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A World Apart

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
In a war that's not hers she loses everything.
Everything she loses is because of him.
Forgiveness is not an option.
Or maybe...

Lieutenant Cassandra Toma, trauma surgeon in the Romanian National Army starts her deployment at the joint-unit air base M. Kogalniceanu on a wrong foot, clashing on her first day with her new commander, Major David Hunt. Her rebellious nature an
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published (first published December 18th 2011)
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Ok I like the idea of this book, but it went on forever and ever and ever. Could it drag any more out?

I like Cassandra but she always seem to put herself in situations that made her unhappy. It was like if she wasn't happy unless she was unhappy. David was the same way. He always compounded the problems and made it worse.

The sad consequences of war were well characterized and you can tell why so any people do not like Americans.

This wasn't bad writing it just was terribly paced and not enough
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
Fantastic!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a love story where the couple doesn't just fall into each others arms to live happily ever after. This is Camelia's second book and she has done such a wonderful job with it that I am at a loss for all the positive words I could use to describe how good this story really is. To say the least, it is heartwarming and heartbreaking because it makes you feel like you are actually there with the characters experiencing everything that they ...more
Cindy C Bennett
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Camelia Miron Skiba does it again! In her sophomore effort, Skiba shows that she knows how to write a compelling, fascinating, tug-at-your-heartstrings story. David and Cassandra grab you from the first page and refuse to let you go until you find out if they get their happily ever after. Written against the backdrop of the Iraqi war, their love story is riddled with the pain and terror of living in the middle of so much violence. Skiba balances the beauty of love with the horrors of war without ...more
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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A World Apart was something so unexpected; I can’t help but say I love it. When I first began the book, I found it rather slow and a little dry. But as the book carried on, I found how amazing it was. It may not always have been very interesting, but it was certainly very touching. When I first picked up the book, I wasn’t expecting what I read at all. The level of emotions depicted in the book is just so amazing and so so real.

The thing I really
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Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can two people who are from different parts of the world, and who have very different lifestyles find love in a war zone? Or will their differences and secrets from their pasts keep them A World Apart?

This is a story about two people from different parts of the world, and how they came together in 2007 during the Iraq war. Cassandra Toma is a trauma surgeon and Lieutenant in the Romanian National Army. David Hunt is a reconstructive surgeon and Major in the US Air Force. Cassandra and David are
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

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
Deborah (LoveToReadRomance)
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, reviewed
A World Apart is a story with lots of emotion; two people from opposite sides of the earth are thrown together and have to deal with their troublesome pasts and an unpredictable future. Ms. Skiba is a very talented writer with powers of description that are clear and strong. She portrays characters that are very real. Her knowledge of things military and medical gives this story a lot of realism.
I love a story with lots of plot twists and this one does not disappoint. Ms. Skiba does an excellen
Sherry Gammon
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: evermore
In a war that's ripping apart the world, it's also bringing together to lost, lonely hearts. David and Cassandra's love story will have you laughing, crying and hanging on the edge of your seat. Ms. Skiba has a knack for tearing at your heart with her breathtaking stories, and this one is no exception. Her writing is enveloping, and her story is a heart-breaker. Her realistic war scenes are laid out artistically before you and her love scenes are memorable. You pray for Cass and David, despite t ...more
Jeffery Moore
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 bri ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A World Apart is a compelling story that takes the reader into the struggles of two people trying to make life work during the hardships of war and the hard reality that life isn’t always easy or clear-cut.

Lieutenant Cassandra Toma is a complicated, strong-minded doctor who has had a very tough life. Having grown up under the Communists regime in Romania she has seen her countries people suffer and struggle to break free from tyranny. Her father fled the country when she has very young after be
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
A World Apart handles a subject that I wouldn't usually choose to read, since my interest in the military is very close to zero.
Since I really liked Ms Skiba's other book, Hidden Heart, I was still looking forward to reading this.
I figured that even if the military base parts bored the hell out of me the book could still be so awesome on the romantic parts.
Turns out the military aspect of the book wasn't a problem at all.

The book is about a young doctor, Cassandra, who works as a military doctor
Ruth Hill
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, romance
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
Elise Marion
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
'A World Apart' is a story full of emotion and angst. Two people from opposite sides of the world are thrown together and forced to deal with both their pasts and their futures. The ending is satisfying, despite a few frustrating potholes along the road of David and Cassandra's journey.

I'll start by saying that Ms. Skiba is a very talented writer. Her powers of description are strong and clear. She paints characters that are real, they're the kind of people we all know. Her knowledge of things
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Camelia Miron-Skiba hit a couple of heart strings with this book. It starts out with flipping between the past and present lives of Major David Hunt and Lieutenant Cassandra Toma.
War is a heavy theme and strong background to this book. Cassandra is no stranger to war and all it implies. She is a smart and strong military officer who is sassy, bold, and brass. She seems to come across as a person who loves deeply and would do anything for those people. One such person is her brother who has come
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was not too sure in relation to what I was about to discover when I started to read ‘A World Apart’ by Camelia Miron Skiba. As I gradually worked my way through this book, it quickly turned into a ‘page turner’ that was difficult to put down once started and it definitely did not disappoint.

This is Camelia’s second novel and is written in a style that displays very clearly, this author’s marvellous writing ability and who has the skills of a true story teller. The reader very quickly becomes e
Carly Fall
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I don’t know the author personally, but after reading her biography, she sounds like a fascinating person. When I learned that English is her third language, I was very surprised as this is a well-written book.

I liked learning about Romanian customs and traditions, and I liked how she interwove American sayings and how confusing they can be to others. I loved her description of the military bases, and the pictures she painted of the landscape in both Romania and Iraq. I loved the references to L
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I always look for character driven stories more than for the plot line. If there’s conflict and tension that much better. A World Apart is one of those stories where the setting is of essence to the story’s flow. You can’t miss on the timeline, everything happening with military accuracy.
The hero’s flaws enhance his likeability if this makes any sense. Sometimes the tension between Cassandra and David was so intense, I found myself holding onto the book with white knuckles.
The heroine is stron
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads, arc, romance
I am speechless! What an amazing read!

Camelia is such an amazing writer. I found myself sucked into this book almost immediately and held on tight for the emotional roller coaster ride it offered.

With the war in Iraq still very much a reality in our would, my heart was heavy throughout this book. I was consumed by the realistic aspects of it and would catch myself throughout the book smiling, frustrated right along with the characters and I even cried!!

Though not from the same country, they ar
Dela Hilo Magico
S-au întâlnit. Se ciocnesc. O pasiune interzisă le consumă cu intensitatea unui vulcan erupt.Singura cale de ieșire pentru David e că dispare în zona de război periculoasă din Irak. Flacăra lor ar fi trebuit să se încheie atunci când destinul îi aduce înapoi sub același acoperiș, de data aceasta cu un obiectiv comun - de a găsi fratele lui Cassandra, domnul Robert Toma, răpit de insurgenți în timp ce se află în patrulare.
Pentru a salva pe Robert, Cassandra și David au pus la o parte resentimente
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cassandra Toma is a trauma surgeon and Lieutenant in the Romanian National Army. David Hunt is a reconstructive surgeon and Major in the US Air Force. Cassandra and David are both deployed to the American run Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Force Base in Constanta, Romania, near the Black Sea. Cassandra works under David as he is the commander. They like each other and an attraction starts but David thinks Cassandra is married to a Major Robert Toma, which happens to be her brother. David does realize t ...more
Sharon Heaverly Machuga French
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This is by far the BEST book I have read in ages. A WORLD APART has it all. Strong characters, adventure, mystery, love, friendship. WOW! This is one book that I am recommending to everyone!

The book's main characters are both military surgeons during the Iraq war. She is from Romania. He is from the United States. "They meet. They clash. A forbidden passion consumes them with the intensity of an erupting volcano." (from the back cover)
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cami amazes again in this love story. In A World Apart we meet Cassandra, who is a Romanian army doctor, she is strong and beautiful. There is only one person in her life that she loves more than anything, and that is her brother Robert. That is until she meets American soldier David. He is also a surgeon, and moves to Romania to help in the war. Right off the bat they have feelings for each other, except David thinks Robert is her husband. They have quite a few ups and downs in their relationsh ...more
Kim Roberts
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I cried, I laughed and I screamed reading this novel. A World Apart opened for me a new genre: military romance. When I think about people in uniform I think rigid, courageous, patriots, a little bit on the ordinary side (sorry, no offense) in terms of emotions. David Hunt totally changed my opinion. The more he falls for Cassandra the more I want to hug and hold him. He’s that type of man that would stand by your side, there to help, protect and ultimately give up on his love just to do the rig ...more
L Peterson
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best heroine arc I’ve read in a long time. It took me a while to warm up to Cassandra, who is a doctor for the National Romanian Army, incapable of attachment and stubborn to the marrow. But once I understood why she was the way she was, I totally changed my opinion and began liking her. By the end I loved her.
David Hunt on the other hand, it’s a different story; he had me at hello. The way he loved Cassandra, helpless and guilty in his feelings for her (or so he thought) had me swoon
Rose Reeve
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If it were possible we’d shove the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq under the rug because of all the difficulties, sorrow and loss we encounter. As mother of a fallen soldier, I can’t.
I picked A World Apart by Camelia Miron Skiba because of the military aspect of it. As bitter as I am dealing with my loss I couldn’t help but lose myself in this heartbreaking yet beautiful love story. If there’s anything really healing a broken heart is love and this author has done a great job capturing the power of
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The best novel that I've read in a long time.
Cami it's really an amazing writer!
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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excellent re issue read.
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