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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466226676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466226678
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,078,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a dreamer
I'm a sinner
I love my books
I conjure hooks
And heroes with good looks

Romance is my guilty pleasure
Taking me to places with new decor
Come join me if you dare
I promise not to bore

If you like to read my stories
Pray my husband continues snorin'
For he's the one who keeps me up at night
When I give my heroes wings and flight.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on December 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was beyond excited to read A World Apart by Camelia Miron Skiba after reading Hidden Heart, which was a brilliant story. A World Apart, just like Hidden Heart is a true definition of a novel and what a novel should be. It has loss, love, war, faraway places, and a deep storyline that not only is enjoyable but educational and intriguing.

In A World Apart, you meet Romanian Doctor Cassandra Toma. She is a doctor for the military in her country and is assigned to work with the American military on a base near the Middle East helping solders who have been hurt during the war in Iraq. While at her new assignment she meets American military doctor David Hunt. David asked to leave his home base in the States to move on with his life after a divorce. Cassandra and David meet on Valentine's Day at a party on their new base and almost instantly fall in love, at least have a connection to one another.

The two become friends and end up working together in the hospital. David thinks Cassandra is married to another Romanian solder because the two are always together and have the same last name, turns out David is mistake because it is Robert, Cassandra's brother. As their friendship grows so does their feelings, the two finally are together but David thinks he betrayed a fellow solder and slept with his wife. He pushes Cassandra away as she lets him in her life, something she has never done before with another person. Cassandra is hurt and confused by David's actions after their night together. She has no idea why he would ignore her and not be together.

This goes on for a while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By READING, EATING & DREAMING on December 29, 2011
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WOW! A World Apart by Camelia Miron Skiba is a MUST READ. It's a powerful and emotional story by an extremely talented author. Camelia Miron Skiba AMAZES ME. Her stories are unique and spellbinding, cultural diversity can be found in both of her novels, her writing style is eloquent, and English is her THIRD LANGUAGE. WOW. I have read and adored both of Camelia Miron Skiba's novels: HiddenHeart (March 2011) and A World Apart (December 2011), and I cannot wait to discover more from her in the future.

A World Apart is David and Cassandra's romantic and emotional love story that takes place across the globe; it's set in Romania, the Middle East, and the United States. David and Cassandra come from two completely different worlds, David's American and Cassandra's Romanian. They have their differences, but they share some common ground too. They are both doctors who fight to save lives and they are both in the military. A World Apart tells the story of what happens when David and Cassandra explore a professional relationship, a friendship, and the possibility of more. It also demonstrates how miscommunications, lack of communication, grief, guilt, and lies by omission can impact a relationship.

This was an extremely powerful story. I know that I am repeating myself, but I feel the need to reiterate- POWERFUL. The romance, the heartache, the conflict, and the action were all moving and incredibly well-written. The story and the characters captured my heart. This novel toyed with my emotions; it made me laugh, cry, smile, and scream. This novel had some intense emotional moments, but overall, I would not consider this to be a depressing story. However, I would not consider this to be a happy, happy feel good laugh out loud story either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vera on December 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I love a story with many different angles and this one does not disappoint. Camelia does an excellent job at showing us a love story with rich settings. David and Cass are a great example of how opposites attract and the more polar the opposite the greater the attraction. I'm a sucker for a strong setting outside of the mundane so prevalent in today's romance genre (many romance stories only giving the setting a cursory look). Initially set on the Black Sea and then to war torn Iraq, Camelia brings the cultures to life and makes them an integral piece of the story. Love how she draws the parallels between the Iraqi and Romanian cultures. The romantic scenes are really sexy and the action scenes are gritty and tense. I wasn't disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A. Hill on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I will be honest. I didn't want to give this a five-star rating. Not because it was not good--it was fantastic, and I will tell you more of my thoughts. But I felt like I had been giving out so many five stars lately to really good books. But let me tell you--this book earned its rating!

The characters in this book were absolutely fantastic. I love Cassandra and David. I would say David is one of the most likable romantic heroes I have read about in a long time. It was so hard to read about their struggles--especially in the beginning of the book--because I wanted to scream at them to communicate! Their suffering could have been ended in a moment. But I would say that the way the author chose to handle their relationship made the book more exhilarating.

I honestly did not know very much about the Iraqi war before I read this book. It was so hard to read about some of the things. And of course, the reader gets the inside look of the medical ward which can really turn one's stomach!

It is really neat to read a book that celebrates what the brave men and women who serve in the armed forces are doing to protect our country and the world from the evil of this world. Sometimes these people are not appreciated, and it was nice to read a book that gives them their due.

There were a couple things that I did not like about the book. The profanity in the book was sometimes quite offensive--in fact, that is one reason I did not want to rate the book as high as I did. However, I have read books with more language issues than that, and I decided that it truly did not ruin the book. I also didn't like the sex scene descriptions, but I decided that they were short and not as involved as some I have read. So I did not feel that they detracted from the story.
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