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The Rebellion of Jane Clarke (Satucket #3)

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On the eve of the Revolutionary War, a young woman is caught between tradition and independence, family and conscience, loyalty and love, in this spellbinding novel from the author of The Widow's War and Bound

Jane Clarke leads a simple yet rich life in the small village of Satucket on Cape Cod. The vibrant scent of the ocean breeze, the stark beauty of the dunes, the stil
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Published June 1st 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 18th 2010)
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The book begins in 1769 as the Winslows and Clarkes battle over water rights and a horse – was it Jane’s father who whacked off the ears of the Winslow horse? Jane defies her father and despite the heated political sentiments decides to ship her off to tend to Aunt Gill in Boston. Jane settles in and cares for her elderly aunt, but her world is soon torn asunder when she witnesses British troops shoot down five civilians (the Boston massacre), inflaming the rest of the town to a heated frenzy. J ...more
This is the third novel from Sally Gunning that revolves around members of the Clarke family and the people of Satucket, Massachusetts. The first is 'The Widow's War' the second is 'Bound'. I have read them all in order and recommend others do the same, I think it makes for a more enjoyable reading experience.

I really enjoyed the first two novels in this trilogy (or will it be a series?). And I liked this third novel as well. I really enjoyed the characters and even missed them when I was done.
Set in the era proceeding the Revolutionary War in Massachusetts, this book has many themes that could be used in a book discussion. It's a coming-of-age story, a look at marriage and women's roles at that time, and historical fiction that shows history from many points of view.

Jane Clarke is a twenty-two year old living at home in Sawtucket, helping her stepmother with the household chores and younger children, and learning nursing from the local midwife/healer. She defies her overbearing fathe
I've certainly been enjoying Sally Gunning's historical novels. She's done her research on the Colonial period and incorporates those historical details into her novels with deft grace. Sometimes the characters seem a little too conveniently aware of the buzz of the times, if innocently so, as is Jane in this novel. But it's a device that works. It's exciting to be thrown into Boston with Jane just as rebellion is brewing. And as Jane sorts through her emotions and relationships, the difficultie ...more
Such a great story, so well-written, and with such a true-to-life human being as the main character. A woman alive during the time of the "Boston Massacre" wasn't raised to form her own thoughts, opinions and especially questions, especially those political in nature. But Jane Clarke does. She thinks, wonders, and sometimes even questions her fate and the will of those around her, including her father. But not outside of the context of a woman true to those times. I think this is what I love abo ...more
Charlotte Dickens
Sally Gunning is a superb writer of historical fiction. While still wonderful in historical detail, I didn't think the narrative held together as well as her other two novels that were set in Satucket Village, Massachussets. Having watched the John Adams film previously, I was quite familiar with the events in Boston at the time so much of what she included was not new to me. That in itself is not problematic, but it seemed that she may have overdone the including of historical political detail. ...more
Rachel Crooks
I loved this character, both in her quiet strength of spirit and in the realistic way the author reveals her. The first interesting thing I read about Jane was that she had a "bubble in her chest" that indicated she felt disturbed by the contents of a letter she had received. Before knowing who she is, the context of the letter, or anything about the story, I knew that Jane was responding viscerally to something and taking the time to find out why.

And this is how the story is laid out - event
Sally Cabot Gunning has written another excellent historical fiction novel dealing with the challenges that women faced in 18th Century colonial New England. Jane Clarke is the daughter of a tough middle class Cape Cod businessman who rules his business and his family with an iron will. He adores his eldest child, his daughter Jane. First of all, she's survived into her twenties - a feat in itself; she is also the daughter of his first wife (he is married to his fourth!); she's hard working, obe ...more
Cynthia Neale
Set in prerevolutionary Boston and a village on Cape Cod, the story revolves around Jane Clarke, a young woman who refuses to marry the man her father has chosen for her. Her relationship with her father and family is in ill repair due to her rebellion not to marry and she moves to Boston with an old aunt who is not the kindly person she thinks she is. Jane becomes engaged in the rebellious atmosphere of the times, but questions the patriots' fervor in specific actions against British soldiers. ...more
This is the third book in the series about Satucket, MA. The time period for the book is just prior to the revolutionary war. Jane is a young woman, living with her father, stepmother, and her younger siblings. She is being courted by young man put forward by her father. While she likes him, she wants more from her life, and shocks everyone when she turns down his proposal. Her father offers her the choice of reconsidering or going to Boston to be the caretaker for her elderly aunt. Jane decides ...more
Apr 27, 2011 Molly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all historical lovers
Recommended to Molly by: TLC
Sally Gunning is a new-to-me author, but one I quickly became a fan of. She's got a talent for making her story, full of rich, historical detail, complex characters and mystery, come to life. Each of her characters spoke volumes amongst the pages and held my attention until the end of the story.

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 cho
I didn't dislike this book, and for historical fiction it went superfast, but I also felt like it was trying to give me a feminist agenda. Sadly, it didn't even do that well, so was just sort of "meh". I mean, it was interesting. And the few twists in the plot caught my attention, but overall, I didn't even get what happened at the very end. I didn't really understand why the author wrote in such a convoluted manner. For example, when the aunt is "found out", it's all back assward in terms of ho ...more
Really enjoyed this book, as well as the other two in the trilogy--The Widow's War and Bound. Woven around documented historical events, these stories bring life and color to colonial America, an era that can seem stilted and one-dimensional, its story tied up neatly in a box.

The birth of the United States was surely messier than we like to acknowledge, with plenty of double dealing, incitement, and inflated rhetoric. This book shows the shades of gray in the politics of the time, dealing with t

Jane Clarke's father lives in the lush countryside of Cape Cod. Removed from city life, he is free to run his own opinions about marriage and politics, which, at the moment are for the king when most of his new-found countrymen are for, well, the new country. He also sees fit to match his eldest and favorite daughter, Jane, up with one of his lackluster business partners who Jane hardly knows. After deciding that she needs more out of life and love than si
The book begins with its focus on the Clarke & Winslow feud around a sawmill in a mill valley. Jane Clarke, the eldest daughter of Nathan Clarke has just refused the hand of Phinnie Paine in marriage, angering her father and resulting in her being sent to Boston to earn her own keep. It is 1769 and the British are occupying the colonies and it's a tumultuous time in American history.

Overall, I'd sum up the book in one word: Eh. The first part of the book c r a w l e d. And though it seemed t
Jane Clarke has lived her entire life in the small, seaside town of Satucket on Cape Cod. She helps her stepmother around the house and has begun to learn nursing skills from an elderly woman in the town, she always does exactly what is expected of her and never questions her father. Her family has been involved in a feud with the Winslow family for years and Jane has always taken her father's side; but when Mr. Winslow's horse has its ears cut off and Jane's father is blamed, a small seed of do ...more
A well-written historical novel, 'The Rebellion of Jane Clarke' takes place mostly in Boston, Massachusetts during the time preceding the Boston Massacre of 1770 and just after.

Our main character of the story, Jane Clarke was banished from her father's house in Satucket, MA., for refusing to marry the man her father wanted her to. This isn't much of a spoiler, it happens fairly early on in the novel and is the reason she lands in Boston.

Her father had insisted that if she wasn't going to marry
Set in the days prior to the American Revolution, this is the story of (duh) Jane Clarke. Jane is no one particularly remarkable or famous,but she meets John Adams, Otis, and Henry Knox, and her brother was shot (though not killed) during the Boston Massacre. Jane develops no particular feelings about revolution one way or the other. In fact, the large part of her thought process revolves on her relationship with a domineering father, and the man Dad wants her to marry, Phinnie Paine.

This wasn'
This is a Goodreads First Reads win.

The story begins in a little village in Massachusetts. Refusing to marry according to her father's wishes, Jane is banished to Boston to act as nurse to an aged aunt. There, she is swept up into tense climate of Boston right before and culminating with the Boston Massacre where she is forced to make a difficult decision with regards to what she saw that night. During this period, Jane also learns more and more about herself and grows from an obedient daughter
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Note: I won a copy of this book through participating in a Goodreads giveaway on this site. Thank you to Goodreads and the parties that made this possible.

I love historical fiction -- in fact, it is my second favorite genre behind fantasy. Even so, I could be quite particular about the kind of books I like to read. In historical fiction, for example, there are themes and specific time periods that I prefer.

Admittedly, American history in the 1700s and the American Revolution wouldn't have been
Ruth Hill
Well, I have to admit that at the beginning of this book, I was not too impressed. I was rather bored. The only thing that kept me going was my love for history. I was not interested in what happened to the characters, and in general, it was just an okay story. I planned on giving it a 3-star rating.

More than halfway into it, I will admit that the author finally threw in some twists and turns that began to intrigue me. I began to see just how strong the protagonist was. I at least was inspired t
Sally Gunning captures something very beautiful in this historical novel, which is the fundamental ambivalence of human wanting and human decision-making. Gunning's character, Jane Clarke, doesn't know what she wants and doesn't know who she wants to be, and she alternates between clinging to-- or feeling frustrated with-- her father, her brother, and various suitors. At times she's committed to telling the truth about her eyewitness account of the Boston Massacre; at other times, she's cowed by ...more
In 1769 Jane Clarke lived on Cape Cod with her father, stepmother, and children from her father’s many marriages. When Jane refused to marry the man her father had chosen for her, she was sent to Boston to care for her elderly and failing Aunt Gill. Her brother Nate had graduated from Harvard and was a law clerk for John Adams. She became acquainted with Adams, James Otis, the bookseller Henry Knox, and other people in favor of the revolutionary cause. On the way home from a play-reading at Henr ...more
This historical novel takes place on the eve of the American Revolution. Jane is a young woman who lives in a world that is more in flux than she realizes. Families are facing off against families, revolutionaries against loyalists and even father against daughter as Jane questions her father’s beliefs and actions and ultimately decides to not marry the man he has picked out for her.

This results in her being sent to Boston to care for a sick aunt. While there she realizes things are not quite ho
Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
Thank you so much to Harper and GoodReads! I won this book through GoodReads First Reads program.

Admittedly I'm suffering from mixed feelings about The Rebellion of Jane Clarke. Yes, in terms of historical reads, it was very good. However, at the same time, I caught myself wincing at times due to both the treatment of the British soldiers and well, the Sons.

Jane Clarke is the oldest daughter of the Clark family and as such, is at that age in which most women at the time were already married--o
This is a quick little story that packs a lot in. Young Jane decides, without really knowing why, that she doesn't want to marry the man her father chose for her. She can't quite reason it out, yet won't betray the depth of her feeling. Whereupon she gets packed off to be a nursemaid for a querulous invalid aunt in Boston, just before the Massacre.

There's a bit of romance here, but what the author is really doing is examining the black-and-whiteness that seems to be necessary to effect change, e
Shonna Froebel
In the town of Satucket Jane Clarke lives with her father, stepmother and younger siblings. Her father runs one of the two mills in town and there is a longstanding rivalry between the two mill families, the Clarkes and the Winslows. Jane's big rebellion is to turn down a marriage proposal that her father had expected her to accept. She feels that she wants to know the man better before entering into the marriage, but as punishment she is sent to Boston to be companion to her father's sickly Aun ...more
Jane Clarke is a young woman with a mind of her own. Living outside Boston before the Revolutionary War, she sees and hears many things. She is devoted to her family, loves her home and is planning on getting married. Jane suddenly turns down the man she is to marry because she does not feel she knows him well-enough to marry him. This angers her father, who in-turn sends her to Boston to care for an elderly aunt.

Boston is home to the Sons of Liberty and many a revolutionary. Jane meets Henry Kn
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Unlike the two previous books in this series, The Widow’s War and Bound, this book is as much about the Boston Massacre and the events leading up to it as it’s about the title character trying to find her way in the world. It’s interesting from a historical perspective, but unfortunately, Jane’s story suffers.

After Jane turns down a marriage proposal her father supports, he packs her off to Boston as a companion to an elderly aunt; while there, she witnesses some historical events. I liked the h
Primarily set in pre-Revolution Boston, The Rebellion of Jane Clark does a fine job expressing the tension that existed at the time. Through the protagonist, a willful young woman from a rural background thrust into the events of the day rather unwillingly, we observe the political and revolutionary furor that had gripped the city in the months leading to the Boston Massacre. Author Sally Gunning skillfully uses notable historical figures such as John Adams, Henry Knox, and James Otis to involve ...more
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Sally Cabot Gunning, a history buff specializing in the eighteenth century, lives with her husband in Brewster, Massachusetts, in an old cottage not far from Cape Cod Bay. (from the publisher's website)"
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“There are some wives who require but a sentence. There are some who require a book. You, Miss Clarke, would require volumes.” 7 likes
“Otis, at last, removed his eyes from Jane. "All very well, my friend, but I must side with Miss Clarke here. The soldiers in this town have been treated abominably."

The table went still.

Otis went on. "Admit it, Freeman. Mud throwing and name-calling are one thing, but the courts - any flimsy charge against a soldier upheld, outrageous fines put down - criminal! The law must not be conscripted to serve one particular cause. To lost the law is to lose the fight."

"With respect, sir," Nate said, "I say when a people are under an illegal occupation they must fight with what they've got to hand."

Aunt Gill said, "And what have we got to hand but a few stories in the paper?"

Jane looked at her aunt in surprise. Another we.

"We have the people, Aunt," Nate answered her. "Thirty thousand from all the outlying towns, ready to march at a minute's notice, and all it takes to call them is a flaming barrel of pitch on the beacon hill.”
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