Only downside is the recurring scenes of dependence where she is too helpless to help herself. Stories realistic otherwise.
in fact it's only later in the story where the situation pressed for it that she reveals some of it... and sadly she doesn't want to rely on the dependable people around her. She also tell white lies that shows off the fact she isn't dependent on her knowledge. Aside from the fact she's a princess pressed with responsibility, she still is a relateable character when it comes to divulging her secret.
The summary leads you on thinking Marie would have done her absolute best to avoid and try to resolve those flags, but she doesn't! I means Marie doesn't go so far out that it loses it realism, in fact some the exaggerated the terrible characters of the original otome game were caused by simple but believable situations.
And mind you, Marie reincarnates as a young child before the turning point for the love interests ever happened, the "terrible" persona's of love intrests don't come into play as far as I know.
So is this how spoilers work? This is my first review. I don't think I spoiled much in regards to the bluk of text above. Anyways, I do find the main character to be too passive and there is no growth throughout the story except for accepting the "miserable" situation he's gotten himself into. So there was no strong character development to say. Then there is a greater loophole I found in this story, the titled woman greatly resembles the main character and is constantly referenced in the novel. Who is she? She's the deceased king's spouse. The current king is the main characters father and is in fact his 2nd son. After the (current king's) brother fell in love with her, and gained her affections she passed away early on because of an illness and the mentioned brother died later on because of depression. The main character is constantly compared to this woman as in looks and personality. In fact his father was secretly supporting his departure because he (the main character) reminded him of his brother's spouse, but more importantly it stated that this woman died before the couple had any children!? I think there was suppose to be more development... like some sort of affair because when most of the adult men showed there perspective of this woman, of course it was favorable but the main character's father and the main character's benefactor used to be in love with the woman. The current king's wife is never mention and the elder brothers hair color is blonde with blue eyes and the younger brother is silver hair with red eyes. This is only mentioned once and considering the king is the "sun" its more likely he was only blonde. I can speculate much more of this but this is more or less a review that seems more like a deduction or even a rant. I apologize if you sincerely read this and this only depicts that there is loopholes in this story. This is the only major, technical one. The other more story like flaw is the fact that while the younger brother grew more affectionate because when he was younger he actually was close to the main character, the elder brother's reason was only revealed (sort of) in Chapter 21. His reason also brought up the fond memory he had when they were younger but then the time or situation of that doesn't make sense either. The three of them never competed with one another, but alas when they grew older... the reason for there competition was never explained either. The king also didn't seem the type to pressure his sons into this competition. The king is also never mentioned (aside from the omake) after the "happy ending" with smut. Perhaps I didn't like it because it only talked of lewd actions and the main character while having a weak character setting in the first place didn't resist... at all!