Fields of Gold

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She transmigrated into the body of a little girl from a fishing village! Her father is honest and foolishly filial, while her mother is weak and ill. Moreover, her siblings are still young children.

Her father was the best fisher in the village and breadwinner of the entire family. However, when he got injured and was on the verge of death, her cruel grandparents and uncle kicked her whole family out. They were hungry and cold with nothing but an empty house…

But that’s ok! She has a multicolored stone that can accelerate the growth of crops. She was also an expert at preparing braised meat in her previous life.

Just watch as she, an eight year-old girl, challenges the taste buds of people who lived during ancient times. With improved high-yielding crops, she’s going to become the most famous farming expert in the world!

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农园似锦
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Gsichtselfmeter
New Gsichtselfmeter rated it
July 4, 2020
Status: c270
+ Quality TL

+ Realistic world

+ Gives a genuine glimpse into ancient hardships

... more>> + Capitalism ho!

+ Food focus without having to describe its deliciousness over multiple chapters

- You can't be both "a little money-grubber" and someone who thinks "there are more important things than money"

- Wish fulfillment: Every "good" male is handsome, a foodie and useless without a woman around (also either a daughter-con or hen-pecked and loving his wife)

- Besides the MIL and SIL duo everyone else is without blemish

- No real tragedy, everything is seen through rose-tinted glasses

- They forgot about the oldest brother and left him to suffer and rot whilst they made business

- The "golden finger" is annoying and the story could do without it. It is also forgotten often

- The MC doesn't use her advantages properly (golden finger, connections, money)

- No time progression, everything happens when the MC is 8/9 years old

This is written really well and properly gives a picture of how living in a village in ancient times might have been, with starvation in the winter and having to suffer from their powerlessness, but it never moves beyond village affairs. The MC could already be living a good life with her family, but instead goes around the most s*upid ways possible. She has a "golden finger" and meets the most important peoplebut doesn't mange to utilize them in a satisfying way.

Nevertheless, the village affairs are written to a godly level, with a good understanding how small-minded and petty people can be. I really wish the author would take this to the next level, but so far there is nothing happening. This is still a worthwhile read, but more the "chicken soup for the soul" kind. Nothing really tragic ever happens.

4* worth a read, but doesn't go the full way. <<less
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Bachingchung
New Bachingchung
June 30, 2020
Status: --
How can anybody last reading this novel? Reading through chapter 1 is almost impossible for me already, I have to hold myself or I might actually cough blood from the s*upidity of the MC's direct relatives and obnoxiousness of MC's nuclear family.

I would accept if the MC's father is useless, so he doesn't have a back bone. However, he's the friggin' breadwinner of their entire family! To make it worse, his wife is also a coward. Like how the fvck could they be like this? It doesn't make sense at... more>> all. <<less
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charysa
charysa rated it
June 19, 2019
Status: Completed
I found most of this story to be quite adorable, especially the earlier parts when the MC is still a prepubescent child and the setting is restricted to the small seaside village she grows up in. Watching their immediate family break away from the evil step-grandmother and the useless grandfather, and working together (at MC's "inspiration") to build a better life is quite heart warming. Some spoilers...

While at first glance, even the MC thought she got sent back to the historical Ancient China, this actually takes place in a slightly... more>> alternate version of Ancient China, due to...
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... the fact that MC is not the only transmigrator around. The current emperor and his grandfather are also both transmigrators, and they've already butterflied a lot of big changes into the annals of history. This is a Ming Dynasty which has built a great navy and preempted Europe in the Age of Sail. MC is the only one who got a golden finger with her transmigration though.

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While there are a great many handsome young men who may have potentially fallen for the MC, she only ends up with one love interest. I'll spoil that now, it's
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the young prince they rescue from the sea in the beginning chapters. Of course, he then disappears for 200+ chapters before returning to Chinese shores. Afterwards, it takes some more time before he realizes that he's fallen for the MC. And then even longer for MC and her family to accept his suit (since she's so young and the difference between their status so vast).

Also, even though he's not a transmigrator, the ML has a cheat of his own. He is able to read other people's emotions, and later, thoughts. People like transmigrators are immune to this ability, though. The way ML awakened to this power in his childhood was traumatic, and it was uncontrollable earlier on, causing him to have berzerker fits. Of course, MC is the ray of light who is able to bring him out of his berserk state.

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The first half of the story takes place almost entirely at her home village and the nearby town. The second half moves to the capital, where the MC starts wielding her cheat and her knowledge for the betterment of the people (while also making "some" money on the side with her side businesses).

There are some flaws I personally found in this story... One is the weird reverse harem charm that the MC has. I don't mind animals liking her because that was well explained by her cheat. But all the exceptional young men in the story getting a crush at first sight on a prepubescent girl who's not even noted to be especially beautiful...I didn't think that contributed anything to the story, especially after it became clear who she would end up with fairly early on.

Another flaw is that while it makes sense for MC to sometimes talk brashly because her modern sensibilities have no sense of the taboo subjects of the era (like whenever commenting about nobility/the imperial house), it stretched disbelief that she'd always get away with this with no consequences. Especially after she arrived at the capital a controversial figure in the eyes of the nobility/court. Either someone with the brains and adult mentality like hers should know better than to speak loosely, or she should've had to face some kind of consequence at least once. But eh. This is something of a mary sue MC. <<less
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honeybunny55
honeybunny55 rated it
March 3, 2020
Status: Completed
Original Review at 200 Chapters Read:

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Seeing all the excellent reviews for this story, I had pretty high hopes. That being said, the story isn't bad, per se, but I've gotten a little tired from constantly reading the same thing happening over and over again.

There's a lot of pros which is why I'm still reading, but I'm also kind of annoyed by several things.

Pros:

    • The MC and her family. I mean, oh my god, this is it. I love reading about intimate families like this because my own family is very similar. Parents love to dote, siblings love and care for one another - I mean, you can definitely see how the MC was an older sister in her previous life. She definitely gives off that vibe, even when it comes to her older siblings.
    • MC's cooking ability and stuff is explained nicely.
    • Realism in the setting - I'm always mind blown when the transmigrator moves to ancient China and can read everything. Realistically, unless they're from HK or Taiwan lmao they are probably partially illiterate in ancient times! Unless they're over 50 or something (in modern age rn) then maybe they could read traditional and simplified (like my parent's) but modern kids? Nah fam lmao unless they specifically studied it, it probs ain't happening.
    • The cheat is actually not so bad, and slowly improves but she doesn't really use it as often imo! It's only mostly referenced and the rest that the MC earns is her own hard work
    • Interpersonal relationships and people who help out the family are also great.
    • Character development: MC does adjust a bit to the ancient times (although... not completely) but Yu Heizi? He was an annoying brat that was disgusting and gross with a shitty Mom but oh my god, he f*ckin' saw the light and became a proper member of society!! I am not mad about this. NOT MAD AT ALL.

Cons slash stuff that annoys me:

    • Oh my god I am SICK OF MADAM ZHANG AND MADAM LI. I AM SICK OF IT. Whereas Yu Heizi had a nice redemption chapter Madam Zhang and Madam Li? I'm sick of them. ESPECIALLY AFTER THE FACT THAT MADAM ZHANG MURDERED HER OWN f*ckING COUSIN WHO HELPED HER WHEN SHE WAS AT HER LOWEST.
    • Why does the same drama repeat. Madam Zhang says she won't mess with them and signs a writ then the next day she asks for help. This happens. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The lady is mentioned. Same with Madam Li. I'm over it. Why are we 200 chapters in, finally to the point where "the families will be strangers from now on" but no??? They... still have to intermingle?? I know the logic is "you can never really truly get rid of blood related family" actually YEAH. You CAN. The author just doesn't want to I guess so they can idk, draw the drama out and make more money off their chapters??? I'm sick of it. So dumb.
    • It's like the author forgets about sh*t and characters. Like Yu Hang? He gets sent off and then we don't remember him for 174830749301843901 chapters, but Shitou is mentioned every other chapter. Nvm that the whole family knows Yu Hang is likely getting his ass beat but all they can say is "sigh, we should bring him back soon" and then forget about him for 39140839015031948901 chapters. Over it.
    • The absolutely weakwilled father and mother of MC. Really??? Father was like "Madam Zhang is just a coward I have no ill will towards her" How. are you Buddha? She not only sent your son off knowing he'd get his ass kicked at the carpenter, but you can excuse this as "just being a coward"?? She also almost let MC's father die because she didn't wanna give up money, she ALSO almost allowed his children to die, let them starve, forced his wife to work like a s*ave for nothing, but she isn't "really that bad of a guy"??? What. WHAT.

I'll admit that I knocked off two stars simply because of how overly drawn out these chapters are and how it's easy to forget something has happened because 30 chapters happen in between events before being brought up again. Like Yu Hang going to the carpenter's shop and getting beaten all the time but everybody just like, forgets about him until they see him once every blue moon - the kid they see LESS OFTEN compared to the little brother Little Shitou, so I guess that explains how important he is to the family? Or to the author?? I dunno.

The repeated drama between Madam Zhang and Madam Li and the rest of their family is exhausting too. I was so excited because I was like "omg, they've finally cut off all ties!" then LITERALLY the next chapter they're like "let's go ask old residence for help" and MC is like ok I guess I'll hep them it's not like grandfather is really THAT bad of a person.

Okay. Let's just forget that he'd happily let you die than force Madam Zhang to give you money. He happily let her keep the money for the youngest son while his other biological son almost died. He also has no problem letting the second son and wife bear all the household work, chores, starve, nearly die several times, because idk??? He loves them??? BUT HE ISN'T SO BAD. Just like how Madam Zhang isn't so bad either! She just starves them, beats them, curses at them, ruins their life for her own satisfaction, and has also done other terrible stuff to the original wife of Old Yu but like. She isn't so bad???

Is every single person in this f*cking story Buddha??? Nobody in the world would ever NOT have this much resentment towards someone, ESPECIALLY THE PERSON WHO

MURDERED THEIR MOTHER. I'M SORRY WHAT.

And even Old Yu is like WELL IT'S NOT SO BAD, THE LIVING HAVE TO MOVE ON WHO CARES IF SHE MURDERED MY FIRST WIFE WHO I REMINISCE ABOUT HOW MUCH I LOVED ya ok you loved her a lot so much you don't care that her murderer beats your children and starves them etc. of your first wife and that your first wife is filled with so much resentment SHE BECAME A f*ckING GHOST.

Ughh I want to read it to the end and finally find out who the ML is but I also just. Can't stand anymore of this BS with Madam Zhang and whatever. I'm just so tired of it. Also I feel like Yu Hang and Yu Xiaolian have just become wallflowers like, who are they again? It's like the author forgot they exist, instead only focusing on MC and Little Shitou. There's so many characters I forget them all too tbh.

Sigh to be honest it's not a horrible story, but it isn't as great as I was hoping it would be either. I'm also someone who just can't stand reading this kind of BS that happens over and over and over and over and over again in regards to Madam Zhang and Madam Li. I could literally do the rest, but I need the two of them to roll down a hill and die. Despite the fact that they have written proof she murdered the first wife and signed it with her handprint and everybody in the family (except the youngest son) knows

she STILL continues to act like the s*upid old hag that she is. Why?? I don't understand. I'm over it. Lady Fang told MC that she shouldn't encourage the behavior because it would just make it worse. So what does our MC, who apparently lived to her 30s, do??? SHE JUST GIVES IN. Because reasons???? Also she has no "ill will" towards the other members of the family

I'm sorry

But

If you accept what your mother does as "just being her" and not helping at all and letting your siblings get stepped all over like that, you aren't real family. Doesn't matter if she's your mother, she's a horrendous human being, and you should put a f*cking stop to it. But of course, that would mean they'd have to actually WORK!? GASP! It's better to just let the second branch suffer so they don't have to.

Over it. The attitudes are ridiculous. Whoever could live like that and still say "I have no ill will" probably doesn't exist on this planet because they've achieved Nirvana or whatever and have already ascended up to Heaven idk. LOL.

Anyways I am curious to see where this goes, but I'm also so tired of rereading the same bullsh*t over and over in this story again that it's impeding my desire to continue reading.

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All right I finished it. And here is my updated review:

It's still a 3 star story for me. It's just okay. I didn't think it was amazing, nor did I think it was particularly horrible.

Once again, the pros:

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  1. The family relationships: there were excellent family relationships in this story that I really appreciated. Not just between our MC and her family, but also between MC and her adopted godmother/godfather, the MC and the ML, MC and ML's family, ML and his own family, etc. They were heartwarming and excellent and I really enjoyed it.
  2. Realism in the setting: I always thought it was kind of weird that heroines who transmigrate to ancient times just have perfect fluency in ancient CN lmao both the spoken and written are EXTREMELY different from modern CN (as someone who was forced to learn a little bit of ancient CN it sucked LOL) like I guess you could write it off as 'former host's memories' but still lol.
  3. The cheat isn't super overpowered. It's even stated in the story that although she can improve crops for the first gen, they have to carefully selectively breed the second gen if they keep wanting higher yields. I mean, this is true of ancient times so I appreciated this.
  4. Good interpersonal relationships: MC and her friends were fun to watch and all the people who helped MC and her family out when they were down on their luck also made me smile. My parents came from a remote village in the mountains in CN and the villagers were all like this from my memory when I visited there as a child. Obviously not everybody will be friends but they are all from the same hometown, and that kind of bond is pretty strong.
  5. The heroine isn't super overpowered: I mean, she has the stone and she knows how to do a lot of stuff, but that's because she was forced to grow up after her parent's death to raise her younger siblings and make money to give them a comfortable life. Like, everything she does is because she was forced to work different jobs and earn money.
  6. MC and ML relationship: I think my favorite part was when the ML told MC that she could depend on him for anything, and that he would 'hold the sky up for her'. The MC was super touched by this because all this time, she's been working hard for her current family to bring them up and in her previous life, she was also unable to be a carefree young girl like most people her age would've been. She's never really had anybody who would unwaveringly stand in front of her and take care of her. I thought it was so cute!
  7. Some character growth: I did like that some characters grew during the story, but imo, it was mostly shallow growth so although it was nice to see, I won't say it was anything too amazing or interesting.
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AND NOW THE CONS:

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  1. Holy shit. WHY are there SO MANY CHAPTERS of just s*upid FAMILY DRAMA. I will NEVER GET OVER THIS. When they finally sort of faded from the chapters I was so f*cking excited because I was SO sick of hearing about Madam Zhang and her s*upid, sleazy ways. Even then of course she eventually shows up and I'm honestly not happy about her end which was basically: she has to work the rest of her life for her son because she can't leech off of anybody anymore! This is the worst end for her! I'M SORRY WHAT? SHE MURDERED THE MC'S GRANDMOTHER AND THIS IS HER ENDING? I'M OVER IT
  2. Too many seemingly important characters that everybody forgets about for periods of time: AKA the older brother who everybody would mention "they need to bring home" only to forget about him for f*cking... 60 chapters??? Wtf. Also MC's GRANDMOTHER who became a VENGEFUL SPIRIT after BEING MURDERED BY HER COUSIN SHE TOOK IN just sorta fades out and everybody forgets about her because I guess who cares about their dead mother/grandmother???
  3. The heroine can be pretty s*upid sometimes: For somebody who lived until she was in her 30s??? She acts like a f*cking 12 year old. Like, drooling like she's some s*upid brainless idiot when she sees people who are good looking. I know it's supposed to be comedy but it just makes her look s*upid. While on one hand I appreciate that she didn't immediately adapt to the current times, I'm also somewhat annoyed because she doesn't f*cking learn her lesson and continue to learn and fully adapt to the times. Instead she continues to make s*upid blunders and talk like she isn't afraid of anybody only to immediately shriek and get scared afterwards. But then she DOES IT AGAIN and just doesn't f*cking learn???
  4. I'm kind of over everybody seeing the heroine and being like "omg ANGELIC BEAUTIFUL NOBLE GIRL SHE IS SO PERFECT AND KIND AND AMAZING AND OMGGGGGG" like okay, we get it.
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My biggest gripe with this story was the inconsistencies with a lot of the characters and a lot of the dumb family drama that just sort of gets written or brushed under the rug and everybody is happy and hunky dory. TBH a lot of the pros I have for the story are also the cons: the familial relationship is good and fun, however, I get annoyed too at all the emphasis put on filial piety which just causes more drama. It's so s*upid it's like: "ok we won't mess with them anymore bcuz they know I committed murder" then LITERALLY THE NEXT CHAPTER they're like "ok let's go bother them" like what???

It's kind of s*upid because Old Yu is like "omg look at how great I am having fathered a son who's become an official and on TOP of that having a granddaughter who is the first female official WOW LOOK AT HOW GREAT I AM" when in reality, he nearly let his son die from a bear attack which they went to hunt for the f*cking family, he lets his biological son of his dead wife (who is hinted [cough pretty much stated] to be the person he loves and only loves or whatever the entire story) suffer for the whole family and doesn't think there's anything wrong. He steals the 300 silvers and "feels guilty" but never f*cking tries to do right by his son who has broken away from the family and instead just lets them sit there and continues to "feel guilty" or whatever, like their family should suffer but it's okay because at least he FEELS GUILTY! He also ALMOST LET THIS FEMALE OFFICIAL GRANDDAUGHTER OF HIS DIE MULTIPLE TIMES like LITERALLY you would not be "the father of the first female granddaughter and an official and a grandfather of a f*cking future PM" if it weren't for the fact that the MC transmigrated in and saved all of them. And yet, people all just praise the grandfather like he lifted a single f*cking finger to help ANY of them at ANY f*cking point. He just cried and felt guilty and I guess that was enough for him to be absolved of all crimes in helping almost kill his son, his daughter-in-law, and his grandchildren????? Even if he didn't directly try to beat any of them, he still helped create the circumstances in which they suffered and didn't do a damn f*cking thing about it. He just "felt guilty". But I guess feeling guilty is enough because "filial piety"

Which brings me to my next point. FILIAL PIETY. It's so emphasized in this story but everybody forgets about the DEAD WIFE WHO BECAME A VENGEFUL SPIRIT AFTER BEING MURDERED. I guess because she's dead nobody has to pay any filial piety to her?? They author always hints at how much Old Yu loved his dead wife and how much he missed her but when it comes to her murder he's like "well she's dead, so it's fine let's just leave it as it is" like are you f*ckING kidding me????

And then when he sees her dead ghost he's like "OMG WHY DOES SHE HATE ME OMG SHE HATES ME WAHHHHH" and cries about it for half a chapter then next chapter he's like "dead wife? what dead wife? yeah you're right Madam Zhang let's go bother the people who we LITERALLY the last chapter said we wouldn't bother anymore and have nothing to do with each other because you want to scam them of more money LOL OK LET'S GO DO IT. What, my dead wife?? Who is that again????"

I'm just going to assume that the author decided to write so much in this story with so many characters and people and didn't plan anything out which is why they just forgot everything they wrote, even if it was just the last chapter. Because otherwise, anybody who had logically planned a story out, would probably never be this f*cking s*upid.

I just... I can't. It wouldn't be so bad if the family drama didn't take up over 1/3 of the entire f*cking story BUT OF COURSE IT JUST HAD TO because HOW ELSE IS THE AUTHOR GONNA MAKE HER PENNIES???? Ugh.

The story had a lot of sweet and fun moments, but it had just as many equally s*upid and dragging moments. Literally, the family drama should have been cut by like 2/3rd's of what it was, and I probably could have stomached this story better. But literally, that over 1/3rd part of the story that was just s*upid family drama made this story extremely draggy and boring.

Although I'm glad I finished the story, I have to say, it wasn't anywhere nearly as good as everybody says it is. People might say "well she said it in the story, it's unrealistic to completely cut familial ties" but it's literally not??? At all???? Xiaocao is always talking about how she doesn't care how people view her or whatever because SHE knows what she's like. But then she's like "omg we can't look bad about filial piety in front of everybody because that would be TRULY heinous" lol okay. Never mind he didn't give a sh*t that you almost died several times or whatever. Filial piety, amirite? We can just use this excuse to extend all the dumb family drama.

And then honestly, after the family drama ended, I kind of don't really know what was the point of the rest of the story. There isn't any real exciting plot after this, just a few incidents that happen and that's like it. And after she goes to the capital, she just sort of forgets about her parents and siblings and they show up every once in a while during like, New Year's or whatever where the MC HAS to remember her family because those are family holidays.

Ugh I don't know. It wasn't a horrible story but it also wasn't amazing either. It just... kind of was okay. Nothing amazing nor was it anything groundbreaking for this genre. It was just... the standard sh*t you always see.

If you're bored and have nothing better to do during this quarantine, then yeah by all means finish it. The MC and the ML's relationship was excellent, I do have to say, and I really enjoyed reading that part of the story. I could have done without the rest of the dumb bullsh*t though, or at least had a cut down version of the dumb bullsh*t because it was just exhausting to read after a while.
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sleeplessnk45
sleeplessnk45 rated it
June 10, 2019
Status: c19
It's still pretty early and tags are bare so I don't really know what I'm getting into. I would probably edit this in the future but for now...

Things I like:

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    • Intimate family relationships. MC loves her new and old family. Her new father and mother are weakwilled but very loving. Her new siblings are much more assertive and clever than the parents. They all love each other, it's pretty sweet.
    • Cute kids. The siblings would probably be one of the focuses of the first part of the story so if you like reading about kids, this is good.
    • Cooking. Food is another main focus of the story. This is mc's main talent as of now and where she gets her money. There would probably be more dishes and ingredients described in later chapters.
    • MC is not op? Again, it's still too early to say, but I'm hoping she's not. Ofc, she's beautiful, it's hard to find average-looking MCs (mc's who turn beautiful don't count). Her knowledge is justified, she's mentally 29 and she didn't live near the ocean or mountain in her past life, so it's great to see her not knowing much about those topics. It's realistic, at least.
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Things I feel ambivalent for:

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    • Family squabbles. Common in cnovels and typical of transmigration stories. There hasn't been much face-slapping yet, though. So I'm a bit curious to know how that's going to happen.
    • Cheat. We don't know how strong the cheat is yet, since it tired itself out after saving MC from death. Hopefully, it's not too all-powerful.
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Things I feel cautious of:

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    • So far, we have a prince, a restaurant owner, and a mountain hunter as flowerboys that MC has met. As MC is an 8-year old, there's no sign of romance yet. However, I avoid reverse harems, harems, and love triangles in general because it's really not my cup of tea. Even if it's not a harem, just reading how a lot of side characters fall in love with the MC is very tiring for me. I personally hope this wouldn't be like that, but I know there are some who do, so I'll give a heads up if it is like that.
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Thanks to the translator for good quality translations, fast updates, and pictures of food!

Edit: June 22 2019

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There are more tags now, so I guess I know more or less what I'm getting into.

Thanks to charysa for clearing up some points. Knowing there would be pseudo reverse harem charm, makes me feel conflicted. I'll keep reading for now, but hopefully it's not too bad.

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rakusu
rakusu rated it
August 21, 2019
Status: c92
I can't for some part appreciate this novel due to inconsistencies. One most noticeable thing are the Yu siblings. They were introduced to be kids around 8-10 years old. But there are times where Xiaocao's siblings spoke like they were adults. Here are some instances:

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"Don't... " Her older twin sister, Yu Xiaolian, secretly rolled her eyes, "If you caught more, then it would be even less likely for us to eat anything. You didn't get to see grandmother's pained expression when we needed to pay for the medical fees. She would surely find ways to make up for the loss, while also doubling the earnings."

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And another one:

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Yu Hang held back his youngest sister's eagerness and politely said, "Business is about the mutual willingness between the two parties. It's natural for the seller to set a price and the buyer to bargain. Even if the deal doesn't work out, we can still maintain a benevolent relationship. We have nothing more to say since Manager Liu didn't like our goods. Please excuse us!"

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Not only they talked like adults but they also sound like enducated people which is really contrast to the author's introduction of family living on the sea side. Also the author points out that Yu Hai (their father) deeply pampers them yet allows his family to be bullied by the step mom and eldest daughter in law. What a contradiction.

Initially, the cheat is already a minus for me. But since there are lots of good reviews, I thought I should try. However, there are no characters or events piquing my interest so far. Now, these inconsitencies in the story that's making me roll eyes everytime I encounter one. I'll read a few chapters more but if it didn't get better, I might drop.

EDIT:

Ok. After reading a few more chapters, I managed to reach the latest chapter by ignoring the inconsistent stuff.

So the story turned to be a little interesting. Lots of potential male lead were introduced with no certainty who's the real one. Currently, the pacing is soooooo sloowww because there are lots of cooking scenes and the process of making them.

And I'm not so thrilled of the idea that
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the emperor is also a transmigrator

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The thing that keeps me going on is the MC and her twin sister. Alright, this might not sound interesting but I'm curious why they are twins in the first place and the author's deliberate avoidance to let them go together outside the fishing village. What's the catch?

Other than that, there's no other interesting thing here. It's pretty much predictable. The author has a habit of leaving a clue sometime so you can already predict what's gonna happen. <<less
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kairoz
kairoz rated it
March 26, 2020
Status: c294
This story is very good for any one who is foodie, and MC though she has her cheat power it is not something overpowered. Still she has to be careful not to call much attention and at the same time building money to support her oppressed family.

The one thing I like the most of the story is the kids, all of them, from the family kids to the kids in the village. Author has a good hand a portraying childish wonder and innocence, and all their antics... more>> and interactions leaves you with a smile.

However, I am dropping this story and this solely for two reasons. First MC has slowly become more bratty, careless and s*upid. And second because of ML. MC becoming an unlikable character is solely thanks to the now clear ML. Whom is the typical handsome, powerful, martial-arts expert and emo with a sad past that can only act as "a normal human being" around MC. In other words, everything I hate about a ML.

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I know many people will like the interactions between MC and ML as playful banter, but this clearly turning from josei/seinen to a common shoujo. A shoujo with an MC that's becoming more and more mary sue everyone likes despite being a bratty person that disrespects everyone and an emo also with a cheat power despite not being a transmigrator gary stue ML. And now seeing again the tags and knowing ML, I admit I never expected the actual ML to be the yandere instead of a side character.

I went from not being able to stop myself from reading, to dreading every time ML's name appears in a chapter hoping he was not ML.. Instead he become more prominent and s*upidified the MC as well.

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Thanks, but no thanks. I'll still rate 3 starts because of how enjoyable the first part was. <<less
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Silangan
Silangan rated it
January 21, 2020
Status: c246
It started out great but it just went on for far too long. The author somehow squeezes out every last word count they can out of every single thing.

Most of the food arent even that great 🤷‍♀️. It was fine, but everyone keeps acting like it is. Just stop. Move on with the plot. I have nothing againsts slice of life stories, those are actually my favorite, but when nothing ever changes and the author just keeps recycling the same thing. No thanks
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luxannefelix
luxannefelix rated it
July 21, 2019
Status: c60
Casual review so I won't cover all the points

    • So far I really like her intimate family especially the father which is really are in this genre since dads are usually cold and or abusive.
    • Imo doesn't seem op compared to other novels and
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      the source of MC's "cheats" are "explained" to her family

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    • Pretty interesting since she didn't transmigrate to a whole new world and there might be transmigrators other than her.
    • Love that she actually have nice siblings esp the sister
    • The raws are 730+ so I wonder how the plot will evolve to last that long
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ohmycalla
ohmycalla rated it
February 25, 2020
Status: --
I love this story so much. I've been following this novel in volare but because they would only released one chapter a day (if you're not a vip), I decided to read it by translating the raw in fanyi baidu. It's more accurate than the translation in mtl.

This novel is a kind of story that you wouldn't want to end because of how great it is. I love all the characters, I love MC's interactions with her family and ML.

There are things that I like and dislike in this novel... more>> and I will list some of them.

Likes:

1. MC's family especially Little Shitou

2. ML, I don't like him at first but I came to love him because of how he treated MC.

3. All the characters who helped the Yu Family

Dislikes:

1. Too many characters, I want to know more about the Yu Family.

2. Madam Zhang and Madam Li

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1. MC became an official because of her farming skills and live in the capital.

2. MC and ML got engaged when MC was 16 and they got married after she became an adult. (18)

3. MC was kidnapped and almost died but was saved by Little Dumpling.

4. Little Shitou (her younger brother) passed all the test to become an official.

5. MC and ML had 3 children, the eldest is a boy, while the two were twins (girl and boy).

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ENDING

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ML died because of old age and MC goes back to modern world. She was in a hospital when she wakes up after being comatose for a hundred days by falling off the stairs. She met ML who rebirth as a doctor. The End

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Chan2
Chan2 rated it
November 1, 2019
Status: c164
I fell in love with almost all the characters. I would recommend this novel for those who love to read family drama and daily honest heartwarming lifestyle. I am fed up reading so many abusive, revenge, killing.. Etc type of storylines. This book touches my soul as it depicts humane treatment/love between siblings, uncles, aunts, parents, cousin's and friends. I don't regret picking up this novel.

I would like to convey my sincerest thanks to the translator. The translation was just awesome.😘😘😘😘
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CoryLeia09
CoryLeia09 rated it
September 5, 2019
Status: Completed
I really like this novel, mostly due to the food porn. This reminds me of when I was reading Transmigrator meets Reincarnator. Although some of the food descriptions are lost during MTL but still can't help but drool to the list of foods that were introduced in the novel.

The next thing that I loved in this novel is the interactions between the ML and FL, so much dogfood are thrown in lol. And those last few chapters of the novel makes me a bit quite teary eyed.

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Both of them died at the same time due to old age. Then FL went back to modern age and they meet again. Or maybe I just became teary eyed due to the long hours reading this novel lol

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Overall this is a very good novel to read, and I'll definitely read this again once this is fully translated. :) <<less
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Rareblue
Rareblue rated it
March 12, 2020
Status: c314
Although, I can relate to their situation, eating corn mill, boiled sweet potato leaves, eating dried-fish and even eating boiled banana for dinner. When my father was hopitalised for heatstroke no relative help us.

I can't blame her when she all think is about money, because of her past life and present life are striving hard for their family. Being mature in such age with their situation are normal nowadays, it's just that some of the characters are unreasonable and shamelessly turning all over again,

  1. Madam Zhang, Madam Li, Yu Dashan, Yu Bo, are really shameless to the point that you also want to transmigrate just to kill them. Although, Madam Zao are unrelated but she also have intentions that you can't tolerate. They are dragging people down and shamelessly blame their sins to the people that they victimized again and again, all I can say is "does the writer intended to write the same situation on the whole story?"
  2. Yu Hai, and his father you can't tolerate other people because of family and filial piety. Your also a father, even Yu Hai separated from the family and eventhough they are blood related with Yu Bo. Man, Madam Zhang collected your money and didn't give for your daughter's medical fee because of Yu Bo! Yu Bo is shameless, ungrateful bastard, selfish, plastic and mostly unfilial. Didn't you realize that they are using your family to get to the royal prince?
  3. Princess Consort Jing and Prince Jing, I felt pity for your second son, it's not his fault that your body is not healthy. Eat veggies, and eat proper meals don't just acting pity and sick all the time, your so OA. I thought the ML is Brother Han or the Second Prince, that's why I ship one of them to our MC but I was wrong.
  4. Xiaolan and Yu Hang, they are the characters that I want to flow in every chapter, I seldom read about them. Story is revolving about the main couple. Even when the family was eating I can count the times when Yu Hang and Xiaolan appears.
  5. I understand that MC sometimes act like a spoiled child, remember everyone that their parents in her past life died when she was very young, she act maturely for the sake of her two siblings and work despite lying for her age. All I can say about her flaws, she's unpolite, even I how close with my elders and the people around me, I still use respectful words, however, our MC don't know how to act politely. Even she's bright, how positive, intelligent, and how the people disregard her flaw attitude, if it's reality, she can be beheaded with the rest of her family, she's not also careful enough of her surroundings, she just act like she want to be, disregarding the dangers and mostly relied on the divine stone. I sometimes called her ungrateful. I was raised by my mother, eventhough we are poor, to be respectful, be grateful and contented even smaller things. I found her sometimes just say and does'nt act, because she want a low profile but she act otherwise. She want people to recognized ger effort, and want to be a higher up, just like when, she found out that seven-official rank are the same rank with the county majestrate. I don't really understand her sometimes.
Though I love the story and recommended this to others, but I can't be blinded how the author just turning the story... more>> again and again to make it longer. Because sometimes, stories that made the author's longer, makes the story to be ruined even though it's amazing from the start. I'm not the type of person to judge a book by it's cover, for the sake of farming, and cooking I want to continue reading this. I hope the translator and auhtor will keep this up and author please don't make it cliche just be practical and make it more creative but not too much to make it a fantasy novel. Let the MC not rely too much of the little dumpling. The cat is pitiful. <<less
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Jessy_m
Jessy_m rated it
September 26, 2019
Status: Completed
I like novels about farming, living simple life, specially going back in time creating tools to facilitate life... I don't like when it's about royals and rich families fighting, concubines and evil stepmother and ALl that cn stuff.. So when I read the summary I hoped it will not deal too much with all that cliché.. And I was happy with what I got.. Although it begin weaker than average novels like for sometime there obssesion over food that doesn't make sense, she catch so much food every day and... more>> they are still starving, I was also worried when she started meating nobles to leave farming behind, there lots of novels start with farming or opening restaurant idea, but they throw it away after some chapters and it become typical cn bullshit.. But that didn't happen, stayed faithful about farming.. I would love if we got some chapters about historians writing or teaching a biography about her in their moder time, talking about how that dynasty affected the country and the world.. Also I preferred ending to be but more detailed but in the end very good novel, nice relaxing not stressful.. <<less
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ellieedeean
ellieedeean rated it
May 2, 2020
Status: c360
I enjoyed it for a while because transmigration novels are a guilty pleasure of mine. The story is very generic but that’s okay because when I read transmigration novels, I rarely look for anything that make sense.

The reason I discontinued reading this is because of the over explanation/description of some things. Maybe the author wants to make the story longer but reading the same thing again and again but with just different wordings wears me down.

And another thing but it’s not overly major one.
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The MC is too dependent on the mystic stone. If this cheat is taken out of the equation then she might only have half of the achievement she has now. Hopefully in the future she gets to show more of her own abilities.

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Ellie44
Ellie44 rated it
April 6, 2020
Status: Completed
  1. After the long and arduous journey of reading Fields of Gold using mtl. I finally finished it. Though I cant say that I understand all parts of the story (cause of mlt). I can say that this story is really good for a slice of life. Refreshing and super duper long. Please have patience for this story its worth it.
  2. I also agree with ellieedeean. MC is depends on the mystic stone so much.
  3. The mtl is really not that reliable. The words are too deep that the translation gets it wrong. So I would advice you to just read the translation.
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Akareading
Akareading rated it
August 14, 2019
Status: c84
After many transmigraters, I had read, this one is another new taste.

The most I like is MC’s father, may be he is the first I read that love MC (his daughter) in all many novels and her siblings also love each other.

Thank you for translations.
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JoyArenas
JoyArenas rated it
June 3, 2020
Status: --
I give this an okay, if you have nothing better to do, tolerable. I'm on chapter 300 but I really need to say this!

Why are there many families with surnames Zhou and Liu? Surname shortage, author-san? Lol. The FL's mother and her maternal family's surnames are Liu, her father's close friend and his family are surnamed Liu, the husband of her older aunt is surnamed Liu, the steward of the royal prince is surnamed Liu, even the minister of revenue's surname is Liu. For the Zhou, the family of imperial... more>> merchant and FL's business partner is surnamed Zhou, their neighbor with the chicken business is surnamed Zhou, even the new county magistrate that replaced offical Wu was named official Zhou.

The only reason why I know who is who is because of their titles, like, Madam Zhou, Official Zhou, Third Young Master Zhou, Madam Liu, Eldest Aunt Liu, Paternal Elder Uncle Liu, Maternal Eldest Uncle Liu, Second Uncle Liu, Third Aunt Liu, Steward Liu, Minister Liu. Why? Wtf is that? Is it because they're side characters so it's okay if their names are the same? I really have to get this out. If there will be more characters in the future chapters that would be surnamed Liu and Zhou, I'd flip. Lol.

Even brother Zhao Han and his family, their former neighbor that turned out their family was the family of generals of the previous dynasty sounds like Zhou. Zhao and Zhou. For a Chinese, there's a huge difference I think. But for a non Chinese speaker like me, that's quite confusing for my eyes. What's with author's naming sense tho? If it's not exactly the same, they sound and look the same.

As for the other issues, I wonder why nobody has been jailed even tho they committed murder and frustrated murder. Like the FL's step-grandmother, she murdered their biological grandmother in order to grab her husband. But even after they found out, they just let her sign an agreement that she would not bother them anymore just because their grandfather begged them to have mercy. Really? Your original wife was murdered by your second wife but just wanna let her be for the sake of your other two younger kids and your reputation? What about your two kids with your original wife that you neglected? Though he regreted it later, that move was quite s*upid tho and the FL and her family let it. The author wanted to make them look so kind and filial that they seem dumb and let others take advantage of them. The other one was that Xia girl, the niece of FL's godmother Lady Fang. Because she wanted to be Lady Fang's adopted daughter and she's jealous of FL, she hired a couple of men to kill her. But when they found out, she just sent her back to her family and married her off to a useless and idiotic nobleman. Really? She wanted to take her life but that's all the punishment she got? Maybe I was just used to other Chinese novels with female lead that's too vicious and cruel if you wronged them, but come on! Maybe the author was just lazy for more complicated type of plots so the novel was more farming and food oriented.

And the two guys that was hired to kill her had the guts to negotiate that they would not say who hired them if she didn't promise to let them go. The was rescued by the son of Prince Jing, a first rank nobleman and the brother of the emperor and they had the guts to say that in front of him? Ancient China is the setting right? Wouldn't they tremble just with the mere sight of him with how the nobles and royal family of that time was revered and worshipped? But in this noble, I don't know. Lol.

This novel looks like something you'd found at wattpad with teenage authors. Amature and s*upid and dumb on some parts but okay if you have nothing else to do or read.

Ps: I hate the children in this novel. FL's younger brother, her cousin Liu Fangping, and the emperor's three year old kid. Noble children and commoner children, they all act spoiled and all threaten to cry if you won't do what they say. Come on, not all children are like that. Maybe I'm not just into kids tho that's why they easily bug me. Lol. <<less
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Tragically Rad
Tragically Rad rated it
March 23, 2020
Status: c327
The author and translator are very talented. Slice of life, humour and pacing are done well. Although, it starts to feel a little repetitive later on in the novel. FL's parents and siblings are super loveable. Not often but sometimes characters may seem a little cartoonish or their actions may feel a little forced for the sake of plot. However, for the most part, the author is able to give each character a little side story or at least communicate their motives behind their actions/values which makes them more interesting... more>> and relateable. For me the story is an enjoyable leisure read if you have time. The downsides are not as frustrating as some other novels. The downsides for me personally were:

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1. Madame Zhang (FLs step-grandma) who's a stingy murderess and the rest of the families "filialness" to her.
2. The mystic water is too overpowered and there are some minor plot holes having to do with it.

3. ML is starting to look like one of those typical jealous psychos that is only good to the FL (In his past he used to have moments where his craziness would flare up and he tries to kill everyone but of course he changes because of the FL). He uses his power to take advantage of FL (Not excessively) and FL just lets him obliviously. Just wish the real ML was one of the 10 other love interests who are decent humans and more age appropriate (age gaps are fine if both parties are adults but ML is a grown man and FL is still a kid while they haven't really done anything yet the sexual tension creeps me out). Although, in MLs defense his qualities are probably not outside the norms of his time.

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Kirara Reiya
Kirara Reiya rated it
January 20, 2020
Status: c263
I started this novel because I saw the recommendation somewhere and the reviews here are very good. I also love the cooking theme which is the strongest reason why I decided to give it a try. While overall I am enjoying this novel, there are certain part where I just can't enjoy it.

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At first it was quite torturous to read through all the abuse they received from their step grandmother. Her dad was described to love his wife and children dearly but he let them get bullied by his step mother for more than 10 years. Foolishly filial that it even endanger his children's and wife's life.

Her cheat at first didn't seems that OP but over the time the OPness keep increasing that they keep escaping death successfully all the time. She's also heavily relying on her cheat. While she's indeed very skilful at cooking, she gets to cheat her way to always successfully manage to farm all the plants.

While it has been implied many times that she is a child with a mental of 30 years old lady, she doesn't really act one. She's very reckless in her action. While I do understand about her not following "men and women shouldn't be too close" stuff, I don't know if it's just me but shouldn't she be more careful with her conduct in front people with higher status? I just can't accept how she's just so careless with her words around nobles and they could just dismissed and forget her "rude" actions. Eventho the emperor emeretus (a transmigrator) once gave her a lesson bout it but she doesn't seems to learn any anyways.

As previously stated before, she kept escaping death and dangerous situation with the help of divine stone that she's now currently seems to believe that she can just face anything. She has become so careless that it is painful to read sometimes. Eg. During shark hunting arc she just decided to go ahead and meet sharks. And currently just because she believe she could be helpful (which yeah, she did, kinda), she secretly followed her father and the young royal prince and co. Go out hunting for ferocious beast.

By now I believe everyone in that world is a foodie.

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Sorry that this has become a rant instead 😅 The translator on the other hand is doing an amazing job. <<less
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BobChan
BobChan rated it
October 28, 2019
Status: c137
So far so good~! I am enjoying how the story is progressing so far. But as much as I enjoy it, there are some things that have been bugging me as I've read.

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Minor Tantalizing Villains That's Won't Die. The fact that Madam Zheng (I don't remember the step mother's name...) and Madam Li are a common occurrence that continuously pop up and annoy the MC and her family. I understand that they're family and all and it's for a more realistic pov but nothing so far has been done to mitigate their existence.

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Typical Mary Sue... yes, it's kind of bothersome to see how many will just fall in love with the MC (at times) with no rhyme or reason. I get good impression but it's not just good impression she attained—she basically gets them as a whole on her 'side'. They'll ferociously defend her and is unable to see her faults at time.

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The MC. It's written that her mental age is thirty something but she doesn't even act like an adult and more of a teenager who's about to hit their twenties/ or is in their early twenties. She's not bad, but it can be irksome at certain point when you're reading and you see her Mary Sue act.

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MC's view. She's came from modern China (another timeline) and she's was sent to a more feudal time. Although it's not 100% Ancient China (due to the other transmigraters) the people still adhere to some of the orthodox ways of thinking. The MC's lack of comprehension (at times) can be very annoying. Yes, she's from a more modern time—where it's more open minded—but she's also a thirty something year old lady and fails to read the situation before saying anything. She often pushes her way of thinking and doesn't realize that she could get into a lot of trouble despite it being more lax than it had been in her timeline.

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Thankfully the story so far is light and not dark other wise bodies would have been dropping in the novel. Quite frankly it was frustrating to read when the MC's intelligence falls low, thus I skimmed a lot when it came to those points.

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The number of gluttons... It was funny at first, then it turned to boring... The amount of time the same plot is spun makes it boorish and flat. She cooks something that isn't known within this time period: she gets attention, people like her, they praise her, she gets money from it, she draws in even more attention and goodwill. There's no 'treasuring a jade ring becomes a crime' when it comes to her.

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'The Love Interests'. There isn't any but just seeing those who 'fall' for her pile up is... aggravating to read. It's very spurious. There is still the mentality where 'females shouldn't be so close with males'. It doesn't click in with the MC though (her modern mindset I guess... and lack of understanding the difference between then and now, other than when she's cooking and seeing which dishes aren't available currently). Truthfully, if it was from another person's POV, she would seem like a temptress, 'messing' with so many people of the opposite sex. (She's only 8-9 currently but at the rate the plot is repeated with people falling for her, it looks like it'll still be used in the later chapters as well.)

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Its an enjoyable read but that doesn't mean that it doesn't come with some cons. Currently at 137, she's still around 8-9 years old so... the story is progressing rather slow. (There's also a lot of repeated plots so... things can get repetitive and boring.)

p.s. there's no love development at all so far and as some of the other's have stated:

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It may seem like there'll be a harem with how many guys are attracted to her cooking but she only ends up with the ML (the kid they saved from the shipwreck). If you're going to read for romance... probably wait until they get to the 200s for the chapters.

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Felix3D
Felix3D rated it
October 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Out of all the "transmigrated female POWER" stories out there, and the specific "recipe/farming based" subgenre, I think this is the most fun. It's not perfect, there's definitely a lack of character development and things feel trite at times, but the key point is that this is a fun story, no matter which chapter you flip to.

Yes, some characters are cartoonishly exaggerated in some chapters (or overall), yes the action feels forced, but as a story focused on the MC's developments, it's pretty strong.

I highly recommend people try it out,... more>> and if in 25 chapters you don't think it's your thing, feel free to drop it. <<less
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