No of Episodes: 41
Author: 忧然 (Yōu Rán)
Multiple Voices: 雨晴，轩辕 (Yǔ Qíng, Xuān Yuán)
This book was on my list for more than 2 years. I recently looked through the list and decided to pick something that was produced in multiple voices and not too lengthy.
FL (Mu Rong Wu)’s mother died of poisoning. FL’s father has two wives. FL believed that her stepmother, Ji Yun killed her mother but she has no proof. After the death of her mother, FL has spent most of her time outside of Mu Rong’s house mixing with all types of people in Jiang Hu.
One day, a man called Jiang Yue Shan came to persuade FL to return home. Jiang Yue Shan is FL brother’s friend and he likes FL for a long time. FL refused to listen. Their argument got interrupted by a man called Bai Yu Zhi. FL left soon after another servant came to say that Ji Yun is going to kick her out of the house.
When FL got home, Ji Yun said she has just engaged Murong Xue (FL’s stepsister) to Bai Yu Zhi and she will now concentrate on arranging an engagement for FL. FL knows Ji Yun has no good intention and instructed her maid (Xiang Ping) to spread the news to the public that she is now ready to get married. The next day, lots of men came proposing. The Bai’s family also sent a servant (Gu Ruo Lian) to see Ji Yun. Gu Ruo Lian said her master has decided to marry FL. Ji Yun disagreed but knowing that she could not fight the power of the Bai’s family, she relented at last. Ji Yun was planning to marry FL to a retard from the Su Family.
For FL, it does not matter who she marries. FL was happy just to see Ji Yun irritated and angry but not able to change anything when FL accepted the marriage proposal of the Bai’s family. A few years ago, FL fell in love with a spy called Ye Ling. Ji Yun killed Ye Ling.
When Jiang Yue Shan heard about FL’s engagement, he went to kill Bai Yu Zhi but stopped by FL. On FL’s wedding day, Ji Yun swapped FL with Mu Rong Xue. FL got drugged and abducted by Jiang Yue Shan. Bai Yu Zhi thwarted Ji Yun’s plot and married FL.
One night, FL met the Emperor (Li Ming Fu) at the Bai’s Residence. Emperor Li claimed that he was going to attend the make-up competition. Emperor Li got attracted to FL and when he heard from his spy that ML married FL for an ulterior motive, he tried to win FL’s heart.
Emperor Li got abducted by Prince Li Huai Yu meanwhile FL got abducted by Hui Yun. Both ended up at Lang Qing Temple. Hui Yun was actually ML’s mother who faked her own death many years ago. Due to jealousy, she tricked ML to poison her own husband. Her aim was to destroy the Bai’s family. Hence she cooperated with Prince Li Huai Yu.
Their plan got thwarted by both Emperor Li and ML. After FL got saved, ML and FL confessed their love for each other. When they returned to the Bai residence, ML went to break- up with Gu Ruo Lan but received a shocking news. Gu Rou Lan said she did not eat the contraceptive pill and got pregnant. ML forced Gu Ruo Lan to abort the baby. Gu Rou Lan went to beg FL. When FL confronted ML, he was persistent with his decision as he does not want the child to end up like him and his mother.
After Gu Rou Lan lost the baby, she went missing. Gu Rou Lan was actually the spy sent by Duan Wang. Someone impersonating Ye Ling started to appear. Gu Rou Lan and Duan Wang told FL and her brother that Ye Ling killed their mother and Ye Ling was actually ML. They claimed that Ye Ling got close to FL to steal the Wu Shuang formula. They thought of using FL and her brother to attack ML but their plan got backfired. ML explained to the sibling that the Wu Shuang formula was given to him by their mother. Their mother wanted him to promise that he will leave FL hence he faked his own death. When he was trying to get away from the Mu Rong’s residence, he left his poison weapon. Jin Yun used the poison to kill FL’s mother. ML asked them to allow him till the competition is over before he gives them his life. ML said Madam Mu Rong gave him the formula to protect FL and her brother.
During the make-up competition, FL came as she has promised to be ML’s model. Before the result of the competition announced, Mu Rong Shou announced that ML was Ye Ling and he has stolen his family secret formula. The Emperor forced ML to show him the formula. Suddenly, they got surrounded by Duan Wang’s soldiers. Duan Wang claimed that the formula related to the Emperor’s birth and he has witnesses to prove that. ML refuted Duan Wang’s claim and show the formula to everyone. Duan Wang got killed. The Emperor suspected that ML has shown a faked formula hence he instructed Mo Yan to kill ML but Mo Yan refused. The Emperor shocked that his most trusted staff rather die than kill ML.
The Emperor then accused ML of killing Madam Murong. Even though FL’s mother was not killed by ML but the poison came from his weapon. ML felt guilty for indirectly causing Madam Murong’s death. ML said Jin Yun probably still keep the poison she used before. When ML asked FL to stab him to take revenge for her mother’s death, FL refused.
ML left and went missing. It took 3 years for FL to find ML.