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The Stars Shine Down

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  10,800 ratings  ·  245 reviews
Lara Cameron is a famous powerful wealthy New York building developer who struggled from brutal poverty in Glace Bay, a banker who took her body as part of her first deal, to Chicago, banker Keller whose love she takes lightly for granted. As her skyscrapers and boutique hotels tower on earth, she is at the top of a male dominated field. She lies and cheats to close a deal ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Warner Books Edition, 398 pages
Published February 1993 by Warner Books (first published 1992)
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Kwesi 章英狮
I promised myself not to write a review, but GR is so tempting. I'm currently sitting, waiting, waiting for the right time to stand. Imagining the high buildings, the towers and even the tallest skyscraper built in Dubai. I can't pronounce the word skyscraper, boo. A skyscraper is a tall, habitable building, no definite height as long as it gets higher and higher.

One of the most iconic and popular skyscraper built in New York was the World Trade Center. Built on 1973 and stood for 23 years after
An Odd1
Stunningly beautiful Lara Cameron on her fortieth birthday, having just lost her fame and fortune as foremost (only female) building developer in Chicago, then New York, her name plastered on the highest deluxe hotels and offices, reviews her life. Born unwanted to an impoverished drunk in Glace Bay, she takes over his rent collection when he is dying. Her first banker, ugly and fat, makes her first deal dependent on having her virgin body. I almost gave up reading.

Her Chicago banker Howard Kel
Alchris M.
The Stars Shine Down is the story of Lara Cameron, a self-made billionaire who had dominated the world of real estate—which, according to the book, is mostly dominated by men, as portrayed in other characters used in the story. My opinions on different aspects of the story vary as follows:

1.) The story of Lara being from rags to riches sounds a little impossible, more like a fairy-tale-type of story. But it's Sidney's story, so I give him that right to tell his story and develop characters any w
Serene Wong
THIS BOOK ROCKS. I can't think of any good words to say about this book actually - it is indescribable.

Okay, I shall go on to explain why.

Lara Cameron is born with a jack-ass of a father who refuses to acknowledge her in his life, calling her a "jinx" creating all sorts of problems for her. What made matters worse is that her mother had died giving birth to her, which added to all the tension. As a result, Lara grew up without a mother's love AND a father's love, being outcast by the students in
Sep 21, 2007 Allyson rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like to read the placemats at McDonalds
Shelves: fiction
Dreadful. Simply dreadful. While I can admit to taking pleasure from some of Sheldon's frothy soap style novels, this one takes the genre to new lows.

It's the usual beautiful woman who claws her way to the top amongst intrigue and sexual discrimination. There's the love interest, also heavily endowed with wealth and talent (of course...)and the disasters and calamities that befall them as they try valiantly to stay together.

It's paint by numbers, at best...
The Story of this book is really inspired me... It's all about my dreams... I wanna be like Lara Cameron... I wanna build so many buildings with name, so everybody can see what the hell I've created for this sucking world... 3 words that i always remember that written on that book are LOCATION, LOCATION, and LOCATION... that's the point! it's the best damn book that i ever have a read!
One of the reasons why I like Shidney Sheldon's books is because he usually has strong women protagonist and this book did too. The book is about a successful real estate businesswomen Lara. The book begins with an epilogue where Lara is going to celebrate her 40th birthday in the highest building of the United States, built by her. The story portrays Lara as a firm, nononsense ambitious woman who does "anything" to get her job done. Like the usual Shidney Sheldon stories, the protagonist faces ...more
Leanne Hunt
For an insight into property development, this novel is great. I read it years ago and always remembered it as the book that inspired me with regard to buying, building and renovating spaces for living in. It is a story of courage, success, struggle and survival which leaves the reader feeling motivated to be part of the refurbishment of cities.

As light entertainment, Lara Cameron's story of rags to riches moves quickly and incorporates family drama, intrigue, romance and suspense. Sidney Sheldo
Kate S
Sidney Sheldon's books are such a guilty pleasure for me. I like the conniving characters and the variety of situations which are set up for his protagonists to overcome and even the crazy coincidences which mean success for the good guys. This was no exception, but there was nothing really new in this story and I did not like Lara as much as I liked Kate from Master of the Game or Tracey from If Tomorrow Comes, but still I enjoyed it enough.
Christopher Brown
I'm not actually a massive fan of pulp like this. This is far past my usual books which consists of High Fantasy and Science Fiction. I did however enjoy 'The Doomsday Conspiracy' as a child by Sheldon and when I found a double book with that and this combined I figured why not.

To start with the book is actually fairly predictable with all the intrigue, all plot devices can be seen coming a mile away, all of the hurdles are obvious in who set them up. That doesn't mean to say there isn't a good
I jst done with the book and the author made his first impression on me. The way how lara a girl with lack of everything was grown in to a woman who can handle any thing and acquired everything whatever it is whether a location/land or a man who she loves.

Author was suceeded in showcasing the struggles of young lara cameron to get her first bussiness to work out by paying her virginity as a ransom and how she turned in to a one of the best real estate broker where the bussiness is meant for only
L.  (I've Past 400)
I totally forgot I read this book until I was recently reminded. Shows how well the story stayed with me. What I do recall is I never did like the lead character. She never struck me as being strong despite what Mr. Sheldon was trying to accomplish. Her only weapon seemed to be her ability to fire anyone who pissed her off. Of course that meant they had to work for her first in order for her to achieve a passing appearance of power. People not on her pay roll were impervious to her cheap shots.
Meghant Parmar
It's a story of a woman who carves out her own niche in the big bad world and makes a name for herself in one of the most male dominated professions. From there on life is full of highs and lows and how she handles it and whether she comes out of it as a winner that's to be seen.

The story promised a strong character and the readers can be in awe of the woman and her rise from the ashes. The story line has only a few positives and very minimal surprises it springs about. It's well paced and main
Von Fritz
All the girls love this novel. All about elegance and dominating girl power. The story of Lara Cameron, a poor girl who successfully became a builder of buildings. Quite ironic for a job. Despite of her success was a flaw which nearly ended everythin. That after she fell in love with a musician. OMG! The best bed scene I ever read is in this novel. Sex compared to rain. Awesome!
Apr 17, 2009 Samantha rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys reading instruction manuals of the hairdryer
Recommended to Samantha by: found it in the library
Boring and unoriginal. I don't even know why I read this book. I almost slept through the whole thing.
I kept on reading, thinking something exciting was going to happen - a wonderful 'Sidney Sheldon Twist' - but was terribly disappointed.
Concluding here... skip the book... only thing you'll lose is nothing.
Maria Teresa Agudelo
Recomiendo mucho este libro. Lo leí hace tiempo, pero me gusto mucho, me enseño mucho.
Lo imposible solo existe en nuestra mente. Y si, Maquiavelo a veces se le puede dar la razón, cuando el fin es lo más deseado los medios se pueden pasar por alto...
Sai Kumar Dasari
Amazing one...I was involved in the story...and I want to share a last dialogue which made me smile..Lara Suddenly remembered.'I have to fly back to Reno tonight!'
Philip looked at her and grinned.'I've never been to Reno...'...

Perjuangan Lara Cameron untuk mengubah hidupnya 180 derajat sungguh penuh lika-liku...khas Sidney Sheldon dengan tokoh wanitanya yang superwoman!
Ruhin Joyee
Liked it. The twist in the end was awesome.
Adebayo Adegbembo
Now, that's what you call a 5 star ending. Classic!
I felt Lara Cameron living my dreams!!!
Parva 'chhanu'
I am really confused about whether I liked this book or not. One point, it is like a biography of a famous person, on the other side, it is like an inspirational book but at the end, it’s a fictional with lots of twists by Sidney Sheldon. Sometime, the story is quite slow but it is easy to follow. Whatever the story may turn into, the ending was good though.

It is a story of a very ambitious woman: Lara Cameron. Coming from a poor family, she has a dream to become rich and conquer the world unde
This is an old book that was lent to me by Aunt for she knew that reading was my pleasure. I did not expect she would give me such book that time because it has rated PG. But she knows her niece is not dire.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and crash, Lara Cameron thought. It would be a fitting end. Somewhere, somehow, it had all gone wrong. It’s the Fates, Lara thought. You can’t fight the Fates. In the past year her life had spun wildly out of control. She was in danger of losing everything. At least noth
Lara, seorang gadis yang dengan kemauannya yang kuat berusaha untuk mengubah garis hidupnya, dari kebaikan seseorang yang pernah kos di rumah kosnya, dia belajar mengenai real estate dan berhasil menjadi developer real estate terbesar di Chicago, yang kemudian merambah ke New York...
Sifat - sifatnya yang terkadang terlalu extrim membuat banyak orang tidak menyukainya, tetapi sebenarnya dia sangat perhatian terhadap staf2nya...

Perkenalan Lara dengan Philip Andler akhirnya sampai pada jenjang pern
Well, this is another Sheldon cliche about a powerful woman and happily married men (who made it a must to have affairs) who danced to her music (There were some devoted single men too!). The only reason I put this book in the bookshelf named 'thriller' is because it is 'supposed' to be a thriller.To me, it was bland, it was like reading a newspaper article on a celebrity's twisted life. The rise to the pinnacle of glory and rich was aggressive and too too fast (as usual, Sheldon cliche again). ...more
Aynen bu durumdayım ağlamanın eşiğindeyim


Sakın kitap kötü bir sonla bitti sanmayın sadece çok duygusaldı be ve terk edilmiş gibi hiss ediyorum :( Tamam itiraf ediyorum ağladım


Acaba bu adamın kötü yazdığı bir kitap var mı diye düşünmeye başladım.Sidneyin kitaplarını ilk kez okumuyorum ama her defasında beni başka alemlere öyle bir sokuyor ki resmen kitapla bütünleşdiğimi hiss ediyorum.Ve şimdi daha doğrusu bir az önce son sayfayı da okuyub kitabı kapattığımda kendimi terkedilmiş gibi hiss ettim.B
Novel ini mengisahkan perjuangan seorang anak kecil miskin bernama Lara dengan setting Amerika Serikat tahun 1970-1990an.

Lara seorang anak perempuan yang tinggal di Glace Bay bersama ayahnya karena ibunya meninggal sewaktu melahirkan Lara. Ayahnya seorang keturunan migrant dari Skotlandia yang pemalas, pemabok, suka melacur dan miskin. Ayahnya tidak peduli terhadap kehidupan Lara. Ayahnya bekerja untuk seorang bankir kaya dengan posisi sebagai juru tagih sewa rumah kos. Karena sakit jantung, aya
Sidney Sheldon has done it again, weaving an intricate story with complete details on each and every one of the characters either already given away or surprisingly blurted out. In this novel, we meet the typical Sheldon protagonist (from his books that I've read, anyway), Lara. Lara's successful, at the top of the world, shrewd, gorgeous, but vulnerable and insecure. But then everything starts falling apart...

The ending of his novel has slapped me in the face, but not the way his other books di
Tanya Sinha
After years, I picked up Sidney Sheldon again and hardly keep it down till I finished it.
Sheldon's narration makes the characters dance before your eyes and it's more like watching a movie than reading.

Only weak-point, I could not connect with any of the characters. I did not feel a rush of emotions while reading this novel but the thrill and suspense kind of made up for it.
Sidney Sheldon memang tukang cerita yang sangat berbakat. Mulai dari Tokoh Setting, Alur cerita yang sangat luwes dan imaginatif serta karakter yang kuat. Dalam Novel ini beliau menagangkat kisah seorang jutawan property. Lara seorang gadis muda yang dibesarkan di sebuah rumah kos berhasil menjadi taipan dibidang property. Dia menjalani bisnisnya mulai dari nol dan membangunnya dengan berbagai cara bahkan sampai harus 'curang' untuk dapat membangun 'kerajaan'nya. Namun karena seseorang yang ingi ...more
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Was an American writer who won awards in three careers—a Broadway playwright, a Hollywood TV and movie screenwriter, and a best-selling novelist. His TV works spanned a 20-year period during which he created I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70), Hart to Hart (1979-84), and The Patty Duke Show (1963-66), but it was not until after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling novels such as Master of the Gam ...more
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