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River in the Sea by [Boscha, Tina]
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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)
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JM04K0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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