Only If The First Sign of Life 人生若只初相见 by 杨月文/梅子黄时雨 Yang Yue Wen/ Mei Zi Huang Shi Yu (HE)


The experience of struggling early in life as well as losing her beloved father resulted in office worker Zhao Zi Mo’s personality to be down to earth and independent. Even after getting to know a rich guy, she is practical and dare not dream of a fairy tale ending. Probably because of such characteristics, that she managed to attract the attention and affection of playboy Jiang Xiu Ren. In this doomed love affair, he doubts his love for her can be everlasting yet she willingly accept it. The difference in their station in life makes their relationship see-saw between warm and cold. Many a time, in such situation, love will usually creep up & catch you off guard so how will all these end?


Alternate Synopsis by wisteria9bloom2

White collar worker Zhao Zi Mo, after long years of working hard alone,  coupled with the experience of losing one parent, led her to develop a calm, self protective character and does not hold any illusion. Perhaps of this clear indifferent,  this attracted the attention of playboy Jiang Xiu Ren. Knowing they have no future, Jiang Xiu Ren doubt his own sincerity, Zhao Zi Mo doesn’t hope for more. Differences aside, they fell in love with each other’s warmth, coolness. Under Zhao Zi Mo’s warm and indifference attitude, Jiang Xiu Ren arrogance, boyish pride melted….

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22 Responses

  1. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 17, 2012 at 1:30 am |

    This is a short novel so I’ve finished 25% of it. I picked it up because I saw that it is at no 9 on hamster’s livejournal. My initial impression is a mixed one. I think being no 9 is over-rated but I believe story wise it is better than The Third Kind of Love as it is sugar coated so easier to stomach. Yet, it lacks TQ’s humour in Twice Blooming Flower so you feel the narration is rather flat.

    The 2 leading protagonists are not terribly interesting yet I don’t know why I am being pulled in by their indecent relationship, haha..I absolutely hate the way they started their affair. Also, dislike the girl for being so passive & a door mat & the guy for being such a jerk. Yet, the matter of fact & calm observation in the novel just compel me to want to know how everything will end.

  2. chancy426
    chancy426 August 17, 2012 at 4:58 am |

    I find it so hard to find a decent modern novel that actually captivates me. If this doesn’t work for you, Do try 请你听我碎碎念. It has a good audiobook and story is compelling enough.

  3. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 17, 2012 at 5:16 am |

    Thanks for the recommendation. I am saving Gu Man’s books for rainy day:) I am at the half way mark of this book already. It is not all that bad if you can suspend belief & treat it as a modern Cinderella story or 101 Ways to Hook a Rich Guy:P Don’t know why I don’t like most of the modern novels listed on hamster’s site yet there are quite a handful of them. Keeping my fingers cross that C gege & lawyer reader will choose one which can captivate us:) Just now I tried to listen to a modern story about stepmom read by C gege.

  4. chancy426
    chancy426 August 17, 2012 at 5:50 am |

    Gu Man? Who’s that? Yes, i’m sceptical about how that poll was voted. I tried this other novel from it called “So what if you are my student.” Not too captivating, but i have low patience for modern’s the Stepmom book? I like most of the participating readers.

  5. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 17, 2012 at 8:07 am |

    Gu Man is the author of the top 2 modern novels recommended by atsu. The performance for the Stepmom book is good. I can’t recognise C gege’s voice or maybe he is not out yet in chapter 1. However the subject matter of this book isn’t my cup of tea. The opening is eerie so I am scared:(

  6. chancy426
    chancy426 August 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm |

    I’m all over the place right now, I’m having hard time reading Glass Maiden, it’s an adventure/growing up novel.

    I’m reading story about a girl and a ghost. It’s suppose to be a happy ending. I’ll give A Simple Love a try tonight also. Wanted to try it last night, but I can’t download off of from my phone and it’s not on the other sites I usually use.

  7. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 18, 2012 at 1:50 am |

    Hey, I am in the same boat as you:( I sampled many chapter 1 yesterday:) I started I’ve an Urgency. C gege’s voices are cute & good but I just don’t have the urge to listen continuously:( What is the name of the ghost story?

    Thus, I am continuing with this. Whenever I want to drop it, something happened to pull me back into the story. At times, the guy can be very sweet to the girl & melt my heart, heehee But at times he is so childish & annoying. Their relationship has its up & down like how I feel towards this book. I should be finishing today. Do give it a try as you might like it more than me. I can’t say I like or dislike this book yet. Will reserve my judgement till I finish it.

  8. atsu-chan
    atsu-chan August 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm |

    How are you guys downloading from cxt8? For me, all of the tracks cost money, and since I can’t link up my account to one of the Chinese online payment accounts…I don’t know where to find this!

  9. chancy426
    chancy426 August 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm |

    I would like to know how peanuts downloads this too. I can only stream it online, but can’t download. I can only stream from cxt8 from my laptop, but i don’t wanna sleep with my laptop. Lol

    it’s not on the other sites either.

  10. atsu-chan
    atsu-chan August 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm |

    I would like to know how peanuts downloads this too. I can only stream it online, but can’t download. I can only stream from cxt8 from my laptop, but i don’t wanna sleep with my laptop. Lol

    it’s not on the other sites either.

    Me too!! Peanuts, help!! 😀

  11. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 18, 2012 at 11:36 pm |

    Click on ordinary download, right click mouse & save as. Enjoy ! Welcome back Atsu:) I am in a hurry, chat later.

  12. atsu-chan
    atsu-chan August 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm |


    Oh my!! Thank you, Peanuts!!

    Click on ordinary download, right click mouse & save as.Enjoy ! Welcome back Atsu:) I am in a hurry, chat later.

  13. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 19, 2012 at 6:08 am |

    Haha, there is nothing peanuts cannot find:P Btw I sleep with my ipad:P

  14. chancy426
    chancy426 August 19, 2012 at 6:54 am |

    Currently on chapter 2, i really like it.

  15. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 19, 2012 at 6:58 am |

    You don’t think there is something wrong with the virgin girl for having one night stand with the guy? She is not even attracted to him & barely know him. They did it just because she feels sad on the dad’s death anniversary. I am not a prude but this is really dangerous. It will be more acceptable if the author says the girl has a crush on him or have some feelings for him. Also, the lack of conversation in the book make it really hard for me the ship the couple.

  16. xia0yuer
    xia0yuer August 20, 2012 at 3:23 am |

    Whoa. After reading that comment, I went ahead and tried a the first five chapters. First impressions: the girl IS a doormat and their relationship is beyond weird. It’s like they hardly ever talk and their only contact is when they are in bed together.

    As for the whole first night one night stand thing, I also think the girl was pretty dumb to hook up with a guy she barely knows and doesn’t even like. I get the feeling that she’s so lonely and doesn’t ‘zi ai’ (love herself) enough. Peanuts, maybe we are too traditional and put too much emphasis on love because these kinds of random hookups seem to happen all the time in college. Thank goodness my roommate and suitemates aren’t like that.

    I’m inclined to keep reading because I like jealous guys and Jiang Shao was definitely a big vat of vinegar when he saw her dining with another man. So what happens in the end? Peanuts, please spoil me. 😀

  17. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 20, 2012 at 3:50 am |

    Hahaha, you’ll get a lot of bed scenes throughout the book but not that descriptive but maybe enough to make you blush:P Yah, Jiang Shao is pretty intense & territorial. I like him more than the girl:P I still have 8 chapters to go so will spoil you later:)

    Shocking that this book is written in Chinese. We live in the Western world so 1 night stand is quite normal. Just that it is such a waste to lose it to a stranger who might not even remember who you are. No matter how sad or lonely one feels, this is really too much. I can’t comprehend anyone doing it unless that guy is an actor like Wallace or someone equally handsome, haha..There need not be love but at least there must be like.

  18. chancy426
    chancy426 August 20, 2012 at 3:59 am |

    My thoughts exactly. Their relationship is very strange indeed. I don’t get romantic feels from this yet.

  19. Peanuts
    Peanuts August 20, 2012 at 6:58 am |

    I’ve finished the book except the epilogue. The ending is kind of arupt. It is something between open ending & happy ending. Didn’t say they got married or live happily ever after but they are together. Love can come & go so there is no guarantee of the future which is sort of realistic. This book isn’t really a romantic book because at times it is rather realistic yet at times it is just a fairy tale. I think this book is saying after sex, there can be love later but my order is love then sex. Maybe I listened to too many time travel novels & left my brain in ancient time:P All in all, I don’t really fancy this book but it is an interesting book which gives me food for though:)

  20. wisteria9bloom2
    wisteria9bloom2 August 10, 2014 at 9:19 am |

    The other book I like by 梅子黄时雨 is First Love, Last Love (最初的爱,最后的爱) which tell of Banker Yan Bo Yao who met his former girlfriend Wang Shu Mo after a lapse of four years. He found himself missing her but understand they can never go back, not to mention three months after she broke up with him, was in rush to find a new boyfriend and she was pregnant with someone else’s child. Wang Shu Mo didn’t expect the poor student she know him turned out to be a suave rich man. They thought they have let go of the past but their memories are still locked in that small Los Angeles apartment they share.

  21. DLady
    DLady August 10, 2014 at 11:35 am |

    Oops, I just found out this book was posted before, pardon me. Thanks for sharing : ) anyone post any stuff by Lan Base?

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