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Honestly, I don’t know how this post will turn out. I don’t know if I can produce something about my favourite book and writer without looking like an emotional fan, so, before we start, I already apologize for any moment in which I get too excited.

My favourite author is no other than: Sidney Sheldon (I already want to praise him, help). And my favourite book from all he wrote is called “If Tomorrow Comes”.

For those of you who don’t know it, this is one of the most successful ‘Sid books: it guaranteed him thousands of copies sold, many editions and even a mini serieswhich seems to be very good, based on the comments I read around the internet, ’cause I didn’t have the pleasure to watch it and I haven’t found it anywhere – on the 80’s.

Maybe – and just maybe! – the fact that I am a double scorpio helps on electing this story as my favourite; after all, it’s a book that talks about injustice, strength and revenge (there are some stupid toxic men getting screwed too). And once there’s a woman who was victim of a set up – if we can call the framing they did to her as a set up – and unfairly arrested, with a lot of will, the feeling of revenge that grew inside her only made her do what she thought no justice would.

(The privileges shown on the book are the same that still hover the whole planet, therefore I won’t talk too much about my revolt regarding that.)

Let’s embark on this train with destination to this great author and this magnificent work to understand more about this story that keeps us reading from start to end.

Ladies and Gentleman, Sidney Sheldon

Moments before I freak out, breathe in and breathe out with me; thank you!

Writer and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon (image source: wikipedia)

Sidney Schechtel, better known as Sydney Sheldon, was a North American writer and screenwriter. Born in February 11, 1917 in Chicago, he started his life on the artistic world as a screenwriter and creating movies, apart from some TV series. After a lot of works around Hollywood, he got a job at one of the biggest studios at the time, which is big until now, the 20th Century-Fox.

On the subsidiary studios of The Walt Disney Studios, he created a lot of contents; and, after acquiring a good experience with TV shows in his career, he created one fo the most famous series, dearest to lots of families – at least the ones I know here in Brazil.

I Dream of Jeannie poster (image source: pinterest)

I Dream of Jeannie had five seasons between 1965 to 1970, but it was on TV through many years, being a success through generations.

(All of us around the lunar lands were shocked with this info, because, even though he’s my favourite writer and this is a TV show we watched a lot here at home, we had no idea this talent of a human being was its creator)

Outside TV – but not that much, once some of his works turned into movies and mini series – he is on the book of records as the most translated writer in the whole world, with 18 romances – and more: all of them got to the best selling list on The New York Times (ok, I didn’t read all of them, but from those I read they really deserved to be a best seller). His romances are a total of 300 millions of copies sold, translated to 51 languages, distributed in around 180 countries. That is amazing!

Apart from his 18 published romances, he also wrote 250 screenplays for TV, 6 Broadway plays and 25 movies – 8 of his books were adapted to successful mini series on USA.

The Patty Duke Show, one of the first successful TV shows by Sidney Sheldon on the 60’s (image source: Google)
The Naked Face book cover (image source: amazon)

What’s amusing about all that – and what probably would make this post never to be written – is that while he was working on television, he had no desire to write any book (yes, that’s right, we wouldn’t have those amazing works among us) but everything changed in 1969, when he put some ideas together and in 1970 “The Naked Face” was released, his first book.

Even aftar his death – at 89 years, in 2007 – his works remain alive and successful – I myself only got to know him after his death; except, of course, for I Dream of Jeannie, which I didn’t know was his. That goes to show the high wuality of his books and productions.

I won’t be able to talk about all the amazing things Sidney produced during all those years, but here’s the list of all books he published and, as a special tip, I, Hekate, strongly recommend reading at least one of those titles.

  • The Naked Face (1970)
  • The Other Side of Midnight (1974)
  • A Stranger in the Mirror (1976)
  • Bloodline (1977)
  • Rage of Angels (1980)
  • Master of the Game (1982)
  • If Tomorrow Comes (1985)
  • Windmills of the Gods (1987)
  • The Sands of Time (1988)
  • Memories of Midnight (1990)
  • The Doomsday Conspiracy (1991)
  • The Stars Shine Down (1992)
  • Nothing Lasts Forever (1994)
  • Morning, Noon & Night (1995)
  • The Best Laid Plans (1997)
  • Tell Me Your Dreams (1998)
  • The Sky is Falling (2000)
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? (2004)
  • The Other Side of Me (2005)
All books by Sidney Sheldon (image source: cruising through my life)

If Tomorrow Comes, Tracy and Her Extraordinary Revenge

Book cover (image source: shopify)

Divided in three parts, If Tomorrow Comes is a book published in 1985 and has one of the most striking main characters (and that isn’t only my opinion) of this wonderful writer. She is strong, decided and extremely intelligent.

With the synopsis: “The life of young Tracy Whitney changes drastically when, victim of being framed, she is condemned for a crime she did not commit. Rejected by the man she loved and abandoned to her own luck, Tracy sees herself alone in a violent and grim world. After serving time and having her freedom back, she has one objective: get revenge from all men who put her unfairly on prision. To accomplish that, she becomes an expert in disguises and a specialist in conning unscrupulous businessmen. But her plans can fail when fate puts in her way a powerful rival, Jeff Stevens, an irresistible rambler.

It already instigates us about how cool this plot might be, but the magic really happens when we open the book and right at the first chapter the story gets us and we’re curious about what will be of Tracy’s life from now on.

The first part of the book is a drama – and at this moment we put some characters on the list of who we’re not going to like throughout the book.

Tracy is a woman who has a nice job, a wealthy and loving fiance, is pregnant and about to enter a world of richness and glamour, but everything goes south when she has news that her mother killed herself, once she couldn’t cope with losing everything she had to a gangster.

At this point we think that, fine, she’ll be extremely sad – because it’s a moment of sadness and even revolt, because for the eldest to get to that point, things were roughbut no: Tracy in a moment of innocence – or stupidity – goes after the one who made her mother make that decision, while carrying a gun, and falls victim of a con, being accused of robbery and a murder she did not commit.

The second part of the book shows our main character being sentenced for 15 years. On jail, apart from suffering for the injustice and being abandoned by her fiance, she goes through horrible situations, like harassment, abuse and agression by other inmates, bringing her to a spontaneous abortion, poor eating and all those bad things that happen to people at prisions.

During her stay, she starts to lose her innocence – or stupidity – and becomes a strong woman. She starts to make a revenge plan to all those involved not only on her arrest, but with everything that happened to her life, which at first was perfect, to become like that.

On the third part (that yes, it’s my favourite) it’s time to put her revenge plan to work. After serving her time, she turns into a con woman to go through with her plan, but she didn’t expect crossing paths with Jeff Stevens – who doesn’t spoil her plans – but leaves everything more interesting, with interest games and a passion that none of them expected at that moment.

This was the first Sidney book I readI was still in school, so it was a while ago – and it became my favourite book ever since. After that, I read a few more of his titles and fell in love with his writing. The way we devour every page and always want to know what’s going to happen next – and not wanting it to be over at the same time – I think that’s what makes it so fun.

The TV Mini Series

The series opening

A success – like everything Sidney Sheldon touches – the Best Seller became a TV series in the 80’s. As well as the book, the series (that unfortunately I didn’t have the honour to watch, but I saw many recommendations and good reviews about it) is fantastic, gets your attention and envolves the spectator.

That us, fans of this man’s work, had no doubt.

Starring Madolyn Smith, Tom Berenger and David Keith, it was directed by Jerry London and has three episodes, being a good adaptation – according to people who read the book and watched the mini series.

still of the series, with our main character, Tracy (image source: cloudfront)

Of course that not everything that’s in the book was shown – even because putting 512 pages in three episodes of a mini series isn’t enough for all minimal details. So, that’s why, here’s another tip on this post: if you only watched the TV series and liked it, or not, and if you didn’t watch it too, read the book, understand every detail of the plot and fall in love, just like I did, for this so, so good work.

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Hi, I’m Gabriela, known better around here as Hekate. Born and Raised in São Paulo, double Scorpio, passionate about everything regarding pop culture and, sometimes, not so pop. Romantic Comedies, books by Sidney Sheldon, underground playlists and musicians, kpop and Corinthians are my biggest passions. Aspiring Chef and writer, lover of tea and hugs.