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Hidden Heart - Camelia Miron Skiba 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 many a book where tragedy strikes a heroin but with in pages 'love' has seen her through. Hidden Heart makes a great attempt at showing the struggle to heal, and I applaud Camelia Miron Skiba for it.The writing was a bit different then what I am used to. There is much dialog, which lends to more believable relationships. Though, at times I found it lacking a little more description of setting. I would describe it as very fast paced, jumping sometimes weeks ahead, but with so much ground to cover ~ it worked.The only thing I had a bit of a struggle with was the dialog. Again, I liked that there was so much of it. However, at times it felt off...I think more than anything, it is a cultural difference. I have lived my life in the Seattle suburbs where most are pretty laid back with their speech ~ (Evidently we are known for saying 'hella', as in "this coffee is hella good.') So, it felt like I was reading a book narrated by someone who was taught proper English as a second language. I was able to get over my awkwardness fairly quickly though.After about a quarter of the way through the book I had a hard time putting it down until the end. Again, thanks for giveaway Goodreads and Camielia, I enjoyed it!