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The Rebellion of Jane Clarke (Satucket #3)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,134 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
In Cape Cod, Jane Clarke leads a simple yet rich life. But at twenty-two, Jane knows that soon she will be expected to move out of her father's home and start a household of her own. When a bitter feud between her father and a fellow miller erupts into a shocking act of violence, Jane's trust is shaken. And when Jane rejects a marriage with the young man Jane's father has ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 382 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Center Point (first published May 18th 2010)
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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.
May 16, 2010 Misfit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Martha Johnson
Jun 10, 2015 Martha Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 well done

While it is best enjoyed as book 3 of a series, the author took pains to have each book stand alone as a self-contained story with beginning, middle and end. I completely loved Widow's War and liked Bound, and liked very much this one. Gunning has a natural storytelling gift and her MC always rings true. Lovely prose and turns of phrase. Some chapters near the middle that felt slow and full of dreary details of daily life cooped up in a house, but perhaps that was the author's de
Oct 27, 2011 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2015 Charlotte Dickens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2014 Rachel Crooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2015 Cynthia Neale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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"I like strong female characters, and Jane exemplifies a strong woman who defies her father, refusing to marry the man her father selects, no small feat in the mid -1700's. She leaves her family behind to care for her aunt in Boston and sees first hand the struggle between the Colonists and the British preceding the American Revolution. Jane struggles to reconcile the politics with her own values. Many historical characters appear and I got bogged down in all the disputes between the Colonists a ...more
Schlow Library
"I like strong female characters, and Jane exemplifies a strong woman who defies her father, refusing to marry the man her father selects, no small feat in the mid -1700's. She leaves her family behind to care for her aunt in Boston and sees first hand the struggle between the Colonists and the British preceding the American Revolution. Jane struggles to reconcile the politics with her own values. Many historical characters appear and I got bogged down in all the disputes between the Colonists a ...more
Linda O'Donnell F.
I began my journey with the author, Sally Cabot Gunning, with The Widow's War which was her first book in this trilogy. The Widow was such a strong, bold character that the two main female characters in the books that followed seemed only to pale in her presence. This book starts out slow. I actually checked to see if it was a YA book because of the simplistic initial storyline.

Jane Clarke is a female product of the times. Her future is being manipulated by the same cruel Nathan Clarke who dared
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 really liked it  ·  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
Sep 19, 2013 Kathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
May 09, 2011 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jun 29, 2011 Sherri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, fiction
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'
Jun 01, 2011 ladywallingford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads-win
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
Nov 04, 2010 Ruth Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
Jun 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 11, 2010 Bitsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2012 Jacqie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sally Cabot Gunning lives with her husband in Brewster on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a lifelong resident of New England, she is active in the local historical society and creates tours that showcase the three-hundred-year history of her village. Gunning came to fiction writing at a young age, driven to it in desperation one rainy day when she ran out ...more
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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.” 8 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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