About the Book:
Jane Clarke leads a simple yet rich life in the village of Satucket on Cape Cod—until her refusal to marry the man her father has picked out as his son-in-law causes an irreparable tear in the family fabric. Banished to Boston to make her living as best she can, Jane enters a strange, bustling city awash with redcoats and rebellious fervor. And soon her new life is complicated by her growing attachment to her frail aunt, her friendship with the bookseller Henry Knox, and the unexpected kindness of British soldiers, which pits her against the townspeople and her own brother, Nate, a law clerk working for John Adams. But it is the infamous Boston Massacre—the killing of five colonists by British soldiers on a cold March evening in 1770—that forces Jane to question accepted truths as she confronts the most difficult choice of her life.
Sally Gunning’s The Rebellion of Jane Clarke is an unforgettable story of one woman’s struggle to find her own place and leave her mark as a new country is born.
Sally Gunning is the author of two previous novels, The Widow’s War and Bound. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband.
Jane Clark. She is an absolutely fiercely independent woman. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure I would like her story, but the more I read, the more I liked her. Refusing to marry the man her father had chosen for her, she is forced to move to Boston and live with her aunt. Once there, her life greatly changes when she befriends the British, and jeopardizes her brother life, who works for John Adams. All this happens right before the Boston Massacre.
When the Boston Massacre occurs, Jane rethinks her life. She’s unsure of herself and her place in society, and wants to find her place. Questions arise and twists and turns accompany Jane’s thoughts on finding her true self. She is young, and confused, and through finding the answers she’ll find her way.
This is a novel that is stunningly full of rich historical stateside detail, unforgettable characters, and a time period that changed the world. While this was a superbly fast 4 star read, it was not always a “light” read. if you love history-filled stories that ring true, then I highly recommend the talented Sally Gunning’s The Rebellion of Jane Clark. Like me, you’re sure to become a full part of the story, and before you know it, you’ll be on the last page and ready for more of her novels!