A Rose Dedicated to You

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“You can look down on me, and reject me. I’m not asking you to understand me. ――― This is my love.”
Countess Rosenstein is hated for being a selfish and domineering woman. But that was all an act she put on so that her husband could freely love the person he loved and spend time with his lover.

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Anata ni Sasageru Akai Bara
A Red Rose Devoted to You
あなたに捧げる赤い薔薇
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BobChan
New BobChan rated it
May 15, 2020
Status: c28
In the beginning, the novel was rather interesting, being introduced to the main 'conflict' asap instead of building up to it. But as the story progressed, it became more agonizing to read. The MC is very stubborn and pessimistic (she has the typical Japanese 'I refuse to believe/accept it' temperament, who denies everything and is afraid to acknowledge the truth), a large part of it has to due with her past.

However, things become redundant really fast with how her personality is and after a while, you become tired of it.... more>> You really can't help but want to slap her out of it sometimes. (It's really annoying to read about the MC and her deep and pure love for the ML, while purposefully denying herself of her right to love him.) Tbh, it's more like she's running away and doesn't want to face what she's done. Because if she leaves, she'll be labeled by what she's done and then eventually forgotten by the mass and only brought up every so often, rather than trying to clear up everything she's done and properly atone for all that she believes she's done wrong.

The ducking circle we dance around:

Spoiler

Her conversation with the ML:

"I want you to say it again. I want you to tell me. You―――"

"Love you. I love you, " I said without letting him finish his sentence, and he hugged me so tight that I couldn't breathe.

He pressed his lips against my cheeks and kissed the tears that flowed down my cheeks.

"Let's go home, Ophelia, " Orpheus's voice was so calm that I wanted to leave everything to him and immerse myself in his hug.

"Let's go home together and start over from the beginning. We've solved our misunderstandings. I'm sure it'll go well this time."

If I nod now then we'll probably be able to return to the starting point. We can hold hands and live happily ever after.

――― But is that fine?

"I... can't."

"..... Why?"

I twisted my body and tried to get out of his hug, but he held on tighter and pressed a hand against my back.

I pushed his arm away and tried to get away, but his thin body didn't yield.

"I've... hurt you. I was a nuisance to a lot of people and sullied the Rosenstein House's honour. You know this, don't you? What people say about me in high society."

"Then just don't go out in public. You just have to stay in the mansion. I'll give you whatever you want, and if you're bored, then I'll get people to talk to you. You can continue your friendship with His Highness Claudias. I'll protect you."

"That's not the problem. That way is useless. No one will agree."

I can't act innocent and be protected by Orpheus. I'm not allowed to do that.

"Only you and I need to agree."

"That's no good. I have to make amends."

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Spoiler

Her constant profession of love:

"Claude. I think of you as my best friend. You're someone who I respect and you're very important to me. I can accept most of your requests, but marriage is impossible. I can't marry you."

"You're speaking bluntly."

"Yes, I am. I'm not going to marry anyone other than Orpheus."

"You can't love me?"

His beaming smile changed into a lonely one. He clenched his fist and held in his anger.

"I love you as a friend."

"How about as someone of the opposite sex?"

"I gave that love to that person. All of it."

My feelings remain the same even if we divorce and never meet again. I will continue to love Orpheus.

So, I won't remarry.

Even if an extremely charming man whispered his love to me or lavished me with money. Even if I become poor and can't even feed myself every day.

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Overall, it's not a bad read, but it also makes you want to pull at your hair at times. Therefore, it's better if you wait for the novel to be completely translated before reading, otherwise, you might just actually pull your hair out due to frustrations. <<less
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crimsoniv0j
crimsoniv0j rated it
September 28, 2019
Status: c9
This is quiet interesting novel. I am not satisfied how the MC acted and faced her problem. I mean it's a big mis understanding, she is deluded and always assuming the worst.

She grow up in distressing environment where she didn't develop a positive outlook in her life that's why she looks at the situation in a twisted negative way. She has the lowest self respect and self esteem ever and I don't blame her that because she was never shown love and respect growing up.

The ML seemed genuinely like her... more>> at first, seems there's no love yet at the first stage of their marriage but ML is doing his job and responsibility.

The MC sees the situation in a negative way that's why she handled it her "twisted and dumb ways" and that's where the story began.

Spoiler

There goes the explanation why she acted like that. She's dumb isn't she, she can just ask ML to divorce her with the reason she have Claude already. Why the need to ruin your reputation and make the ML name to be tainted. She is self acclaimed great actress so why can't she just do that?! Lol

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This is a new approach and quiet distressing story but I still like to know more about it and how it will end. More or less, I still love this! <<less
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hikaoru
hikaoru rated it
October 30, 2019
Status: c16
this husband is such a jerk. He knew why she's always like that but does nothing about it. He does not take some time to understand where she's coming from.

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Spoiler

ever since her mother died (i've read the manga too), she has been suffering from her father's beatings and almost sold her to prostitution. She has never had anything that she can call as hers. That's why she'll never consider Orpheus as her husband if she always see him happy with Diana.

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some says that she should have initiated/stated that she wanted a divorce - Ophelia loves him so much that she'll taint her own reputation just for him to be happy but deep inside, I know that she's hoping that he'll just clarify everything on his own and do something about it (not just talking but acting too) and not Diana doing the explaining. That's why she's a bit disappointed with him but somehow hoping that he loves her too. She has no confidence and security in the so called love with Orpheus only tolerating her negative image and the love that Diana has been talking about (such BS she's talking about and making Ophelia feel like she's always the bad one for interfering with their love story)

Spoiler

I'm also glad I read this novel since I thought that Diana and Orpheus are blood related (from the manga) but they are not which was clarified since the first month that they married and all the helpers of the house ships the two of them making her the villain in their eyes no matter how good or bad she treat them. No wonder Ophelia doesn't believe what BS Diana is spouting and how Orpheus is dealing with her with a cold attitude and I don't care attitude. Orpheus doesn't do anything with his servants treating her badly and disregarding her as they please. I would also divorce him even though he save me from her father's abusive home. I just don't believe with that love BS they're saying.

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and reading the tag that included UNREQUITED LOVE, I'm readying myself on future angst and tragedy on this novel but I do ship her with Claude and hope that he's not gay anymore :P <<less
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Pirate Of The Stars
Pirate Of The Stars rated it
August 12, 2019
Status: c1
It's really to early to tell if this story is very good, but from the first few chapters, I'm left with a "meh" feeling. It's fine writing and all, but a little... dull. And the MC seems kinda stupid. I get it--she's in love and wants the guy she loves to be happy. But sometimes I think she goes a little bit too far. She complicated things a lot more than they have to be, and it leaves me putting my head in my hands. So... meh. I'll keep reading... more>> and see if it gets any better. <<less
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Shio
Shio rated it
February 14, 2020
Status: c16
To be honest, this story is irritating. The female MC feel insecure and believe her husband loved his cousin (which the male lead and his cousin never admit). MC was alienated by the servants since the servants support ML x cousin pairing. Being someone with low esteem, the MC feel kept feeling guilty and allow the servants to trash talk her all the time. At the beginning of the story, the MC was quite close with the cousin and husband and describe them as kind and gentle. Yet those two... more>> never reprimand the servants either. With how those two behave, I understand why the MC didn't believe in MC. I wouldn't believe him either. I just don't get the MC logic. It feels like she merely choose to act as a villain since the author want to take the most dramatic route possible. So every chapters we always get MC's inner monologue where she felt all guilty and try to get divorced by acting like a villain. Her plan was ridiculous to begin with, so instead of feeling melancholic, I only get annoyed.

If you want to feel melancholic and sorry for the protagonist, read My Fiance is in Love with My Little Sister instead. 100% angst without stupid logic, and the MC actually do something to make herself and people around her happy. <<less
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Hyeyung15
Hyeyung15 rated it
February 10, 2020
Status: c20
The concept is good but there are too many loopholes to make it believable. The whole story is based off of a bunch of misunderstandings of who likes who which makes it interesting but the misunderstandings could so easily be resolved but they aren’t because that would end the story lol.

Possible Spoiler:

The MC thinks Diana loves Orpheus which Diana denies. Obviously the MC won’t believe her so all Diana has to do is say WHO it is she loves. Instead she goes in such a roundabout way saying, “I know... more>> I should leave but I want to stay by his side.” not naming the guy she loves which is just asking for misunderstandings and it just ends up sounding silly making the story unbelievable. <<less
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Purple Lotus
Purple Lotus rated it
April 18, 2020
Status: --
It all revolves around a big misunderstanding which is dragged on for the sake of plot development.

It's wasn't super bad -at least there wasn't an abusive ML. Although in this case it's the reverse. It's the MC who hurts ML based on a misunderstanding. The idea of acting as a capricious, gaudy and cheating wife to get away from her husband was somewhat entertaining.
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OtomeAddict
OtomeAddict rated it
November 1, 2019
Status: --
A deviation from the normal for this type of story.

The translator is very good! I follow most of the translations on the blog.

We have a heroine who thinks she is a villainess standing in the way of her husband (the guy she loves) and his actual lover. She wants to be self sacrificing so she acts like a shameless psycho/outcast in high society so he'll have a good reason to dump her.

She does have a pretty sad backstory but even if your self esteem is low from being hurt by... more>> a jerk if you proceed this way you're hurting both of you... I don't understand how she came up with that plan....

She handles the situation not by talking it out with the guy but instead hurting both of their reputations by acting inappropriately. There are like literally 100 better ways to handle things, it can't be that hard to end things somewhat amicably. (Pretend you're infertile or go the religious route become a nun and dedicate yourself to god if you're so eager to sacrifice yourself)

Okay guys here's the twist!

Spoiler

He is not with that other girl and he actually quite likes MC. Only for some reason he is also reasonable conversation impaired.

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