|Plot Summary of If Tomorrow Comes|
|"This is the story of Tracy Whitney and the loss of her innocence. It follows her plans for revenge. It also shows her trying times which lead her into an exciting life that she never would have chose. "
Jennifer B, Resident Scholar
|"Starting as a very happy soon to be wife and mother, Tracy Whitney finds herself back to the town she grew up to confront her mother's suicide. Where she discovers that her mother was set up, Tracy decides to take the matter of justice into her own hands. She becomes a real life "Robin Hood"."
Hollie Hurtzig, Resident Scholar
|"This book is one of the best works of Sidney Sheldon. I would strongly recommend it to any body who is a fan of his work. This book has three parts to it...the first part being how Tracy Whitney ends up in prison and eventually gets out of it...the second one being...how she gets revenge on the people who did that to her...and the third one being how she became a professional crook."
Sharmin Rahman, Resident Scholar
|"Tracy Whitney is sent to prison for 15 years for a crime she didn't do. She takes revenge on the people who set her up. She becomes a thief after she gets out of prison. She indulges in very big burglaries along with her boyfriend Jeff Stevens. "
Sujatha Somayaji, Resident Scholar
|"Whitney Tracey is like Cinderella except that she finds the wrong Prince who wrongfully leaves her in the dungeon until a more honorable and loving Robin Hood comes along and takes her to places after which they live happily ever after with the loot.
That is how I would put Sidney Sheldon's plot of this story, except that I love the character Whitney Tracey because she is like every reasonably sensible woman who is ecstatic to be in love with one the most eligible bachelor , Charles Stanhope III, a banker who owns the bank and whose family name reeks with money. She carries her baby without him knowing until by some twist of rather smirking fate, she ends up in jail for murder.
The innocent Tracey gets a call from her mother Dorothy who later kills herself. Knowing the man responsible for her mother's suicide, she pursues and attacks him and disappointingly, is unable to kill him.
Tracey waits in jail hoping for Charles to use his influence and get her released but he suddenly makes it clear that he could never marry a murderer conveniently forgetting that she could be innocent plus pregnant. Of course, after all, he has a great family name to protect.
She loses her baby in jail until fate smiles again and she somehow manages to win the favor of the warden who later recommends her pardon to the governor.
Tracey finds herself alone and unemployable after that. She does try hard however – her last odd job being that of a cleaning maid but even that doesn't go too well.
Nevertheless, she is now a more sophisticated and smarter woman and manages to execute her revenge against those who caused her mother's suicide. She finds that she has the capability to engage in more productive endeavors – not exactly murderous – but criminal nevertheless.
She somehow finds her niche in a variety of global thieveries, including that of outsmarting two chess champions and stealing blatantly displayed million dollar paintings.
Her new “career” forces her to partner with Jeff Stevens who at face value seems to be just a con-extraordinaire, until she realizes that he would give her life for her, despite losing the booty.
Despite enjoying his company, she still entertains her plans for the revenge against Charles, the man who left her and her unborn child, until she sees him with another naïve woman in a fancy restaurant.
What happens next and how a romance between two thieves develops into a happily-ever-after love affair."
Cynthia Sycip, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of If Tomorrow Comes|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 12%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 56%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 22%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- Get treasure/money from another criminal
- vigilante getting revenge
Mostly a criminal POV story
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- catching con-artist
- thief/con artist
- accused criminal
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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