Greetings, Ninth Uncle

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Cheng Yujin was the elder twin sister, who was supposed to be engaged to an excellent man. However she later learned that her fiance, Marquis Jingyong, had proposed to her because he mistakenly recognized her as her younger twin sister. Marquis Jingyong and her younger sister had a deep relationship, and after many twists and turns, finally broke through all hardships and became eternal lovers. While Cheng Yujin was the villain who replaced her sister’s good marriage, kept framing her sister, and hindered the main couple to be together. A really wicked older sister and poisonous ex-wife.

After the younger twin sister was reborn, she revealed Cheng Yujin’s ‘conspiracy’ early on. Everyone scorned her, and her so-called fiance was indifferent. Cheng Yujin sneered and tore off their engagement letter in front of her fiance.

Everyone was gloating and happily waiting to see her regret her actions. However, before Marquis Jingyong had a chance to see Cheng Yujin’s regret, he saw his former fiancee marrying her uncle.

The ninth uncle of Cheng family was truly a hidden dragon, his real power frightening everyone.

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Cheng Yujin, this coquettish little wife, lightly lifted her eyebrows and casually said, “A mere Marquis Jingyong, is he worthy? Do you think that robbing him away will affect me?”

Almost forgot to say, ninth uncle wasn’t surnamed Cheng. His real name was Li Chengjing, the crown prince.

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aeralockhart
New aeralockhart rated it
April 16, 2021
Status: Completed
Amazing. What a wonderful read. Both are perfectly rational. It was super satisfying to see them getting close gradually, especially once their feelings are realized. I loved it so much I finished it with mtl. I'll definitely come back to read again once it's finished.

The story is very light compared to other cnovels with this genre. And for those wondering about the age gap

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The ML is not much older than her. It's only 5 years.

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The MC may seem cold but I really admire her character. The change is gradual but it's very sweet that she'll learn to lean on him eventually. I really loved how the author wrote subtle mentions

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How she never relied on anyone else but herself. Yet we'll find her unconsciously seeking for his help.

How she never ran to maintain her image. Yet we saw her ran to him.

She even got the strength during labor because she can't bear the thought of leaving him alone

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Idk those little things like that made my heart melt. This is one of the story that definitely deserve a drama. Lol I can only hope. <<less
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Jinnmi
New Jinnmi
April 15, 2021
Status: c64
Really good book. I came here after Malicious empress and I’m really liking the lightness in here. MC takes a very interesting approach to life despite knowing what happened after her dream. I love how she gradually learn to depend on *cough* ninth uncle *cough* and not to do everything by herself. I’m a little conflicted by the fact that her birth mom could actually think of MC that way though. And I’m also a little bored on some chapters because the narrative keeps going round and round in circle,... more>> informing the same information to readers over and over again. But other than that, this is a good read. Excited to see the plot progress even more!!! <<less
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marchmallow
marchmallow rated it
May 26, 2020
Status: Completed
This is a quite refreshing and much lighter read compared to other ancient Chinese rebirth stories that focus heavily on revenge.

Here, we have twin sisters Cheng Yujin (MC) and Cheng Yumo. However, they were separated at birth as CYJ was given to Cheng family's eldest madam to raise, while CYM stayed with her birth mother, the second madam. This isn't a secret in the family, so everyone in the mansion is aware of it.

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MC's position in the family is quite awkward. Her adoptive mother (eldest madam) and her birth mother (second madam) are always at odds at each other because they're both competitive. Eldest madam is proud and guarded against MC, because she thinks that MC is partial to her birth mother. Second madam also has complicated feelings for MC, since she had to give her to someone else to raise and didn't grow by her side. As a result, MC's relationship with both families ends up quite lukewarm, so she doesn't feel like she belongs anywhere.

CYM, on the other hand, grew up with her birth mother and is the recepient of all her motherly love.

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Their personality and temperament are completely different from each other. They are both well-liked and beautiful, but MC is always in the limelight as she is the more "accomplished" sister, while CYM gets along more with her peers due to her easygoing personality. Despite this, they co-exist harmoniously as sisters until they get entangled with a certain man, Marquis Jingyong.

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In their past life, during their stay in a mountain estate one snowy night, CYM suddenly disappeared. Realizing that it had been a few hours since she left, CYJ grew concerned and personally went with her servants to search for CYM. She ended up rescuing Marquis Jingyong in passing after discovering him in a cave and taking him to the estate.

The marquis was grateful for her life-saving grace and proposed marriage in return. CYJ's family was thrilled and immediately accepted. Unbeknownst to everyone, CYM had already helped and treated the Marquis prior to CYJ's rescue. CYM felt like CYJ stole her credit, but wasn't able to voice it out until after the marriage and CYJ's pregnancy with the marquis' child. CYM used this as an opportunity to "visit" her sister, but her purpose was actually to voice out her "grievances" to the marquis.

This put a wedge between CYJ and her husband, which eventually led to her death. CYM married in, etc. Etc.

CYJ dreamed about this in the current timeline when she and the marquis were still engaged. Around the same time, CYM also experienced a rebirth, so she immediately revealed the whole story to the marquis and he found it convincing, prompting him to cancel the engagement with CYJ the very next day. The marquis thought that this was CYJ's scheme to steal CYM's credit for saving his life, labeling her as a malicious sister in his head.

Already aware of the reason after dreaming about it, CYJ accepted by calmly tearing the engagement book to pieces in front of everyone, angering the marquis and his mother.

Afterwards, the marquis followed CYJ outside the main hall, leading him and CYJ to argue, where she ended up slapping him out of frustration. This was the first scene ML encountered with the MC upon his return, after years of traveling outside the capital.

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MC has a great reputation for being beautiful, talented, and virtuous, which she actually worked hard for. She's also very clever and eloquent. She matured early due to her awkward position in the family, so she strived to become a model young lady and basically became the poster child for noble madams looking for a daughter-in-law. This is also in line with her ultimate goal to find a good and rich husband.

She knows her worth, so she won't settle for less. She's very practical and calculating, and doesn't really care about feelings as long as she marries well and lives a comfortable (and rich) life. She is also very self-aware and her character is consistent throughout the story.

As written in the synposis, our ML is known as CYJ's ninth uncle, whose secret identity is the crown prince.

The ML is also different from all the overbearing and pushy male leads common to this genre. Okay, he's still typically handsome and oh-so-noble, and is often detached and indifferent. BUT, HE RESPECTS MC'S BOUNDARIES and doesn't force her to do anything she doesn't like. He isn't pushy and domineering and you can sense his care for her as their relationship develops, before he even realizes his own feelings.

The development of their relationship also feels very natural. It isn't overly passionate, but is harmonious and serene. They actually communicate so there aren't a lot of misunderstandings. They're quite similar considering that they're both clever and ambitious, and are very good at enduring in order to reach their goals, which is why they understand each other so well. I find them both to be really likable.

ML has a bunch of rivals, but they're essential to the plot and aren't really just there to fawn over MC. They also don't fall in love with MC at first sight, and I find that their feelings for her are well-deserved, given the reputation she worked so hard to build.

There's a sprinkle of political intrigue towards the end. I also find the ending to be quite satisfying. Overall a good read! <<less
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Dizaster
Dizaster rated it
June 28, 2020
Status: Completed
The author's afterword says it all:

Nine Uncle" was serialized from August and ended at the end of December. It lasted for more than four months and basically became a part of my life. Suddenly I want to say goodbye to them, so sad.

Cheng Yujin and Li Chengjing (Cheng Yuanjing), these two characters, I was very upset when I first set up the characters. Cheng Yujin's character is very... not so magnificent. Her ego, hypocrisy, and extreme egoism. Similarly, she is also smart, beautiful, ambitious, and unwavering in her goals. She has the qualities that a successful person needs, but she is not a good person in a secular sense.

I hope that everyone, like Cheng Yujin, will always take the initiative and be firm forever, and will not arbitrarily decimate feelings like her. In order to avoid the end, we will cut off all beginnings.

Li Chengjing is an ideal prince. He has been burdened for too long, and he doesn't even know what his character was. Only when he confronts Cheng Yujin in the later stage will he reveal the contrast of the old cadres.

In fact, when I first set up the emotional drama mode between Uncle Jiu and Cheng Yujin, I was bald all the time, even worrying about how two passive people like to fall in love. It was later written that after the two of them got married, they found that it was okay. The two old cadres were in love. No one was on the surface. In fact, the old house was on fire, which was really good.

Because "Prince" has already written palace fights, and I still don't want to write palace fights after the marriage of "Nine Uncles", so the court struggle is weakened, and the court and court struggles are reflected by the emotional changes of Cheng Yujin and Li Chengjing. So after the marriage, there is a lot of life in the two people's daily life. Although it seems plain, every time they chat, it corresponds to an important event on the timeline, which is reflected in their conversation.

  1. I have always believed that love is gentle, love is respect, and love is equal. When comparing Huo Changyuan and Cheng Yumo to cp, I also pay particular attention to this point. I will fill in the final explanations for the remaining characters. Because I was so violent for half a month, when everyone saw the end chapter of "Nine Uncles", I had actually finished writing for half a month (I'm so proud) (inadvertently mentioned) (try hard to hold back).
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CrazyApple
CrazyApple rated it
May 24, 2020
Status: Completed
This is one of the few gems where there is no revenge for the things that happened in the previous life. Our lovely MC Chen Yujing experiences her previous life kind of like a movie. She knows that is what's going to happen if she keeps going down the same road and she's not having any of it! Slight spoiler but its noticeable in the first 10 chapters. MC twin sister also rebirths and would like to speed up her process towards a good future instead of the ups and... more>> downs she went through with MC ex fiance. So this is were their paths disembark. From the summary you get the impression that MC goes straight for 9th uncle, however that is not the case. In learning His true identity MC decides that with his power he can help her find a suitable marriage partner. And our story goes from her trying to fend off horrible marriage partners while also living in a society that looks down on women. "A wife is to listen to her father, and then her husband, and the child to their elders, " MC tries everything within her power to stay as a model women to find a good family and lead a leisure life. Her tongue is sharp and she leaves people speechless but is still a very likeable character. At times I find myself cheering and laughing at her actions.
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MC previous life doesn't truly impact her as much since she describes it as though she watched a move. MC sister Chen Yumo has the standard rebirth and rememberseverything almost vividly. The Ex fiance actually gets snippets of the previous life at his wedding with Cheng Yumo. This eventually progresses more and it is hinted that he starts to remember everything. Which unravels his and Cheng Yumos relationship. ML Chen Junjing/ Li Chenjing..... I believe I spelled that right.... in the the 2 extra chapters we go back to the original timeline and he is alone and possible wife candidate dies unexpectedly or disappears. ML is a lonely monarch and one day he falls asleep and slips into the current timeline. Their he sees what his life could've been like. This leads him to investigate what happened to Cheng Yujing and he ends up demoting the EX because of his conduct. ML spots a Taoist who tells him that he missed his fated person and she passed. This angers ML and he locked the Taoist in the dungeon. The next day the taoist disappears and ML wakes up back to the the starting point and decides to speed up the process with MC. Which seems like a separate timeline now.

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overall it was a enjoyable read that wasn't too long. <<less
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nnshii
nnshii rated it
June 8, 2020
Status: Completed
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The author did a great job, I love how well they write the setting and the characters. The FL and ML always communicated and understand each other very well. Overall it's a great story without too much dog blood misunderstanding drama we seen in other historical c-novels.

If im going to complain is about the grandfather, the Cheng's old master. Here why I think I really dislike him and feels injustice towards his wife.

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first, as u know, the FL can be seen as selfish and arrogant thinking of choosing husband with a great background and family. I don't blame her, at that time marriage is a big deal for them. I don't think she is selfish as she just want to have a good marriage which will last for her entire life. Nothing wrong from wanting to have a good life.

One thing I want to complain is the grandfather, the Cheng's old master. Now, let's talk about the cheng's old master. He's not a villain but why I disliked him so much ?

Selfish. Hypocrite. That what I think his character is. Yes he did a great job protecting the ML's identity and everything he did is for the Cheng's family. But I saw him as a failure for a father and a grandfather. He never ever cared much for his family. He was always reminded of the past, so in love with his old lover. That when he is dying, one of his thought was his old lover must have been waiting for him.

Sure I understand hardly any love will exist between him and his wife, the grandmother, Mrs. Cheng. But from what I seen as I'm mtl, although mrs Cheng is not a great person, I pity her for marrying the old master. Even if there is no love between them, at least he could care for his sons when they were young. I could just imagined when he decided to bring his old lover back with ML, how sad and hurt is mrs Cheng. She live knowing that her own husband probably will never love her or their sons.

I just felt pity. If he take his role as a father seriously, perhaps his sons would actually grew up as a great person. But no he never look or cared for them. He never even cared for his own grandchildren. He was so selfish. He blamed his sons for being s*upid, blamed his wife for not taking care of his sons. But never ever thought that they grew up this way also part of his fault. He so invested in taking care of his old lover and the prince.

As a father and grandfather, he never did a good job at raising them if he even think of them in the first place.

I think I'm maybe too emotional but at that time, I agreed very much with FL, men in that era only know how to blame their wife if their child do something troublesome. I just feel tired. He never deserved any respect at all. My rant is done.

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I was hoping that perhaps he will realized that he never be a good father and grandfather much but in the end it just what I hope. Maybe im analyzing this too much. But this is what I thought whenever the old master cheng came out. <<less
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ByleeM
ByleeM rated it
November 5, 2020
Status: --
I'm one of those few people who was rubbed the wrong way by the MC. Spent so much time wondering why since the writing and pacing was good. I realised that I didnt like her because she exhibited the ugly human characteristics which are normally glossed over in most MCs. She's greedy, proud, manipulative, cold blooded and self-centred. She showcases most of the flaws we dislike in our MCs because they reflect the ugly nature in us and it makes her one of the most realistic MCs out there!

Nobody loved... more>> her growing up so she doesnt love anyone but herself. Nobody was ever truly sincere to her so she learned to fake and manipulate to get the best outcome. Nobody gave her a safety net so she cushions her own even if she has to wear mask every second of her life. She's hella fake and a master bootlicker but growing up in a major family with a shabby standing anyone would turn into that; thats why I say she's realistic. Most MCs are treated terribly growing up and somehow show no psychological shadows from their pasts when they grow up which is weird. I liked how she was not vicious or needleesly cruel even after the rebirth. She just wants money, power and glory.

Another reason I find her realistic is that she's not "special" like most MCs, her reputation is something she has bled for because she knows she has nobody to help her if she's anything other than perfect. Her head is filled with securing a good marriage, she once said "I love money and power and cannot see myself struggling with some man in poverty." It may seem shallow but for a woman in ancient times, a bad marriage was akin to life imprisonment. MC knows how to bend and she's flexible, most MCs would rather break than bend so it took me a while to get used to it. <<less
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darkelf01
darkelf01 rated it
December 8, 2020
Status: c13 part1
Okay, whoever said that the FL is a mary-sue, fight me.

The very definition of a mary-sue is a character, usually a young woman, who is portrayed as unrealistically free of weaknesses. She might be exotically beautiful, exceptionally talented in an implausibly wide variety of areas, and may possess skills that are rare or nonexistent in the canon setting. She also lacks any realistic, or at least story-relevant, character flaws — either that or her "flaws" are obviously meant to be endearing. The side characters would be overwhelmed with admiration for... more>> her beauty, wit, courage and other virtues, and are quick to adopt her as one of their True Companions, even characters who are usually antisocial and untrusting. Other than that, the canon characters would be quickly reduced to awestruck cheerleaders, watching from the sidelines as Mary Sue outstrips them in their areas of expertise and solves problems that have stymied them for the entire series.

And as an idiotic fanfic author who once made a fanfic similar to the monstrosity that was A Trekkie's Tale, I don't agree with the notion that the FL is a Mary Sue.

The FL is unloved by her parents and sister. Her peers either hated or envied her. Her elders either thought of her as a pawn or a decoration. Heck, even the FL herself thought so. Her only weapons were her calculating brain and sensibility. As an example, this is an excerpt from the latest chapter I read through:

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She was given away as soon as she was born. Her birth mother Ruan-shi loved the children who grew up by her side more. Qingfu Junzhu obviously loved her biological son more. Only Cheng Yujin, who was caught in the middle, had nothing. Ruan-shi accused her of preferring a rich adoptive mother. Qingfu Junzhu also guarded against her, thinking that she was a white-eyed wolf who wasn't close to herself despite the adoption grace.

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The novel itself is a typical drama of ancient China, focusing around family and court drama. The reason why I gave this novel five stars is the way the author handled the typical drama into something you can enjoy. For once, you're reading through the eyes of an FL who calmly calculated her surrounding and flowed through the experience. I like that her experience wasn't a smooth lake but riddled with waves. The main couple's interaction was also something that grew with the story through their similar experience. They cope and dealt with their problems without exaggerating the drama. <<less
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s1003
s1003 rated it
June 4, 2020
Status: Completed
Found a hidden gem! The premise of the story captured my interest at once and I finished reading the raw in 3 days. The fact that both the MC and her sister had memories of a previous life was very refreshing.

All the characters are very well-written - everyone had their own motives, their strengths and their flaws. Even the side characters are fleshed out. We understand what they think and why they act the way they do. While the MC is no Mary Sue, she can seem a bit OP.... more>> However, this is made believable due to her family situation and how she had to be careful not to offend anyone.

I also really liked MC's independent nature. She knows what she wants and is proactive in trying to achieve her goals (marrying well, enjoying a comfortable life). She is aware of her limits and thus never considers the ML as a marriage candidate because she thinks he's out of her league. This makes for some great comedic moments as the ML becomes increasingly frustrated and jealous at her ploys to marry herself off to other men.

The ML is great because he's not like the usual black-bellied, overbearing and possessive MLs in other stories. Once he recognizes his feelings, he adjusts his plans to incorporate MC in his life. He is willing to make sacrifices for her if necessary (which is super sweet) and has the very unusual (but much appreciated) attitude that the matters of the "inner yard" shouldn't just be left to the women.

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Timeline 1 - original life - ML and MC never meet and get married. MC marries the Marquis, has a son and dies early. The Marquis also marries her sister.

Timeline 2 - story timeline - both MC and her sister have memories of their first life. Sister marries the Marquis in hopes they will be happy again. MC meets ML when the Marquis comes to break off the engagement.

Timeline 3 (in the extra/side story) - the ML from Timeline 1 dreams of his happy family life with MC in Timeline 2. He wakes up to his younger self in Timeline 1 and decides to take break off the Marquis' marriage with MC and asked to meet the MC.


I find it sweet that the ML realizes he missed his chance in Timeline 1 and is determined to marry MC when he finds he gets a second chance.
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TL:DR - great read, definitely recommend. Can't wait to read it again once fully translated. <<less
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koco2018
koco2018 rated it
March 13, 2021
Status: c41 part1
It's a good novel. But. SO LONG-WINDED.

MC will talk your ears off, melt your eyes, destroy your focus. I looked forward to the scenes with ML because he couldn't stand it either.

Good plot, good world-building, good characters. But JeSuS ChRiSt. I cannot go on. I've begun to dread trudging through the author's ramblings and nonsense. I just want to read about ML and MC, but MC is burying me alive with all the nonsense text. I am a fan of short and concise sentences, like the ML, and after 41... more>> chapters I want to run away. MC is scary, she talks so much, everything she says is logical, cohesive, irrefutable, which is impressive... but her words are so lengthy it could wrap around the earth.

Because I was fed up I grabbed the text to see the word count. MC used 325 words, to say "Steward Liu, bring these clothing patterns to my Yunyi Shop. I made a short jacket using fabric, place it in the store next to other fabrics so customers can choose/customize which design their short jacket will have." -> 37 words... It's not even important. This story is about her and her ninth uncle, so why does the story write essays on trivial things and give a brief glance at our ML? Let me see him more, I get buried alive in text nearly suffocating and my salvation is the ML saying "Finish within ten words.”, “You can say it in one sentence. Why use so much nonsense?”, and "Your nonsensing ability is top-notch"...

The ONLY character growth I need, is for MC to stop her motormouth and speak concisely. <<less
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jkitten
jkitten rated it
June 23, 2020
Status: Completed
Disclaimer: I MTL'd most of this with DeepL. In some ways, this reminded me of Butterfly's Shadow Beneath the Moon's novels set in ancient China. The MC is incredibly mercenary and rational in her approach to marriage, and only really desires to marry into a wealthy family where she can give birth to the heir, live comfortably and have stability. The way she rationally and coldly does a cost/benefit analysis before deciding on her target is always funny, and in a patriarchal society with concubinage it's hard to argue with... more>> her philosophy. The MC's personality reminds me a lot of Qu Qing Ju from To Be a Virtuous Wife, but she's even more calculating.

The story is pretty entertaining, but I'd say it drags a little in the middle, and the author relies way too heavily on huge exposition dumps to provide background. The final ~40 chapters are really entertaining and fun, and the political intrigue is mostly good, but much of it just gets skipped over and I'd prefer more detail. I'd give this a recommendation to anyone who enjoyed To Be A Virtuous Wife or Eight Treasures Trousseau, however. <<less
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gzd132
gzd132 rated it
May 26, 2020
Status: Completed
This story was definitely hard to read as a MTL cause of its ancient setting. Nevertheless I’m glad I persevered to finish this gem.
Honestly this was an extremely satisfying book to read, all characters were well-rounded and I loved the main leads. Of course, they were both maybe a little too perfect, but honestly it fit the story so well that I can overlook this fact.

I enjoyed the ‘old married couple’ feel of the leads, plus this was not the usual ‘overbearing ML.’ The ML was caring and kind,... more>> but vengeful to his enemies. His past is tragic but he’s a stronger person due to the adversity in his childhood. The love between the two wasn’t overt but instead shown through small actions and the trust they had for each other.
The story has a nice clean happy ending that was fun to read. <<less
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Humbledaisy
Humbledaisy rated it
December 29, 2020
Status: c54 part1
Although I'm only about 1/4 of the way through the novel (up to the currently translated chapter), the clear translation made this rebirth novel a real gem. So much, I read to the end using a MTL version and the complete story makes me yearn for a faster translation of this novel set in ancient China.

FL is reborn to right before her wedding to the nobleman she saved. She is, of course, determined not to make the same mistake twice (she died in childbirth after a painful marriage where she... more>> discovered her husband had mistaken her for her twin sister years before) and breaks the engagement. But, as she begins to relive her life as a virtuous and talented miss - she starts to notice small changes. She must not be the only one who has been returned!

Using this situation as a challenge, she decides to become even more perfect and starts eying up young men of her acquaintance in order to quickly marry out of her unhappy home. Cousins, widowers and - strangely - the handsome Ninth Uncle of the family. She starts noticing how much his life has seemed to change and how helpful he's being to her. Hmm. What could possibly be causing this?

As other reviewers noticed, this story is the perfect set-up for a revenge story but that's not how our FL sees it. She seems it as a chance to burnish her skills and evade the poor behavior of her family and other noble families. The description of her calligraphy and embroidery skills are fascinating and give you a lot of insight into her reasons for wanting to be so skilled. Eventually, she starts to let real feelings creep under the skin of her perfect shell. Really, she's so smart, well-mannered and shiny that there must be a place for her high, high above the other ladies. Hmm, wonder where?

It's a charming story but not all fluff and dogs blood. The author does a great job letting you into the FL and ML's minds. Some characters change, grow and find their wings. Some characters learn to regret their life choices. Other characters never see the pits opening up beneath their feet. Try it - you'll find it fascinating. <<less
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Paradisereader
Paradisereader
July 21, 2020
Status: Completed
I mtled this because the premise caught my attention and let me tell you I don't regret it. I really like the couple's interactions. Like how everyone kept thinking of them as a couple even before they became the actual deal.

If you like a strong hard working female lead, logical but loving (only to FL) male lead, a couple that understands each other, interesting plot buildup, some political intrigue, some fluff.. Then this is for you.

Is it a happy ending?
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This has a happy ending. Everything gets a nice closure and we are left with satisfaction.

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Definitely recommended!

- Faradise
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SweetShireen
SweetShireen rated it
September 21, 2020
Status: Completed
I completely disagree with LunadeSelene's review. Sounds like they're describing a completely different novel. Maybe don't judge a book by the first 6 chapters?

The FL here is one of the most rational, truly smart, and independent FLs I've seen in a historical romance. She is calm and rational and cold hearted towards marriage because she has no other choice to be. She's a survivor. When she has a goal, she strives towards it no matter what and I respect that. I liked how she recognizes how little power she has... more>> in society because of her gender and calls out the double standards in marriage.

The ML knows her true character and understands her. They are the definition of a power couple, in a way that's not overboard. They don't really have those cliche romantic moments, but it's the little moments that made me love them. How the ML trusts FL, how he knows how strong she is but lets her know that she doesn't have to bear the burdens herself. How he treats her with the utmost respect. How he doesn't shy away from bending down to her level and acting affectionate and caring towards her that are deemed "unmanly" by other husbands. He really sees her as an equal and treats her as such.

He recognizes her position is society is hard, and sees her efforts to survive as something worth commending instead of shaming. I can easily see how the FL, smart and scheming that she is, could be seen as the "villain" in other stories, but she's literally just trying to survive in a man's world where she's only a tool in the hands of her family. ML wishes their daughter grows up to be more like her so she can defend herself like MC does and not like his own mother who ended up dying at the hands of the harem.

Anyway, it was surprisingly poignant at times. Their love is stable and sweet, I enjoyed it.

Bonus... ML's kinks...

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ML likes to tease MC by calling her niece lmao. He teasingly asks her to call him Ninth Uncle in bed when she's utterly exhausted and she wants to kill him LMAO

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.moondance
.moondance rated it
August 10, 2020
Status: c70
An MC who knows what she wants and does what she needs to get there. Not a Strong Female Role Model by modern standards, rather MC games the system by projecting an image of the perfect daughter-in-law. Everything is calculated in pursuit of a higher goal (i.e. Being rich and having a good, stable life). MC is smart, cunning, and not naive in the least.

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An unusual point is that 2 individuals are rebirthed/have memories of a past life - the MC and her twin younger sister - but this doesn't really make a difference in the plot yet except as motivation.

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Not particularly action-packed, it's mostly rear court drama and navigating marriages. MTL is perfectly understandable. <<less
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Arrange
Arrange rated it
November 10, 2020
Status: c43
This is a realistic novel leaning more on the negative side of human nature. So in my pessimistic perspective of life, this novel was one of the most old-era realistic novels for me.

Sometimes when you get too much fluff, you just feel like you want some normal affectionate moments without much dog food. That what this novel is. It makes the "love" worth the wait.

About the FL.

... more>> She's the anti-hero we didn't deserve but we needed.

She's the master of manipulation. Master of deception. And master apathy. And most importantly, she's someone who needs a hug. ㅠㅠ

Heck, both ML and FL need a hug.

Everyone in the story has a bad side...

FL, manipulative but has reasons to be. She was already on the weaker side of society. The weak have their own way to fight.

ML, overall he has a good character. Not nice or mean, he's just a passerby. (ofc not to FL) That aside, I don't believe that he hasn't killed anyone yet. Come on, he's the crown Prince. His road to survival can't lack few crimson flowers blooming along his path.

Relatives, son of a b***- sorry. Let me rephrase it.

Brainless son of a b****. <<less
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kyrez
kyrez rated it
October 21, 2020
Status: Completed
Recommended 👍🏻🏆

The FL is very calculating. I think she becomes 'cold' and mature after she was 'reborn' from her tragic life. But it can be seen that she's still a little girl at heart ♥️

She just wants to be saved and she wants to run away from her current predicament. And she believes that she can only rely on herself and no one else~ 🦋

She dares not expect any warmth from anyone, including the ML. So the ML had to work really hard to get the HE with the FL.... more>> 😌🌈 but I like that the story doesn't have much conflicts/drama between the FL & ML. They're the perfect couple everyone is envious of 😄😍

The ML is worthy to be called "Jiu-shu". He's very patient and loyal 😇

Happy to have found this^^ 🍫🌟 <<less
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Suzun
Suzun rated it
June 3, 2020
Status: c112
A historical romance novel with well-rounded characters. Our couple is sympathetic and admirable. The politics also feel real without overtaking the couple's relationship (which is what we're in this for, let's be honest here). Neither the plot or characters' emotions are overwrought. A satisfying read without flights of fancy or hysteria. If you enjoy a quiet and practical romance - in this case entangled with a bit of Imperial Court powerplay - this is for you.
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gryffinpuff
gryffinpuff rated it
August 1, 2020
Status: Completed
A well written story, with plenty of court intrigues, humor and romance and, of course, inner courtyard shenanigans - all characters are consistent throughout the story. ML is intrigued by MC considering the situation they first met and MC not caring enough to hide her true self in front of ML, lead to some funny MC-ML interactions and a gradual sweet love story. Later on, Jelly ML often interrupts when MC is locked on to a possible husband target and keeps on foiling her plans. Though he is not a... more>> pushy domineering CEO-type character, and is very understanding of MC's situation - wiling to accept all of her, faults included. His thought process shows off his maturity and ahead-of-times liberal attitude.

The MC is a very likeable character, who is not revenge-obsessed, understands herself and her wants completely and just wants to live well (high). Though she gives as good as she gets, she's stuck in a very unfavorable situation in her family- she looks like she has a good life, but on looking closely, she seems a bit pitiful. With no one caring for her, but expecting the best from her, she had to mature much earlier than others. Not receiving any love growing up, it's sad how she doesn't recognize the feeling at all and relations to her (with ML included) are just calculations... With unscrupulous, greedy vultures family aiming at her at all times, she has to fend for herself with no one (except later ML) in her corner. The story really highlights how difficult it was for women in ancient times.

The book is a good read and definitely recommended. <<less
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mazeoflife28
mazeoflife28 rated it
March 10, 2021
Status: c51 part1
I have read a lot of rebirth and revenge stories but I really enjoyed reading this one. There's just something charming about it. The FL herself, the ML as well.. And the characters actually feel more alive than the usual two dimensional stereotype template. Yes there are some brainless ones in the mix but they have reasoning, they have aspirations and traits that make them seemingly more complex and less flat.

Even the etiquette and exchange of fake pleasantries, of what is considered proper and dignified and the unwritten rules is... more>> interesting to read from this perspective without being too blatant and cheap with some underlying understanding from what's said between the lines. I feel like I've gained some insight to this double meaning and implications dance court ladies do from watching them interact alone. The ML is reasonable and acting of someone his age who has a hidden burden. The FL does act older for her age but it's well explained as to why her temperament is different from her other peers.

I actually do prefer this type of cunning protagonist who is like a bamboo. Can remain sturdy but can also bend with the wind. The foundation of the romance between ML and FL is also particular. Yes, he'll have this big workaround to get there and it's a lot more troublesome than if he picked someone else. But he's aware there's nobody else like her and he'll fight for it, really brings a smile to my face. <<less
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Leier
Leier rated it
February 18, 2021
Status: c66
Gem gem gem gem..! (At least up to chapter 66 which I am currently at).

The story beautifully portrays a very calculating, rational, cold, smart FL, who surprisingly has a very humble and realistic ambition: marrying well and live a peaceful life. This is very refreshing as so many similar novels' FL are driven by revenge or high ambition, and yet this one is different.

Unfortunately (for her), but fortunately for us readers, her ambition is very hard to achieve as she caught the eyes of an also very calculating, very smart,... more>> and very possessive ML who won't let her get close to any decent potential target partner.

For me, I find the most delicious part is the story vividly tells us her thoughts and motives, and it makes a very interesting journal. And also, the compatibility between the FL and ML are so much that even at this very early stage they talk and think eerily alike. I begin to think they actually found each other's carbon copy, just in different gender than themselves. Can't wait for this pair of schemers to be official, then watching them go around scheming and manipulating everyone!

Credit to aerialrain, such excellent translation that I got carried into the world each time. I could read the raws ahead with some help from dictionaries, but I'd rather patiently wait for the translation! <<less
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