斗春归 (Dou Chun Guī)

No of Episodes: 203

Author: 梨花瘦 (Lí Huā Shòu)

Multiple Voices: Er Ye, He Feng

Audiobook         Ebook

Comment:

The story is about the fight between two women where one of them who went through rebirth after a tragedy and the other person’s soul came from the modern world.  It has an interesting plot.  Is different from the common time travel story where FL from the modern world always has an upper end.   The woman whose soul came from the modern world is FL’s stepmother called Zhang Lan.  Zhang Lan is naïve to think that her husband will love her only when he has a bunch of concubines before he married her.  Wealth has also blinded her.  She could have walked away just like a modern woman when she found her husband betrayed her.

As for the FL, she got hurt when her lover abandoned her in her last life.  At least, she is realistic enough to know that when she marries into the royalty, her husband would be surrounded by women.

I like the two songs in the audiobook.

西风 (Xi Feng) from the Legend of Mi Yue sang by 鲁阿卓 (Ā Lǔ A Zhuō)

爱在上 (Ai Zai Shang) sang by 崔子格 / 盛一伦 (Cuī zi gé/ shèng yī lún)

 

Summary:

FL (Luo Qing Rong)’s family perished because of what FL and her stepmother did.  After her death, FL woke up, back to 8 years old.  FL started to plan before the return of her father and her new stepmother.  FL got close her grandmother to get her support her plans before she meets her new stepmother.

FL’s father (Lou Yuan Peng) got the Wu An Hou title after the death of his eldest brother.  Lou Yan Peng’s mother is a concubine and she already passed away.  The current Old Madam Lou is his stepmother.  Lou Yan Peng’s wife Gao Shi passed away after she gave birth to FL.  When Lou Yan Peng stationed in Jing Zhou, he met Zhang Lan and married her as his main wife.  Lou Yan Peng has two concubines. Liu Yi Niang has a son named Lou Xu Chu and Jin Yi Niang has a daughter named Lou Su Juan.  Jin Yi Niang followed Lou Yan Peng when first got posted to Jing Zhou.  But Jin Yi Niang got cold storage after Lou Yan Peng married Zhang Lan.   Old Madam Lou’s son (Lou Yan Hong) passed away very young and left a daughter named Lou Ling Jing.  Lou Yan Hong married a princess and after his death, his young wife remarried into the Xue family.  Lou Ling Jing lives with her maternal grandmother in the palace. 

FL purposely renewed all the tenancy contract to prevent Zhang Lan from getting her hands on the family’s wealth.  Next, she did reorganize the servants.  FL remembered in her past life, Zhang Lan was very brutal in her reorganisation and it brought a bad reputation to the Lou’s family.  FL visited her mother’s residence and purposely made changes to stop Zhang Lan from staying there.

Lou Yan Peng was gone for 3 years. Lou Yan Peng and Zhang Lan already married for a year.  Old Madam Lou was not agreeable with Lou Yan Peng’s choice of wife but she knew Lou Yan Peng did not like her hence she did not want to get involved in Lou Yan Peng’s marriage.

FL knows she cannot avoid the palace and meeting the royalty.  FL went to pay respect to the Empress Dowager.  FL met her cousin there.  FL gives the excuse that she came to bring Lou Lin Jing back to Lou’s residence to see Old Madam Lou.   FL met Liang Yuan Ke, her husband from her previous life.  FL reminded herself of Liang Yuan Ke’s cruelty when FL got accused of treason.  Liang Yuan Ke gave FL a divorce letter before she died.  Looking at the Empress Dowager, FL’s heart twitched as the death edict came from her. 

Zhang Lan’s soul came from the modern world.  She married Lou Yan Peng after he promised full loyalty to her.  Zhang Lan was not used to the ancient world of kneeling and paying kowtow hence it was awkward when she first met Old Madam Lou.  As expected, Zhang Lan picked a different courtyard to stay.  Zhang Lan likes FL but she finds her mature beyond her age.

Lou Yan Peng stopped over at Liu Yi Niang’s courtyard to see Lou Xu Chu.  He forgot that Lou Xu Chu already moved out from his mother’s courtyard.  When Zhang Lan heard that Lou Yan Peng went to Liu Yi Niang’s courtyard, she got jealous and stopped Lou Yan Peng from entering her room.  That night, Lou Yan Peng spent the night at Jin Yi Niang’s room.  When Zhang Lan got to know about it, her heart broke and went berserk.   Lou Yan Peng got scolded by Old Madam Lou.  Lou Yan Peng went back to pacify Zhang Lan.  Zhang Lan also realised her own mistake and made up with Lou Yan Peng.

The Lou family organised a party.  During the party, Zhang Lan surprised to hear two poems and suspected there is another person who came from the modern world like her.  Lou Su Juan fell into the lotus pond.  FL jumped in to save Lou Su Juan.  Zhang Lan hesitated at first but when she saw FL jumped in, she also jumped in to save the two girls.  Lou Yan Peng got scolded by Old Madam Lou and slowly a seed get planted in his mind that Zhang Lan will not treat his children well because they are her stepchildren.   

Zhang Lan misinformed about FL’s dowry and wanted to take control of it but it did not go as planned.  Zhang Lan invited FL to join her to open a dessert shop.  FL knows Zhang Lan wanted to use her shop-lots and her business would not succeed.  FL purposely gave a huge sum of money in front of Old Madam Lou and Lou Yuan Peng to Zhang Lan claiming to help fund Zhang Lan’s business.  Zhang Lan felt embarrassed.  At the end, Zhang Lan opened the dessert shop on her own.   Zhang Lan spent lots of time managing her business and overlooked that her husband has started to spend time at his concubines’ room.  Zhang Lan’s heart broke when she heard that Jiang Yi Niang got pregnant.  FL went to see Zhang Lan and advised her to concentrate on what really matters.  Zhang Lan can either leave or stay on to make the best of it.   Zhang Lan did not want to give up her current position hence she stayed on.   Zhang Lan concentrates to get pregnant to stabilise her position.  Jiang Yi Niang gave birth to a boy, named Lou Su Ning and Zhang Lan at last gave birth to a son, named Lou Su Yang.

Zhang Lan became good friends with Han Yan Yun.  Han Yan Yun came from a well-known family but she downgraded herself to become a concubine.  Everyone started to distance themselves from Han Yan Yun and only Zhang Lan remained close to her.  Zhang Lan gave a lots of suggestion to Han Yan Yun.  All turned out bad ideas.  Han Yan Yun almost killed herself but luckily got saved when her mother turned up to persuade her to return to the family.  Zhang Lan got into trouble when she brought two nieces (Lou Ming Yan and Lou Ming Huan) out and they bumped into a drunk Liang Yuan Shen.   Lou Ming Huan got molested by Liang Yuan Shen.  Liang Yuan Shen thought they were servants and when he heard their names, he kicked Lou Ming Huan.   

Lou Ming Huan’s granny and her mother went to see Old Madam Lou and Lou Yuan Peng.  They wanted to pressure Lou Yuan Peng to ask Liang Yuan Shen to marry their daughter.  They got scolded by FL.  FL said they deserved what happened to them.  Zhang Lan got punished kneeling in the ancestral hall.  Old Madam Lou got so angry with Zhang Lan that she gave her servant, Zi Xing to Lou Yuan Peng as concubine.  Later on, Lou Yuan Peng brought home another woman named, Lan Rou as concubine.  Zhang Lan no longer loves Lou Yuan Peng after he betrayed her again and again.

Hua Shun Qing has been monitoring the case of Han Yan Yun and found out that the real mastermind behind was FL.  Hua Shun Qing is Liang Yuan Xin’s cousin and supporter.  Hua Shun Qing said FL is extremely intelligent and careful.  She thinks 10 steps before moving one step based on how she played the chess. 

Lou Lin Jing loves Liang Yuan Xin but she also upset with him for not trying hard enough to fight for the crown prince’s position.  Lou Lin Jing undecided between Liang Yuan Xin and Liang Yuan Shen.  Lou Lin Jing wanted to become an Empress.  When Lou Lin Jing heard that Liu Gui Fei has the intention to get Liang Yuan Ke to marry FL.  Lou Lin Jing knows Liang Yuan Ke is the Emperor’s favourite son and has a high chance of becoming the next Emperor.  Lou Lin Jing gave up on Liang Yuan Xin to support Lian Yuan Shen instead.

FL’s maternal Gao family returned to the capital city.  In her past life, FL was not closed to the Gao Family.  Besides the Gao family, FL’s third uncle (Lou Yuan Gu) and aunty (Lou San Niang) also came back.   Lou Yuan Gu has a daughter, named Lou Wan Su who is only 11 years old.  

Another plot got discovered.  Liang Yuan Ke got Lou San Niang to instigate Lou Ming Huan to kill herself.  Liang Yuan Ke wanted to make the Lou Family and Liang Yuan Shen enemies.   Another reason was to bring shame to the Lou’s family so that the Lou family will feel indebted when he propose to marry FL.   FL fight back by arranging a girl to accuse Liang Yuan Ke of abandoning her and her son.  FL managed to stage it with Lian Yuan Xin’s help

FL attended the Mid-Autumn Festival at the palace with her cousins.  FL remembered in her past life that it was during this party that the Emperor gave Lou Lin Jing to Liang Yuan Xin as Wang Fei and Zi Cheng Yu as side consort.  FL wanted to help Zi Cheng Yu to reverse her fate.  Besides Zi Cheng Yu, Dai Yue Hui (Dai Su Consort’s niece) was also given to Liang Yuan Xin as side consort.  FL suspected Dai Yue Hui was planning something.  Dai Yue Hui found pregnant with Liang Wang (Liang Yuan Shen)‘s baby.  Lou Lin Jing cried, complained and wanted to cancel her engagement but got persuaded by her mother to accept Dai Yue Hui.  Liang Wang instructed people to kill Dai Yue Hui.  Liang Wang lost favour in front of the Emperor when there were corruption charges against him and what he did to Dai Yue Hui.  The Emperor told Liang Wang that he has no hope to take over the throne.

One day, Liu Gui Fei told Emperor that Empress Dowager wanted to give Hua Chui Fa to Liang Yuan Xin as main wife.  The Emperor got upset with Liu Gui Fei when she talked about her choice of daughter in law for her own son.  The Emperor actually felt guilty towards the late Hua Empress.  The Emperor purposely ignored Liang Yuan Xin to protect him from being bullied from his other wives.  But because of what he did, Liang Yuan Xin distanced himself from the Emperor.

The Emperor forced Liang Yuan Xin (ML) to tell him who he wants to marry.   At first, Liang Yuan Xin (ML) hesitated but then said he wanted FL as his wife and did not mind waiting until the mourning period is over.  The Emperor agreed.  The Emperor gave ML another side consort (Huang Wan Yu).  ML went to see FL to tell her.  FL got upset and begged ML to cancel the engagement.  ML got upset when he heard FL not willing to marry him or any of the princes.   ML has already fallen in love with FL and not willing to cancel their engagement.  ML even instructed his staff to watch FL’s action to make sure she does not do anything to cancel their engagement.

Liang Yuan Ke also lost hope to the throne when he mismanaged the assignment given by the Emperor.

FL continued to think of ways to cancel her engagement with Liang Yuan Xin (ML).  But before she did that, she plotted to get Liang Yuan Ke to marry Shi Liang Zhen first.  FL later realised that she could not find any solution to cancel her engagement when her father and maternal uncle supported ML.  FL requested ML to keep their engagement a secret.  ML went to see FL before he left for Guangxi on an assignment. FL started to soften her heart after seeing ML.  

ML sent to Guangxi on an assignment. After he returned to the capital city, he went to see FL first.  FL’s heart fluttered when she saw ML.  Two breaking news spread.  ML got promoted as Crown Prince and FL will marry ML as his Wang Fei. 

FL married ML and moved in to the palace.  FL told ML that Zhang Lan is getting suspicious and asked ML to investigate.  A few years ago, Zhang Lan saved a heavily injured man.  This man is actually a rebel member who supported Liang Zheng Yuan.  Liang Zheng Yuan’s father is the Ai Ming, the previous crown prince who got killed by the current Emperor.  Liang Zheng Yuan lost everything in Guangxi thanks to ML.  Liang Zheng Yuan got seriously injured and went to seek shelter at Zhang Lan’s mansion outside the capital city.  Zhang Lan thought she found a solution to harm ML.  Hence she arranged for Liang Zheng Yuan to meet Liang Yuan Ke. 

Liang Yuan Ke did not give up his wish to become the next Emperor, Liang Yuan Ke no longer like Shi Liang Zhen accusing her of lying to him about her relationship with FL.  Liang Yan Ke married Du Ning Zi as his side consort from another affluent family to form alliance.

ML told FL that he will not treat her how his father treated his mother.  FL got hurt in her past life and did not trust ML’s devotion towards her.  All of ML’s concubines moved to the palace and given the right title.  Most of ML’s concubines got forced to him by other people.  Shan Qiao/Shan Ru Ren often faked headache to get ML’s attention.  This time, ML got the royal physician to say that Shan Qiao got head tumour and used that as an excuse to get her to stay in her room.

Zhang Lan has fallen in love with Cang Li, the rebel member who she saved before.  Lou Yuan Peng found out who Zhang Lan hid in her mansion outskirt.  Zhang Lan got locked up in her room.  Lan Rou, one of Lou Yuan Peng’s concubine who is a spy came to see Zhang Lan.  Zhang Lan stunned when she heard that Liang Yuan Ke planned to poison Lou Yuan Peng and kill ML when he comes to visit Lou Yan Peng.

After Lou Yuan Peng got poisoned, Zhang Lan took over as head of the family.  FL went to see her father and knew that it was a plot.  Based on all the information gathered, ML already knows the enemy’s plan.  Cang Li got killed in the assassination attempt.  Zhang Lan got punished with death.  Her son’s title passed on to Lou Xu Chu because of she did.  FL got injured trying to block a stab meant for ML.   

Liang Yuan Ke’s title got taken away and became a commoner.  Liu Gui Fei and her family got punished with death sentence.   Before Liu Gui Fei passed away, she passed on all her spies to Lou Ling Jin to fight with FL.

Lou Ling Jin and Liang Yuan Shen asked for approval to move to Liao Dong to settle down.  ML agreed but requested that they leave their son behind.  ML knows their real intention of going to Liao Dong.  They want to go to Liao Dong to get military support and then create an excuse to revolt.  They started to form alliances and bribed the military officers to join their camp.

FL got worried and depressed that she was not pregnant after one year of marriage.  It hurts her to ask ML to spend the nights at his concubines room.  FL started to lose weight.  ML could not stand looking at FL that way as it reminded him of his own mother who died of heartbreak.   ML  confessed to FL that he did not have sex with any of his concubines.  He went there to sleep only.  FL confessed her true feelings to ML. ML asked FL to give themselves 5 years to try for a baby.  After they made up, FL fainted.  FL was found pregnant.

Concubine Shan and Concubine Huang had a fight in front of FL and FL got pushed.  FL went into labour.   FL gave birth to a son.  Concubine Shan got punished with death sentence.  ML left Concubine Huang alive to use her as a shield and excuse for not having anymore concubines and to protect FL from being criticised.  The fight incident got instigated by Lou Ling Jin from afar.

Liang Yuan Shen fell into the trap set by ML.  Liang Yuan Shen and Lou Ling Jing’s titles got taken away and became commoner. 

ML and FL lives peacefully after that.

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