never had friends as well... she's quite pitiful to be honest. It's sad that she's been abused so much so that she's a trembling mess in front of her husband.

Riftan used to just a knight of lowly status who was 'forced' to marry Max before departing for an expedition that lasted 3 years. So when he comes back he has a lot of insecurity about Max and their marriage.

So Of course they misunderstand each other!! They will probably need long time to restore confidence to communicate normally.

However, after the come-back sex, which annoyed the hell out me and nearly made me drop this series because the author had a rough and unappealing start to the smut aspects...

by that I mean when Riftan doesnt realize how f*cked up she is and instead direct dives in to sex. ugh, I nearly dropped this. I mean the girl is shuttering for God's sake. But he's all like; 'oh you must be disgusted with me because I used to be a knight of lowly status and you're a Duke's daughter, never mind, let's have sex''. WHAT. THE. f*ck. Come on, how thick can his skull be to not see that she's scared? Is he dumb or what? I understand that he doesn't know Max has been abused her entire life, but you have to be BLIND to confuse fear with haughtiness. The poor girl didn't understand anything that was happening when they started to have s*x but he kept f*cking misunderstanding everything. I was pulling my hair reading it. But it really all boils down to cultural differences, with Korea being more conservative on the subject of sex. At least he was sorta trying to not make it painful for her and was really patient in guiding Max to get her to prepare herself during s*x so I hung in there and I'M GLAD

... he was so considerate with her. He loves her so much (dont know for sure yet but it seems it was love at first sight for him) and acts like a beast because he loves her so much. He's overbearing but in a not as*hole way. Even though he's quite rough around the edges he's already shown some remarkable good qualities.

Overall; despite the feeling want to smack their head to wake them up, I look forward for their growth.

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yueppic rated it
April 17, 2020
Status: c25
I'm sorry but this novel is already on my fav list. I don't know about others opinion, but for me this novel can surpass Lucia's position from my favtest list easily. I was gonna wait until 50 chapter, but those fanart I've been seeing on my twitter TL really tempting me ;;u;;

... more>>

I heard Max (MC) going to become alot stronger after some chapter ahead, like she gots some magic on her. I can't wait for that to happen to our beloved Max 😍 I can't wait for them to be free from Max's father. Having seen alot of their fanart too, ITS HELLA CUTE WHEN ALL THE KNIGHT ARE THINKING MAX IS A CUTIE LIVING BEING. And Max is totally a cutie when she is being drawn as a chipmunk. And somehow I want to see Riftan sulking reaction on the novel cause the fanart's version ARE SO HELLA CUTE.


I'm gonna read it and wait until that times comes with alot of patient (lol) <<less
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kucing.gatel rated it
April 13, 2020
Status: c22
At first I hated the novel too. The MC started off as a spineless woman who couldn't even stand up for herself. But you need to understand that she was abused verbally and physically since young. I personally went through verbal abuse for about two years and it crumbled me - I became this low self-esteemed and depressed mess, opposite from my usual chirpy and happy person. So I couldn't imagine how it would be for the MC to have received this abuse at a young age.

A HUGE thanks to... more>> translator for picking up this project!! And also for all the heads up in the novel itself to ask us to be patient with the MC cause she will grow to be a different person (thanks to Riftan).

I can't wait to see how the story progress 😍 <<less
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hyunho rated it
March 29, 2020
Status: c14
I love it for now! From what I know, this is one of the most popular novels in South Korea. I'm really excited to see where it'll go.

Also, I suggest that everyone read the wordexcerpt translation only. The other one has a lot of mistranslations and confuses the characters.
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Kalliope rated it
February 21, 2020
Status: c17
The plot seems good so far. The unwanted duke's daughter (Max) and a lowly knight (Riftan) is forced into a marriage. A few years later, the knight returns as a hero and suddenly everyone wants him and Max's father wants to secure his family's prestige by making sure Riftan doesn't divorce Max.

Lots of misunderstandings are also present since Riftan and Max never really had a proper conversation before and after they got married so Riftan thinks Max is afraid of him while Max thinks Riftan hates her. Fun.

Anyway, there are... more>> a lot of things to unload here and it seems promising so far. This is definitely worth a read.

Edit: wordexcerpt did really well in correcting previous grammatical errors. I suggest you go read their translations for chapters 1-6! <<less
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Claude senpai rated it
May 14, 2020
Status: c41
I have really come to like this novel and cannot wait for the chapters that will follow.

The characters seem very real their responses to the situations are true though some say that the female lead is weak and annoying I beg to differ. She was abused as a child and was constantly told from te day of her birth that she was useless. Her mother dies giving birth to her and the father never loved neither did he allow her to ever leave their mansion so she never recieved any... more>> love from LITERALLY anyone. Any one who expects her to be strong is being irrational you cannot compare this to stories where the female lead had died and went back in time stronger to stand up for herself our MC here doesn't know what happened in the future nor the kind of man her husband was, she has no one to financially support her except her father and has never seen the outside world.

The Romance is sooo sweet☺️. <<less
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daviemae rated it
May 14, 2020
Status: c41
This is among my favorite Korean web novels.

The thing that I love the most about it is that the author writes some believably realistic characters. Once you are able to see what they’ve been through, especially the FL, you’ll get to understand why they think and act the way they do. FL really tugs at your heartstrings and I find myself genuinely rooting for her character growth throughout the story (it might be a little slow but it’s there). ML is probably my favorite among the novels I read. He... more>> is a very well-written character that I truly find endearing.

Do not let the beginning of the novel phase you. I myself, found it frustrating to read because of how weak the FL is and how ignorant the ML seems. But moving forward, I realized that author did so the readers can firmly grasp the beginnings of the journey towards character development for the two.

Overall, it is definitely worth the read.

PS The comment section over at wordexcerpt is gold. <<less
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Cruthos98_Man rated it
April 28, 2020
Status: c32
Most of the times we have problematic male leads with terrible pasts and a confident MC that will heal his heart. But in this novel, it's not the case. MC has been abused from when she was young leading to extreme insecurity and anxiety--she stutters, she overthinks, she thinks lowly of herself. She was never given love or care and her father abused her, even maids scorn her.

Seriously, you'll want to root for Maxi. She is a pure soul who just deserves love and warmth. And here comes in our... more>> male lead, Riftan. At the beginning, readers might strike him for being aggressive and unsympathetic. But over the later chapters you'd realize he is someone who is insecure and soft behind that tsundereness. There's a lot of personality in the characters in this story and a fantasy world so fleshed out before your eyes through beautiful descriptions.

Now about SMUT, it's intense, sometimes it's soft... You'll really just have to read it for yourself to know.

Those who are wanting an overpowered, confident female lead taking over the world will not like this story, but if you are like me, who is interested in the growth of an insecure woman to that confident female lead who can stand up for herself despite her tragic past, then this is a novel to dedicate your time for.

I wish to grow with you, Maxi. Fighting! <<less
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nanceqn rated it
April 15, 2020
Status: c24
Be still my heart!!! OMG this is an amazing read so far. So sweet yet so sensual I love it. The two MCs are absolutely precious and you just know their love is gonna be an unbreakable one.
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Chapptwin rated it
April 9, 2020
Status: c20

I don't know why some of the readers have a low rating for this novel. I know that the MC is weak, submissive and having difficulty in communicating (which causing a lot of misunderstanding between the ML) becuase of his abusive father. But they shouldn't just judge the MC by only reading a few chapters.

The MC is starting develop her self-confidence and also their relationship with Riftan.

... more>>

Maxi will be a strong woman because she will be a magician that can support her husband, Riftan, from any situation even in war


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khvan rated it
April 1, 2020
Status: c10
Not impressed at all. The female lead is a miserable, spineless creature, who is oppressed by her father, does nothing but shakes in fear for her useless life in front of anyone and anything.
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