I will admit that Shining Inheritance did not reel me in right away. I usually enjoy the more light hearted comedies, however this is a very dramatic drama lol. So for the first few episodes I was kind of waiting for something really funny to happen, but it was mostly just angst and suspense. However, maybe it began to tug at my heart because I teach children with disabilities and have several students with severe autism, and Go Eun Sung’s brother Eun Woo has severe autism. This was the first time I have seen a disabled person in a kdrama. Anyway, it had your classic bratty rich boy falls in love with poor girl of unfortunate circumstances plot, except this one was a lot more complex than the average one. The male second lead character, Park Joon Sae, was so cute and wonderful. He is my second favorite of all the second male leads I have seen in all of the kdramas I have watched. I was very sad for him that he didn’t get the girl, but we all knew that he wouldn’t lol. I thought this was overall a very well done drama, it kept my attention even though it was not a comedy, which is very rare for me. It was dramatic, but not so overdone that you’re like “Oh my God seriously, I don’t think I can watch anymore” like I have been with some other very dramatic dramas. Overall I would give it a 4 out of 5. I definitely recommend it!!
Go Eun Sung and Sun Woo Hwan are strangers who are both returning to South Korea from the United States. Their lives become intertwined when they accidentally mix up their luggage. A few misunderstanding about this situation lead their initial few meetings to be less than civilized. Eun Sung’s father is running a struggling construction company. Soon after Eun Sung’s arrival there is a gas explosion in a building and the police find what they believe to be the remains of her father, however unbeknownst to them it is actually a thief who had stolen her father’s belongings and wallet that day. Her father, wanting desperately to save his family from the impending consequences of bad business decisions and debt, decides to use this as an opportunity to pretend that he has died and allow his family to collect his inheritance and life insurance money. Believing that he was dead, Eun Sung’s step-mother collects the inheritance. However, she only married Eun Sung’s father for his money in the first place and she is now bitter that he has left her behind without enough money to make her as comfortable and happy as she would like to be. So she takes the money and kicks Eun Sung and her younger brother Eun Woo out and her and her daughter go and buy a new apartment and change their phone numbers so that they cannot be reached. Eun Sung takes he brother Eun Woo and goes to stay with a friend temporarily. While her friend’s boyfriend was supposed to be watching Eun Woo he disappears. In actuality his step-mother found him and decided to go drop him off in the country with a strange family so that she will not have to deal with him. Grief stricken, Eun Sung begins a tireless search for her brother. One day when she is selling dumplings from a stand, Eun Sung stumbles upon and old woman who has collapsed and takes her to the hospital. When the woman awakens she cannot remember who she is or where she lived before. Being extremely kind hearted, Eun Sung allows her to stay at her place and takes care of her until she remembers. When the woman does remember she turns out to be Sun Woo Hwan’s (the boy who switched his luggage with Eun Sung) rich CEO grandmother. Touched by Eun Sung’s kindness, the grandmother insists that Eun Sung come live in her home so that she can return her kindness by taking care of her and helping to find her brother. Eun Sung’s family are very stingy and jealous, wanting only to protect their own inheritance and wealth. They therefore do not welcome Eun Sung into their home with open arms and living there becomes complicated and difficult for her, especially with Woo Hwan constantly giving her grief. The grandmother puts her to work in one of her restaurants and to teach Woo Hwan some responsibility, she puts him there to train under her. The two bicker back and forth, but as they get to know each other Woo Hwan begins to change for the better and their relationship and feelings towards each other begin to grow. All of this is complicated by the return of Eun Sung’s father, the search for Eun Woo, the jealousy of Eun SUng’s sister towards her relationship with Woo Hwan, and Woo Hwan’s grandmother trying to decide whether or not to give the inheritance to Eun Sung or Woo Hwan.