"It was then that the real fear began, the simultaneous heat and cold of it, the absolute rush of thought and adrenaline that flowed from the recognition that what was happening was true and severe and horrific. What would they do to her? Leen began to shake."
~River in the Sea, Tina Boscha
As the story begins, Leentje, Leen for short, is the fifteen-year-old protagonist in River in the Sea. Instead of attending school, Leen works in Dokkum (a town near her home in Wierum) as a maid for Baker Deinum and Uhis wife, six days a week, and also helps out at home, because her mother is still grieving over the loss of a child. While driving her father's truck home from her job one Saturday, Leen feels guilty and is distracted because she's just stolen a packet of salt (a precious commodity during wartime) from her employers, and when a German soldier's dog runs out in front of the truck, she panics and loses control. To Leen, this event is terrifying, and seems to lead to more trauma for her and the De Graff family during this unsettling time of war.
|Church and dike in Wierum|
Wonderful news! Tina Boscha is generously offering a copy of River in the Sea as a giveaway (U.S./Canada only) to a lucky reader.
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Special thanks to Tina Boscha for sending me a copy of her novel.