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19th century fiction
If Tomorrow Comes is the story of a young woman who is framed for a crime she never committed, and her quest to reclaim her shattered life, while she hits back at those who were responsible for her ordeal.
Summary Of The Book
Tracy Whitney, the protagonist of If Tomorrow Comes, is young, intelligent, beautiful and also very naive and trusting. She is a computer operator at a large bank, and she is engaged to be married to the very eligible Charles Stanhope III.
Her whole life is turned upside down, when her mother commits suicide. A man belonging to the New Orleans Mafia has tricked Doris Whitney, her mother, into handing over her husband's business to him. After stripping it of all assets, he returned the company to the woman, leaving her bankrupt.
Shattered by her mother's death and the cause of it, Tracy, in a blind fury, decides to confront the man responsible. But, her encounter with Joe Romano ends in disaster. Tracy is accused of having stolen a valuable painting belonging to him.
Tracy is further tricked by her own defense lawyer into pleading guilty. The judge, who is also in the pay of the Mafia, sentences her to fifteen years in prison. Prison life exposes her to more horrors. But, she gains the protection of a fellow prisoner, Ernestine Littlechap, and life becomes better for her. Tracy gets out long before her prison term is over. But, she has to face further challenges as she can never get back to her old life with a prison record. Her experiences have hardened her and sharpened her wits. Her path in life changes, but she becomes highly successful at what she does.
She has also not forgotten the people who sent her to prison. She had made a promise to herself, in her most hopeless hours, that she would not let these people get away unpunished.
If Tomorrow Comes was published in 1985, and a three part mini series was released in 1986.
About Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon was an American author who wrote novels in the crime, thriller fiction genre. He is also the author of other novels like Rage of Angels, Are You Afraid Of The Dark, Tell Me Your Dreams, Master of the Game, The Other Side of Midnight, and The Naked Face.
Sidney Sheldon was born to Russian Jewish parents in 1917 in Chicago. He enlisted in the military during World War II, but did not see any active service. After the war, he moved to New York and worked on writing scripts for Broadway musicals. He wrote his first novel in 1969 called The Naked Face, which became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. His subsequent novels also found themselves in the bestseller lists and many of them were adapted into movies. He has also won the Academy Award for Original Screenplay for the 1947 movie, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.