Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped


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When she woke up, Ye Ning became the delicate girl who always shed tears in the book. At that time, she eloped with a man and took the compensation money for her father’s accidental death…

According to the plot, the man would get rich with her money and later marry Ms. Perfect, abandoning her. She would then return home only to find out that her sister had long been human trafficked while she was trying to find her.

Unknowingly, because no one had cared for him, her brother became a beggar and died tragically after taking a rat poison…

So, Ye Ning hid the compensation money from the scumbag and decisively bought a ticket to go back home. She was going to change her younger siblings’ lives along with her own…

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07/16/24 Midnightrambles c38
07/09/24 Midnightrambles c37 part2
07/05/24 Midnightrambles c37 part1
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06/25/24 Midnightrambles c35
06/21/24 Midnightrambles c34
06/14/24 Midnightrambles c33
06/11/24 Midnightrambles c32
06/07/24 Midnightrambles c31 part2
05/31/24 Midnightrambles c31 part1
05/07/24 Midnightrambles c30
04/26/24 Midnightrambles c29 part2
04/23/24 Midnightrambles c29 part1
04/19/24 Midnightrambles c28 part2
04/16/24 Midnightrambles c28 part1
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January 11, 2021
Status: Completed
This novel is pretty nice. Though it might not be for people who wants to read quick romance (or romance to begin with; read the slow romance tag).

This novel focus more on FL's journey to fix her 'family's' life. It's a slice-of-life kinda thing, but not really. It tells about FL's works, things that happened to her & her family etc.

So, if you come solely for romance, you will be disappointed because ML didnt even appear before chapter 30+ or 40+. And their romance's progress arent even written in detail... more>> since like I said before, this novel focus more on FL's life journey.

I find it nice to read since it feels like im taking a break from reading all those overbearing ceo/transmigrating types of novels lol <<less
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Eclat123 rated it
January 8, 2021
Status: Completed
The drama in this story is very realistic despite the supernatural elements. A poor country girl being duped by a criminal's son, a 'nice' cop involved in domestic violence, a corrupt government employee fleeing overseas, a girl marrying a guy she barely knew to get a green card, and people who get filthy rich because they invested wisely in property in the 80s.

The plot is super interesting and will constantly get you hooked, especially if you're a poor working-class laborer like me who can only dream of getting rich.
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creatinganaccount rated it
January 8, 2021
Status: Completed
I like this novel-- it is not too complex. The FL is sensible, though admittedly, things go too smoothly for her. She does not encounter any problems when doing business and working, or in her personal life when dealing with senior family members or looking for love. The absence of critical points made her character kinda flat and a bit Mary-Sue but not enough to make it unpalatable. Sweet read about an FL doing business and also finding love.
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Rinkyx rated it
July 6, 2021
Status: c39
I'm really enjoying this so far. I like that it's more focusing on the MC and her making it through life rather than romance. Especially for this type of novel. Hope that it continues like this till the end. I've only read up to ch. 39 on MTL but there's a part that really hit home for me and was interesting to see.

MC father died and so they give him a funeral. There's a part in the chapter where MC aunt tells MC and her sister that when the funeral is happening they have to perform a funeral cry through out the whole thing and MC finds it awkward. Same here the first time I experienced it. My parents converted to Christianity when they came to a North America so when I was born a lot of the stuff that my parents grew up with and is part of our culture and customs, I was never exposed very much. They grew up in the back waters in the jungle like the MC and the funeral customs and procedures are exactly the same. So reading it is interesting to me. In our old culture they practiced shamanism and had someone like Uncle Wu who is like the Shamen or witch doctor be their spiritual leader and doctor. The first time I experienced this type of funeral was my dads grandpas funeral and it was a total cultural shock to me. It's really scary if you hear how they cry. Especially the old aunties and grandmas. You can also have professionals crying at the funeral as well I heard and there's also a certain way you have to cry- and they will hire the old aunties and grandmas to cry for the dead in the way like how the aunt explains to MC all 7 days. Anyways for those who are not familiar with this and when you get to this part and is confused. It's a real custom and because I've experienced it before it brought a lot of memories back for me. The whole funeral scene was accurate with staying overnight with the body to crying and all that and they do this for 7 days. I'm not sure if other Asian cultures do this as well or similar but I like how detail the author is and explained some of it. But yea, the crying is no joke.


UPDATE JUL 6, 2021

completed the novel and I enjoyed it lots. 4.5⭐️ There were parts I wished the author wrote more about

like the MC mother. MTL only had up to 123 chapters. Not sure if ch 124-127 are extras and missing which will address the mv mother but yea I really wanted to get more info about that situation. I wanted the mother to regret abandoning the MC and her siblings and father.

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silent hobby rated it
October 7, 2021
Status: Completed
Regardless of the slow plot and not many intrigue, I enjoyed this novel, that’s why I gave 5 stars.

The MC is a mature woman’s soul about 29 yo, she transmigrated to 18-19 yo timid girl in the early 80s.

The novel is about her journey to change her siblings pitiful life and her ambition to get rich.

... more>> The ML is more like side character but he also doing his part to support MC.

If you like steady and a bit of slow plot and the journey of MC to get rich and happy life, you should try this.

When I started, I have low expectation about this novel but surprisingly it is better than I thought. <<less
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tedy2004 rated it
March 19, 2021
Status: c86
So this is the first novel that I MTL-ed and read till now. The novel was good then became ok with her business, meaning it became to pass time, and I tried and tried to read it until I forgot about the novel while having other important things to do and when I did remember I reached till chapter X and plot Y for me it became boring. I've started to read it from January till March where I've barely checked on the novel, the novel became a chore for... more>> me... I do thank this novel though, it gave me a break from novels :D.

In conclusion the novel is good till the part with her business, then it's OK

for me It became repetitive of how she wins every single thing regarding the business domain, no rival, no drama, nothing... the author starts to make FL-Mary Suyish, but it's not that offensive, it just makes the novel to pass time which is sad cause it had potential for 4.5 star;c


I do recommend though if you can bear through MTL and read an ok novel based on my opinion only. <<less
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yolinda97 rated it
January 8, 2021
Status: Completed
Simple story with not much drama. As a lighthearted story I found it to be a good palate cleanser.
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kawaii12345 rated it
October 16, 2021
Status: Completed
God in heaven this was boring. I have never struggled so hard to finish a book and I have read somewhere around 10k +. It was read a few chapters fall asleep, read a few chapters hey couldn't I reorganize my kitchen. Hey maybe I can increase the efficiency of my refrigerator. Come back read a chapter fall asleep.

To be fair, the book starts well but by chapter 25 it's dead. All the fun of someone having future knowledge as their edge is just destroyed. Ye Ning has no conflicts... more>> of any significance, there's nothing. It's slice of life made duller and dumber <<less
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Kiriko rated it
April 29, 2021
Status: Completed
Finished reading the novel by MTL.

This novel isn't bad, but it isn't terribly great either. It's a good mindless read, if you're into the whole gradual building of a giant business enterprise by the MC. Things go pretty well for the MC after she gets out into the world a bit. There are never any major problems for her, which isn't bad, but at the same time it feels like because of the lack of conflict in the MC's life, the author threw a lot of the side characters under... more>> the bus. The side characters are pretty much where the 'drama' happens, and the MC is someone who either helps them out (if they're friends) or watches on from the sidelines going, "Well, that happened". It's not necessarily bad, but the story as a whole does feel kinda bland as a result. Things do flow a bit more logically compared to the typical dog-blood novels out there, and all the characters have a pretty understandable mindset. If you're looking for a story with a lot of ups and downs, this might not be the story for you, but if you want a story where things only get better and better for the MC, you're at the right place. Do note that some of the subplots remain unresolved and seem to disappear from existence For example:

There's a part where she goes to check out how her mom is living and gets found out, so the mom talks about having her marry some rich dude with her maternal grandmother. But in the end the mom and maternal grandmother never show up in the story again. Guess they couldn't find her later? Lol

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Trece rated it
April 2, 2021
Status: c2
Lets start with the good, the depiction of the 80's financial struggles and the characters general thoughts about making money spending habits, capitalism and socialism.

There's also the many interesting side characters with their own circumstances and limitations striving to reach for more than what society tells them to accept.

Now with the bad: I'm not going to lie, everything goes the protagonist's way, somehow she seems to know everything and she's always right, about the romance... there's none, that wouldn't be necessarily bad if the business making part of the novel... more>> was more interesting but everything is so easy for her...

Overall an okay novel to pass time <<less
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Shortk rated it
February 4, 2023
Status: Completed
You have to have a particular taste to enjoy this, including family dynamics which are not about drama, a real power couple, and full on fashion warehouse / factory business. You have to like the 3rd point a lot bc our MC / ML are workaholics. They're very hardworking and so although their romance isn't necessarily romantic, it's good enough for me personally as someone who appreciates a partner in crime type relationship.

I will say the writing is not super detailed and is more telling over showing as we get... more>> closer to the end, and the core siblings appearances fade a bit after the first half until the extras. Other than that, I really did enjoy this. The MC weirdly enough doesn't have any golden fingers other that knowing the economic development as a normal civilian coming from modern day and having read the "novels plot". Although the author shows some ugly, it's nice to see that most people are nice. Due to the time period, some morals are sketchy and although the MC doesn't comment on most of then, the author will address some points regarding certain cultural points or country policies. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but there are a lot of strong women in here including the MC. <<less
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readingnu rated it
October 23, 2022
Status: Completed
I enjoyed it a lot. As mentioned, there is an emphasis on business, but there is also a ML, and I felt the flow was good. The MC and ML love and respect each other, and are mindful of their family and goals. It is a happy ending, but the extras provided closure

... more>>

There is closure on Ye Lan (dream about past, partner / happy / from college, profession / successful) and Ye An (partner - funny blind date / they were not each others blind date, there was a mix up, profession)

On mother (she ends up being selfish, her husband has a mistress who is pregnant, she gets medicne for her to lose baby and kills her husband with medicine too, is investigated and goes to prison). She finds out (due to Ye Ning letting out information about past) that her daughter is successful and tries to get close but this is where she is investigated (by efforts of Ye Ning). Children get some closure if that helps, and she still feels unapologetic, tries to lie, so I liked her ending

Ye Nings friend, Wu Yao? - You learn about her partner in US, unhappy but chose to save parents (embezzled a lot of money). Many things happen with her (like a prenup, a child, her parents [good parents at the end]) but she gets her happy ending with original boyfriend.

There is more, just further development in MC and ML business world


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Eeria rated it
August 18, 2022
Status: Completed
It s a good slice of life novel. FL is bold and daring and smart as well. The ML was much more subdued but supportive. The romance was just a bit blend but the story was interesting
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CaliforniaMaki rated it
May 29, 2022
Status: Completed
I love this book. It's your regular slice of life with a slow plot. But honestly, I wasn't bored by it.

We've got strong FL and ML ... more>>

tho would have liked ML to be an official rather than someone who was more successful than the FL


The romance was really not there lol there's a bit and sweet moments but the story really revolved on the FL's journey from her first job to her success and her relationship with the family and the village.

All in all, if you like a good slow burn and business management, you'll really enjoy this! <<less
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lovely arya
lovely arya rated it
September 21, 2021
Status: Completed
this is mtl friendly story. There are some parts which cant be understood with detail but u get the gist.

the story is pretty smooth sailing for FL so do not expect too much drama.

but one part made me sad about her grandfather. I know I know what he did is not forgivable but the way author wrote about him at end almost made me cry.

p.s- thanx to translator I get to read a wonderfull story.
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