Eldest Sister, Why Haven’t You Married Yet

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Once transmigrated, she entered a fire pit. Yue You Jin, as the eldest daughter of the second branch, was adorned with a bunch of younger sisters. Her strong soul, however, didn’t have a strong physique. So she could only swallow her anger until she was twelve years old.

A scum Dad, who can’t give birth to a son, cheated while married and brought home the third wheel with him. A grandmother, who places more importance to son over daughters, doesn’t treat her granddaughter as a human being. And also cousin sisters, who want to climb high branches, looked down rural people and a ‘superbrain’ cousin brother, who emptied the family wealth to bribe examiners …

Fortunately, she finally found a chance to escape from Yue Family, this bunch of oddballs. Yue You Jin had to shoulder the heavy burden of supporting the family of ten, She can only to empty her brain for money-making ideas. Finally raised her sisters. Initially, she thought she could retire in honor. What? You guys are starting to rush marriage?

The little sisters: “Eldest Sister, you and your brother-in-law have been in a nameless relationship for so many years, just short a ceremony. There’s no time like the present, so let’s do it today?”

The brother-in-law who never got the chance to get formal/legal status was moved to tears. “Sisters, add oil (go for it)! Brother-in-law wants to buy you a big house!”

The female lead’s family surname was Yue in the early stage and changed to Su in the middle period.

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marchmallow
marchmallow rated it
June 10, 2020
Status: Completed
Surprised at the low ratings for this. I found the few translated chapters really interesting so I decided to MTL the rest. Fairly readable, just needs a bit more comprehension.

Contrary to most c-novels with dog blood drama between women, this novel beautifully writes about women helping women. It's very refreshing and heartwarming, and you can't help but wish happiness for most of the characters. My only issue is that it ended too soon! I had hoped for their thoughts to be more fleshed out, be it the MC or other... more>> side characters... but it's still a really good story overall.

I had read one review comparing this one to Ming Lan, another ancient slice-of-life transmigration story that also focuses on familial love, with several characters that have excellent characterization. I have to say that the writing for that one is far more superior, but this story also has its own charms.

Main focus of the story isn't just MC, but people around her as well. MC has been strong and mature from the beginning, so the growth expected from her character leans more towards tangible stuff like wealth/status rather than mental/emotional growth. Character growth from side characters are instead more obvious.

Considering our MC is a woman struggling to support her mother and seven sisters in an extremely toxic and abusive household, most of the characters are women. Through the first forty chapters, you have to endure reading as it's mostly about her and her family surviving under the hands of her evil grandma and scum father. But after leaving, things go smoothly for our heroine, so it's pretty rewarding. Romance is secondary, and it isn't until the last few chapters that you get to witness some of it. It's mostly slice-of-life with some minor mishaps.

MC was a soldier in her past life, but other than practicing martial arts for self-defense, it doesn't really impact her life much. Instead, with her strong sense of responsibility, she uses her modern smarts to look for opportunities to earn money to support her family.

Her grandmother had an extreme bias against her family since they were all daughters, and she (grandma) detested her mother even more for not birthing sons. As a 21st-century adult woman in a malnourshied 11-year-old girl's body, MC knew her limits and had to really endure, and after leaving, she strongly enforced to her sisters that they didn't need to be sons to be worthy of love. She proves to everyone how capable she is despite not being a boy, and she also gets the respect she deserves.

She's not OP at all (a pet peeve of mine!) ---you get to witness her journey from being a poor village girl to a rich young miss. She doesn't have any special skills, but uses her modern knowledge to her utmost advantage. She isn't a know-it-all and hires experts to execute her ideas, and her success mostly stems from the fact that some things common to the modern world still weren't popular in that era, especially in a lesser-known village far from the capital, so she pioneered most of them. And she achieves all of this purely from her own strength and perseverance, with very little assistance from the ML.

She's cool and composed, but not too overly calm or aloof, and has a few emotional outbursts that are completely justifiable. She doesn't ignore unfavorable feelings (like sadness and anger), unlike other transmigrated and too-composed MCs who think they aren't themselves anymore once they lose their cool. She values relationships and doesn't just condemn people if they're the least bit disagreeable, but she's also a bit vengeful and is decisive when she retaliates.

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After leaving the abusive Yue family, we don't hear much from them except for a few chapters later in the story. I had wanted to see MC and her family rub off their success on their faces, and that daughters are just as worthy as sons and have them regret mistreating them so hard they cough blood. But the grandma just dies off-screen and... her father and scum uncles... well, I guess they got the endings they deserved.

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The ML is also very human. He isn't a prince or a high official, but a normal young master of a distinguished clan. He's kind, gentle, intelligent, and respects MC and wholeheartedly admires her for being headstrong and independent. He assists her a few times to strengthen her business, and they start off as business partners and eventually develop a deep friendship. He has his own struggles and he does his best not to implicate MC in any of it. The romance is slow, a little sparse but rewarding.

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It actually takes them 8 years to finally get together!

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I also really appreciate that it only brushes lightly on descriptions of how attractive the main characters are. No long paragraphs in every chapter about their peerless jade-like features that can ruin cities and shit. This is pretty pedantic of me, but I'm sick of that.

There's not much politics in this, but you get to witness the effects of the decisions made in the imperial court through MC's life.

If you're looking for a light and heartwarming read, then this one is definitely for you. Although a little short for my taste, but still great overall. Would love to read this properly translated, so I can fill out the stuff that got lost in translation from using MTL. <<less
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Shanni
Shanni rated it
August 20, 2020
Status: Completed
Wow, I had plans to give up on Chinese novels and then I found this gem. This is a complete breath of fresh air. Not gonna lie the MTL is a bit jarring on the brain but the story is really worth reading, here's why:

  1. It's short only 164 chapters. I'm so tired of those repetitive 1000+ chapters novels where the story just drags on and on when it could clearly be summarised in less than 500 chapters.
  2. The Female lead is not OP. The FL in this does practice martial arts but it's just for self-defence. This is a massive plus because usually when the FL transmigrate they are super strong (genius doctor, killer, super-agent thief etc). This is usually so annoying and impossible since the new body is usually malnourish and weak.
  3. All 9 sisters learn martial arts but they rarely used it, which feels way more practical considering the period.
  4. The mom had 10 kids. 9 girls and 1 boy. All the sisters are amazing and have their own personalities. Although the MC is the central focus the sisters are not there to just prop her up and make her look better. The girls really love each other and strive to make their lives better
  5. I love that each sister found their own husband, nobody was trying to find/steal anybody else's man (also their husbands really suited their personalities and they didn’t fall for a man who already had concubines, you go girls)
  6. The mom had some issues and was a bit useless, but she really made efforts to changed and wasn’t stubborn to the point of not being able to accept criticism and improve
  7. ML isn’t annoying, overbearing, or sees female lead as a weak woman needing his protection. Whenever they worked together each benefited from the business deals, ML doesn't just give in to the FL whims.
  8. The girls usually resolved their own issues and didn’t need a man to save them/ MC didn’t get crazy and give up everything or mistreat family members when she falls in love. Most importantly, no sisters got left behind. The characters had great development and it felt like you get to know each sister personally and not just see things from the MCs point of view.
  9. FL priority was to ensure all her sisters were happy because of the ab*se they suffered she really didn't want them to be sad anymore. You really see how the ab*se affects some of the sisters which feels somewhat more realistic instead of them just moving on from the ab*se without any trauma.
  10. There's no annoying second ML or FL who doesn't know how to give up.
  11. Problems are resolved in a logical manner/ MC didn’t go around killing everyone who offended her
  12. My only criticism is that I was itching to see the vicious family members get their just due, but instead, the MC lived brilliantly which was also satisfying.
In short, if you're tired of those novels where the sisters are just... more>> fighting for one man (as if there's only one man in the novel world, urgh!) and want to read a novel about sisterly love and girl power them this is a must-read <<less
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awesomehuman134
awesomehuman134 rated it
May 26, 2020
Status: Completed
I was so excited when I read the summary and find out that AT LAST there's a Chinese novel about sisterly love, and not only that IT'S GOOD.
    1. I think currently this is the only Chinese novel where sisterly love is in the forefront of the story, which is very rare considering sisters in Chinese novel are always the rival and the antagonist, even in the story where "girls power" is supposedly the main theme. Even in a story, where the female lead does have some female friends, it's just briefly mentioned or is just a tool for the fem prota to know the male lead, a tool for the story to show how capable and charismatic the fem prota are (oh look at that prota, even when she are ignored by her family, she could easily find friends in the higher place that are attracted by her charismatic aura and elegant posture).
    1. The protagonist is not OP, she used to be a soldier but because she is trapped in the body of a malnourished child, there is not much that she can do, which for me is a plus, since there are so many Chinese stories where, the protagonist become hella OP just because the transmigrator is an "assassin", "police", "soldier", nevermind that the original body is malnourished, nevermind... more>> that the original body is only a kid (5-13 years old), nevermind that the muscle of girl cannot kick a f*cking adult until they hit a wall. If you want to read a quick face-slap story, which the protagonist can just slap anyone regardless of logic, this is not for you.
    1. The Protagonist is well done, she's not just some basic OP mary sue with a depth of a puddle. She loves her sister and her mother, she helps them and always want them to have a better future even when they are a burden and she could've just run away and still live just fine, with her survival skill and her resourcefulness, which is refreshing because, in another novel, most prota in this kind of story just leave the "useless burden" (mostly her mom, but it's not really all her fault, she is a victim of ab*se and in the later chapter she starts to be stronger) to suffer (unless they are hot and could be added to their harem), and it's very nice to see the sisters care for her as well, unlike in another story where usually if the fem prota saves a girl (a rare occurrence), the girl will pay it back by trying to take their man or some shit, which is just tiring, insulting and so overdone. She is resourceful and always have a way regardless of her situation and she's not some perfect flawless goddess, in some of her plans she doesn't mind to take a few lose, she doesn't need some handsome god of a man to save her and she doesn't have a god halo where everything goes accordingly to her plans.
    1. This is one of the true "girl power" c-novel, because the protagonist a woman, not some perfect goddess and also because the protagonist has a good female companion and not an op mary sue whose "friends" are her handsome and godlike male harem, who even if she has female friends, her friends are most likely a cannon fodder who are there to lick their feet and compliment them on how perfect they are. It's a story about the female lead escaping an abusive home along with her sisters and mother and triumph in the face ancient male patriarchy, sisters helping sisters so that they can become boss b*tch, girls being badass regardless of her circumstances.
Anyway, this is my first review which is obv mostly fueled by me getting tired of the same female hating female trope in c-novel and finally find THIS, a breath of fresh air. <<less
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XxxMelanie
XxxMelanie rated it
March 27, 2023
Status: Completed
Solid 4.5. Would be a 5 but there were a few things missing in my opinion. 1. The awful family

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Was hoping for their father's family to find out so that they can rub it in their faces like: look, all girls but more prosperous than you'll ever be. Money wasting things? Seems like they can make more in a day than your family has in their entire life combined!

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2. Sisters with their husbands

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Super dissatisfied about the fact that the sisters never even mentioned their pasts to their husband. Maybe the second sister did after her shock of seeing the father and then the fiancé comforting her. But we never got to see it. Like how can't you tell your husband these things? Why I disliked it so much was because basically no one knows what they had to go through, and how far they have gotten except the family members themselves. They don't have to be stuck in the past, but at least mentioning it to your husband in the way of: "We are over it and appreciate everything we have now. We appreciate the eldest sister the most who made it possible to begin with." But no. Never.

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3. The village doctor

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Was waiting for FL to repay the doctor of her village like she said she would when she has more money to repay him. But it never happened. Disappointing.

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These were missing and then there was one thing that happened but infuriated me:

The mother's thoughts

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I always understood why the mother didn't want to leave. The hate she got was undeserved. Because she was right! If the FL wasn't this FL, her worst nightmare would 100% come true. In that time, that many girls would die on their own or meet other miserable ends for sure! The only reason why that didn'thappen was because FL was reincarnated and had a lot of skills/knowledge that made it possible for them not to meet that miserable end! So I understand (even if I didn't like it) why she didn't want to leave and why she kept hoping for her husband to change. She doesn't know that FL reincarnated and knows how to survive. She was actually realistic.

BUT where she lost me was when she fought with the FL about the youngest twin son. The AUDACITY of the mother saying that the family property, that the sisters have worked so hard for, will be given to the toddler brother when he grows up. The author made me despise her after this. Because the author didn't even make her realize that this thought is horrible. Because she should know better! That mindset should be clearly challenged after her daughters proved that women can be as competent as men. And after the eldest sister said that HER and the sisters accomplishments and profit will be split equally among them, she still didn't think she was in the wrong.

She kept thinking she was right. Even when the son literally became a person that hits his maids without remorse because of HER upbringing. And even after the eldest sister took over the upbringing and the boy toddler changed for the better because of it, she still didn't admit her wrongdoings. It was just glossed over. No redemption arc for her or anything. Infuriating!

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MegaGarchomp
MegaGarchomp rated it
October 29, 2021
Status: Completed
A typical example of a story that started out beautifully but ended up chewing more than it could bite.

The FL starts out as a child of an abusive family. The outlook towards the female gender by the society as a "Money loosing goods", their dependence towards male gender during the ancient time line is well depicted. The beginning of the story is engaging, gets us emotionally invested. The FL is a pragmatist, doesn't hit back when ab*sed and endures it as she is a malnourished 11 yr old child and... more>> knows that she and her 7 sisters and her mother is dependent on that family for food and shelter.

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We follow the FL as she drags he family out of the cess pit in the guise of family, how she and her sisters work hard to barely cover food costs for their newly established female-only household and slowly become richer and richer. But sadly it goes all downhill from there. The story starts to focus on the side characters and her sisters. If done in moderation it could have been called character development, but this one takes it a step too far and achieves it at the cost of loss of our emotional investment to the FL or the story in general and becomes an assignment we need to finish.

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There is barely any romance despite the title being so and as the tag says, it is a late romance.

There is no cheat like powers, no ML that falls in love and spoils the FL (without which she wouldn't hve been successful).

So, in summary a novel that starts out great but looses sight of what it was supposed to be in the long run.

P.S.

Spoiler

Stick to the novel atleast till ch45

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hybridiris
hybridiris rated it
July 12, 2020
Status: Completed
I MTLed the series so I don't really have anything to say about the translation quality since I didn't read the translation. The MC is wise and rational, and her encounter with the ML is like a meeting of both hearts with kindred spirits. The romance in this novel is very low key so if you're here for a big romance fix, this isn't for you.

What bothered me about the novel:

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What really bothered me was the last part of the novel that spoke about the romance. You can't tell me that someone with such high EQ with the ability to assess and manipulate people would be so immature in the face of a relationship. Yes maybe she's a romance noob, but she's not a human relationship noob. The whole last bit was super OOC for me. She just seemed so petty. Yes she's angry he hid that he had survived and all but he's alive and that's what counts. Instead of romance, it was like taking the IQ and EQ out of her for the last portion of the novel. Why cripple your MC at the very end. It was a torturous last read and I only stuck it out because most of the novel was quite decent. My actual rating is more like 3.5. The author gets a 1.5 drop specifically for how the ending was handled. Okay end of rant.

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Aside from this, I do enjoy that the author gave each side character an opportunity to shine. It gave them some distinction and enriched the background of the story.

All in all not a bad read. It's more a story about how a girl leads her family to success, but I do congratulate the author for avoiding a lot of the s*upid subplots common in historical novels though. It's a breath of fresh air for this genre and definitely more about female empowerment. <<less
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LovelyLight4
LovelyLight4 rated it
May 12, 2020
Status: --
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This story starts off as so heart-breaking T^T. The MC and her little baby sisters are ab*sed and bullied by her family extremely badly, to the point that they are badly whipped at just wanting food. T^T they're malnourished, wear torn tattered clothes and have to depend on MC going deep into dangerous forests to get them some food, since the grandmother wouldn't give food to 'such money wasting things' ヽ (`д´;) /; (`Д´) ;. Its like that because in the ancient times, boys were favored over girls, so the MC and her family of only girls are treated worse than the pigs they raise, which is mostly due to the scum-of-a-human Grandmother of theirs. Can't wait until they escape this pigsty home and move on to get happiness

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Milkbiscuit
Milkbiscuit rated it
June 5, 2022
Status: c13
For now I’ll give a neutral rating of 3 stars.

The story doesn’t have an OP protagonist that easily turns over her horrible circumstances, but it also has a long slog of chapters where she has to endure ab*se from her family. There are times when she gets the upper hand but these victories are short-lived and not very satisfying. On one hand I like the realism of a little girl trying her best to survive a life where she has no advantages, on the other hand I wonder how long... more>> I can read about little girls being beat up and starved every day.

For now I’ll wait and see if the glory she’s sure to have will outweigh the author’s build up of ab*se in the first third of this story. There should at least be a surplus of face-slapping returns to heal my heart. The sisters and mom don’t even leave the house until Chapter 41, and I’m already feeling tired after reading ten.

I’ll amend my review once the translations reach that point. <<less
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l8rose
l8rose rated it
December 26, 2023
Status: Completed
It is a story about a reincarnated woman who takes care of her mother and many siblings (mostly sisters) that turns into snapshots of a commoner woman becoming ridonkulously wealthy in ancient China.

That unbelievable fact aside, it's a mostly entertaining read with a fairly decent ending (even if it leaves you wishing for more stories about the remaining family members).

The MC is reincarnated into the eldest daughter of the Yue family's second branch. Everyone in the family outside her siblings is tr*sh except her mother (who is a mentally weak... more>> woman), her aunt-in-law and the three kids from said aunt. Strong-willed and determined, the MC is the sole reason several of her siblings are still alive. From the beginning, she doesn't have the mentality of a kid as she's basically a 30 year old woman at heart.

The ML is a young merchant lord who is several years older than the MC. The two develop mutual affection for one another but he doesn't act on his feelings due to the responsibilities to his family. It is only later that he begins to pine for her but a few things interrupt their budding romance.

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Such as his arranged marriage with another woman which does fall through as she wants to marry a literati instead of the ML. He literally catches the other man discussing how he has found such a backer in the fiance.

The imprisonment of the ML's family and the death of the ML.

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He's not actually dead as this was a plan by one of the princes. The ML's death was faked so that he could go make money so the prince could be prepared for when another prince rebels against the imperial order making an even different prince Emperor.

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Time in this is a bit wibbly-wobbly (might be a mtl/editing issue) as it claims the ML knew the MC for 8 years when they get married when she's 18 but he met her when she was like 12. That being said, the ML immediately loses half his brain cells when it becomes clear that the MC likes him back.

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Starting out, the story is really about the survival of the MC and her siblings in the Yue household. The group is treated worse than s*aves. They are beaten, starved and forced to do a lot of manual labour. The MC's father dislikes all the daughters his wife bore him and has lost interest in his wife who is pregnant again for the 7th time. This leaves the girls with no backer and makes their situation far worse.

After they escape from the Yues, the MC basically becomes super-capitalist and goes from selling wild goods to opening up her businesses. This leads to the story going off the rails with how much money the MC gains over the near decade the story covers. Once the family becomes financially secure, the story jumps into more like snapshots of sections of years (with time skips of months between different events).

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The story covers opening up nearly half a dozen businesses, the marriages of five siblings, the successful literary journey of four people, the death of the Emperor and the prince he ordered to become the new Emperor as well as a rebellion and enthronement of a different prince.

There is a lot that happens during this section of the story.

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We do get endings/karma for most of the Yue family however the endings don't really fit the crimes of the specific people. The person who got the worst ending probably only deserved a mid-tier kind of ending while the one who did deserve the worst ending probably got the best out of all of them. Not that it was a good ending, it just wasn't satisfactory.

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That being the grandmother who wanted to drown and sell off her grandkids. We never find out what happens to her, only that she and the first branch were missing. It's heavily implied that their group died as they fled from their hometown but never really stated. This is probably the best ending out of all the antagonists as she's still with the main branch of her family.

The tr*sh dad ends up getting sent to the North to work as a s*ave on the front lines. This was either through him getting caught stealing (which he was doing) or through the MC faking it. Regardless, it's another implied death.

Then you have his second wife (who the MC blamed for her mother going into labour early on the final set of kids) who the MC arranged to be paired off with a Sadist. Now, I believe something bad should definitely have happened to this woman but her only malicious act was to match up with the tr*sh-dad. She never treated the girls badly, never beat them or scolded them but the MC basically arranges her mu*der.

There is also the uncle who didn't really have a hand in the torment of the girls but was basically hiding his true personality until after the death of his father-in-law. From there, he started drinking and picked up a prostitute that he redeemed and made her his concubine. He planned on selling off his daughter to a wealthy man in their town but his wife sent her away to the MC's family. His ending is kind of on par with being one of the best as his punishment was to be divorced by his wife and sent off to earn money elsewhere. Then he just fades out of the story.

The final antagonist is kind of minor but it was the former fiance of the ML. She blamed him for being exiled from her Grandfather's house (nevermind the fact that she was caught cheating and destroyed her family's reputation) and basically chose hatred as her method of dealing with that. She fully intended to buy the ML's female relatives to torture them but they were rescued by the MC. She plots to harm the group of them but this fails. Then she just kind of... fades out of the story.

So while we do have some endings, it's a lot of fading out which is kind of unsatisfactory.

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Most of the MC and her sisters' interactions are enjoyable but it does become a tedious slog near the end as every single business is super successful and there are no real road bumps in the MC's life once they leave the Yues. Everything becomes relatively easy for her to deal with.

It's a recommended read if you want a victorious story of a reincarnated woman who gets a happy ending for everyone she cares about. <<less
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Leier
Leier rated it
July 5, 2023
Status: Completed
It was great at first, and I loved how pragmatic MC was. Unfortunately after they started to become successful, things became less interesting because it was all a never-ending reports of unbelievable successes in everything MC touched. When they got really wealthy, the story has become unbearably boring, it was all just praises of how rich and esteemed they were, the grandeur, the luxuries, the perfection in every aspects in their life's etc etc etc. The story has lost all of the interesting tidbits of human and human interactions and... more>> challenges, it became a flat and boring summary of happy endings.

Still giving it a 4 purely for the first half of the story. <<less
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Falconzoro
Falconzoro rated it
August 2, 2022
Status: Completed
It was a decent read as I did not skip any given chapters or just read halfway. Minus 1star as I was totally dissapointed by how little to no face slapping done especially to the MC paternal yue family. After reading how torturous it was living in that house at the beginning of the chapter, I was very excited to see how the grandmother and all to react after MC become rich.
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However, although the father was send far away, mistress dead and 3rd brother departed with the mistress after given money, there was no mention at all about the grandparents and the 1st brother family. We dont know what happen after they run away from the village. It make me feel so unbalanced.

Plus another female character that I dont remember the name that is delusion on how MC like his husband and swear to make MC kneel on her, there was no punishment for what she nearly done to MC (complot with another woman to ruin MC innocent). At least, her in law really should divorced her or at least give her warning. But no, the family just kept quiet like it never happen. Plus ML ex fience that tried to mu*der MC with ML family during departure from beijing also was just forgotten. At the very least I want to know how she react to ML family and MC after the wedding happen. Huhu, so many lack of closure at the end really make me super angry!

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Kei-Em03
Kei-Em03 rated it
August 7, 2020
Status: Completed
MTL ☆☆☆ is fairly readable (just have to take note of names, cause seriously, there's alot. And I dont know if its because its MTL, alot of surnames are the same even if they arent related). Seriously, its a good read.

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However, I have to admit I skimmed from about C 1-40. I just cant stomach the domestic violence the sisters felt. I mean a 2 yr old girl getting slap. That's just nasty.

I can understand that even if MC is a well-seasoned, 30 yr old soldier in her past life. The fact that she was in a child's body, with alot of little sisters (they range from 12-newborn) and a weak pregnant mother. She doesnt have a lot of room for improving. She had to wait, she had to bid her time. Pass C 40, I was able to read it normally. Novel center on sisterly-sibling family love and making money ideas.

MC is not OP. But she's not helpless. Which is what I love about her.

She doesnt have any magical abilities or golden finger. She work her a$$ off. She doesnt try to create modern things to get rich. Nor does she magically solve all their problems. She has very realistic emotions. ❤


Romance is very sparse. Like 1/10 of the novel is their interaction.
ML just okay. There wasnt enough of him to judge. He was just portrayed as gentle, smart. He was able to find ways for his family to avoid execution. But s*upid enough not to come clean to MC (couldnt fault MC if she's angry. She was devastated. She mourned for him, for years. Then suddenly, he shows up).
I just have an issue with his mother. Dont wanna bother with her, its just irritating.
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Salomeh
Salomeh rated it
November 28, 2023
Status: c164
I honestly don't know what to rate this. It started pretty good, we have about 40 chapters of the MC and her sisters/mother suffering. Which is not my idea of fun, but it did a pretty good job of setting up the characters, their bond and the reason why they needed to leave. After that they are finally free and the rest of the novel is wealth building. The translations is pretty good.

The good:

The beginning is great. We start with the MC being 11 years old. She remembers her... more>> previous life, so she has some knowledge, but she doesn't really have any golden finger. The beginning is infuriating, but it sets up the story nicely.

Then they are finally free and at the beginning is a nice slice of life story. The MC comes up with wealth building ideas, they succeed for a while, then she moves on to the next thing. The relationship between the sisters is heartwarming to see as they start gaining a foothold.

The ML is full of green flags. Fully supportive, respectful, and kind. The rest of the story is no stress whatsoever which can be its own kind of draw.

The bad:

Sadly the story becomes extremely monotonous since there is never any failure. The MC thinks up an idea, implements it, bam!, instant success. Rinse and repeat.

Another bad point is the romance. To be honest I would say there is no romance in this story, more of a mention in passing, until the last chapters. The relationship is never developed, it just happened out of the blue. The ML is barely in the story for 90% of it. Whenever they have an argument, they never discuss what is wrong, they just give each other a look and with that all is understood and a smile ends the interaction. There is no development, or growth of the relationship.

The mother and the mother in law make no sense. The mother is a woman of her time, so at first all her choices are understood, but later it becomes extremely frustrating and nonsensical. I mean, how many times do you need to be beaten down in life before you learn a lesson? Why would you take the same path again and again when you know where it leads? It made no sense. As for the MIL, the MC literally saved her family and goes above and beyond for them. The MIL starts loving her like a daughter and can't say enough good things about her. Then their situation improves again and out of nowhere the MIL is talking to her husband saying how the MC might not have a good enough background to marry into her family, huh? It once again made no sense and was completely out of left field.

Lastly there is zero drama in this book, to the point of being detrimental to the story. The MC had opportunity to deal with her evil family and with people that did her wrong, but she deals with them off page, in passing, in the most unsatisfying way possible. It honestly felt like the author didn't even want to deal, she just wanted to finish the story, so she tied up all the loose ends she had previously set up in the quickest way possible. Which makes the story boring.

This is why I am struggling to rate this story, the first half was good enough to hook me. I read it non-stop to the point I am finishing it without putting it down. I would say the first half is 4 stars. But the second half is boring and unsatisfying, I honestly finished it because I kept hoping it would go back to being good. I would say the second half is 2 stars, so I am going to average this to 3. <<less
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kirtil
kirtil rated it
September 18, 2023
Status: Completed
This was a good transmigration/slice of life novel.

MC is a woman, which is always a risk when reading a chinese novel. In most chinese novels nearly all female characters regardless of if they are MC or supporting, regardless of how OP they are written, they are usually written as submissive or "less than" the male lead. Either male lead is infinitely more successful/powerful/etc than them or they become like a kitten in front of him because of love/respect/reasons.
This is not one of those novels. When MC transmigrated into a side-family with 9 girls and saw how the "family" ab*ses her and her sisters, she proceeds to protect the sisters instead of saving herself. The author also did not use any cliche tropes like sisters backstabbing or undermining each other to step ahead or any kind of similar dog blood drama and instead wrote sisters as full of sisterly love, women helping women.

It is very refreshing to read the story. And heartwarming too.

MC is OP, but not written as incredibly OP as usual for transmigration novels. She is armed with modern knowledge, brains and some martial arts knowledge. She doesn't go around kicking asses of martial masters but bandits.. No problem. She also uses her knowledge on what works and what will be popular in the future to get ahead in business and get rich.

I also liked that not everyone is perfect or readily accept her and her ideas.
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The mother was ab*sed for giving 9 daughters and 1 son, and observes how her daughters are ab*sed. She is happy when they finally leave and live free. She is very proud of her daughters and feels inadequate because she feels she can only cook food for them but can't help them during the time they are trying to survive. But when the MC saw the only son hitting a maid and punishes him for it, mother is distraught and fights with the MC saying it is ok for the boy to be like this as all the properties they have right now will belong to the boy in the future anyway as he is the male. The mother observed her daughters make something of themselves, watched as MC took the family from malnourished and barely surviving to getting rich and living free and happy, she clearly had a front row seat on how women can be as competent as men and she still thinks it is normal for someone to have special privileges because of their gender.

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When I read it I felt extremely disappointed with the mother but loved the story. It is not easy to change mindsets.

Towards the end of the book I started to get a little bored. Everything was fixed, there are no problems left to solve. Everyone is happy, content, and the author still kept going on how everything is going really well for several more chapters before ending. I felt it would have been better if the book finished couple of chapters early.
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Tras
Tras rated it
August 10, 2023
Status: Completed
This is an odd one.

First I almost gave up on it because before chapter 30 or something, because they just constantly torture children. It was fine but it went on for way too long with hardly any payout even later in the novel. Personally I think this part might be the best written one, but the story is just too much unless you find pleasure in little kids getting tortured 2/5

Then they make money for most of the novel which were quite satisfying, but it's hardly the best of that... more>> kind of novel either. 4/5

Only to abruptly abandon that plot-line as well. The author realised the other sisters had to get married in order for the title to "make sense" I suppose, so they just spend the last chapters blasting through new relationships one after another. 2/5

Then it just ends. Even "And then they lively happily ever after" would have been a more elaborate ending. 1/5

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I liked You Bao or whatever her name was. The weak like 5 year old (?) who grabs a kitchen knife and says she'll kill everyone in their sleep if they don't let them go. Because that's what I would've done.

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Avrohom
Avrohom rated it
October 31, 2022
Status: c107
I was looking for a farming novel to read and tried this one. It is about farming in some sense, normal farming, no cheats, but it is more about a farming family and all its branches, particularly, the second branch with their ten young kids, one man two wives.

I both liked it and hated it. It is well written, so the storytelling part is well done. But.... the first 40 long chapters are so terribly depressing, I really wanted to drop it. The author knew that she was overdoing it,... more>> her readers were protesting and needed a break, but she insisted anyways. Because the chapters were alteady written, she was simply releasing them on schedule.

Then the ab*sed second branch's kids and their doormat mom separated from their father and his other wife and the intense negative emotions of the first 40 chapters changed into a lukewarm feeling during the next 80. The sense of family was suddenly gone, it became a story about this and that, without drive, purpose, passion, fun, just piling up more and more family members, more relatives and their relatives, more marriages and in-laws, more s*aves for this family and that family, for this and that business, more businesses and business contacts, etc. Each piece of this mosaic was well written as usual, and the whole is ok, tepid, lukewarm, but passable, suffering more and more from the extreme branching out and diversification to the point of overwhelming the reader.

However, there was nothing to look forward to, because

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of the FL's identity and her enormous age gap with the ML and the nature of their relationship. Very lukewarm, neither cold nor warm.

The FL is a 28 years old Chinese soldier, an orphan, a single gal who transmigrates into a baby in ancient China. She grows up in a large household, in a village. The story begins when she is already 11years old (i.e. her real age is well over 30) with 7 little sisters under her care and an emaciated bedridden mother pregnant with yet another pair of twins. Her main goal at this point is to feed this bunch of kids and fetuses who are purposefully starved by their mu*derous granny and eventually to get their mom to divorce their unhappy dad.

So, by the time the FL meets the ML her body is about 13-14 but she is 40 and he is about 19-20. She is mesmerized by his beauty, of course. But then they just correspond or he just lives in her family's courtyard for a long time and NOTHING. Very lukewarm. And meanwhile kids as young as 15 are coming to her door trying to marry her!

I could not shake off the feeling that I was reading about an old cow munching on young grass, or May-December romance, and not passionate at that. It was more of a quiet business union in a sense that both had to be the head of their respective family and run family business

And all other parts of that mosaic were not interesting either (war, famine, making money on people's suffering and desperation, fattening her business as people were starving around her, more dirt on the treacherous relatives and their abominable relatives, more ab*se of the women and kids etc.), so I dropped it.

There are plenty of spoilers from other reviewers before me (thank you, reviewers!!!), so I know what happens in the last third of the novel. I just did not feel like reading about it in detail, experiencing more of that depressed feeling of the first 40chapters where men do awful things to women and their children just because they are women and just because they are kids.

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OKDR
OKDR rated it
August 10, 2022
Status: Completed
Overall, is not a bad read. It has 40 chapters of the FL's drama at her family, and the rest is her journey to become a reputable rich girl along with her mother, sisters and younger brother. A lot is already been said in the comments, I'll go a little further on spoilers later.

It does have some gaps, some stories are told in a sloppy manner or not as detailed or elaborated as those could too. I am not one to despise side characters' stories being told to help shape... more>> the world of the MC, so it was fine for me to find the author did care a little to tell more about those surrounding characters, however, I couldn't care much for the court drama and what was important for plot-twists was too easy to grasp
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I even guessed that 2 characters had certain "life experience" while skeeming so much over what was important about the politics of the novel

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; so is not a 5 stars read but is it an entertaining slice-of-life anyway with a certain feminist message adapted to the Ancient Times it describes (can't exactly pint-point the type of Dynasties the author mixes, but it sort of felt like a Han-based on ethnics but later Qing for historical period?).

Now, about the spoilers. My first point is the Baddies not getting their karma... the author does not ellaborate much on certain characters, but if you read carefully, you can see the Yues do get what they deserve:

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First of all, I provide the overal situation that unfolds each Yue family's bad seed karma:

War ends up breaking near their county, so when the chaos strikes, the eldest branch of the family (included the two elders) and the second & third branches on the other side turn against each other. So much for them constantly abusing and beating FL's lot and accusing them of being money-loosing goods, but when a crisis strikes, they just are so ready to throw their own kin under the bus it doesn't end well for anyone.

1. The scum they have of a father brings in the mistress he had outside for a year or so, almost as pregnant (7 months) as FL's mother, so both women end up delievering on the same day.
The misstress is a malicious person who only relies on seducing men to climb higher. She is behind trying to get the youngest twins (dragon & phoenix) drowned and the rest of FL's sisters sold out.

Their retribuition:

Yue Changlu (FL's dad) ends up stealing after sort of parting ways with his third brother (they escaped together at first), so FL finds a way to get him convicted and sent away to the war zone (were you can expect him to either die quickly or of starvation). The mistress doesn't know it, but tries to find the husband at first, then she just tries to climb higher by hooking with a neighbour, but at the same time extort FL for money. So FL sets a trap for her that leads to her being killed by a sadistic man. On bed. FL only procures to get a home for the step-brother that's around 2 or 3 years old at the time, in a farmland.

2. The Third uncle. Another scum that as soon as his wife's elders die (she was the one supporting his branch with her store) starts treating her wife badly (Han shi) and sleeping around, bringing back a pr-stitute and even neglecting his sons, tries to sell her daughter to a grandpa for money and provokes his mother-in-law's death...

His retribuition:

He just takes all his wife's money by selling HER store, and flies away along with FL's father, taking the two sons (the daughter is already escaped, married & safe) and abandoning the wife... who happens to be rescued by FL (who had an eye on the matters there). He ends up being forced to divorce his wife after he finds out she's at the same city he fled to and seems to be living a good life. The man tried to "get back" with her to trick her money, but Han shi was too smart and proud for his own good. Props for the FL's aunt who found a way to take care of the matter without bothering the FL. It is implied that the scum third uncle is just tricked away, he doesn't even know the sons he lost after arriving at the city are with his wife and they established a new household that didn't include him (hence, NO INCENSE FOR YOU J*RCK). The mistress doesn't end well, I just quickly forgot how though XD

3. It isn't said, but it is quite clear that after FL's dad and third uncle fly away with all the money, the eldest son, his wife, and the elders (the grandma and grandpa) don't have many good chances to escape the disaster zone, nor the famine that usually goes with war. They are people of no resources that even tried to bribe their way into officialdom.

There's a reason why they don't see FL doing sooo goood. Because if they did, it would only bring trouble, as no matter which deed they signed, the act of leaving with their mother would still be considered unfilial from their part. That's why is it constantly explained how FL uses her connections to cover the fact they still have a paternal family, and so do their cousins from the third branch.

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fujayshi
fujayshi
July 17, 2022
Status: --
The feminism is strong on this one-- I LOVE IT.

Rating it 5 stars and highly recommend this to whoever sees it. Here are my thoughts:

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I really liked the pace of the story. How the matter of separating from their family was a gradual thing unlike other stories where in the 3rd chapter they immediately go for separation. Here, the lives of the MC and here sisters and mother and how they were maltreated and suffered were shown so the face-slapping that came later became more satisfying.

I also like the way she brought up her sisters and brother. Especially how she stoop up to here mother when she noticed that he was spoiling him and being unconsciously patriarchal.

I also like the fact that the romance didn't come untile like 2/3rds of the story and it wasn't until the end that it actually happened. Lol. I like seeing them progress from having none to eat every day to not being able to spend the money they earned in their lifetime. Though, it's a bit OP because honestly there wasn't much obstacles on their way to success.

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Anyway, just go read it! <<less
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ylial
ylial rated it
June 15, 2021
Status: Completed
Great novel! Hoping that this story was 400chapters instead, with lots of fanwei. From all of the transmigration (not really, instead the MC is born with a memory of past life) I have read, the MC here lives her life normally (with a better life), not the usual story where the MC becomes the Empress of the nation. She also exacts her revenge but not cruelly. This is rather peaceful life of MC's family with a little ups and down due to fight on the throne of princes.

Things... more>> I dislike: the s*upid emperor and the weak willed mother of MC 😅 The emperor is very chilling. However it is not realistic enough since beheading several families would lead to coup de etat.

Anyway, others are written well, though there are many means and ways to write a novel without abusing the MC's family much.

The latter chapters redeem my anxiety from the c1-40. And the succeeding chapters are really great. I even find myself smiling and grinning unconsciously <<less
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Redddd
Redddd rated it
February 3, 2021
Status: Completed
Was quite hesitant to read it because the synopsis wasn't really drawing me and also of the slow updates but ended up using MTL for the rest of the chapters. MTL was still decent and quite understandable.

Different from most of the transmigration stories where the MC is OP and has a lot of hidden cheats, the novel focuses more on the familial relationships and with the other characters. Overall, a good read :)
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