No of Episodes: 83 + 1 Epilogue
Author: 海青拿天鹅 (Hǎi Qīng Ná Tiān E)
Female Voice : 苏芮菡 (Su Rui Han)
The author of this book also wrote 淑女好逑 (Shu Nu Hau Chiu). I like this book better than SNHC even though it was produced in a single female voice. Su Rui Han’s voice is very nice and she did a good recording on 尚宫 (Shang Gong) which I like as well.
FL (Wang Hui Yan) is a daughter to the Grand Tutor Wang in the palace. 8 years ago, she was selected as a wife candidate to the crown prince. Instead of becoming a Wang Fei, she was selected as part of the escort team in a political marriage between Princess Yan Zhi from Zhang Sha country and the Xiong Nu King in the north. She became a personal maid to the princess and her children, Pu Na and Cong Yin. When Princess Yan Zhi passed away, she requested all her Han servants that came to the North to be sent back to reunite with their families. Zhi Shi Qi, a Xiong Nu Prince has fallen in love with FL and begged FL to stay on in the north but FL rejected the offer. She has been away from her family for 8 years and wanted to go back to her birth country.
FL’s family has gone through a lot of changes throughout these 8 years. Her father, Wang Zhao the Grand Tutor was impacted due to an internal fight among the princes for the throne. FL’s father and brother were punished and sacked from their official position. The family moved back to their home town in Hong Nong. Because of the lost of the family status, their friends avoided them and detracted from associating with the Wang Family. Her little sister’s (Wang Ying) engagement was cancelled. When Grand Tutor Wang died, the family’s wealth started to deteriorate.
FL met ML (current emperor) on the way back from the north to Chang An city. In fact, they met 8 years ago when ML was the 2nd prince. He is now the emperor for the Han dynasty. He was once a student to Grand Tutor Wang. ML’s Wang Fei died after one year of marriage to him and he has been single ever since. When FL was 12 years old, she helped out in the palace school. One day when she was on duty, ML came in late for lesson. Despite ML being a prince, FL followed the rules and punished ML. ML reminded her of that incident when they met again.
When FL reached home, she settled a huge debt for her family from the compensation that she received from the government. In order to improve the family’s financial situation, FL started to trade. In this era, trading was considered a low class job.
When an offer came to ask her to become a tutor to the princesses in the palace, FL rejected the offer. ML tried to get FL to enter the palace by changing the age limit of the selection process of the consort from 18 to 25. When FL got to know about it, she went to ask ML to strike her name off.
FL’s family was very anxious to get her to marry because of her age. They found Sima Ke to be a good husband candidate. Sima Ke was also FL’s first love. Sima Ke is a widow with two small kids. FL was happy that she gets a chance to be with someone that she loves until she found out that Sima Ke married her not because of love but was forced by his own father. Sima Ke has loved a girl that he knew prior to his first marriage. Because of their families objection, they parted ways and married someone else respectively. The girl is also a widow now and they were planning to be together but was faced with objection from Sima Ke’s father again.
When ML found out that FL was going to be engaged to Sima Ke, he got very angry and confronted FL. ML did not want to force FL to marry him and eventually let her go.
After the break up of the engagement between FL and Sima Ke, ML started to create opportunities for them to meet. When FL heard of the unrest in the Xiong Nu tribe due to a throne fight, FL went to ML to ask for help to rescue the Princess Yan Zhi’s children.
After the children were rescued, they were sent to the palace to live with ML. ML used this opportunity to get FL to become their personal tutor. This created more opportunities for them to meet. Slowly, FL started to fall in love with ML.