The Homeport Journals
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Fleeing New York City and an abusive partner, would-be writer Marc Nugent finds work at HomePort, the Provincetown mansion of Lola Staunton, a fabulously wealthy recluse. Aided by an attractive-but-unattainable artist and an all-too-available cross-dresser, Marc investigates accusations of rape and murder that have estranged Lola from a childhood friend for more than sixty years. Past and present converge when a long-lost journal reveals tales of infidelity, adultery, and passion that mirror the life Marc has recently abandoned. When his ex-lover arrives in search of revenge, Marc must confront his past, his notions of family, and his capacity for love. Evocative, funny and heartfelt, The HomePort Journals will be to Provincetown what Tales of the City is to San Francisco. – William J. Mann Author, The Men from the Boys series. A cockeyed, full-hearted Provincetown fantasia, The Homeport Journals combines history and romance with a dash of wit and a firm belief that in some magical places there is always a second chance- for love and for art. -Heidi Jon Schmidt Author, The House on Oyster Creek.
AC’s little “cottage” to write in.
Check out the old woodstove in AC’s writing cottage.
The Homeport Journals, written by AC Burch, is an absolutely lovely story. There’s romantic love, familial love, and a clear love of the quaint town of Provincetown. Marc Nugent escaped from a traumatic experience involving his now ex-boyfriend, but he felt a bit lost and alone. With time and with the hilarious and charismatic Helena, the snarky, yet adorable older ladies, Lola and Dorrie and the efferevescent and artistic aura of Provincetown, Marc overcame his fears and saw his life blossom. Helena played such a fascinating role in the story. Not only was she a highly lively character, but one might say she was a master of disguise. The familial love that Lola and Dorrie developed for the young men in this story was quite heartwarming. When Marc faced the challenges of new suitors, as well as his former boyfriend showing up, the support he discovered in his new “family” was beautiful.
Wow, The Homeport Journals runs deep and wide. In fact, my brief review just can’t do it justice. From the very beginning, AC Burch offers readers a clear, flowing description that makes one see the houses, the views and the overall picturesque setting of Provincetown. This elegant writing style continues through the entire story. In fact, I fell in love with this little piece of paradise just by reading The Homeport Journals. On top of that, AC has such skill in the way he writes that the characters are very easy to visualize and remember. I just didn’t want to put The Homeport Journals down. I continue to laugh, smile, and chuckle and feel my heart warm as I reflect back on the story as I write this review. I truly hope that AC Burch releases a sequel to The Homeport Journals because I would love to read the next one. Highly recommended!
Originally reviewed by Liz Cooper of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com
The Mastermind behind The Homeport Journals:
A.C. Burch is a long-time Provincetown resident who spent his early summers on Cape Cod and since then, the sand has never left his shoes. His first visit to Provincetown sparked a romance with the town and forged a love of the sea that continues to this day—most summer days will find him sailing on Cape Cod Bay. A.C. trained as a classical musician, but his passion for the arts extends to photography, the art scene in Provincetown and Miami, as well as the written word. His literary icons run the gamut from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie by way of Walter Mosely and Patrick Dennis. www.ACBurch.com
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