The Healing Sunshine

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To Ji Yi, Ji Cheng Yang is the joy in her childhood, a cup of coffee in her teenage years, that kite especially painted just for her, that part of A Chinese Odyssey she never finished, that irreplaceable longing and love in her dull life.

Ji Yi chased after his back, followed in his footsteps, liked the things that he liked.

To Ji Yi, the whole of her youth, from the moment she met Ji Cheng Yang, was carved with only one name.

To Ji Chengyang, Ji Yi is the soft ray of light at dawn, the warmest existence, the care kept deepest in his heart. He has once, for the sake of his dreams, forsaken her, hurt her, but in the end, he returned by her side.

She is the very first of his memories, as well as the Ji Yi he loves the most.

Associated Names
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Một centimet Ánh Dương
One Centimeter of Sunshine
一厘米的阳光
Related Series
Together Forever (Shared Universe)
The Road Home (Shared Universe)
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A Love So Beautiful (2)
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You’re My Glory (1)
Hello, Wife! (1)
Recommendation Lists
  1. Josei Fluff Novel
  2. Feiranghae - Fei loves it
  3. favorite josei recs
  4. Will Read
  5. SUPER GOOD

Latest Release

Date Group Release
10/24/18 Hui3r epilogue
10/20/18 Hui3r c27 part2
10/17/18 Hui3r c27 part1
10/13/18 Hui3r c26 part2
10/10/18 Hui3r c26 part1
10/06/18 Hui3r c25 part3
10/03/18 Hui3r c25 part2
09/29/18 Hui3r c25 part1
09/26/18 Hui3r c24 part3
09/22/18 Hui3r c24 part2
09/19/18 Hui3r c24 part1
09/15/18 Hui3r c23 part3
09/12/18 Hui3r c23 part2
09/08/18 Hui3r c23 part1
09/05/18 Hui3r c22 part2
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Review
19 Reviews


Recca201
Recca201
Apr 19, 2018
Status: c5 part1
A very beautiful novel. This is the first time I'm making a review since I'm often just a lurker, I just cant help but share to others how satisfied I am with this translated novel. The translation is amazingly good as usual, hui3r captured the emotions of the raw novel, and the nostalgia. I so, so, so love this novel. It's peaceful, relatable and endearing... and the characters in the story are not flat but very three dimensional. I can see their personalities in my own walk of life, and... more>> they're multi-faceted. I like both our gentle and quiet female MC and charismatic and caring male lead. Sometimes their interactions just go through my heart that I roll around the bed giggling.

Highly recommended slice of life romance in peacefully endearing plot. <<less
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Aurinne
Aurinne
Jan 04, 2019
Status: epilogue
I don't exactly want to give this one as much as four stars, but I don't think it deserves only three. It's definitely better than three.

For me, I loved the first two-thirds and appreciated, but did not really enjoy the last third.

The first two-thirds is a delicate, serious, touching and lovely story. It shows the growth of the relationship, attachment/affection and eventual romance between the two main characters against a back drop of life difficulties and struggles. It has a serious tone, but is charming.

The last third was mostly well-written,... more>> but it involved angst and emotion and, basically, I felt depressed while reading it. The angst did eventually get resolved, but, for me, it felt more like I was ploughing through chapter after chapter of unenjoyable depressing stuff. I don't mind reading about sad and emotional things in stories, but I'm not really into reading things that have sad or bitter emotions for long periods without relief. Some stories tend to make you want to read through the emotional things, but I was surprised when I noticed I was really disliking reading it, and this feeling was never completely alleviated. For me, the resolution was OK, but it was not really enough. It did not resolve their relationship issues quite enough for me, nor was the ending joyful enough to lift me from my serious, bitter mood at the end. (I was waiting for one of those epilogues/extras that show their happy life afterwards to boost my mood and finish things on a lighter note, but it didn't have one of those.)

Having said that, it was a delight to read a thoughtful, intelligently-written translated novel. (Honestly, it feels like, recently, there are masses and masses of trope-filled, pointless, mindless novels being translated, but it's hard to find anything in any genre that has a bit of decently-intelligent writing and plot about it (and has more than a few chapters).)

I easily read through most of the book, so it's overall readability is quite high, also.

The translation is generally of a very good standard.

I think many people will enjoy all of it, even the depressing/thankless parts. It is, after all, a novel with a serious tone and many difficulties presented right from the start. (There are probably novels around that are much more angsty and gritty than this one, actually, so many readers wh seek out deeply sad stories might even find this one mild.) However, if you're someone wary of reading depressing content that leaves a bitter taste (although well-written), you do need to be prepared for the downward turn later in the story if you start reading it.

On a side note, this is loosely related to Together Forever, however they are both able to be read as stand-alone novels. <<less
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Briai
Briai
Apr 14, 2018
Status: --
I started reading on a whim and could not stop because I fell in love with the story. It's about a girl who learned since young to not be a bother to anyone and having someone slowly start to care enough to bother about her well-being. The current translator is doing a wonderful job. The story is clearly told and well written in a nice and easy to read layout. I'm so glad I started reading this novel and can't wait for more updates. Thank you.
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chande
chande
Nov 24, 2020
Status: Completed
Wow, what a ride. I don't know how many times my mood gets fluctuated when I read this. It's really like riding a roller coaster. This story is simply too sweet but at the same time there are a few heartbreaking moments too. But don't worry, this is not a tragedy novel so happy ending is guaranteed.
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zenriu
zenriu
Jan 14, 2019
Status: Completed
I usually give 5 stars to every novel that I review cause it reflects how I really enjoyed reading it but for this one I only gave 4. Well I enjoyed this and it reminds me of my puppy love during my teens. MC and ML started their relationship when MC is still in her teens and I related much on their interaction. The flow of the story is detailed and take note very informative and somehow the author added some real life scenes such as the war in Iraq.... more>> What made me rate this 4 star is that I would much appreciate it if the MC have resisted and gave the ML a little more hard time after what she's been through. Given that the ML also suffered while being abducted in Iraq but what made me upset is that the ML should have not resort to such kind of lies as not to hurt the MC's feeling. Oh well I gave a little spoiler there. Anyways all in all it is still a good read and be ready with your tissue cause your definitely gonna need it. <<less
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ApolloAresZues
ApolloAresZu
Jul 04, 2021
Status: Completed
I read this a while back and I always like to go back and reread it because this author does an amazing job at writing nostsligia and first love, as well as bitter sweetness. I wont go into too many details about the general story since other reviews did that, but more this is pointing out the parts I loved that makes it so rereadable and the parts that made this a 4 instead of what couldve been a 5.

As stated by everyone the MC knew the ML since childhood... more>> and he was basically an older brother figure and was one of the only parental figures in her life to care for her, whether it be studies wise or just her mental well being. He took great care of her and cared for her well and its not a surprise she eventually developed feelings for him. With that being said, this isnt some kind of weird story though multiple characters in the story think their relationships is weird because of the age gap and begining, the way the characters are written it never feels strange as readers. The MC is calm and mature for her age, with gentleness and innocence that befits her. The ML is responsible and has great restraint, and never considers her until shes around 16, in which case he acknowledges his feeling but still waits on her. Shes still underage though so if that's just absolutely a no go in your mind, dont even attempt this not because it plays on taboo but because they're not hiding the characters ages either you get a close view of the gap. The author doesnt fetishize the gap, they're just honest about it.

They're relationship was very special as it had a hint of dependency and a lot of warmth and care, where even when it was platonic you really enjoy their relationship. ML always helped MC in her times of need and treated her very gently, in turn the MC gave him all her warmth and affection. The progression of their relationship is natural snd it really does feel like their meant to be, they just happened to meet while she was very young and he sent her aid when she needed him. And theres nothing wrong with that because I feel like their past together is a major part of what makes their relationship so special, that nostalgia and trust and dependency.

So for about the duration of the first 2 parts of the novel, you get their past and their budding romance and these are the best parts of the novel. These 2 parts are so good and well written that they deserve rereads every couple of months they're so good. I still think about those parts and they make my hear tinge. Those are the parts I mentioned above. Now let's get to the part that made this lose a star, the 3rd part. I'm just going to say exactly what happened as if I had known what would happen I might not have read the third part as it features some of my biggest pet peeves in novels, and it made it so that it clouded my view of this novel everytime I thought back on it because things bugged me so much. So I'll just describe the general things that's happened some might not mind it and this will be long but it really bothered me so here we go:

Spoiler

Ok so in the third part the main couple are finally a couple but have to seperate and do long distance. But the ML has a dangerous job as a reporter and gets captured by enemy soldiers and is severely injured and placed in captivity for years. MC waits and is worried about him. When he manages to get out hes so severely injured he might die (smth like that I hate this part so much I've erased it from my brain). So he calls MC and says the most OOC thing I can imagine him saying "I've moved on and married someone here please forget me." Basically that yeah. So after that for years they never see each other again and she pines after him with her broken heart. And everything after that sits wrong with me. Now ordinarily I try to give the benefit of the doubt to the one that orchestrates separations because I want to relate to their reasoning. In fact I just wrote a review for a novel with a similar case in which I completely sympathized and didnt blame that person at all. But here, the author really messed it up, for multiple reasons. Lemme go into them;

1. When ML left captivity, I really dont think the reason he gave for her to give up shouldve been him marrying someone else. Why? Because that really opened up the age gap in their relationship and made me look at it differently. Until that point I never cared she was younger. But considering he did everything to her but take her virginity, made her dependent on him, and essentially stole the girls youth, it really bugged me that he broke her heart with such a half assed reason. And he knew her, he knew how hard it would be for her to move on. And how much she would look inward onto herself to find the issue. She wouldn't be finding issue with him, shes too selfless, she would find issue with herself. She'd think she was the problem. And she'd never blame him. He should've had someone else call her and say he was dead. He should've said he lost feelings for her. He shouldve said he couldn't keep up with long distance anymore. Anything but that reasoning tbh because it was the worse reason he could give to a young girl that gave up her youth for him. This issue was pointed out a lot by other characters as well but I still don't think it was stressed upon enough. She gave her youth for him. And he really messed her up.

2. The reunion was one of the worst I've seen. Honestly. I was expecting more because they have so much history and baggage right? But the ML basically pretends he didnt break her heart and lie about getting married. It takes him so long to explain that he wasnt actually married and even longer to explain why he lied. This was handled so poorly I was put off by all interactions after the reunion because nothing is romantic about ML trying to meet with her while she still believes hes married. Nothing. I couldn't feel happy about the reunion because the MC was too in the dark about so many things. The readers were in the dark about things even till the last chapter, things I personally feel should have been explained to us as soon as he came back. That was one mystery I feel like should not have been stretched out like it was. How can we find time to forgive him if we dont know the circumstances regarding him ditching her? Questions like "why didnt he contact her while he was getting treatment? What about when he finished treatment? So if they never coincidentally met, was he never going to see her again her "own sake?"" You see the issue? I'm the type that cant enjoy the moment when I feel like something isn't settled.

3. There was basically no groveling. I feel like the ML didnt explain or apologize enough for what happened, considering it was his fault and he chose the worst way to hurt her. The worst lie. The MC, sweet girl she is, forgave him basically instantly and I dont think she was a doormat for that more she was so desperate she would take anything and I found that really sad. ML at one point thinks he could only be with MC because only she could be the person to forgive him effortlessly like that and it's true. I didnt want more drama or for them to fight but I do wish it took longer and for him to explain more before they got right back to being together. I felt like that discredited all her pain throughout the years she waited for him. That made me upset.

4. The wife thing never got explained to the rest of the characters. When ML came back he went on lying saying he got divorced. So everyone thinks, and still thinks until even the end of the book, that ML left her for another woman and that MC is his second love/partner. That made me so mad you guys dont understand. I just didnt understand why this was never explained this upset me so much. It was like another short end of the stick MC got and I hated that.

5. MC trauma over being left behind was never addressed like I wanted to. In general I felt her pain wasnt empathized enough. Because ML came back with a severely injured body that needed multiple surgeries, the focus turns to him and we the readers as well as other characters are kind of forced to forgive him early because, well, his body isnt good. I get that emotional debts need to be ignored in the face of serious issues like health but I feel like those issues took the focus off addressing MCs own pain. She never got to really feel upset or be angry, because he came back so sick. And that upset me too. I was just upset ok.

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In any case I really wish the third part of this novel either didnt exist or was handled differently. I felt so uncomfortable reading it, mostly because the book was so good up until that point. The translator does a good and earnest job of attempting to explain everyone's motivations but it still unsettled me even after rereading it multiple times to really understand and lesson my frustration, but I still dislike that part and probably always will.

To conclude, this is a good book. It's a great book. If you like nostalgia and bitterness, with sweetness mixed in, and dont mind the frustration of the third part, definitely read this. I really disliked the direction this book went, but it was so good up until then I always think about it and reread it on occasion. Again, it's one of my favorite books. Still, read with a cautious heart. <<less
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Haruna80
Haruna80
Apr 05, 2021
Status: Completed
REALLY REALLY recommend this novel! However the romance is so slow, FL love is one-sided for a long time before ML love her back.

The story is so so so good, you guys must try to read it.
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Akiyo
Akiyo
Dec 06, 2020
Status: --
Reality really recommend this book. Its not just about love story between FL and ML but its more than that. It teach you about friendship, family and how important it is to understand each other. Not many books out there that can give reader all of that tbh.
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Caitlin
Caitlin
Nov 17, 2018
Status: Completed
A very very nice, sweet and emotional story..... my favourite MBFB story along with Together Forever (same theme to honor our unrecognized hero) and Hoju is the best❣
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bhimmagdato
bhimmagdato
Aug 09, 2018
Status: c20 part1
This is a very nice romantic story. At first, I was hesitant to read this because of the age gap of MC and ML but when I started reading this, I became addicted to it. If you want a sweet love story, probably, you will love this, no angst, just a typical teenage girl fell inlove to a young professional journalist and how strong their love until the end.
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rndmsmmrflng
rndmsmmrflng
Apr 12, 2021
Status: Completed
Goddamnit. It's beautiful. Heartbreakingly beautiful for me. I don't know if you've watched the kdrama series called Reply 1987. It somehow have a slightly similar mood but the half part of the novel is heartbreaking. It has a happy ending though but it still left me feeling restless. I want to read more of their married life and if they were able to have kids.

Comments/thoughts about a somehow 'taboo' tags on their relationship:

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Spoiler

Anyway, I haven't really personally come across comments tagging Jì Chengyang as a 'groomer'. But honestly, I can't agree to it. Chengyang genuinely cared for her similar to how a close family friend will do after hearing Jî Yi's family circumstances. It started with that and because of Ji Yi's display of maturity despite her young age and her abnormal perception of her worth, he started caring for her like how a guardian would do. He didn't develop any romantic feelings for her up until she turned 16 (15?). And yet at those time he acted with propriety, never truly crossing the line and even promised to clear their relationship after she turned 18. He waited (altho there were 1-3 instances he got tempted and acted) for her. Even when they were finally in a relationship he still have that thought that he's so much older than her and controlled his desire.

I do understand why their relationship is so awkward for the characters. We readers may be able to know the truth and even read their thoughts and witness them but for the characters around them didn't. They didn't know about those details and even if they do it's hard for them to understand and accept it. The only thing that will constantly pop in their head is how Ji Chengyang had feelings for the little Ji Yi and have taken advantage of her young and naive mind. Although their age gap is only 8 years old but because they have formed a deep connection while she was just young and have even called him 'Little Uncle' along her best friend, it made their relationship hard for people to accept.

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I cried a little upon reading Ji Yi's family relationship. They suck big time! They may not have been irresponsible but they were negligent and emotionally unsupportive. It was Chengyang who was there all along. And when I got Chengyang's hardship and the aftereffects of his job I was totally heartbroken. That is why I am discontented with the ending. Although they were able to resolve their issues and even had a conclusion, I still want to know details about their marriage and Chengyang's health. Let's just say that the overall novel left me a bittersweet feeling. But truly, Chengyang doted on her heavily. <<less
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jedden12
jedden12
Apr 01, 2021
Status: Completed
You don't understand how much I love this book. Read it a year ago but I can't get over it. I love this book so much
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mazikeen24
mazikeen24
Jan 31, 2021
Status: Completed
I've read sommang romance novels here and I've never left a comment but this one moved me so much that I just had to tell people how wonderful it was.

It focuses on the journey of both characters coming together and facing their feelings as well as their own shortcomings. I can only hope to experience a kind of love like this in my lifetime.

Definitely worth reading and it was translated so well.

I don't think I'll ever forget this story.
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just.shuwen
just.shuwen
Jun 11, 2020
Status: Completed
I would highly recommend this novel for the peaceful yet realistic feeling that this novel gives off. I specifically love how the relationship between the two leads developed over time, mainly considering the age gap between the two. The love that sprouts between the two is carefully shown over time and does not feel abrupt or unsettling. That was, by far, my favorite element of this beautiful novel, along with the realistic grounds that this novel is based on.

In the later chapters, I did have a few bones to pick... more>> with the ML, however, I do understand his actions in a way. But that does not mean he was a bad ML. I actually did not waver from my main ship throughout the novel. Both the ML and the FL were truly lovable. I loved the FL leads innocent, yet at the same time mature way to deal with situations. Moreover, the ML blew my mind over how steady he was and how far he always managed to consider his little lady's future together with him. He was mature, but at the same time he showed his playful side to the FL that had me squealing with excitement.

Overall, the plot was steady and well developed and the characters were all well flushed out and relatable to a very high degree. The age gap love is sometimes a hard theme to convey to the audience if it is not well written and can come off as unsettling, however this was not an issue with "The Healing Sunshine" as it cleverly portrayed the love between the two leads.

Recommend this to anyone who is looking for a cute but at the same time realistic and relatable love story. <<less
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Wonder Star
Wonder Star
Oct 06, 2019
Status: --
It's a very well written story, well translated but oh so heart breaking.

When all of us wish from a romance is to escape the real world, the pain, the tragedies and heart breaks. This story is oh so sweet in the first 2 parts and so overwhelmingly heart breaking in the last third. Despite it being a happy ending, it weighs down on your heart, makes you want more of it, to finally see them have a happy end that you have wanted for them but then, life's never asked... more>> fair as you want it to be, not only in the stories.

Whatever life has in stock for them after the story ends is left for imagination. It's just fiction, just a few characters yet you can't help but hope for them to be happy forever.

Mo Bao Dei Bao weaved these characters and weaved the audience with them. It's a beautiful read, but a heartbreaking one too, it's sweet but bitter too. I can't help but wish to see more of them, a happy ending that I always hoped them have. <<less
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Miumiu
Miumiu
Jul 21, 2019
Status: Completed
I must have read this five times. Beautifully written and beautifully translated. But it is a sad story. It's a happy ending but you're heart can't help but feel heavy even after the happy ending. The characters are very realistically etched. Very relatable and very normal.
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Geo-rachel
Geo-rachel
Apr 11, 2020
Status: Completed
A truly beautiful story about love and growing up. The character Ji Chengyang is a man you will probably end up falling for if you read this. He is one of a kind, just like Ji Yi I also ended up enamoured with him. Ji Yi is also wonderful, she has her faults but I love how she deals with things. I highly recommend reading this book, it’s a wonderful read.
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Royalkkk
Royalkkk
Apr 04, 2020
Status: Completed
Highly recommended. Binge-worthy. The writer prepared and made a lot of research, and a definitely well-detailed information about things that happened. The story gives one a roller-coster ride like emotion and gives you a great information, and high likely similar to real life, jobs of the characters; which gives a better impact to the story. I believe that the general rating should be higher than 4.4.
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elle24
elle24
Nov 09, 2019
Status: epilogue
this is one of the most heartwhelming novel I ever read. The story definitely touch my heart. First I read this for the sake of the love story of XiXi and Ji Chenyang but unexpectedly I was enlighten with scenarios of the calamities I could only see on the news. The stories in between this like an innate emotion feels like some heavy punch that we are taking freedom for granted and another reason why when woking up we are to be grateful as we where not in those calamities.... more>> This kind of touching emotions I had realized them while reading this Novel.

the romance story is totally 10/10. Age is just a number. It was the importance in the heart that matters.
As per the author, the story is like few centimeter light in the darkness ??

thank you for all the great translator who provides great effort so we can read such a wonderful story <<less
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