Secret Wardrobe Of The Duchess

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How much money must I spend for you to divorce me!?

Rubika dies in a war without being able to confess her love for Arman but is instead sent back in time.

A new life, she will not live in vain.

But what are these new obstacles?

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공작 부인의 비밀 의상실
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08phamann
08phamann
September 30, 2019
Status: c38
MC never had the courage to confess to the guy she liked before she died, and now in her second life she's making it out like they had some undying eternal love. Gurl you didn't even confess to him, and if it wasn't for the power of plot-sama he probably would have rejected you even if you did confess.

MC acting all high and might, touting her "love" in front of ML. Kind of pisses me off. And her plan to help her divorce isn't exactly the most well thought out.... more>> She plans to spend all his money, and I don't know how she gonna do that when he is "the richest man eva." And I doubt the author will ruin her white lotus character by making her spend money recklessly without making her efforts seems charitable or good looking.

ML seems emotionally repressed and s*upid, which is ok, but he's not interesting enough to hold my interest. Romance between MC and ML would probably mainly consist of MC saying she is in love with another man (and if the powers that be are anything to speak of, ML is the man from her past life who she was in love with) and maybe feeling guilty when she develpps feelings for ML, and ML going, she loves another man, but I love her? What do I do? How can I make her feel the same way? What is love? Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me no more. Also I am rich, and there is a curse plotline in there somewhere but who cares, because LOVE! <<less
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QCY
QCY rated it
January 6, 2020
Status: Completed
Because I suck at writing reviews, I'll just tell you why I rated this 3 stars:

The main reason being the story just got wayyy tooooo draggy after a certain point. At first it was like, 'Oh, it's kinda interesting.' But then as I neared the 150 chapter mark, I was skipping huge sections of text (the chapters are ridiculously long) and I was stuck wondering when the main characters would stop with their misunderstandings and actually goddamned talk it out and stop being WHINY as hell.

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For example, the ML has been cursed by a nymph (his mom) to be unable to walk during the daytime. So for a large portion of the story, it causes misunderstandings because the MC is like, 'wait, he never visits me during the daytime! Oh no, that means he doesn't like me!' *Starts the descent towards depression and hatred at ML and kicks up a fuss*. Then the ML completely doesn't understand why she's acting like that, and then 50 more chapters later when he finally gets why the MC is mad at him, he's like, 'Wait, but I can't tell her because I'm just way too proud and afraid of MC's rejection!' And so on and so forth.

The other most triggering point is that the MC had fallen in love with another guy before her time reverse thing, and so the drama is that she's "in love" with this other guy (she hadn't even confessed to him), and so she's refusing the ML's advances for like 150 chapters because she wants to remain "faithful". Like girl, OMG. I can't.

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I guess I shouldn't say that the story was ABSOLUTELY horrible, but at one point, I just lost all my patience and couldn't deal with it anymore. If this book was shortened by like 100 chapters, I think I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more. <<less
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whitespade
whitespade rated it
January 22, 2020
Status: c139
Repititive and exhausting. I really truly want to know the plot and progression of the story but they repeat the same ban*l thing over and over again I want to bash my head in.
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
January 14, 2020
Status: Completed
If you like creative, enterprising MCs you might like this novel.

If you like a story about a strong woman who changes people's lives and connects with other strong women, you might like this novel.

If you hate fashion, beauty, and cosmetic, you might... still like this novel.

... more>> (I'm not a fan of fashion, beauty or cosmetics, but in the context of this story, I enjoyed it a great deal.)

The structure is built around how a seemingly ordinary woman was able to bring about a ton of positive change to the world and the people around her from her generosity, love and creativity.

This is slice-of-life, VERY VERY daily life, so if you get bored of step-by-step business/building, then you should skip!!

The MC's golden finger is described as having a weakness and deep love for beauty, but that beauty isn't portrayed as vanity or self-centeredness. Instead, it's the kind of beauty of the soul where she finds beauty in unexpected things (or things other people have passed over as ugly) and tries to live each day to the fullest and staying most true to herself.

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By doing this, she's able to bring beauty and confidence to all the people around her and let them shine with their own skills as a positive role model.

This is a praiseworthy perspective, especially in our extra-judgmental world of social media/instagram influencers/etc.

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Yes, I agree that some of the secrets/misunderstandings/could have been shortened, but there wasn't actually a lot of filler in between the progression of the main relationship.

I would say that the romance takes a small backseat to the journey of the heroine in helping herself (to live a new life) and her country (to change its expertise and exports) from the destructive road that would have led it to ruin.

Every single day brought something new to our enterprising MC, so if you're the kind to enjoy reading about how a duchess spread her influence, started her own business, and slowly saved the world through her innovative ideas, then you're in for a wonderful ride!

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The author is especially creative in weaving in ideas about inner beauty, external beauty/fashion, and how that might be able to change the economic situation of a small country to turn it away from war.

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Plus there's a part near the ending where there's a small speech about not sacrificing in the name of love, a concept that goes against popular fiction!

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midorimeii
midorimeii rated it
October 4, 2019
Status: c150
This book is a gem! .. Although I find the title doesn't give any justice to the story plot.

Anw, I like MC here. She was once an old lady who got reborn to her younger self. She was a person who is deeply affected by war. Thus, it's hard for herself to liking the Duke, the weapon inventor. I like how to author portray the MC. She isn't perfect, she is a human with weak moments. You'll know what I mean if you read it ;)

As for the Duke,... more>> I'm proud of his character development. I dislike his personality at first, but I can relate why he is so arrogant. He has lived his whole life with people boot-liking, trying to used him. So he's just drawing a line to Rubika. But as the story unfolds, he finds himself falling for Rubika and cares about her. He becomes the sweet doting husband, while Rubika tries to stick with her loves for Arman.

The question is where is Arman in this story?? or maybe who.. XD <<less
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frostcrystal
frostcrystal rated it
December 15, 2019
Status: c251
This novel has that most rare of light novel writing gems - character depth. Throughout the story (yes, all 250+ chapters!) both protagonists never stop questioning their own actions and trying to decide what the right thing is to do in a world that sometimes doesn't allow you to quite choose the right thing. And I love it.

I would say that there are a couple little flaws in the story, such as how some of their decisions earlier on don't make objectively logical sense, and how later on the camera... more>> almost seems to move on from the main couple and to focus on their wacky friends. Despite the theme of imminent war, it also tends to lean toward a more light-hearted role; both protagonists are portrayed as brilliant in their own way, and they're really their own major obstacles for most of the book. Nothing ever seems to obstruct their business endeavours.

But these are all pretty small flaws, and don't get in the way of the fact that this novel has: a) a female protagonist with tact, a backbone, and a moral compass, b) a male protagonist with a backbone and a moral compass (notice how I left out tact there), and c) a story that has clearly been thought out beforehand and wasn't just made up on the fly as the author progressed.

So please read! :D I don't really feel like the summary and title really do justice to the story. <<less
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donaiseiyuu
donaiseiyuu rated it
December 14, 2019
Status: Completed
This is one of the best novels I've ever read - including classic books. It has everything you want - respectful male lead who woos the female lead, friendships between women, the female lead has her own arc not just revolving around the ML, awesome women improving and moving forward society, the importance of self-love. Just amazing!

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carollsc
carollsc rated it
December 2, 2019
Status: c237
I absolutely love this story. It is so good!!! I love both the female lead and the male lead. The misunderstandings are hilarious rather than annoying. The plot flows well and it’s well planned as well. Not stuff that just shows up for no reason just for a longer story. Honestly amazing and I can’t recommend it enough ???
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prasantbagale
prasantbagale rated it
November 11, 2019
Status: c152
Extremely warming story that will touch your heart without a doubt. I very much love this story. 5 star for this story.
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herkawaiinovels
herkawaiinovels rated it
December 26, 2019
Status: Completed
4.80 stars

A thoughtful, wonderful, fun read.

Has great world-building, wonderful characters and a lovely mythology. Readers of Lucia will enjoy this, albeit less explicit, novel.

... more>> I had a lot of moments where I laughed out loud, but also lots of fluffy moments between them.

I love Rubika! She's mature, compassionate and kind, but isn't one to be easily bullied and is firm and strong on what she believes in. Although at one point she does give them up because she cares for the people around her. Definitely one of my favorite, if not the top, FL of all time.

I also love Edgar and enjoyed how the author wrote his character. I really felt his struggles (angst) and how he longed to be with Rubika during the daytime, but most especially during Rubika's lowest point, but couldn't. Ugh. Painfully beautiful. He seems like the typical cold, woman-hating ML, but there are reasons for that and the author explores it in such a lovely, heartbreaking way.

Edgar and Rubika are quite well-suited and I've enjoyed being taken on this heart-warming journey with them.

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So many squee-worthy moments. Edgar is a true gentleman that respect Rubika and asks for her consent. Rubika is well aware of her weakness for beauty but still stands her ground. I basically enjoyed Edgar trying to squeeze every type of skinship he can get from Rubika. But I also liked how Rubika would take the first move every once in a while.

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I think I just love these types of stories where the protagonists are already married but are still in the process of falling in love. <<less
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bob_the_building
bob_the_building
July 3, 2020
Status: Completed
Seriously one of if not the ABSOLUTE best returned to the past MCs in the genre- and I say that as someone who likes fantasy adventure more than romance (though romance is always a good thing).

Rubica is amazing, the ML is amazing, every single side character is amazing and well written.

5/5, I wish I could forget about this to reexperience the first read a million times over.
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Bookworm_Sueweetie
Bookworm_Sueweetie rated it
May 1, 2020
Status: Completed
3.5 stars (can't decide if 3 or 4 stars bc I kinda annoyed in the 1st half but came to love the 2nd half of the story)

This is a good read, especially if your a fan of fashion and beauty.

However, you need PATIENCE... this could be better if the author shorten this. Readers need to be patient due to the 1st half being draggy and repetitive... BUT, after 130++ chapters, the story became more exciting, twists/secrets revealed, leads' relationship developed and the new characters like Ios, Minos, Gabriel, etc.... more>> made it more fun to read.

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Better to skip some parts especially Elise's part bc I find the scenes repetitive and annoying.

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The FL is the definition of having a "heroine halo" that no matter what she did, she will always be loved by everyone even when her actions and decisions were questionable. In the earlier chapters of novel, I initially find the FL annoying bc of her personality which is hypocritical, selfish, got creepy beauty fetish and kinda b*tchy esp to ML... but her attitude was explained later on and she even redeemed herself in the 2nd half of the novel. She changed everyone's life and even changed the economy and views of society with her contributions thus I ended loving both FL and ML.

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At first, instead of using the marriage with ML who invented weapons to save the Kingdom and many lives, she chose to just have revenge by spending extravagantly which kinda made her selfish... but later on her beliefs changed and she warmed up to the ML thus helping him in finding ways to stop the war and lifting ML's curse

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miclice
miclice rated it
March 12, 2020
Status: c170
heart warming story. It is pleasent journey to read into. I love FL as much ssince she is so kind yet strong on what she want. She also be someone who stand on her ground even if she has to face ML who is duke now. I have to mention ML as well, he has boyfriend material who spoil his wife endlessly. The plot itself is cute in many way. However, in my perspecttive, I gladly said that it is too long story. I hope author will shorten in to... more>> be only 100 chapter.
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and I have to said, FL and ML has too much cute moment that make some point of story to be boring. I skip like 20 chapters and it still be on the same scene

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another problem that I got from reading it is the effort of FL. It is trule that she wanna divoce ML as soon as possible, so she set the scheme to waste as much as muney ML got. Anyway, it turn out all money that she wast come to be things which support her fame endlessly. This kind of thing kept repeating and repeating in the story until I feel yawn.

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if you wanna know when ML know FL, s true identity, it is on chapter 148. And like you can see on another reviewee, the story would be shorter, if both of FL and ML dont have some weird wat of thought. I means ML has known that he is the one FL is waiting for, yet he was not say it because he wanna win her over his future self. ML wasnt telling FL that he has been under curse and FL is the only key to help him because he has some face to save. FL wasnt say 'i love you' to ML because she wanna be faithful lady who love ML's future self dearly. The misunderstanding went on and on because they dont speak to each other. Like guy speak just speak!!

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Clandestine
Clandestine rated it
February 23, 2020
Status: Completed
OMG.. I never imagine it to be a sweet stories with much secret revealed along with it goes.

It is super sweet. Full of fluffs.

The author wrote it carefully and the translator had a very well done job to bring it in english. The language was beautiful.

... more>> It is good!

Summary: Rubica got rebirth back to her 22 after she died as an old lady in a war. She thought she maybe got a too real bad dream, but the devastating feeling of the war lingering in her heart made her want to live for better in this second life, find her lost love from the previous life, and prepare for the worst in the upcomping war. But, suddenly, a duke proposed her suddenly. The only genius duke of the kingdom who will lead the country to the future war, because of his invention, Stella. Rubica only want to life a happy life but later she unfolded many secrets about the previous war and the duke. <<less
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volcanov
volcanov rated it
January 2, 2020
Status: Completed
Love it!!!! This is a really cute story. The characters are well written, the plot is amazing, and the fluff is nonstop. It is a cute story that can fill you with happiness without requiring the loss of IQ points.
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Korrisan
Korrisan rated it
January 7, 2021
Status: Completed
Supposed to be a 4/5 star review but the post won't let me edit it properly 😭

In case no one wrote this, the stories are paid content to read after chapter 40 at the moment (it looks like they slowly release free chapters) . I started this and couldn't stop at 40 because it was that good but if you don't plan to spend money just an FYI.

Overall I wish it had more steamy moments but it was really nice and interesting to see how the story came full circle... more>> around from the beginning to end and the different POV of the characters. <<less
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Ziar367
Ziar367 rated it
June 13, 2020
Status: Completed
I’m glad I started reading this when it’s already completed. I couldn’t stop until the very end.

Yes, there are parts that’s a bit draggy but I’m glad for it since it kept the story lighthearted. The story could have been depressing but it kept a hopeful tone throughout. It also emphasizes on the belief that there is beauty in many things and loving yourself is a must to love others.
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linnil
linnil rated it
June 12, 2020
Status: Completed
Short but wonderful. The plot is solid. MC and ML is likable. I want it longer though. I like it when the duchess act as god fairy mother to beautify unconfident young girl.
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Diamondkitty
Diamondkitty
January 5, 2021
Status: Completed
This novel is really good and I liked the characters. Although the story progresses kind of slow in the beginning, after the ML confesses, it begins to pick up. The ML is really smart but a little insecure because of his curse and the FL is a beauty lover. She is good at what she does and maintains good relationships with those around her.

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the FL fell in love with the same person both in her past and her present life which is sweet ngl

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I wish there were more epilogues and it would've been nice if they had children. <<less
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SayMrrp
SayMrrp rated it
October 11, 2020
Status: Completed
This story has fairytale elements! It feels a bit whimsical at times too. Cute.

Even though the story had flaws, I had fun reading it. It's a bit simple, but it's heartwarming. The MC really advocates for self-love too! Bless. I really like how the MC and ML developed their relationship. The duke wasn't annoying or like an overbearing CEO lmao. The duke's personality was also pretty interesting. Also, the title fits because there's a lot of stuff about dressing up. It's pretty cute though.

The plot points sometimes got a bit... more>> messy, but the characters are really fun to read about. The duke is petty in a hilarious way, and Rubica (although she does dumb stuff once in a while) is a pretty decent MC. The side characters are also pretty memorable. Some misunderstandings felt a bit overboard to me, but overall they were fun to read. <<less
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