Fortunate Wife

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Shennugou is an old and infertile place. It’s hard to find a woman to marry here.

The Li family is extremely poor. With only four bare walls for a home, they don’t even have a woman to manage the household.

The Heavens had mercy today, Li family’s oldest son had saved a woman at the market and brought her back home.

Li Man was killed by her mother-in-law and transmigrated. She was almost hanged on the first day, but, fortunately, she was rescued by the Li brothers.

This doesn’t mean that her destiny is over.

The language didn’t make sense at first, she discovered that, here, standard Mandarin sucks.

Associated Names
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Fú Qī Yíngmén
福妻盈门
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07/22/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c139
07/21/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c138
07/20/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c137
07/20/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c136
07/15/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c130-135
07/09/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c124-129
07/04/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c118-123
06/24/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c109-117
06/01/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c100-108
05/13/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c91-99
04/25/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c82-90
04/23/19 Little Bamboo Spirit c81
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Fuyuneko
New Fuyuneko rated it
July 3, 2019
Status: Completed
Warning. This story starts off very slowly. The first 70 chapters is probably only a week or two in the story. I feel that things don't start progressing until chapter 89 - Wolf Attack (which is probably somewhere between translated chapter part 135 to 145). I'm tempted to recommend skipping to that chapter instead of reading from the beginning. The later chapters are much longer, so by word count, you're only losing out on about 10% of the story by skipping to chapter 89 - Wolf Attack.

Pros: What makes Fortunate... more>> Wife stand out from other polyandry novels is that her husbands are brothers, and they have a really close relationship with each other. Even when they're feeling jealous of one another, at the end of the day, they still want their brothers to be happy even if it's at their own costs. They have so little, but they still try their best to care for each other. In other polyandry novels, the MC is like the sun that the other husbands revolve around, and they no connection to each other.

The author takes the time to make each ML very distinct and have a different relationship with each of their brothers. They're not just a generic ML #1, ML #2, etc that you can't tell apart.

It would be more accurate to translate the title to A wife that brings fortune to the family. Translating the title to Fortunate Wife is excluding the last two Chinese character of the title and kind of misleading. Their marriage is a two-sided street. It's not just Li Man that's lucky, her husbands are lucky to have married her to. At first, Li Man oblivious to how poor the family is, and her actions cause a financial burden on the family, but eventually, Li Man will be the one that significantly improving the lives of Li family and helping them be their best possible selves.

In contrast to other novels, there aren't any grand, over-the-top romantic gestures. In fact, there's isn't even an onscreen marriage ceremony. When the story begins, Li Man is already their common law wife. The MLs aren't secretly super powerful princes or generals. This is a simple story of sweet, little moments of domestic bliss.

I really like that we get to see Li Man's past and what shaped her to be the way she is. For example, she grew up with congenital heart disease, so transmigrating to this new healthy body is such a blessing for her. It's this new life that allows her the freedom to become the best that she can be.

She lacks the emotional maturity that someone her age should have, but it's explained by her parents cocooning her in safety due to her congenital heart disease. She goes from being handle with care by her parents to being handed off to a husband that her parents chose for her. She's basically lived in a glass cage her entire life. Even if mentally, she's in her thirties, her emotional development has stagnated until her transmigration. I like that Li Man gradually gains confidence in herself and becomes more assertive in her relationship with her husbands and other characters. Her original shy self is probably because she got married young and her modern-day husband and mother-in-law destroyed her self-esteem before killing her.

Cons: Vague spoiler to manage expectations. There's going to be points in the story where you think there's finally going to be a plot, but it always gets resolved quickly before the situation develops further, and the story returns to slice-of-life. Slice-of-life stories can be interesting in their own way, but I felt that this one eventually becomes too mundane. I binge read this novel in one day, and maybe it would have been more enjoyable to read it in small doses over a longer period of time?

Li Man is very easily flustered, super conflict avoiding, and acts more like a preteen than an adult, but as the story progresses, she gets much better at acting her age. P.S. My favorite brother is Li Mo. I find Li Yan's actions disturbing given the power imbalance between them.

One of my favorite moments in the story.

Spoiler

Much later on in the novel, one of Li brothers' aunts are introduced and she seems to hate Li Man for no reason. But, there's a twist. The Li brothers' mother was very spoiled by her husbands and shortly after giving birth to Little Five, she stupidly ran off into cold weather because she was unhappy over something. Her husbands chased after her, and the parents all end up dying and leaving their children orphans.

So, one, the aunt is worried that history is going to repeat itself. And two, she's hurt that's she made huge sacrifices to keep the Li brother's alive when they were children, and they're siding with this outsider woman over her. I really like that the author gave good reasons for her actions instead of having her treat Li Man hostilely for no reason.

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Czarinananana
Czarinananana rated it
April 15, 2018
Status: Completed
Spoiler

If you want extreme and mature polygamy, this is not for you. But if you like Wife, you can’t run after eating type of s*x, then, go on.

Female lead

Li Man

She is beautiful, kind, and hard working. But to be honest, she’s the typical perfect girl. Nothing notably special.

Male Leads

Li Mo (Eldest) The Virginity taker😂

He’s the main “master” of the family aside from Li Man whim they follow also. Hard working and dependable.

Li Yan (2nd)

He’s a great craftsman. According to Li man, he’s the most aggressive in bed.

Li Shu (3rd)

He’s good at fishing. He wants to become a General/Hero. The most hot headed one.

Li Hua (4th)

The scholar. Li man wants their children to be like him because he’s calm and smart.

Li Xiao Wu (5th)

the Youngest. His character would turn 180 degrees when he starts to see Li Man as a woman. When his brother have s*x with Li man, they would trick him into saying they’re helping her catch rats in her room😂

Real identity of Li Man

Spoiler

This is somewhat smooth sailing, the real Li Man is Shanguang Yu wich is related to the royal family and the Criwn Prince’s fiancée

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Alina Moktan
Alina Moktan rated it
April 19, 2018
Status: Completed
This is best reverse harem. I really like this novel. MC personalty is like MC from assassin farmer. They both have caring, hardworking, mature, knowledge personalty. For some reason this novel is similar to assassin farmer how they live in farmer.
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joellyanne
joellyanne rated it
January 1, 2019
Status: Completed
I have actually finished reading this awhile back. It is a pretty good story and fairly easy to read. The story is a real feel good factor and be prepare to feel envy on how fortunate our MC is for having such great husbands.....
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
November 29, 2018
Status: c80
So far, this seems like a slice-of-life reverse harem story with a unassuming and hard-working heroine. (Update: Wrong, this is a white-lotus, clumsy, low-intelligence MC)

Summary:

Li Man is killed by her mother-in-law and reborn in a poor village, where nobody understands her language. The previous owner of her body was recently bought by the Li Brothers as a wife. Despite her initial panic and language barrier, Li Man eventually settles into village life.

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At this point, it's too early to know where the story will go. The translation quality is good and the main character is likeable. I have yet to get a solid impression of the brothers so far.

I will update this review after more chapters are released.

Update:

So far, the main character is extremely passive, timid, and ignorant. Despite being married to 5 men, trapped in an unfamiliar body in an unfamiliar land, unable to understand the foreign language, she makes zero effort to learn or investigate her situation.

If you are hoping for a hard-working heroine, you won't find one here. Li Man is the type of pure, clumsy, white-lotus MC who bumbles all her chores, breaks dishes, adopts animals she can't afford to feed, etc.

Even though she's a "modern" adult woman, she has the awareness and intelligence of an elementary schooler and is easily embarrassed around her teenage husband. Not only that, she purposefully avoids people when they want to explain things to her, plays dumb as a way to avoid discussion or conflict, and runs away "embarrassed" at least 3 times per chapter.

It takes her 39 chapters to realize 1 of the 5 men might be her husband. It takes her over 50 chapters for her to decide that it might be a good idea to learn the language. At 80 chapters, she still doesn't realize that she's married to the 4 other men she lives with.

I can't find any redeeming features about her so far (other than instantly being willing to throw away her modern past to play at living a peasant life) and her entire existence is supported by her new husbands. I'm lowering my rating to 3 stars. <<less
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
April 16, 2019
Status: c61
So I'm a huge fan of hardworking MCs and farming/slice-of-life novels, but after 60 chapters, literally none of that has happened. The first 50 chapters have described about 3 days of the MC's new life.

The MC gets up intending to do work? Immediately interrupted by so-called troublesome neighbor's wife who is apparently irrationally jealous of her after seeing her for THE SECOND TIME with ZERO interactions and then accuses her of being a prostitute, yada yada. Absolutely no respect for female characters. The three other female characters who have... more>> shown up also try to scheme the MC despite meeting her for all of 2 minutes.... =___= If women really went around like psychopaths to scheme against all the other female "competition, " including those they've never even had a conversation with, all the women in that village would have killed each other long ago.

Maybe the author wanted to show us that the MC was 10x better than everyone else which is why she deserves 5 husbands while the other women all deserve to die.

Oh did I mention, apparently it's normal to get stoned to death by the villagers for trying to leave the village? And apparently the village elder needs to be called to make a "judgment" because the MC was accused of not being a virgin. Yeah, that is totally everyone's business, WTF.

Spoiler

Yes, I understand this is ancient China, which means a woman's reputation is like gold. And there were other reasons why the village elder was called in to mediate. But think about it, why would the cannon fodder make a big deal of the MC not being a virgin IF the villagers wouldn't have punished the MC for it? The entire scene was so laughably ridiculous, the author clearly fabricated it out of nowhere with zero historical basis.

Let's not forget the absolutely giant logic gap of villagers "saving up all their life" to be able to bring home a wife, and then immediately killing said wife if she tries to run away? Uh... so suddenly they're ok with the equivalent of throwing all that money down the drain because things didn't work out once? Even becoming slave traders and reselling them would have made more sense. And that's assuming it's logical to have all the villagers basically hunting down and killing their neighbor's wives for fun.

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As for the harem part? One guy flirts with her then the others become jealous and start flirting in turn, rinse & repeat. And due to the language barrier/misunderstandings, they spend more time discussing her than talking to her. All of that would have been OK if the author hadn't spent at least 50% of the story to put in completely pointless scheming admirers (each guy has at least one) for no logical reason except to show off how awful they are compared to the MC.

I never thought there'd be a day where Imperial Harem drama seemed reasonable by comparison. <<less
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RabiezMonkey
RabiezMonkey rated it
February 10, 2019
Status: c41
KEEP GOING TRANSLATOR-SAMA~~

All the MLs are cute, so I'll give 5 stars for the sake of overflowing cuteness...

The plot is very interesting, even tho I dont really like reverse harem, but once more, all the MLs are cute~ so I think I can handle this one... how lucky is our MC #enviouscryinginjealousy

fun reading, here we go... enjoy
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Novelana
Novelana
April 13, 2018
Status: c1
Looks good. Will rate it if I can see potential in this novel. For now I'll wait for the chapters to increase because cliffhanger will stab me to death (╥﹏╥) (I know every reader knows this painful death (≧▽≦)). So I'll come back roughly when there is 5 chapters in total. I know sorry for being demanding. Please bear with me. Thanks for the hard work to the author and translator for introducing another novel to us.(♥→o←♥)
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Kailyria20
Kailyria20 rated it
May 21, 2019
Status: Completed
Ohh, I read this one via MTL, it was hm interesting in a way, I'm under the impression that the author kinda favored the scholarly 4th brother the most tho, he had a detailed scene 🙄.

I can barely remember it now tho, um... each brother has their individual characteristics:

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Spoiler

[I favor 3rd and 4th brother the most 💕:

3rd brother is really romantic despite his hotheadedness and he's considerate,

4th brother seems calm and elegant at first, but he's actually impulsive but in a hot way lol,

2nd brother I did not like, he's the overbearing sly tricky type with harsh words, I guess a tsundere?

1st brother is too hmm... quiet... but dependable I guess but that almost makes him a wallflower,

5th brother, tbh I can't see him as a candidate... he grew up eventually but I don't recall him getting together with her because it ended before that point... it's mentioned they got together in the extras tho... I think].

I would have to say that the ending was slightly abrupt, I think, and then it went onto extras... It's not like they got super rich or anything which I appreciate that this story doesn't end with them conquering the country or anything, they just settle in their peaceful [somewhat] village and become well off enough to not worry about anything else.

4 stars because well the abrupt ending imo, it felt like there needed some wrapping up but w/e it's not terrible like skipping scenes or w/e. It's not particularly unique but it's not the cliche of 'the world's women are going extinct', it's just the particular village society of where the ML's live that the brother's end up sharing a wife due to their financial circumstances and the promise they made to their mother, tbh I'm not too sure of what happened with the MLs' mother and fathers but it lead to why they were willing to share the MC as their wife.

Overall it's an ok read for those that don't mind polygamy, there are bits about how she tries to balance their feelings, it's not like they immediately all get along with the situation of her being their shared wife automatically even if they did promise their mother... there's some tension and jealousy and such, but with some time she manages to somehow balance it out so it doesn't turn ugly and manages to improve their living circumstances which helps quite a bit.

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EmpressRouge25
EmpressRouge25 rated it
March 12, 2019
Status: Completed
I skipped like the last 20 chapters to go to the last one, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t affect much of my understanding of the story.

I really liked the book at first. Especially since it’s a polyandry book. But as you go down to further reading it gets tedious. I don’t know if it’s because I’m mtl-ing the novel or I just lost interest.

Either way, it’s not a bad book but it also isn’t a good book in my opinion.
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