My Review on Sidney Sheldon’s “If Tomorrow Comes”

Hi all! Here I come once again for the day as I had promised. Before posting this review I wanted to post something different and then get back to my usual reviews. But I hadn’t found anything that interesting to put forth so far.  After My Experiment today I thought nothing can be as surprising and interesting as it and thus, came up with a post on food. Now, being my usual self I would like to quickly get back being my usual self with a review. The book I’ve chosen is Sidney Sheldon’s “If Tomorrow Comes”. It is a typical Sheldon novel with suspense and thrill. But this book is sort of funny as well. You get to see the other side of Sidney Sheldon here. All his novels being heroine oriented, this is no exception. You get to see light comedy in this book. Though not a match to ‘Tell me your dreams’, it is also a mixture of thrill, suspense, plot, revenge and love. 
The plot in this book revolves completely around the life of our heroine. It begins with the heroine speaking to her mother over the phone about her wedding preparations. Both the mother and daughter sound very excited and the next day the heroine gets a shocker that her mother has committed suicide. It’s unbelievable for her.

She goes to the city where her mother lived to complete the formalities. There she gets to know that a very influential person was troubling her mother for money which drove her to take the extreme step. She is terribly upset about it. She decides to teach that person a lesson. Her well-wishers warn her against it but she is firm about her decision. She goes over to his place. But a series of events at the house lands her in prison (she is taken to prison on the charge of burglary). When she feels her fiance is there to help her she gets to know that he is married now and has left her to take care of her situation on her own. She is left in the lurch. She is framed in such a way that she confesses to have committed burglary. She is sent to prison. We are, then, taken on a tour of the pathetic prison conditions. She struggles there, but finds a friend and protector, who in the later part of her prison life acts as her savior. When this friend of hers is about to get out of the prison she plans to escape from the prison along with her help. But things take a better turn for her when she saves the daughter of the prison chief from drowning. She is freed from the prison!
The next part is completely about how our heroine leads her life after being freed from the prison. She goes back to the place where she worked before but unfortunately she is not taken back because of her prison history. Now she has to do something to lead her life decently. She tries to live an honorable life but when she is denied such an opportunity, she starts off with a petty burglary job. From then on Mr. Sheldon shows how impossible it is to get back to normalcy once a person commits a burglary. One thing leads to another and so on. She is badly stuck in it. Though she plans to get out of it, it’s not possible for her. She also finds ‘a partner in burglary’ who turns out to be her ‘partner for life’. Does she finally get out of it or not is the substance.
This book brought back the memories of the Bollywood movie ‘Dhoom 2’. I would like to make a point here. Just like how we cannot hate Hrithik in the movie, we cannot just hate our heroine in this book though she becomes a big time burglar! I’m sure many of my friends are planning to bang me for having brought Hrithik in my blog…. But I didn’t find any better example than this!
A nice book for Sidney Sheldon fans. You guys can safely try it. The entire novel is constructed around the name of the book – “If Tomorrow Comes”. Though the book doesn’t contain that element of thrill it does promise a plot which you will be able to unwind only at the end. So why hesitate just grab it.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. See you all very soon.

Coffee Cake – My Experiment on a Cool Sunday

Hi friends… It’s a Sunday again! Sundays come so quickly and fly away even before we realize.  So what’s special this Sunday at your end?  My Sunday has been very interesting so far. I wanted to try out baking a cake since long, but somehow could not. I decided to get on with it today. I’m here on my space after a successful baking session. Yes, you guys are right in having guessed that my post this time is not related to books! My mom always had a complaint that I write only about books. So here I’m with a different post.
Till date, I have tried baking chocolate cake (everybody’s favorite, I suppose).  But I wanted to try out a coffee flavored cake, of late. I wasn’t sure about what goes into a perfect coffee cake. I browsed through various websites, but still didn’t find the recipes very satisfying due to a variety of my constraints. I just decided to follow the basics of baking and went ahead. I didn’t follow any measurements. I just let it be and added whatever I felt like adding (I think my mom was laughing at me all the while).  But I must say that the cake turned out to be pretty nice, above all its edible. If by chance had it turned out the other way round, I had to eat the entire thing all alone!  
All cake lovers out there who do not wish to spend a lot of time can simply follow the steps as under and you’ll be relishing on a delicious coffee cake.
1 cup all-purpose flour; ½ cup wheat flour; 1 tin sweetened condensed milk; 6 tsp instant coffee powder; 2 tsp cocoa powder;1 tbsp baking powder; 3 tsp hot water; 1 tbsp unsalted butter

Mix all the dry ingredients together (keep aside 1 tsp of coffee powder to make decoction). Melt the butter (do not heat it on stove in order to melt it). Add condensed milk to the melted butter. Add 1 tsp of coffee powder to hot water and add it in the condensed milk mixture. Slowly go on adding the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the mixture into a greased pan and place it in a cooker/oven and bake it (I followed the cooker baking way). After about 25 minutes just check it with a knife and if it comes out clean your coffee cake is ready to indulge in.
On a cold Sunday evening here I am indulging myself completely in this coffee cake and pani puri my mom has prepared!
I’ll be back again tonight with my book review as usual. I cannot wait any long to write about another interesting book by Sidney Sheldon. See you soon!

My Review on ‘Hit and Run’ by James Hadley Chase

Hello folks. I’m back with another review. It’s been a pretty busy month for me which has kept me a bit away from blogging. I sneaked in today because I’ve many things at hand pending to blog. So how has rain been treating all of you? Awesome, I suppose.  The book I’ve chosen this time is ‘Hit and Run’ written by James Hadley Chase. I’ve heard that Mr. Chase is a yesteryear author whose books used to be very happening during that era. I just tried one of his books in the beginning and I must say that his storyline is simply awesome. The books contain suspense with a tinge of twist and turn everywhere and ultimately reveal something that happens to be really unpredictable. They are a real treat to people who love fiction. You must be wondering that I keep telling the same for almost all authors and all books. I’m helpless because the books are awesome (the books look awesome only if you are crazy about reading, else even the best book will seem like a big boredom). I must thank two people now who have been continuously following my blog and giving me feedback; one, my cute cousin Sneha Das and the other, my friend for life Geeta Nayak. If it wasn’t for you guys I don’t think I would be posting stuffs now and then. The two always go in search of books reading my review which encourages me to give in my hundred percent in blogging.

Coming to the review! Hit and Run is a normal kind of a book that begins with a person looking for a job. He lands in a job where his boss is sort of serious person who likes to keep his personal and professional life away from each other. He enjoys working there and soon makes good friends. His ordeals begin when his boss breaks his leg after a fall in his house. He is invited for the first time to the house of his boss as he is not in a position to move about. He agrees as he has no other choice. He goes with all the office updates. In his first visit only he finds a very strikingly beautiful lady at the house. He is not able to make out who she is because the boss is about 58 years old and the girl happens to be somewhere around 23. He is confused. But then, he is also very sure that the boss doesn’t have a daughter. So he guesses that the lady happens to be the wife of the boss. In the office, next day, his friends ask him about to his visit to the boss and enquire if he saw the beautiful wife of the boss. He doesn’t reveal anything and just wards it off by saying that he is least interested. But the truth is that he had fallen for her the moment he saw her. During his series of visits to his boss, the wife of the boss becomes acquainted with him. She requests him to teach car driving. He hesitates initially. But then, he feels it’s a nice opportunity to get to know more about her and also he is not in a position to tell a flat NO to her as well. He agrees. He teaches her driving. In the meanwhile, the boss puts forth a proposal in front of him with regard to setting up of a partnership business at New York. He feels really thrilled. He gives his nod for the same.  His life goes on in the same mode till one day when things change for worse.
He is given a weekend off by his boss for having worked very hard during the week (you must be wondering what’s the big deal as weekends are meant for off, but to make a point here, our hero worked in a media company as  a journalist with very few holidays to his credit unlike many of us).  But his weekend plans go for a toss when he finds himself in the midst of an accident that happens to be a hit and run.  He takes his boss’s wife to the beach on her insistence and there as she invites him to take a e is filled with anguish and she takes the car and rushes off leaving him behind. He reaches his house only to find her waiting there, frightened. On inquiry he finds out that she has hit a cop on duty and killed him on the spot. He is in a fix. He feels he is indirectly responsible for the same as he was the one who made her rush off in anguish.
In the next part we are taken through a series of activities where both of them try to hide whatever has happened. Gradually, he begins to feel that the lady is lying. He examines his car and realizes that the blood stains are found on the off-side which looks very unusual. He feels that she is hiding something. What happens next is something which we would least expect.
The book begins with something which looks natural but then we are taken through a series of events which we would least expect. The book is quiet small with hardly 200 plus pages which we can just finish off in a day. It’s sort of a best book for people who don’t like fat books. It is a blend of suspense, thrill, love, hate, plot and murder.
So what are you guys waiting for just go grab it!
Enjoy the remaining part of Sunday before you face the Monday Morning Blues!