I was initially drawn to this novella for the cover, which is beautiful, but I was quickly drawn into the story.
Mae loves Chen, but the matchmaker has other ideas which sends Mae away from the home and family she loves to find another destiny. This is a short story which introduces the idea of the matchmaker and Mae’s backstory. There are a few places which are a little brutal as she deals with having no food and no family to go to, but it leads to a very satisfying place.
The very last bit is obviously the lead in to the other novels which focus on Mae and her future and doesn’t necessarily go with the story which has been told before, but I was willing to accept that because in my mind the main story had concluded anyway.
A very nice little before bed read, took me maybe an hour to read. No explicit content.