This is the third book of historical fiction by Sally Gunning that is set in the pre-Revolutionary War era on Cape Cod and in Boston. I have read all three, and really enjoyed them. They incorporate a lot of history, and many of the same characters make appearances in each book.
In this book, Jane Clark is a young woman whose father has made what he considers a good match for her. In reality, it is a good match for him; he has plans for his future son-in-law that will benefit himself greatly. Jane loves her father, and likes the young man well enough; she fully intends to follow her father’s wishes and marry him. But when he purposes, she realizes she really doesn’t know him very well, and declines. When she refuses to follow her father’s wishes, he sends her to Boston to care for her aged aunt.
Boston is in turmoil; the Colonists are in constant conflict with the King’s soldiers, and Jane finds herself caught up in several instances of violence. She finds that there is right and wrong on both sides. This is a pretty balanced account of the tensions that led up to the war for independence.