by Camelia Miron Skiba

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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 "Mihail Kogalniceanu" on a wrong foot, clashing on her first day with her new commander, Major David Hunt. Her rebellious nature and sassiness rival her excellent performance in the operating room--the only reason why she's not reprimanded, or maybe not the only reason.

They meet. They clash. A forbidden passion consumes them with the intensity of an erupting volcano, leaving her heartbroken and him with tarnished honor and pride as an officer. The only way out for David is disappearing into the dangerous warzone in Iraq. Their flame was supposed to be over when destiny brings them back under the same roof, this time with a common goal--to find Cassandra's brother, Maj. Robert Toma, kidnapped by insurgents while on patrol.

To rescue Robert, Cassandra and David put aside their resentments, uniting forces against a common enemy. Trying to forget the painful past, Cassandra opens up to give David--and their love--another chance. What she doesn't realize is that her anguish is the result of David's impetuous action--one reckless choice he made for which she may never forgive him.
His mistake, his secret, could cost them both the love they've finally found.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013880542
Publisher: Camelia Miron Skiba
Publication date: 12/17/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 396 KB

About the Author


Who I was yesterday … I’m no longer today, nor will I be tomorrow. Each day I grow a little. I stumble, fall and get up. I learn something. I dream, desire and look to the future.
Who I am is not important, but what I leave behind is.

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A WORLD APART 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 the odds. This is a wonderful story that would make a beautiful movie. Hollywood, are you listening?! I give this novel two thumbs up, along with 15 stars!! Can't wait to read more from this Ms. Skiba. P.S. Warning: Read with a hankie in hand!
awesley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 home after a tour of duty.David arrives to Romania on assignment and meets Cassandra and what he believes is her husband. Truth is, the love between siblings is just a major miscommunication. These two didn't get along in the beginning and the only thing they really respected was each other as military doctors. Their worlds kind of collide when they are forced to work together which turns into a friendship with the hint of a real relationship, if only David didn't believe she was married and off limits. These two just can't seem to get on the same page.After finding out the truth of Cassandra's marital status and feeling a bit overwhelmed, he joins the war in Iraq. Without giving too much away, this is where the story really takes a turn. Strong war time fear and tension hit everyone hard when the stakes are high and they have everything to lose.I wouldn't even know where to place this book on a shelf. It's not overly romantic and it's also not jam packed action. I guess it would fall under drama. Lots and lots of drama.Camelia Miron-Skiba has written this book from the heart and let people into a war filled world full of heroes, tragedy, love, and pride. It is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys military stories. The author is what I would call a "smart" writer. She tells a story that needs to be absorbed rather than just words that are read. A World Apart is exciting and passionate while also being raw and real.This book was received free of charge for the purpose of a review.
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 this and holds back and even gets a transfer to get away. Things happen that bring the two back together.This is more than just a love story it is about hope, forgiveness, suspense, drama and life changing issues. The characters are great the setting is good. It was a nice different read for me. It was a story you did not want to put down the pages just keep turning. You want to know if they will be ok if they make it.A World Apart would make a wonderful gift.
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ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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. The best thing about the book for me was its realism. Although it had a nice ending and it ends as you hoped it would, I was glad that it was not full of hearts and flowers like some romances are. Everything was quite believable, and the ending was not always assured. (But I did figure out the plot twist early on!) I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a good romance or just a good book! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
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 are as you read. This is set during the war in 2007. Most of it takes place in Romania & Iraq with some time also in the United States. Major David Hunt lives in Arizona, he is a doctor who is getting deployed to Romania to take charge of their medical facility there. After arriving he is introduced to Romanian doctor, Lieutenant Cassandra Toma. Cassandra doesn't let herself get close to a lot of people for fear of losing them, so she basically goes day-to-day with her life, but for David it is an immediate attraction for him, but after watching her he decides she's off-limits to him and tries to avoid her when possible. Finding he can't stand not seeing her he changes the schedule so they can work the same shift figuring he will be okay just to see her more. As they become close, David starts feeling regret and is transferred to Iraq to assist at another hospital closer to the fighting leaving Cassandra with unanswered questions. After some time Cassandra has a family emergency that needs her to be in Iraq immediately by any means possible, not knowing she is heading straight to David. She is still hurt by the way their relationship ended in Romania and tries to avoid David as much as possible, it becomes very hard to do as days then weeks pass by. Does tragedy bring them together or push them farther apart? Can they connect being a world apart or will they always be separated by fears of the heart? If you decide to pick this up to read, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!