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This review is written by Chandler
My Happy Marriage is at its core a romance novel with themes of overcoming self-doubt, abusive family, and learning to accept love.
The book sets up an alternate Japan where monsters that only those with the sight can see and they also are the only ones with access to magic to strike down these generally unseen foes. Gifts are the most prized assets in a family bloodline and therefore political marriages occur simply to acquire stronger bloodlines and increase their nobility and power as compared to other families. (Think Endeavor in My Hero Academia) With this, some families look down on gift-less individuals such as our protagonist. The story evolves when she is given away for marriage to a seemingly irritable and disagreeable marriage partner in hopes that he will "dispose" of the protagonist or by some miracle let her be a servant at the very least and create a connection between the families. This is where the story really takes off and this relationship begins.
I really enjoyed this book, it has a serious tone but keeps the romance aspect in the forefront unlike some romance novels, this is not a fluffy, sugary sweet romance novel but one that is a diamond in the rough polished over time. Fair warning as well, there are no chapter pictures aside from the cover and insert and it is written in more of a standard novel style versus a light novel. If you're looking for a more serious tone in a romance novel and want to follow the protagonist from her evolution of abused daughter to "Happy Marriage" this is a good fit and I highly recommend it. If you were looking for something on the sweeter side or slice-of-life then this doesn't really fit the bill. Overall I would give it an 8/10 and I look forward to progressing the story in volume 2 as this novel sets up a larger story I am excited to follow.
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Born to a noble family, Miyo is raised by her abusive stepmother and married off to Kiyoka, a soldier so heartless his prior fiancées fled within three days into their engagement. With no home to return to, Miyo slowly starts to open her heart to her cold and pale husband-to-be, despite their rocky introduction... This might just be her chance at finding true love and happiness.Add to CartLearn More