After six years away at war my fiancé returned, with a woman carrying his child in his arms. The same irresponsible fiancé who forced on me the duties of a duchess for the past nine years. What should I do from now on?...
I'd say this is like a Walmart version of The Remarried Empress. Same type of story, Scummy fiance who has zero logic and will get your blood pressure to rise paired a scheming mistress who aims to take down the heroine. If you like this type of story, go for it. The art is great, the ML is good, no complaints here, and I'm sure it'll be a happy ending with the main antagonist defeated.
STORY: The story does a decent job of portraying the tension and difficult decisions that Leila faces. Leila doesn't like being disrespected and fe doesn't like the uncertainty of not knowing whether Phil will end up annuling their engagement or not, but it's also difficult to leave this situation because fe doesn't really have anywhere else to go and the society at large doesn't appear to be very accomodating for women. Leila is portrayed as capable and intelligent, which is nice, but I don't entirely appreciate how it seems like fe will end up getting saved by a kind-hearted man (instead of finding some way to save femself). ART: I imagine some people will adore this artwork, and that's cool, but I personally find it a bit of a mixed bag. It's full color and there are some really pretty clothes and background details, so that's nice. But some of the background items feel pasted in or are blurred to a degree that doesn't look great. I also have a distaste for the way the eyebrows and eyes overlap with the bangs--it looks weird, and distracting. The outlines are often too thin and the faces and hairstyles will frequently look stiff. CHARACTERS: None of the characters have grabbed my attention all that strongly. A lot of the early chapters are just situations that emphasize the pitiable state that Leila's in and how much of an inconsiderate, entitled douche Phil seems to be. The blue-haired guy is just your typical knight in shining armor type of blah. And Sisley feels like an attempt at making a conniving character, but without proper follow-through (in the sense that Sisley's connivings aren't interesting). OVERALL: It's fine enough. Definitely not anywhere near the worst thing I've ever read (though not near the best thing either). I could see it developing into something more interesting if certain aspects are explored in interesting ways down the line. Specifically, if we see some scheming that feels like actual scheming, that'd be cool. And if the relationship with the blue-haired guy is handled well, that could be pretty romantic and nice. But currently, it's just kinda been bland, if I'm being completely honest. [Reviewed at chapter 22]
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