Book Review-The Homeport Journals-A.C. Burch

Monday, February 22, 2016

This is a sensitive and extremely well written book that chronicles the life of Marc Nugent. Marc is gay and is fleeing his abusive partner in NYC. He finds himself in Provincetown with no place to stay and no means of support. He helps an older woman pick up groceries that have fallen into the street and is directed to go to another woman's house where she knows there may be a job and a roof for over his head. The only caveat is that he can't tell who sent him there--or he may not get the job--and it is winter and starting to get cold!

The inhabitants of this house are interesting to say the least and it takes Marc a while to get used to them all. When the woman who owns the house finds out that Marc wants to be a writer she sets him up in the attic where her father used to journal every night. He is allowed to read all the journals--except for the last one--it is lost. There is a mystery to be solved here--and one that has kept 2 woman separated for a lot of years. Can Marc and his friends ferret out the real truth? Will any of them ever really learn to trust again? I suggest you read this book to find out!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

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-to-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.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Photo © 2015 Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

A.C. Burch 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 that permeates The HomePort Journals. A.C. trained as a classical musician, but his passion for the arts extends to photography, the art scene in Provincetown and Miami, and, of course, the written word. His literary icons run the gamut from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie by way of Walter Mosely and Patrick Dennis. A.C. splits his time between Provincetown and South Beach. The HomePort Journals is his debut novel.

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Scott said...

I think we're going to see more and more books about this subject. I'm glad society has gotten to the point where we're all more accepting of each other.

A.C. Burch said...

I appreciate your insight, Scott. It was important to me to show how people who had been marginalized because of age or sexual preference could bond as a family when they recognize the best in each other. So many have been denied a rewarding life because of outmoded prejudice.


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Carmen Perez said...

This sounds like a very interesting book that I would really enjoy. Must add this to my bucket list of reads, thanks!

A.C. Burch said...

I hope you enjoy it!!!


Pam said...

This sounds like a good book. There seems to be a lot of action and drama in it.

A.C. Burch said...

Thanks Pam. Obviously, I think so, but what I'd recommend most is the perspective of the different people within the story. It's an unusual assembly to say the least!


Marielle Altenor said...

I'm curious to know how it all plays out for the lead character. Sounds like a really intriguing book. Great review!

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

This really sounds like a great must read. Sad how things keep people apart for years

A.C. Burch said...

Marielle, It's a real challenge for him to trust again (both himself and anyone else). I can't say much more without giving things away :)


A.C. Burch said...

Coolmoms, When I was writing the book, I thought of all the so-called "little things" that I watched people say and do that created distance. Such a waste of time and life.


Miles L. said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I think the author made a great job in making it exciting.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I love that this book addresses the struggles of those people who live alternate lifestyles. It is wonderful for teaching tolerance and respect for all.

Paula Schuck said...

This would be a fascinating read. I will have to pick up a copy to read on my next trip.

Amanda Love said...

I'm all up for a good book and have been looking into books for my trip. Luckily for me I have been seeing so much this week and this is one I will be adding to my list of books to read. Thank you.

A.C. Burch said...

Amanda, I hope that you find it an interesting read.


A.C. Burch said...

Tough Cookie and Miles, Thanks so much. I hope the book shows how it becomes much easier to respect and love others once you've come to respect and love yourself.

Pam@IW said...

Sounds like a really interesting book and something different that will really hold my interest. I love the Cape Cod setting too. I visited there a few years back and fell in love with it on the spot.

A.C. Burch said...

Thanks Pam, This link ( ) is to the pictures I post on my website. It might be of interest to you. The shots really show the isolation and incredible beauty this time of you.



Seattle Travel Blogger said...

This seems to be a good read.
A sensitive story that makes one self reflect.

A.C. Burch said...

Thank you.


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