No of Episodes: 60
Author: 一壶好茶 @貢茶(Yī Hú Hǎo Chá @ Gòng Chá )
Female Voices: 甜心 (Tian Xin)
Gong Cha’s book always has good ending, at least the three books that I listened so far. There is no annoying antagonists characters in her story. This is the second book of the “Qian Jin” series. It is funny how the author described the story about “an old cow eating young grass”.
FL (He Yuan)’s soul came from the modern world just like her mother, Gui Jie. Gui Jie gave birth to a pair of identical twins. The older twin is a boy called He Zhi and He Yuan is the younger twin. When the Zhang Princess met FL at a temple, she wanted FL as her goddaughter.
When the affluent families in the capital curious about He Ning’s wife and started to dropped to visit them. FL became a popular girl. The affluent families started to mark FL as their future daughter in law. One of them is the Jiang’s family.
The Jiang is a military family. San Jie/Mdm Jiang has 6 sons. Jiang Hua An (ML) is the oldest son of Mdm Jiang and is 10 years older than FL. Mdm Jiang feels that FL matches ML despite their huge age gap. The other family is the An Ping Hou Fu. Madam An Ping wants to betrothed her youngest son to FL. When the Zhang Princess heard about two families fighting for FL who is only 4 years old, she sent a message out that only those that received a recognition or has a good future career is fit to marry FL. Hence this matter is put to rest.
When FL reaches 11 years old, she joined a needlework competition at Bei Cheng Country. FL went with her cousin sister, He Yi and good friend Chen Zhu. ML and his brother Jiang Hua Kuan assigned to escort the Nan Chang Country contingent. The Bei Chen 3rd prince (Tang Zhi Li) has met FL twice before. Tang Zhi Li likes FL. After the Bei Cheng Empress got to know that her son was attracted to FL, she also planned to get FL marry Tang Zhi Li. The Bei Cheng Country planned to form a stronger alliance with Nan Chang Country via political marriages. When ML got to know that Tang Zhi Li’s intention, he left with his country’s contingent immediately after the competition hoping to settle his marriage with FL as soon as he gets home.
News went back to Nan Chang country and three families started to fight with each other for FL. The Jiang, An Ping Hou and the Shang Su Fu. When they heard that the Bei Cheng High Official and Tang Zhi Li has already reached the shore to come to propose to FL. Old Mdm He immediately betrothed He Yi to Tao Ling Jie of the Shang Su Fu. The He’s family has another missus called He Ming. Old Mdm He proposed to betrothed He Ming with ML but Mdm Jiang rejected the idea. Mdm Jiang claimed that ML’s Bazi matches FL’s Bazi more.
Before Old Mdm He agrees, Minister Zhou and Tang Zhi Li already reached the He’s Residence. Mdm An Ping agreed to accept He Ming instead of FL. Minister Zhou got upset when they told him that FL is Jiang Hua An’s fiancee. Minister Zhou complained that it was a trick by the He Family to prevent FL from marrying to Bei Cheng Country and said he will enter the Nan Chang palace to get the Emperor to pass a marriage edict. Everyone knows that if there is an imperial edict, the betrothal would be cancelled. Hence, a wedding was hastily arranged on the same day. Zhang Princess quickly entered the palace to tell the Emperor that FL has already married to ML. When Jiang Hua Kuan heard that Minister Zhou may pick another candidate from the needlework contingent, he worried that Chen Zhu may get picked. Jiang Hua Kuan immediately asked Mdm Jiang to quickly propose to Chen’s family for Chen Zhu. It was a chaotic day for the Jiang’s family with two weddings happening in a day. The brides got confused as well.
Since FL and Chen Zhu were still underage, no consummation until after they reach 15 years old. The child brides can split their stay between their parent’s home and the Jiang’s residence. Old Mdm He thought of arranging two concubines for ML but got rejected by ML. ML told FL that it was not a common practice for the Jiang’s family to have concubines.
When San Jie and Old Mdm Jiang went away for 10 days to visit a relative, the household got passed to FL to manage. Even though FL is only 11 years old, she did a good job to prove to everyone that she is not easily bullied.
The Nan Chang Emperor bestow a princess to Tang Zhi Li for marriage. A few months later, ML and Jiang Hua Kuan instructed to escort the Nan Chang Princess to Bei Cheng country for the political marriage. He Zhi went as well. The entire trip lasted about 1 year. Their return got delayed because of He Zhi’s marriage with the Bei Cheng Princess.
ML and Jiang Hua Kuan came home after being away for 2 years. Their wives have since grown into attractive girls. Chen Zhu is one year older than FL hence she consummated her marriage with Jiang Hua Kuan after she passed her hairpin ceremony. ML waited for another year before he consummated his marriage with FL.
FL gave birth to a pair of twins. But her daughter was born weak and following the astrologer’s advice, the little girl was brought up and dressed like a boy.