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The Rebellion of Jane Clarke

(Satucket #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,515 ratings  ·  269 reviews
“Sally Gunning is a gifted storyteller adept at layering time, place, and character and revealing conflicts of the heart.”
—Anne LeClaire, author of Entering Normal

From Sally Gunning, the critically acclaimed author of The Widow’s War and Bound, comes The Rebellion of Jane Clarke, the compelling story of a young woman caught between tradition and independence, family and co
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 18th 2010)
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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 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 12, 2010 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
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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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I simply could not finish this book. I was pretty much bored to tears, which is a real shame because I was really looking forward to reading this book. I loved Sally Gunning's previous 2 books but this one felt like I was reading an embellished history book.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the second book in this trilogy and I didn't want to read this one at first because I just didn't think it would measure up. I really enjoyed it though. Jane was a very like-able character. I learned more about the Boston Massacre. Plus there was an interesting twist. Overall a good read.
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
Oct 24, 2011 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
Martha Johnson
Jun 07, 2015 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
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started off great but lost steam about half way through. I loved the Widow's War, also by this author, but this book wasn't nearly as good. I finished it only because I was more than half way done and I wanted to see how it ended.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The story never seemed to get off the ground. The first 50_75 pages could have beefed summed up in about 10 pages to set the groundwork of the story. Not very meaty. I would recommend this book to older middle school or high school ages. I was very disappointed.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish it. I don't like to give up on a book, but there are so many good ones out there why waste time on one that just doesn't engage you?
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Ratings (1 to 5)
Writing: 4
Plot: 3
Characters: 4
Emotional impact: 3
Overall rating: 3.5
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of the "Sautucket" series, based on Cape Cod and in Boston. A good read after going to the Museum of the American Revolution and learning more about that time period.
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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shonna Froebel
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This is the third novel I've read by Sally Gunning, and I hope she writes more. Its setting is Boston and Satucket (on Cape Cod) in 1769-1770 (the first of the three is in, I think 1761; the second, in 1765). The series' context and content remind me of two other equally good historical fiction series set in exactly that era. First, Barbara Hamilton (aka Barbara Hambly) has a historical fiction series (with only three entries so far, and I am anxiously awaiting a fourth, though two of her other ...more
Feb 09, 2012 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
Rachel M
Mar 26, 2014 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
Jun 15, 2012 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
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Val Sanford
Jane's Rebellion fizzled out for me as Gunning tried to infuse a coming of age story with famous characters from American's pre-Revolutionary Boston. Jane's character just didn't inspire me, although I did get taken for one twisted surprised I didn't see coming. Sure the Boston and the Freedom Fighters are invigorating and it's always fun to listen to John Adams, but Jane's story just didn't ring true even though it was based in part on little known facts surrounding the notorious events that en ...more
Dec 26, 2014 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
Cynthia Neale
Jan 05, 2015 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
Charlotte Dickens
Feb 13, 2015 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
Emma Jane
Let me begin by saying I had high hopes for this book -- very high hopes. I love good historical fiction about the Colonial period, and I was ready for this book to blow me away. didn't. It wasn't the kind of story I was expecting -- actually the story itself was a little strange -- and the characters didn't grab me, BUT it's still an amazingly written historical novel. The author really gets into the nitty-gritty of the turmoil that was happening in the colonies at that point, which w ...more
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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 president of the local historical society and creates tours that showcase the three-hundred-year history of her village. She is a fellow at Massachusetts Historical Society. Gunning came to fiction writing at a young age, dri ...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.” 10 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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