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The Rebellion of Jane Clarke by Sally Cabot Gunning
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Apr 05, 11

Read from March 26 to April 02, 2011

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 Henry Knox’s bookstore, she and Henry were caught up in the riot that is now called the Boston Massacre, where Jane found her brother, lying wounded in the street. Nate recuperated at Aunt Gill’s house. There Jane realized that she, Nate, and Henry all had very different ideas about what happened during the riot. Questions arose as to who would testify and what they would say at the trial of the British soldiers, who were being represented by John Adams. A startling revelation about Aunt Gill sent Jane to live with her grandparents in Boston and led to her change of heart as to whose side she was on in the coming days of the Revolutionary War. I had never heard of Sally Gunning before and I am looking forward to reading her two previous historical novels. I really enjoyed this book.
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