So I’ve been voraciously reading Chinese novels ( with google translate of course!)
There are two possible options I am considering. Let me know which one you would want.
My Wayward Ex-Wife (福妻不从夫) by Mo Yan (莫颜) HE
There are 2 people whom Mu Huan Qing does not ever want to meet again – first is the Emperor who messed up her life with his lousy matchmaking skills (he has none to be accurate), and second is the Honorable Duke of Zhen Yuan, who was ordered to marry her (no thanks to the first).
Because of this marriage, he cannot marry his beloved cousin and his sweetheart can only ever be his concubine at best. Although he has no choice over his own wife, he can choose to ignore and disregard the woman he marries, even exile her to live in the countryside.
And despite being abandoned and giving birth to a daughter, Mu Huan Qing is neither discouraged nor afraid. She does not love Fu Yan Lin in the first place and can empathize his dislike of her. Furthermore, his lack of concern gives her the opportunity to live the way she wants so it is actually not too bad a thing.
Faced with these 2 seemingly parallel lines who are contented to stay apart, just how is a meddling demon supposed to get them back together?
Miumiu : I think the story is average but I like the character of MHQ. She is very strong and proud and does not accept defeat easily. She is not the usual female lead to wonder and cry over why her husband does not like her, but rather is content to live independently and away from her husband. The ML is quite irritating in the beginning but later he does a lot to get back in her good books. And their daughter and the demon’s interactions are too cute !
洞房花烛，隔壁 ~ Nuptial Chamber Next Door
Protagonists: Ye Zheng Chen and Bo Bing
Bo Bing is a medical student who went to Japan to pursue further studies, a young girl in a foreign land she met a senior student, Ye Zheng Chen who is also an aspiring doctor in the same university as her. They shared some common factors, become fast friends and gradually fall in love. Ye Zheng Chen love Bo Bing deeply and affectionately call her ‘lass’ instead by her name. However, Bo Bing later discovered that Ye Zheng Chen is in fact already engaged to another girl and was upset she is being lied to. Ye Zheng Chen tried to explain his difficulties but Bo Bing fled back home before he can tell her the truth.
Three years later, Bo Bing’s fiancé is being charged and she is told that only Ye Zheng Chen has the ability to help her. Bo Bing is therefore being forced to trade herself to Ye Zheng Chen in order to save her fiancé. She also learns the secret that Ye Zheng Chen has been hiding from her since their days in Japan three years ago…
If I believe that you said “I love you”……
If I believe that the hurt you imposed on me is not to deceive intentionally……
If I believe that pain which you never voice out, is already spreading like a virus……
Will we not miss out three years of our time?
Miumiu : This recommendation is from Seoul in love and I usually like all her book reccos ( Rolling Love was one). Both the leads are very relatable. YZC is a bit manipulative, which I was in two minds about… but he also goes through his share of suffering which we get to know later. There is a lot of angst due to the misunderstanding between the two. Bo Bing’s dilemma between what her mind tells her to do and her heart wants is quite heartbreaking sometimes.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. In the meantime , I am off to read more novels