Dawn reviews The Homeport Journals by A.C. Burch, which was released on 18th March 2015, by Wilde City Press, and is 352 pages long.
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.
I have got to admit, that although the blurb sounds good, I am not sure I would have bought this book, but boy would I have missed out on a fantastic read. However, I was asked to review, and I am so glad I was…… I really did get right into this book, reading at every opportunity.
The characters in Provincetown are all special in their own way….. Lola, who owns the mansion, but there is more to her than meets the eye. Helena, who is a cross dresser, Dorrie, who is Lolas childhood friend, who lives on the estate, Marc who has just got out of an abusive relationship and then Owen, who is an artist, but who no longer paints. There are also others that you meet along the way.
The story in this book will hold you spellbound, Marc works for Lola, as someone who collects her mail and has tea with her at four every day!! He finds himself settling into life with the weird and wonderful people of Provincetown, and is enjoying every minute.
He decides to start trying to solve the mystery that surrounds Lola, and begins reading journals that are in Provincetown, and begins to unravel things, but rather then solve the mysteries, the journals just seem to add more questions. However, together with Owen, Marc perseveres and is able to piece together everything that happened in Provincetown…….. so the end of the book……. well, no.
Then into the book comes Marcs ex lover, who was totally abusive to him, and Marc is terrified to say to least. However, what he hadn’t counted on was the people of Provincetown coming to his aid in their own special and unique way.
If you love books with mystery, history and special unique people, then get this one, you will not regret it.
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 and forged a love of the sea that continues to this day. 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.
Since 1987, A.C. has lived in Provincetown—since 1997, in an old house with views of Provincetown Harbor. He’s a devoted sailor and can be found most summer days out on Cape Cod Bay. He’s just recently become the proud father of a golden retriever pup named Dori.
A.C. splits his time between Provincetown and South Beach.