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River in the Sea [Kindle Edition]

Tina Boscha
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a German soldier's dog bolts in front of Leen's truck, in a fraction of a second, she must make a choice: brake hard, or hit the gas.

She floors it.

What happens next sets off a chain of events that pitches Leen, just 15, and her family against the German forces when they are most desperate - and fierce. Leen tries to hold her family together, but despite her efforts, bit by bit everything falls apart.

And just when Leen experiences a horrific loss, she must make a decision that could forever brand her a traitor, yet finally allow her to live as her heart desires.

A great choice for fans of Stones From the River, The Book Thief, Those Who Save Us, and Sarah's Key, River in the Sea is a tale of first love, tragedy, intrigue and betrayal.
Not just another war story, it is that rare book that makes your "emotions just pour from the pages as you read and continue to root for the characters" (Valerie Bowen, author of the For the Sake of Amelia series, 5/5 stars).

Inspired by the life of the author's mother, River in the Sea is a powerfully moving account of one girl reaching adulthood when everything she believes about family, friendship, and loyalty is questioned by war. Contains wartime violence, some swearing, and sexual situations. Appropriate for teen readers age 16 and up.
More praise for River in the Sea:

"I loved this book. The story is beautifully written and I didn't want it to end."
--S. Seifert, 5/5 stars

"This enovel is beautifully written, with descriptions and details that are exquisite and eloquent. Boscha is not only a competent writer, she excels at it." --eNovel Reviews

"Two words I could say to sum up this book are 'enchanting' and 'emotional' ... it blew me away." --RJ Moore

"Her book is engrossing and horrifying at the same time, a tale of what it's like to be hungry, sick and worried that life, family and freedom will never be the same again..." --Register-Guard

"The story is bitter like cinnamon, and like that spice, has a scent which lures you back." --Cidney Swanson, author of the Rippler series

"Tina Boscha's prose is exemplary; her protagonist in River in the Sea is highly sympathetic; and her setting of Friesland, Netherlands, is alive with details. I fell in love with her tender gaze at the world she creates." 
--Samrat Upadhyay, author of The Guru of Love

Editorial Reviews


Praise for River in the Sea:

"The book is well written and historically significant... Boscha has best-seller potential."
--Portland Book Review

"I was riveted within a few dozen pages as one of the pivotal events of the book unfolded... I could not put it down."
--The Blue Stockings Society

"Her character, Leen, draws you in ... you laugh with Leen, get mad with Leen, and yes, even cry with Leen."
--K. Ristau, 5/5 stars

"An important entry in the world of books, for the stories of brave people like the author's mother should be read and absorbed by many..."
--Readers Favorite, 5 stars

About the Author

Tina Boscha lives in Oregon's Willamette Valley with her husband and stepdaughters along with two nutty boxers and one silly black cat. She is an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship recipient and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her short essay, "The Second Hardest Job," appears in the forthcoming anthology This I Believe: On Motherhood. She teaches composition and technical writing, and for her next novel, she is working on a good old-fashioned ghost story titled The Sleeping Fields.

Product Details

  • File Size: 912 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TRB Books; 1 edition (August 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JM04K0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, character-driven novel January 16, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I hate historical fiction. I'm serious. I read fantasy, sci-fi, and young adult novels. And sometimes Stephen King.

When I picked up Tina Boscha's book, "River in the Sea," I was not exactly excited (sorry Tina!). I thought...a book about a teenage girl in the Netherlands during World War II? Seriously?

But then I started reading. And kept reading. And couldn't stop reading. Her character, Leen, draws you in and makes you forget that you are even reading. The world falls into place around you and you laugh with Leen, get mad with Leen, and yes, even cry with Leen.

There were moments when I just wanted to stop reading. When the agony and frustration of Leen's situation made me want to scream. But I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to know what happened. I wanted to know if she would be ok.

And that's what makes the book good. Boscha makes you care about the characters. Makes you understand what they were going through and how they survived it. How they lived it.

So, it's good. Read it. You won't want to stop either. Seriously.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moves Across Genre Boundaries February 12, 2012
By Cidney
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I bought RIVER IN THE SEA after hearing Ms. Boscha speak at a writer's group. The story is bitter like cinnamon, and like that spice, has a scent which lures you back; what will happen to this family? I read it primarily as a coming of age tale: the heroine is fifteen in WWII Friesland (Netherlands), and the Nazi occupation has worn everyone thin. Hunger is omnipresent. Basic needs go unmet. Against this background, we observe a resilient girl-becoming-woman who has made a Terrible Mistake and lives in fearful dread of the consequences (real and imagined) for one dark winter. The characters are skillfully rendered and dead-believable. And then there's the prose. Ahhhhh. The writing is just delicious. A treat for those who like their words laid out in interesting and occasionally unexpected patterns. A sumptuous word-feast of a novel. I would recommend RIVER IN THE SEA for lovers of YA, or historical fiction, or literary fiction. I suspect its appeal will prove broad and move across genre boundaries.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful March 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I LOVED this book. This is one of the best "coming of age" novels I have ever read. The war is winding down in the Friesen Islands and the people are aching for the German occupation to end. Leen at 15 is wise beyond her years in many ways due to the deprivations of wartime and the occupation. On the other hand, she is naive and like so many teen-agers filters everything that happens in her life as to how it effects her and consequently attaches more importance to her actions than they may warrant. Without giving too much away, this means that she takes on all of the guilt and responsiblity for an unfortunate incident. This colors her world.

It was fascinating to me to read of the occupation and the hardships that the people went through. So strong, each and every one of the people are so strong. Could our current generation live through this? While there are some aspects of the author's family stories woven in, this is a work of fiction. Yet it is so real. I feel like I know the characters and they will live on in my mind for some time to come. The writing is poetic and beautiful, yet easy to read. I did not want it to end.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in history, love, family, or just a good read. I received my Kindle copy in exchange for a review, but am considering buying a hard copy to keep in my book shelf with other all time favorites...or maybe I should buy 2 so I can share one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully emotional! September 1, 2011
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Having my own family's history rooted in wartime Europe I have always held an interest in fiction written in that time period. Boscha's writing very quickly brought me into her character's world and I found myself filled with anxiety, fear, and innocence. Crafted with emotion this book brought me to tears many times! Although written as fiction the emotions are clearly rooted in truth and the author does an amazing job of bringing them to life. A very enjoyable read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First 5 Star Review for an Indie Book April 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
River in the Sea is the first indie book that I've ever given 5 stars to!

Unlike a lot of self-published books, River in the Sea is a completed work. I walked away from it feeling satisfied, feeling like I would never change a thing about it. (As a very opinionated reader, that barely ever happens!) While I commend and am deeply appreciative of River in the Sea's superb editing, I want to set the record straight. River in the Sea has earned each and every star I gave it simply because Tina Boscha writes beautifully - the plot is riveting and her characters are fully-imagined.

Speaking of characters, while Boscha cautions readers that this book is a work of fiction, she confirms that it is indeed based on her mother's real-life experiences in German occupied Friesland. The protagonist, Leen, is a typical teenager who is just trying to figure it all out. Her favorite pastimes include driving fast, finding ways to con her eldest sister into doing her chores, and smoking in public even though it's frowned upon because she's a woman. That's what broke my heart. Her coming of age took place about 60 years before my own, but we still had so much in common. The difference is that Leen's occurred during times of slaughter, hiding, starvation, and fear of the unknown. Everything that she goes through feels so unreal, but they did, these things happened!

The only other time I felt this connected to a place I've never been, to a woman I've never met, and to a time I've never lived in was when I finished Gone with the Wind for the first time.

River in the Sea deserves all of these shining stars and more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, Self-absorbed protaganist
I'll admit upfront that I wasn't gripped by the beginning of the story, but it grew on me as I got to know the characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars It read a bit like "Oorlogswinter", only with a girl lead
It was okay. A bit weird to read a book in English that takes place in Holland. Encountering the occasional Dutch word messed with my head. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Johnny Nys
5.0 out of 5 stars War book
very good. put you in the time and space of then. so personal. I felt like it was happening to me.
Published 11 months ago by googleit
4.0 out of 5 stars Warming
This man was very sweet. I liked reading his story .....
I would buy this for a friend to read
Published 11 months ago by Sheree
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an absolutely stunning, captivating read
This is an absolutely stunning, captivating read that held me in its grip from the very beginning. I started it late at night, yet stayed up well into the wee hours of the morning... Read more
Published 13 months ago by A Book Vacation
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story from a terrible time in history.
There aren't many stories that touch me to a point where I will cry, this is one that did. A beautiful tribute to those that survived such a terrible time.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history
It took me some time to get into "River in the Sea", probably close to 100 pages. I really wanted to finish it, though, so I slogged through, and once I got into it, I really did... Read more
Published 19 months ago by 8thCyn
5.0 out of 5 stars River in the sea
A great read. Satisfying characters and believable action.
Will read .more by this author and Will recommend it to my reading friends.
Published 23 months ago by Jo Asterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
The author really brought the time and place to life. I felt I was the character, living each event and each emotion.
Published 23 months ago by Rachelle Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars Some might consider it grim but I loved it.
Even after reading the sample, I ordered the book with some expectation of disappointment. Thankfully, I was wrong! Read more
Published 24 months ago by valiant
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More About the Author

Tina Boscha lives in Oregon's Willamette Valley with her husband and stepdaughters along with two nutty boxers and one silly black cat. She has a MFA in Fiction and is an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship recipient. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and for her next novel, she is working on a good old-fashioned ghost story. She teaches writing and YA Literature and in her spare time (ha!) she knits and sews.

Tina welcomes your questions, comments, and especially your reviews!

From Tina herself: Please follow me on Twitter, check out my Facebook page, and hang out with me on Goodreads! I love to connect with readers.

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