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River in the Sea Paperback – August 27, 2011
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"Based on her parents' accounts, author, Tina Boscha, writes tragically, sensitively and honestly about life on the harsh North Sea coast during the German occupation ... The book is well written and historically significant ... Boscha has best-seller potential."
--Portland Book Review
"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, all the while terrified that it won't matter because death will take it all."
"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, February 2012
"River in the Sea is a fascinating delve into coming of age tales, recommended."
--Taylor's BookShelf, Midwest Book Review Bookwatch
"I was riveted within a few dozen pages as one of the pivotal events of the book unfolded. Right riveted ... And the pacing was so well done - I could not put it down."
--Jessica, The Bluestocking Society
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent story, but suffered from diction problems. Using "lay" instead of "lie" is a pet peeve. The problems increased towards the end of the book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
A book inspired by events experienced by the writer's family during the Nazi occupation. It would have been nice if the writer would have updated the reader as to whether her... Read morePublished 12 months ago by JEAN1949
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 morePublished on July 16, 2014 by Johnny Nys
very good. put you in the time and space of then. so personal. I felt like it was happening to me.Published on June 2, 2014 by googleit
This man was very sweet. I liked reading his story .....
I would buy this for a friend to 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 morePublished on March 23, 2014 by A Book Vacation
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 on November 10, 2013 by KJHishere
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 morePublished on October 3, 2013 by 8thCyn