When I opened my eyes I had become the duchess. But something isn’t right. I went as far as becoming a character but I’m just a duchess in name that gets mistreated by the maids and ignored by her husband. What a crappy life! Gosh, I don’t know what to do anymore. I’ll just quietly enjoy my tea, was what I thought. “Can you prepare tea for me again next time?” Something’s gone wrong with my cold husband!
I loved the beginning of this series: the ML had a transcational relationship with the FL where he married a spineless, weak woman who would not interfere with his business in exchange for a comfortable life. Turns out, all the house workers also viewed her the same and treated her as such. When MC enters the new body, she sets out to stand on her own and asks for only one thing: the only joy from her previous life, tea. I like tea, and liked learning about different types and brewing techniques and other random tidbits. There's some cute fluff as the ML starts to fall in love with her and vice versa. The MC is able to stand up for herself against the house staff, other suitors, business partners, and I liked that she didn't need someone else to always back her up. The thing I have qualms about is that it seems too easy. So many of the characters fall for her once they see her talk about her tea or drink it; they become her allies while the villains remains villains. The MC becomes a mary sue, and things are either bad or good in how the author wants you to think. I think I would've enjoyed and continued the story if the MC was less perfect and there was more push back against her.
The STORY stole my heart immediately. It's spiritual, empowering and inspiring. I highly recommend for the broken-hearted and bullied and or abused because you will find real understanding, healing and solace in the plot. The story is about forgiveness, mending broken hearts and melting the hearts of your enemies with goodness. However, I took some points off the story because the anxiety and violence is a bit too much for me though they are only minor parts of the plot. I highly recommend for the fans of Rose Of Versailles! I also recommend for foodies and tea drinkers like myself that consume several cups a day and are familiar with different tea qualities and blends. Also feminists will enjoy this a great deal. The story is such a page-turner and a fast read in one or two days. The ART is beautiful and stunning but I took some points off because I'm not familiar with this drawing style and it's not quite as beautiful for my liking as the most popular styles. The same applies to CHARACTER design. Of course, Duchess Chloe is completely in the league of her own and she is the most relatable and touching manga character I have read about so far. The characters are really deep and experience tremendous growth.
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