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The Fantasie of a Stepmother  
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They called her the Iron Widow. When her husband died, he left her to manage not only his vast holdings but also his four children. Young and inexperienced, Shuri nonetheless tried her best to raise them, despite their bitter attitude towards her. She is finally free to live her own life as her eldest son marries... only to find herself mysteriously reset to seven years ago—the night of her husband's funeral. Can Shuri find happiness with this second chance at a new destiny?

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Associated Names
A Stepmother's Fairy Tale
A Stepmother's Marchen
A Stepmother's Märchen
La madrastra de Merchen
Merveilleuse marâtre
Mou Ge Jimu De Tonghua Gushi
어떤 계모님의 메르헨

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in Country of Origin
72 Chapters + Prologue (Ongoing)

S1: 65 Chapters (Complete) 1~65
S2: 07 Chapters (Ongoing) 66~

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (181 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.38 / 10.0

Last Updated
December 1st 2021, 5:30am PST



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Wonderfully written  
by ZeroLevel
August 19th, 2021, 4:01pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The story is very good, character evolution is done with the correct motivations and at the right pace, good dose of reality, wonderful art, also, the children are very cute. Definitely worth a read.
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A true masterpiece  
by LemonPriest
March 16th, 2021, 9:59am
Rating: N/A
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I love this story with all my heart.

It was so beautifully and masterfully done and written.

As of Tuesday 16th of March 2021, i have just finished chapter 62 - part of the arc titled 'Epilogue' - and i am overcome with grief. I am seriously full on BAWLING and i still havent even finished. My heart is about to break. The story was truly able to make me feel the utter sense of loss and regret the Neuschwansteins would have felt. And i too felt.

This broke me. This seriously broke me.

Moreover personally, more than romantic tragedies, familial tragedies, particularly those that deal with motherhood - that veing either a mothers loss of her child or a child's loss of their mother - strike a chord so deep within me and wring out feelings of grief i simply cannot describe

This webnovel exemplified this so well. The fluff at the beginning. The relationship and love i developed for the characters. The chapters up until the epilogue all lead to an understanding of the characters and contextualization. This context - this personalization - amplified the impact of the 'Epilogue.' It compounded the heartache and sorrow of it all.

This webtoon is really unforgettable and i will continue to read it and cry and cry and cry and cry non-stop. WHY?!? JUST WHY?!? IF ONLY YOU DID THINGS DIFFERENTLY?!? IF ONLY YOU HAD TOLD HER THE TRUTH?!? IF ONLY THE DUMBASS PRIEST WERE NOT A DUMBASS AND THE CARDINAL JUST FUCKING DIED.


Please for the rest if the 'Epilogue' let the Cardinal get what he deserves PLEASE let the Church not get away with it.

Shuli you deserve so much more. You deserve a happy ending. You did not deserve what they did to you. The world is an unjust place. The world is a horrible disgusting place. This arc just made me ponder of how many incidents in our world were of the same nature as this - where selfless innocents were brutalized for greed and misdirection, and left behind mountains of regret and sorrow, wither their own or their loved ones.

Ill be updating my comment when subsequent chapters are released

... Last updated on March 16th, 2021, 10:09am
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Something similar  
by tiamath
March 13th, 2021, 8:08am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I enjoy this quite alot and am looking for similar themed mangas/novels/whatever. I found ''I raised Cindarella preciously'' and a one shot about snow white's mother. If you have anything like the plese be kind and leave a comment
Edit: It is weird how all guys around Shuli turn out as absessed over her just cuz she kind. Its a dumb thing . No matter who Shuli ends up with (i hope its not Jeremy), that obsession makes it a bit nausiating. Still worth the read cuz Shuli is awesome.

... Last updated on April 30th, 2021, 9:58am
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Lots of potential: one to trust in  
by glowtoads
March 7th, 2021, 4:29am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
For a little bit I was worried that the potential of the premise and the prologue would be unmet, because the first few chapters (the aftermath of the funeral) were VERY weak. But A Stepmother's Märchen quickly straightens out; I really enjoyed the trial arc, and the current arc of Shuli's first life/death is great. Parts of this story will stick with me long after I finish it, I just know.

There's a lot of hammy characterisation, and stock tropes get whacked in here. The evil priest is a little unbelievable, considering his main beef with Shuli is that... she's a woman? But there has been a bit of development for his character and for the church which is really strengthening their role in the story and giving them a bit of complexity. Similarly, the crown prince character who seemed like an ordinary (annoying) love-rival has become something more interesting in regards to mothering, and trauma, and his very strange relationship with Nora (and Nora's parents) makes me go a little insane, I am obsessed.

Shuli's step-children are especially fantastic: I really enjoy how childish they are, because it's a wonderful contrast to Shuli, and a testament to her hard work that they are allowed to just be kids with her.

A Stepmother's Märchen goes through a real journey, in my opinion. In general, I feel like the storytelling holds back what could be an incredible story about claustrophobic motherhood and the horrible circumstances that get forced upon women. But there is still so much to like, and I have a lot of fun reading this! The high points, when they get there, are incredible, and the story getting better and better. Very much looking forward to seeing where it goes!

... Last updated on April 12th, 2021, 5:31am
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Fabergé eggs for all!  
by AstralRabbit
January 29th, 2021, 10:30pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
“A Stepmother's Märchen” is my favourite foray into “I’m a woman and I’ve been isekai’d (or revived) into an aristocrats/oligarchs life” – thank god I’m not the one coming up with these sub-genre tags! I could heap endless praise onto this manhwa – the execution, plot conceit, art, character designs, political/social intrigue are all fantastic. Shuli is an awesome main character and incredibly likeable. Really the whole cast of characters are impeccable. They have plasticity and breadth; the extravagant social events and the formal political proceedings feel electric as our atomic cast clashes and bounces off one another. Compassion is genuinely felt for each one, as their highs and lows are experienced through out the story. I do hope to see further exploration of other big names that have appeared in the story, but obviously haven’t had a chance to take a centre stage narratively just yet. Particularly in the antagonist department…

One issue with the modern mind conjuring the political and social setting of 18/19th century (?) Europe is that justice is not necessarily done to mindset and ideological/theological backing that people within this period would have. This is particularly apparent in the main priest antagonist, who is a very devout believer (as almost all people would have been at this time) in his faith, and this is currently being used to fuel his disdain for our MC. Some of it just reads to me as a bit trite and cliched in the current year, but it’s a manhwa so… Obviously I’m not looking for historical accuracy, but it is something that will naturally flag in my mind when a story is trying to weave a narrative that touches on political/social/theological motivations. As long as his motivation becomes a bit more complicated than “muh religion says women must be quiet, so don’t like the talkative woman herpa derp” then I will be satisfied. Albeit, the character has already shown plenty of interesting interactions with many people in the cast, include the MC, so I am possibly being overly pedantic. This point does dovetail nicely with my next concern, in that we have just come out of an arc (involving the crown price and the eldest son of Shuli) that felt a bit contrived. There is an explanation for the heightened drama of the situation via character motivations, and it leaves me feeling.. Generally satisfied. But a lot of bellyaching over something that was just hand waved away, particularly when the climax didn’t feel as “epic” as it could have, left me feeling slightly unfulfilled. Ultimately I am nit picking a bit, but it is just because these sort of issues could continue to crop up into the future, which might defuse my enjoyment later into the story. I do have very high hopes though, as the narrative has some incredibly juicy morsels left to feed us (Romance! Romance! Romance!).

... Last updated on January 29th, 2021, 10:32pm
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i love this  
by Miachann
November 21st, 2020, 10:56pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I enjoy this, but somehow i love it more if this ended up with no romance at all like Family lovey dovey, but well even tho this have romance still very good tho- and I feel bad so much for her in fer first timeline, not just her but their child too bruh they were misunderstand but when they want to apologize, she is dead and i hate ohara bruh (Jeremi Fiance in the first life),
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and how in the first timeline She is spread the rumour about Shuli and Jeremy just because jealousy and ended up make Shuli died (not her tho but she still guilty) and how she is get marriage with elias -_-" seriously elias? you knocked her up? the person who spread the rumors about your step mother and your older brother? and ofc their marriage straiten the siblings relationship :((
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Wow, female MC is a strong woman (not in literal sense but mentally)  
by hoBRO
June 8th, 2020, 7:22pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Taking care of someone else's kids even though you're around the same age as them and being left alone after the death of your "so called husband" who's older than you and have to face the harshness of life alone and all the greed of others..

I wouldn't have made it. I would have run. But this MC didn't. She loved those kids that wasn't her own, unconditionally. SHE FOUGHT WITH HER OWN STRENGTH, DIDN'T WAVER. Even when she wasn't supported by the very same kids she fought for. This time around, in her new life, I hope she does get recognition and love that she deserves.

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Well, she did get recognition her 2nd life, but I hope once the older kid gets married, she's invited to his wedding this time and that she finds someone to love and marry her too once she's finished her duties to the kids.
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Time for a golden age of matriarchy!  
by moonmystery
May 18th, 2020, 9:55pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I love how mature the main character is -- well duh she's like a 25 year old woman stuck in a teenager's body. Either way, it's so refreshing to see the way she resolves the various issues she has to deal with as a family grieving for their lost patriarch. Her interactions with her children are so precious, although I'm not totally sold on how fast the kids went from hating to loving her.

I also like that she doesn't seem to have romantic pairings at the moment since everyone else is too young. That could change with time, but I'm loving the focus on family rather than typical shoujo crushes.

... Last updated on May 18th, 2020, 9:56pm
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Clearing up the age confusion  
by Utsukushii Yume
May 3rd, 2020, 8:44pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Some people may get confused about the characters age, so I will just clear that up now, she is 16 years old when she wakes up in the past. That makes her about 2 or 3 years younger or older than most potential love interest in this story. She is mature for her age because she comes from the future. Also, back in those days, talk of marriage for your 13+ year old was the norm. With that said:

I honestly thought the children would be a pain in the butt and unbearable. They are not.

The art is is nice, the story is nice, the FL is smart, the ML has obvious growth planned out, the romance is slow paced just how I like it, and I do enjoy reading this. It feels like thought was put into this story, and it doesn't rush itself. I hope it will do the novel justice and avoid butchering the story just to rush things along like some other Manhwa adaptions I have read.
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Beautiful art, cute kids  
by whitespade
April 2nd, 2020, 4:32pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Another one of those reincarnation do-over stories. With beautiful art and lively colours, a pure young female lead and a variety of shotas as eye candies! Full of love and noble families conflict, it is similar but yet still enjoyable read like all other about noble society.

If you like kids rearing story, this is for you.
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