Not such a stretch today for a young woman to forego her parent’s plans for her future and decide for herself. But not so common in colonial Massachusetts when your father is a Tory sympathizer and you’re not so sure about your own feelings.
Sally Gunning’s The Rebellion of Jane Clarke combines historical narrative with the impressions of a young woman who has dared defy her father, and refused to marry the enigmatic Phinnie Paine, her father’s choice for her – because she’s not sure she knows either her father or her prospective mate. As punishment, her father sends her from her home in Santucket to Boston, where she finds herself in the middle of pre-Revolution chaos.
Follow Jane’s self- discovery as she grows from a confused observer and sometimes reluctant participant to a woman with convictions who discovers, almost too late, that her trust has been betrayed. Gunning cleverly uses language and events to bring her characters to life, and if you are a fan of John Adams, you’ll appreciate his minor role.
The romantic subplot only adds to the drama.
The Rebellion of Jane Clarke is an easy read, full of historical references, with an ending that will make you smile.