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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Best Laid Plans - Sidney Sheldon


The first entry in Leslie Stewart's diary read: Dear Diary; This morning I met the man I am going to marry. It was simple, optimistic statement, without the slightest portent of the dramatic chain of events that was about to occur. The Best Laid Plans tells the explosive story of the beautiful and ambitious Leslie Stewart, who learns that for some men power is the greatest aphrodisiac, and of Oliver Russell, the handsome governor of a small southern state, who finds out why hell has no fury like a woman scorned. With the unexpected twists and turns that are the hallmark's of his mega-bestselling novels, Sidney Sheldon spins a tale of two equally determined people headed on a collision course. Oliver has a strategy to win the White House; Leslie has a scheme to make him wish he's never been born. They both should have known that even the best-laid plans can go dangerously astray with deadly consequences. The Best Laid Plans takes listeners inside two of America's most powerful...

Leslie and Stewart, had it good. she was on the top of her game, young, beautiful, intelligent and the number one in public relations field. He was handsome, charismatic and have a lot of potential. They were in love, engaged to be married in a few days until Oliver got a call from his former girlfriend, Senator father.
Todd, promised him money and power but he has to marry his daughter. Oliver was sure he would not do it but the Senator's word echoed in his mind and left Leslie to be humiliated. From then on she would not stop until she gets revenge.

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LIKES: I am pretty much set that Sidney Sheldon will not disappoint me. The story was engaging without the character's graphic sexual encounters, nor that much of a violence.The order characters of the story complimented the whole plot. Leslie was the epitome of the saying "Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned". I love her character, her drive to be successful to show Oliver, what he missed out, but she should have stopped right there, but no she have to go all lunatic and print that paper without rechecking the information.
Moral of the story? Stop obsessing and move one, revenge would only make you more miserable.
On the other note, I loved the twist, I really did not see that coming because everything really points towards Oliver plus I developed a dislike on him, (just on the first part of the novel) how could anyone not?

DISLIKE: NOTHING. I love every single page.
NOTE: I remember the day I had my first ever Sidney Sheldon experience. I was 9 and bored out of my mind, it was holy week in the Philippines, no TV, no radio, no meat and no playing. I was always the most uneventful time of the year. So I decided to raid my siblings' bookshelf. I tossed out History of the Orient, MAD comic books, Yoga, and some smut. After an hour or rummaging I found Bloodlines, read the back cover and started reading. When I finished reading it, I vowed to buy all his books, unfortunately at that time, for some weird reason I could not find any other novels written by him. So now, I'm on a Sidney Sheldon marathon.


Anonymous said...

I love Sidney Sheldon. He is the author I covet most. It's a pitty that he hasn't written more books. I loved them all.

rohit said...

Must be an enjoyable read The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.

rohit said...

Must be an enjoyable read The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.

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