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Hidden Heart

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Tessa Cosma is a deceptively sweet businesswoman who knows how to ride the wave of chaos in corrupt, post-communist Romania to maintain the lifestyle she so carefully built for herself. Her ideal world shatters when an unplanned pregnancy ends after a brutal assault. To compound her troubles, she must unravel a fraud accusation that threatens her reputation and career.

Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 25th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 2nd 2011)
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Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-stars, 5-stars

The only time I put this book down was when I had customers at work, while I was driving my car (okay, I peeked at red lights), and when I was in the shower. I had my eyes glued to this book while eating dinner, blow-drying my hair, brushing my teeth, walking up the stairs (which is kinda dangerous), etc. I didn't part with this book unless it was absolutely crucial, and when I had to put it down, I was still thin
Cindy C Bennett
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have to begin by saying how very much I love the cover of this book. It's so beautiful, very attention grabbing. But does the book deliver on what the cover portrays?


Tessa is a strong woman, who has managed to rise above the less-than-stellar lifestyle most people are subjected to in post-communist regime in Romania. In the romance department, she doesn't always make the wisest choices, but overall, life is going well for her. Then, tragedy strikes. I don't want to give anything a
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
Wow, this book was a great surprise! When i started reading i thought this was gonna be one of these ordinary romance book, but it was so much more. This book involves so many subjects in life. Love, death, sorrow, happiness, rape and even almost-incest.

The reader gets to follow Tessa (Anastasia) during a few, emotional years, which is a rollercoaster ride of everything life can throw at you.

HIdden Heart is anything but boring. It is kinda a slow burn in the beginning but it soon picks upp and
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I know it's a cliché but I was hooked the moment I saw the cover. When I picked this book I knew very little about Romania and nothing about the author, but I decided to give it a try anyway. To my surprise I finished the book not wanting the story to end. I know it's a work of fiction, but I wonder how much of the Romanian society and post-communism life was the author's creation and how much is true. ased on the articles I found on the internet, a lot of the social aspects--the bribery, the co ...more
Jessica Freed
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Drama galore, a hero to die for, a heroine with brains, that’s my kind of book. Hidden Heart delivers that and more. I’ve purchased the book mainly because of its cover more than anything; there were a lot of books on the stand but this one called me back whenever I looked away. I’m glad I gave it a try.
Camelia Miron Skiba has a wicked talent to bring to life well-rounded characters, with flaws and qualities that one can relate to. The storyline took me by surprise over and over again until this
Jessica's Book Review
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Hidden Heart is a novel about a thirty year-old Romanian women, Tessa. On a vacation with friends in the mountains of Italy Tessa meets an attractive Italian man, Alessandro. They have a hot one night, all because of Tessa leaving Alessandro while he sleeps in the middle of the night.

Tessa heads back home to Romania to work on a major case for work. Her world seems to be going well after the almost year it was when she had a one night stand with
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this multicultural romance. Actually, the title romance probably doesn't do Hidden Heart justice. It's the portrait of a romanian woman struggling for identity, the picture of a corrupt post-communist culture where woman are lesser creatures and doctors need to be bribed in order to care for you.

I deeply enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

Hidden Heart is about the romanian business-woman Tessa Cosma. At the beginning of the book, she encounters Allessandro, an Italian banke
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This book is excellent in many ways. I was originally awed by the cover which is no less than gorgeous! The setting was unique. The story was layered. I adored the hero and wanted him in every scene (which sadly, he was not). I read this in a few hours because I could not put this down. I was racing through the book to find out what happens. In fact, I skimmed a bit when the story became detailed about side characters or events so I could go faster. Usually this means I get to go back ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars/Fiction; Romance

First off, let me just start by saying that I don't toss out five stars freely but this is one novel that I feel really fits the "It Was Amazing" Goodreads rating.

Hidden Heart is a heartbreaking and beautifully crafted story. In other words, I loved it. It is one of those stories that remind me why I enjoy the romance genre so much. Filled with emotion and intrigue of worlds undiscovered, we follow the unique story of Tessa and Alessandro.

After a sexy, romantic encounter,
Kimberly Morghan
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a romance novel with PLENTY of dramatic tension as two people who are clearly so right for each suffer one romantic setback after another. I enjoyed the initial intense meeting of the two main characters and the twist of fate that brings them back together as adversaries rather than as lovers. Then they meet again as lovers, but with a conspiracy to unearth that is only resolved in horrible and violent scene that tears them apart again. Only after a period of recovery and soul-searching ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I know it is wrong to judge a book by its cover, but can we make an exception just this once? Because, well, it is an absolutely beautiful cover, and it does actually do the book justice. Camelia Miron Skiba is an extremely talented writer with an amazing literary voice and presence. Tessa Cosma, the protagonist, is an incredible character-one more people should be introducing us to in the literary world. Simply put, she is a strong, intelligent woman, while not being over the top (i.e. she is f ...more
Jeana Casady
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The saying goes that you should seldom judge a book by its cover, but the inside of Camelia Miron Skiba's "Hidden Heart" truly matches up to the gorgeous artwork on the outside. I had so much fun reading this book, and could hardly put it down once I got started. The plot is engaging and keeps the reader wanting to read on to see how Tessa's story unfolds. The characters are all well-developed and are incredibly personable. I found myself both enjoying and learning from the story of this book. I ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this was such an amazing book! every time i put it down i was drawn right back to it, it takes you through so many different emotions and keeps you engaged.
Jeremy Reppy
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overcoming evil

One of the things that appealed to me about this book was that it was set in Romania and the main female character was Romanian. I do not often run across books set in Eastern Europe or involving Eastern European characters. I thought the author did a good job portraying how the legacy of communism affected business relationships, women's rights, and domestic violence assistance.

The story alternates between lighthearted moments, such as the developing relationship between Tessa an
Kelly Knapp
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens 14 to 108
Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads First Reads Program
This was an wonderful book. Ms. Skiba writes a great multicultural romance. However, I could not give it the five stars that it would have deserved had she not lost sight of her heroine, Tessa's inner strength, even though she quickly recovered Tessa's backbone.

Tessa is the perfect heroine at the beginning of the story. She is not a stereotype. Beautiful, tough, but flexible is how she is initially portrayed. While she is certainly interested in dating and love, it is not the only thing she expe
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I am thrilled to have won a copy of this amazing book from Goodreads First Reads giveaways! Camelia Miron Skiba is not afraid to take readers into the darkest depths of human emotion and life in her novel Hidden Heart. This is the heartwarming, and sometimes heartbreaking, story of Tessa Cosma, a young woman living in Romania. I laughed, I cried, I struggled with demons from my own past, and most importantly, I learned something about myself from this book. This truly is a gem. If you're conside ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on Goodreads first-reads. In one word, this book is Amazing. I highly recommend this book. I had a hard time putting it down and I will read this again and again. I can't wait to see what Camelia comes up with next. I will say if you are looking for a fairy tale type romance novel where before you are halfway through the story the couple is involved in a wonderful, planning the perfect wedding, happily ever after book then this is not for you.

Tessa Cosma is a cunningly, strong
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway ~ Thanks!!

Hidden Heart is more than a romance novel, much more. It is dramatic and tragic and thoughtful. Within the first handful of pages you are drawn in to an exciting encounter between two strangers. A year later they meet again under much different circumstances. A series of tragedies befall them and they struggle to cope with life, love and loss.

One of the things I loved about this book is that it doesn't sugar coat the horrific. I have read m
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was looking to read something different yesterday so I picked this book up and started read....and kept on reading until I finished the whole book in one sitting. It was like being pn an emotional roller coaster and I just had to see how everything was going to turn out. If seemed that almost every worse possible situation befell Tessa; from an earthquake on the first page, an abusive ex, corrupt government and businesses, death of a parent, unplanned pregancies and abortion, etc, etc ...well ...more
Devon Ashley
Wow. Hidden Heart takes you on quite the emotional journey. Tessa Cosma certainly gets rung through the ringer again and again and again. She starts off being someone every woman in post-Communist Romania wishes they could be - successful and respected by the men she works with (but unfortunately not by the numbskels in the street that still treat Romanian women like no-nothing whores and loser boyfriends that can't deal with the woman being more successful than they are). Her job and relationsh ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Overall Feedback: Without a doubt this book has to be the best romance novel I have ever read. I know, the best, really, this is coming from a guy that usually starts out reviews of romance novels with a standard (I normally do not read this genre speech). Yes, this is the best and I have indeed read some great ones and also some put that tree back ones. Before reading the rest of this review go ahead and purchase your copy, as you will not regret a thing about that purchase.

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Kristi Morris
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to have received this book from Goodreads First Reads Giveaways

Winter continues to be cold here in Minnesota. The snow is holding off where I am at, the southern part of the state not as lucky. Nonetheless, it is perfect weather for reading, but then again I can find excuses to read throughout the year.
This week I chose Hidden Heart by Camelia Miron Skiba as my distraction and was imersed into the city of Bucharest, Romania. Much to my pleasure it was a book set in Romania that
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy romance novels like this. While a good majority are very cut and dry, this one takes you on an emotional journey with Tessa and Alessandro, and the very unconventional development of their relationship. It moves from majorly being a sexual attraction to something deeper, something that heals Tessa and Alessandro both, without them even realizing it. I also liked the fact that we get to see this develop in a woman not from a first world country, one with different ideals and differ ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG, Hidden Heart had me from the beginning! I loved this book, and seriously read it in two days! I couldn't stop reading it. It's a story about Tessa who is a smart, beautiful woman who has everything she wants or needs. Until she meets handsome Alessandro, who is from another country. They meet and have a one night stand, until a year later when Tessa is being accused of stealing money. Same day, she finds out her on/off boyfriend is cheating on her, and her mother dies not long before all th ...more
L Peterson
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Heart is an emotional story with incredible characters that jump out of the page. They’ll forever be in my heart for their flaws reminded me how we all make mistakes and how we learn from them, coming out that much stronger. Tessa Cosma is the symbol of resilience. As for Alessandro who doesn’t love an Italian hero, mysterious, honorable and willing to go to the end of world for the woman he loves?
I really enjoyed the author’s voice. There’s something unique and apart that she brings to t
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Real Rating: 3.5 stars Spoiler alert!

This is an amazing story with great characters and a wonderful ending. Tessa's characters is fantastic, she is very brave. Alessandro is like a dream guy, yummy,yummy!
I should have given it 4 starts but when I was reading it I felt like I needed something more. I felt like this: when someone is telling you about a really good movie and they got excited and ended up telling you every detail about it and you feel like you have seen the movie because the person
Rose Reeve
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Along with a ton of other books, I purchased this book from the author while at the Festival of Books in Tucson. Because of its absolutely gorgeous cover I elected to read it first and oh boy!, what a roller coaster ride did I get on.
Page after page I admired the main heroine, Tessa Cosma. To make a good life for herself, become successful in a country where apparently corruption governs and yet not flaunting it just made me fall in love with her. I just wished her private life was as successful
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is not your boy-meets-girl-fall-in-love-have-sex-live-happily-ever-after. It’s also not your easy read because its plot and twists keep you wondering until the very end. The characters have intricate lives and relationships so believable, that the reader can only wonder if they are real.
Tessa’s life is all sorted out until everything she created so carefully falls apart. One blow after another has her literally destroyed.
I really liked the fact that she didn’t rely on Alessandro to p
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Heart by Camelia Miron Skiba -- This was a Goodreads giveaway. I’m scrolling through the giveaways and this beautiful cover kept pulling me back to it. It was even more beautiful when I received it in the mail. The story grabbed me from the first page – being in an air gondola during an earthquake!! – and never let me down, never got bored. I read it in 2 days. It wouldn’t have taken me that long (hard to put down), but I do have a family to take care of. I’m not good at writing review, p ...more
Teresa Robinette
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book had me engrossed from the first chapter and continued to pull me in with an interesting back drop of Romanian culture and the develop of such a strong character, Tessa. I loved Tessa for all of her heart, soul, stubbornness and willingness to stand above her fears. Tessa accepts her failings, her family's failings and turns it to her strength and a way to heal and trust again. Tessa's love interest was so vunerable but stayed true to his feelings a lovely romance.Skibas description of ...more
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