No of Episodes : 222 + 25 Epilogues (Audiobook 1)
Author : 林家成 (Lin Jia Cheng)
Female Voice: 黎诺音坊 (Li Nuo Yin Fang) – Audiobook 1; 太太子 (Tai Tai Zhi) – Audiobook 2; Audiobook 3 – multiple voices
This is the fourth book by Lin Jia Cheng that I just finished listening. I can’t wait to share this review with you. I like this story very much. In the introductory episode, it said that this is the strongest female character that Lin Jia Cheng has created. This story has no time travel element. I like the battle of wits between the main leads. There are three versions of the audiobook. Audiobook 1 has all the completed recordings of the book. But since I like Tai Tai Zhi’s voice, I started it with Audiobook 2. Audiobook 3 has multiple voices and it sounds great. As of this posting, Audiobook 3 only has up to 30 episodes so far. You will need to wait for a while for all the recordings to be completed. The story has a happy ending. This book is definitely a keeper and worth a repeat listening. It will be great if there is someone to pick this book to translate it to English.
FL is a poor girl living with her brother in Han Yang City. Their parents passed away and they stayed in an old house belong to their maternal family. FL was engaged to a general’s son but her fiancé fell for her cousin instead. FL’s cousin was jealous of FL and one day during a visit to the temple, the cousin pushed FL with the intention of injuring her face. Instead of her face, FL hurt her head instead. When she woke up, she seems to experience a change of mental alertness. Since her fiancé loves her cousin, she decided to cancel their engagement and put all her effort to think of ways to upgrade their lifestyle.
One day, FL passed by a scene where a woman was begging her 2nd cousin sister for forgiveness as her cousin brother in law wanted to take the woman as his new concubine. FL remembered this cousin had once helped her when her brother was sick, hence she plotted to help her cousin back by getting rid of this third party. What she did was seen by ML (crown prince) who coincidentally also passing by. ML sent his servant to warn FL and left a message that to say that he might consider taking her in as his concubine after she has studied enough. Since that incident, ML has been monitoring FL’s every move. ML tried to make FL his concubine but FL kept rejecting. ML was surprised that FL did not fear him.
In one of the scenes, FL took revenge by tying ML in a fishing net and told ML that he has no right to be angry with her. She started to list down 5 occasions where ML has purposely created problem for her. The first time they met in person, he gave her a shattered jade pendant in a box and made FL accidentally dropped the box. Since he is a nobleman, any common girl might have been frightened to death thinking that she caused the damage. FL is a very intelligent girl and since she suspected that the pendant was already shattered when it was given to her, she turned the situation around to her advantage. The second time, ML allowed her maternal family to kidnap her brother to force her to offer herself to ML. FL knew that ML can put in a word to release her brother hence went to seek help from ML. The third time, FL made use of another jade pendant given by ML to get rid of some problem. FL knew that it was a wrong move as this will mean she has indirectly acknowledged that she belongs to him. She confessed her mistake in front of the ML and put on a firm stand that she preferred to remain single. ML burned down her restaurant and forced her out of the house. The fourth time, in Wu Han City, she rejected the wealth given by ML and preferred to keep some distance from ML, ML got so angry that he almost killed her. The fifth time, ML told all his followers that she is his lover but added that if he was to die prematurely, no matter where FL is or with whom, they are to kill her and bury her together with him.
Due to the humiliation of being caught in a fishing net, ML took revenge making love to FL for 10 consecutive days until she could not walk properly. There are lots of sweet scenes between the main leads.