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 Phinny Paine, then she was going to go to Boston to take care of her ailing Aunt Gill. So she went, with head held high and a determination to make the best of the situation.
What she didn't realize, is that she would feel sympathy for the British soldiers who were stationed in Boston. These soldiers were harangued by the local boys who threw things at them and called them names; but the soldiers never responded in kind.
Meanwhile, Jane was at dinner parties with the likes of John Adams, Samual Adams and Quincy Adams thanks to her brother who law-clerked for John. James Otis was also in attendance - James having coined the terms regarding man's 'natural right to life, liberty and property'.
In the heady atmosphere of rebellion against the King, Jane also somehow found time to date Henry Knox the bookseller. It is with Henry that she is caught up in the happenings of the Boston Massacre and the aftermath.
The Rebellion of Jane Clarke is a great read about a young girl and a young country trying to find their places in the world.
Rating: 9 / 10
Publisher: William Morrow
Year Published: 2010
Edition: 1st Edition