No of Episodes : 17
Author: 念一 (Niàn Yī)
Female Voice: Coco54
I stopped at episode 4 for many months before I went back to finish the remaining of the episodes recently. I am not a fan on story happening during the Ming Guo (Republican) era. This story was adapted into a Chinese drama series called Cruel Romance acted by Huang Xiao Ming and Joe Chen. I will probably check out the drama after this posting. There are lots of nice songs that Coco54 included in the audiobook which I like.
Set in the year of 1935 in Shanghai. Rong Jin Xiu (FL) came to Shanghai to look for her step sister (Ming Chu) after her dad passed away. But Ming Chu was still angry that the Rong family kicked both her mother and her out many years ago. She did not want to acknowledge FL and kicked her out of her house. Ming Chu became a mistrees to one of the wealthiest man in Shanghai.
FL left her sister’s home and met with an accident. ML (Zhuo Zhen) saved her and FL thought that it was Xiang Ying Dong that saved her. FL had a crush on Xiang Ying Dong and went to work at his night club as a dance hostess to get closer to him. ML is a triad leader also known as 2nd Master. FL was not very successful at first as she did not know how to attract customers and dressed conservatively. ML helped FL to settle in at Bai Le Night club with a wardrobe makeover and dancing tips. FL was not successful in getting Xiang Ying Dong to notice her as well.
One night, FL offended a customer and ML came to help her. Slowly, FL started to fall in love with ML. FL quit her job and moved in with ML. ML loves the homely feeling that FL provided and eventually proposed to marry FL.
One of ML’s subordinates (Ma Zhi Liu) tricked FL to retrieve ML’s pistol that he normally kept under his pillow. When ML turned up to save FL, Ma Zhi Liu told ML how FL betrayed him. ML got injured and when he woke up from the hospital, he refused to see FL. FL waited four days in front of his room without eating or sleeping. Ming Chu came to take FL home.
FL went to see ML at Bai Le Club when he was discharged from the hospital. ML refused to see her. FL later found out that it was ML that saved her previously and not Ying Dong. Ying Dong arranged for FL to see ML again. ML still refused to listen to FL’s explanation and her apology. When FL found out that she was pregnant, she left Shanghai since ML no longer wanted her.
Xiang Ying Dong, Xiang Han Chuan and Ming Chu went to see ML. They told him that FL was pregnant and passed him her goodbye letter. It took a year before ML found FL with their son.