Received a Wife From the Civil Affairs Bureau


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A 28 year old single dog, Jiang Ziquan, ran a hot pot restaurant for a living and designed houses for a hobby. However, as the proverb says, when one is fed and warm, one’s s*xual desire ******. The worrywart Jiang Ziquan’s only wish for her 28th birthday is a shy and coy lover. The heavens seemed to have heard her wish and treated her well, for she only had to pass through the Bureau of Civil Affairs and brought back a fair-skinned, beautiful wife. Sure enough, only the state can provide such beautiful ladies!

Similarly, the 28 year old Shen Yumo suddenly found out on her wedding day that her fiance had a three year old child! She originally wanted to avoid the whole fiasco and walk away, but ended up getting tricked by Jiang Ziquan into signing a marriage certificate.

“I heard your wife was given to you by the Civil Affairs Bureau? How did this happen?”

Jiang Ziquan lifted her eyes, held up that shiny red book and replied, “It must be because of my good deeds and virtuous daily life that the state gave me one! Therefore you regular mortals,” she shrugs her shoulders, “I reckon will never receive one!”

Everyone: “Isn’t it just some good deeds?! We can do the same by donating some money! Hmph!”

A “love after the marriage” type of story featuring two women.

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Musebeliever rated it
May 8, 2021
Status: c18
CW : s*xual harassment, s*xual assault.

I dropped this around page 110 because as a rule I don't read books which paint s*xual assault as something cute or do not address it. Note that I read a fan translation so there may be some discrepancies between what I read and the original version. I usually do not post reviews for books I dislike but I felt that it was a necessity to signpost that if you are a s*xual harassment and/or s*xual assault survivor, who may find this book triggering.

This is... more>> a baihe novel with a modern setting in future China where homos*xual weddings are allowed. I was told that this was supposed to be cute and fluffy.
Note that there are spoilers in the rest of the post.


Basically both characters end up married on the day they meet for pure convenience.
Ziquan spends the next 100 pages pushing Yumo's boundaries without any regard for her when Yumo is clearly not responsive and not interested. She stalks her in her workplace, coaxes her into living with her, forces her to have a "proper" wedding ceremony, bribes Yumo's parents to have them on her side. She also regularly makes le*d remarks about Yumo's body who doesn't respond. The culmination point is when she demands a gift for Christmas i.e. Some form of skinship and just ends up kissing her without her consent.

And this is supposed be fluffy. Oh and the plot doesn't make sense. Coincidences keep happening.
It would be different if Yumo showed signs of liking her back. It doesn't happen in the first third of the book. Even if it did happen eventually, the premise would still be of a highly manipulative Ziquan and I could never get into this type of dynamic.


I felt I was reading a sapphic version of the "You" tv show.

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PriestessofNeptune rated it
July 10, 2020
Status: c54
One of the most progressive CN WNs I've read. Full marks.

If you enjoyed that aspect and ... more>>


of this story, consider also reading 1/2 Prince (CN).

If you enjoyed the marriage, consider I Was Reincarnated As The Villainess Of An Otome Game, But As I Broke The Death Flags With All My Might, The Heroine Opened My Route (JP).

If you enjoyed the low conflict and


, consider It's Easy to Take Care of a Live-In Hero! (JP).

If you enjoyed the low conflict and shoujo-ai, consider Warm Place (JP).

If you enjoyed the

multiple lives

, also consider reading one of


Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes All Thanks to a Single Moment of Impulse (CN), The Ugly Empress (CN), and Sansheng, Wangchuan Wu Shang (CN)

. <<less
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sushi roll rated it
August 26, 2020
Status: Completed
10/10 for me. Worth the read

This was such a fluffy lighthearted romance that just makes your heart warm. While its plot was a bit common, I actually liked because of that reason. It just makes me glad reading wlw romance stories that doesn't really have much drama, and doesn't make a particular focus on homosexuality issues and the likes but just on the romance of our otp. It makes me happy when the settings of the world just takes loving the same gender isn't a big of a deal. Anywayssss,... more>> all I want to say is I want to have my own Jiang Ziquan, I totally love her personality; bold, mischievous, honest, talented and cool but still cute and innocent but most importantly, sincere. I liked the slow burn romance and the natural way Shen Yumo came to love her back. They are such a cute & adorable pair. <<less
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Crystal Maiden rated it
June 22, 2020
Status: Completed
This story isn't for everyone. The plot itself isn't realistic at all. However, this type of novel is just to liven up the atmosphere. Read this if you want the sweet and fluffy type of experience.

I personally like it because I'm more of a fluff type of person, but I'm sure that there are people who really won't like how illogical the plot is.
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Yandere Devil rated it
June 2, 2020
Status: Completed
It’s sweet, fluffy Yuri nice modern novel. Story is sweet, cute and great. MC woo her wifey, kind of a slow burn, the FL slowly accepts MC. Most of the novel is MC trying to gain FL’s affection. Recommend great novel.?
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Sheddy rated it
May 1, 2020
Status: c4
I gave up after 4 chapters, not really my cup of tea.. Too illogical and fast paced. The MC fell in love too quickly and everyone, and I mean everyone except the FL's ex supported their marriage which doesn't make any sense for me.
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bookmunchies rated it
January 14, 2022
Status: c54
Pretty interesting. I really disagree with some of the reviews on here, which look at things from a very bad faith perspective that doesn't take into account the culture the story is set in aka Chinese culture. Arranged marriages are part of their culture, as is yielding to family ties and responsibilities.... more>>

And while it's true that at first Shen Yumo goes about things from the view point of taking responsibility, she is definitely not harassed into a relationship? Jiang Ziquan is not f*cking gaslighting her either like, learn what gaslighting is before you use it as description. JZ does decide to actually try to make the marriage work from the get go and strives for a future in which there won't be a divorce, but she doesn't coerce SY or manipulate her into anything. As for the 'bribe the parents' she uses the request about helping them say a few good words to SY as an excuse for them to accept without feeling burdened knowing it's money they need yet they will feel too much like leaches if they accept without a just cause. As for the hs boy moving in for the tutoring, is that so weird to you? I have been in both his and JZ position -minus the newlywed part- and I'm not even in Asia? I'd say his fade out is a plothole tho.


Not to mention the whole het bull. I don't know if you people have heard, but there is more to sexuality than het and lesbian. Two women can actually date without being lesbians you know that right? That said it is definitely possible to read Jiang Ziquan as a lesbian who was very deep into heteronormativity,

as she herself says, she hasn't loved anyone and wasn't interested in anyone, and has always been a beauty chaser who gave the same chances to guys and girls coming to confess

so why the whole het shit? As for Shen Yumo she is also def non het, could be demi, bi or smth else, but if you read her as het I don't know what to tell you.

The noncon, there is some in the later ch, but not in the first 2/3s of the novel. Since a bit after the beginning they are very clearly in a 'some' and SY is sorta passively participating in it, that is to say, she is very much a part of the dynamic just is not the type who initiates things. The noncon happens

during a very stressful period for SY and she is not sleeping well for a few days, and her nerves are so bad she can't sleep again that night, so JZ coaxes her into s*x so SY would feel relaxed and fall asleep finally,

this is definitely noncon.

As for 'no h*mophobia everyone just accepts' like, idk what to tell you, must there be h*mophobia? Why? Let people live without suffering it, huge f*cking deal.

That said it's important to know this is sorta fantasy, it's very slightly fantasy, and goes from slice of life into it very late in the game, but there is hints that are easy to spot, idk why it wasn't tagged at all, and the fantasy is important to the plot logic, so some of the things in half way reviews they bring up as making no sense is explained later on as the fantasy element is introduced.

I gave this a 4, tho I don't consider it very bingeable, it's an interesting concept and done well, also it's a baihe so. <<less
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iToon rated it
September 8, 2023
Status: Completed
This novel isn't for everyone, especially when it involved a superstitious plot such as I won't fall in love with someone unless I experience a love at first sight with that person, or I must marry someone on that exact day and time or my family and theirs will encounter misfortunes for life... However, if all of this was their last life's promise, one that ensures they will meet again and this time their love will last, then the plot completely captivated my heart.

Jiang Ziquan was our MC in this... more>> novel. She was a cheerful, lovable, loyal, and responsible person who have always thought she was straight and prepared herself with all the knowledge to one day woo the love of her life. But little did she know the first person she would ever fall head over heel for was a woman, who had a cold, taciturn, and observant personality, Shen Yumo.

Their romance proceeds slow but their journey to the mutual love is sweet and enjoyable. I found that Yumo can be pretty naughty when her heart is completely filled with the presence of her lover.

She actually used her hands to indicate that "I wanna f*ck you tonight" by making a circle with her index and thumb using her right hand, and poking her left index through the circle...


It takes two to tango (。>\<) (≧ᗜ≦) <<less
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Lazysnail rated it
December 27, 2020
Status: c54
It's fluffy, what else can I say? I wanted fluff with some slow-burn and that's what I got. Thank you for the meal~


In all honesty, the author could've fleshed out some stuff such as the historical/past lives bit and spent more time on establishing the angst but since it is mainly fluff I guess they just wanted to keep it that way. The plot is somewhat shaky as well, but this is supposed to be a novel that focuses on the love that blooms between two people over a long... more>> period of time. Therefore, it is to be expected if it's not so much plot focused but more on a slow and steady building of relationship b/w two people.


Characters are pretty interesting, mainly the MC. She's really persistent and tries her hardest, bending over backward for the person she loves. Like a cute little golden retriever. I'm a sucker for those personalities so I enjoyed her character very much. FL could've used a bit more development tho, as she did open up more near the end but author-sama should've shown her icy heart thawing with a little more description. So I guess more attention to detail there?

Translation Quality:

Great! I mean, not professional level or anything, but still really good that I can follow along easily! (A few grammar mistakes here and there but that is ok, I am not here to nitpick free translations.)


It's cute, it's sweet, and it's good enough for me. Ultimately, you decide if you want to read it or not. <<less
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KuroHachi rated it
September 30, 2020
Status: Completed
It's a nice relaxing Yuri and the interaction are soo sooo funny. MC is winning over a tsundere to go full dere dere. To be read.
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blazingseraph rated it
July 27, 2020
Status: Completed
You think this is a normal plot in a normal world but nope, it turns out there's supernatural elements to it. I don't mind personally so I still enjoyed the story a lot. The author definitely pulled the supernatural elements out a bit late into the story but it fit the kind of tropes I love so it enhanced it for me.

... more>>

The MC and female lead were actually reincarnated star crossed lovers and they finally found each other again in this life. Previous life MC wished to fall in love first in their next life and so she did... Yeah that really pleased the inner romantic in me.


Overall, very cute story. <<less
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fallinglikedominos rated it
September 21, 2021
Status: c54
I.... am having mixed feelings. The story plot is nice and all, mixing the modern with stuff from the past. It's fluffy amd light, sure. But I am having a hard time with 'consent' portrayed in here. It bothers me that the MC keeps tethering on the FL boundary, I'm sure I would dislike her immediately if she were a boy. I wish the gradual interest of FL towards MC was elaborated better tho, it felt too sudden.
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Wolve2k rated it
July 7, 2021
Status: --
Not worth it, do not read if. The MC is is self centered brainwashy b*tch. The FL is a meek "fairy" who lets herself get steamrolled. I don't see anything "fluffy" beside pressure, a lot of s*xual assaults under the guise of marriage.
Btw, both are straight, The MC turned lez when she saw the fairy. The FL gets turned, and both things are something I really really really dislike. It makes you believe that s*xual orientation is just like a switch to turn around as you wish.


However Jiang Ziquan was unwilling to divorce. She had spent so much effort to obtain this marriage certificate, so why would she want to give up their marriage?
The f*ck? You spend 5 minutes "effort" and even told to reassure the FL that you will divorce.
A second later the brainwashing and gaslighting starts.

Fortune Telling, yay for plot armor if she wouldn't have married that day at that time "Both family lines shall succumb to an unfortunate fate, and the fortunate groom will be plagued with illness forevermore." Oh for f*cks sake.

Marriage Contract, The bit*h WANTS "First of all, you can't fall in love with someone other than me during this one year period."
You see, love can't happen naturally, it must be forced. ARGH the hate from this single line. What if she does fall in love with someone? I know I know, plot armor and all that, it won't happen, I do really want the drugs the author been taking while writing this tr*sh.

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Klarel rated it
February 28, 2021
Status: --

The existence of the third wheel younger in-law relative absolutely ruins the story for me. He is shoe horned into the story at the absolute worst time, and only exists to cause problems in the already unstable and budding relationship. The absolute crass indifference and greed of this characters parents and the MC just accepting it cause they are now "family" is bullshit. They sent their misbehaving son to the house of a newlywed couple that just moved in together, they obviously don't care one whit about the new couple's happiness or preferences and only think about how they can benefit from the situation.

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Klazy Labbit rated it
December 1, 2020
Status: Completed
What can I say? It did have a rough start as in a bit unrealistic behavior by the parents but then I found that this isn't a book with serious plot but rather one with fluffy warm pure yuri love. So if you are looking for something complex and angst this novel isn't for you. Its almost slice of life at the pace it flows.

The side characters are not extremely fleshed out but enough to leave an impression which is alright for a novel like this.

This novel is a relaxing... more>> read where you don't have to read with worry and the gradual slow paced romance between FL and protag is entertaining. Overall a pleasant read. <<less
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Sloffins rated it
April 3, 2024
Status: Completed
The reviews on this novel and here and there. People seem to agree or they don't. Personally, I enjoyed this novel! It was cute, soft, and hilarious.

Jiang Ziquan comes from a family where they have one soulmate for them in the world. The moment Jiang Ziquan lays eyes on Shen Yumo, she knows that it is her. I've seen reviews addressing this a bit--"it seems her sexuality changed the moment she saw her" which, yes, is annoying when novels do that, but I feel like people are forgetting this part... more>> of the Jiang family line. Being straight is "the norm." Of course, Jiang Ziquan had her eyes originally set looking for a man! However, you can tell from her inner dialogue that she didn't want to marry a man and stay at home. She is a workaholic! Jiang Ziquan may not be a lesbian, but pans*xual fits her, I think. She wanted someone, her someone, that she could pamper and work for.

Her only thing is that she has a strong s*xual drive. There are some moments in the novel where you go "Ah, Ziquan, why did you do that..." but when I thought back on it, it definitely wasn't the worst thing I've read in a novel before. I would say it was the author trying to give the Jiang Ziquan (the top) more masculine vibes by being this h**ny dog who couldn't survive too long without some sort of s*xual intimacy.

Shen Yumo is this sweet and quiet teacher who was getting married to her fiancé specifically on that day because of a superstition from her grandfather. "You must get married this day or your life will be in turmoil!"--something along those lines. But upon her fiancé's ex showing up with his kid out of the blue, she doesn't want to marry him anymore. So, Jiang Ziquan steps in to marry her to save Shen Yumo's face after the fiancé's string of insults and because she deeply wants to marry the woman she identified as her soulmate.

Since they can't divorce until a year, Jiang Ziquan is very straight forward. She will get Shen Yumo to fall in love with her in a year. If she can't, she will agree to divorce. But in the meantime, she will treat her the best that she can.

They take some time to fall in love. It definitely feels unrequited and one-sided for a while, and that Shen Yumo initially feels like she simply would rather be friends, but Jiang Ziquan did her a big favor, so she feels she owes her and gives her a longer chance, which eventually, she does fall in love with her.

This novel is genuinely so funny. There are enjoyable side characters as well. I'm a sucker for sibling relationships, so Jiang's caring siblings were making me kick my feet, I love them. And no annoying homophobic parents! As much as I love realistic feeling novels, a homophobe-less world is also a refreshing read as well.

So, yes, I enjoyed this novel, but there were some moments where I wanted to smack Jiang Ziquan. But overall, a funny and entertaining read. How is a hotpot restaurant owner not knowing how to cook just absolute comedy? She's hopeless, truly. Thankfully, her wife can cook for her. <<less
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pikuhan rated it
December 15, 2021
Status: Completed
Since I don’t like dropping novels I finished this and it was a pretty enjoyable story after I reached the second half, I actually loved the side characters more (CC&SY and LC&YC) and I really liked the backstory for the main CP but honestly? It still felt weird to me every time that they’d kiss even though their relationship was already at a great stage lol. I know once the story reaches a certain point it gets explained but that was so much info and they just dropped it like... more>> that, boom. There were clues/hints and I already had a general idea of what might be happening but not enough clues (for me) to really rouse your curiosity.

It’s because in the early stages of their relationship most of the things that SY did was only because she felt bad for JZ, like I know the author said that SY wasn’t actually cold but she’s just quiet and yes she was caring towards JZ but again, she felt so guilty for dragging JZ into her mess so I was very torn and felt uncomfortable when I was reading like the first half of this.

All the advances JZ made on SY was very questionable, like I can’t tell if SY agreed or had just ‘gone with the flow’ because she wanted to or because she just felt obligated. Yes it’s a very progressive story because they didn’t really feel the need to hide their marriage due to h*mophobia and stuff and I know JZ was purposefully written like a somewhat yandere character but those things left a bitter taste in my mouth.

I probably wouldn’t recommend this unless you really have nothing to read because the main characters aren’t really that interesting tbh. It’s just a story of a girl who’s very much in love with another girl and she’s “trying to woo her and do everything to make her fall in love with her.” Pacing was weird as well (I didn’t really mind the endless coincidences) but if you’re into Very Bubbly and Shameless x Very Quiet and Shy ship then give it a try. <<less
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Dudette.p rated it
November 16, 2021
Status: Completed
I almost didn’t read this because of other reviews saying there was s*xual assault and the ML falls in love too fast.

Read the book it’s really good and everything can be explained. A cute couple of a tsundere and a forward but also awkward female lead.

8/10 just because it’s kinda slow paced.
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messbiscuit rated it
May 12, 2021
Status: --
Good read if you want to pass time and read something easy. CP is... hmm if you like MC domineering but slightly childish × cold and aloof FL then this is your 'cuppa tea. Slow pace with the relationship but picks up afterwards. Overall its a okay book. I understand why it got low rating with some reviewer.. Though for me it's just a "chase" for MC to FL. It was a cute and funny act but yeah the signs of those can be seen if you look more into... more>> it (?) <<less
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toukonotto rated it
June 9, 2020
Status: Completed

They got yuri science babies in chapter 54. Why novelupdates is not adding science babies tag?

You can search in "dynasty-scans" for this tag, if you want to know more.

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