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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 ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 358 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by HomePort Press (first published March 18th 2015)
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Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dianne
Review can be read at It's About The Book

One of the things I love best about the experience of writing blog reviews is coming across books I may not have discovered otherwise. The HomePort Journals is one such book. What a flawless gem! I believe this is the first published book for this author… who now goes on my auto buy list.

The HomePort Journals is one of those books that sucked me in from the get go, and surrounded me with a mesmerizing atmosphere . The Provincetown setting, in particul
I honestly don't know what to write here. The book was recommended to me as an m/m fantasy, but it is so much more ...and less. Let me explain some of the tags I used or came close to using:

- cheating: mentioned, implied but never really shown.

- non-con: described briefly yet efficiently (a couple of paragraphs), without much feelz. Occasional quickie of a reference occurs throughout the book.

- abuse; violence; pity fest: everyone, save for the very few lucky souls have endured some kind of abu
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review up at the blog :-)
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
3.5 stars

Charming. That's the best word I can think of to describe The HomePort Journals. In a way it puts you under its spell, spinning tales of present and past that have you enchanted. At points it's almost as if time has stopped for you to simply enjoy the beauty of what once was. It gives you a reason to forget all the complicated ugliness of life and simply live.

A.C. Burch writes this story in present tense, and I feel it gives it somewhat of an etherial quality. There's almost a dreamlike
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Marc longs to be an author, but the words never seem to come to him in the city. After he breaks up with his abusive partner, he flees to Provincetown, where he's taken in by an old woman and her enigmatic companions.

The novel is well realised, with scenery which I can vividly picture right now. There was only one inconsistency towards the end of
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

4.5 stars

Marc goes to Provincetown looking for a place to get away from his abusive ex and some peace and quiet to write and indulge his muse. When he arrived it's nothing as he expects it to be. An encounter with an elder woman named Dorrie results in Marc being set up with a job and a start to his new life. Although he forges new connections his past continues to haunt him. He also find himself wanting to help those around hi
Boundless Book Reviews
The Homeport Journals in one word: “WOW”. There are so many wonderful stories in the one book. The lives of so many wonderfully unique characters’; both past and present, are shared with readers at the deepest of all levels. There is so much emotion in this book, it makes a high school girls bathroom at lunch feel like watching grass grow. We hear the captain’s story of the past through his journals, while experiencing the dramatic life of its readers in modern day. The good kind of drama, that ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Acceptance, forgiveness, understanding and being able to find a place where you belong are at the core of this novel and the essence of each character’s being. Abusive relationships are the center of what each one has encountered in the past and when a group of ill suited people is drawn together what happens will change their lives forever. Mark Nugent finds himself in the Provincetown and becomes engaged as a Gardner, all purpose man and conversationalist for a
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had no bounds in the entertainment field. It latched onto me and I never let it go until I had finished it. Despite being rather long, the mysteries, secrets, fear, angst, new friendships, and love kept me marching forward to the next page and I tried to figure out the character's secrets and generations of family who didn't live their lives the way they wanted out of fear of retribution. Riches don't always make you happy, but it can help to fill your life as you reach out to help oth ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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-- ...more
Sharon Cox
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, mystery
I picked this book on a whim and finally read it over the last couple of days.
The story kept me interested and I liked the characters but one thing annoyed me above everything else. The book is written in the present tense which seems to be coming a popular trend. I don't know if it is a ploy used to add urgency to a situation but it is one which is definitely not called for here. Perhaps the author wanted to differentiate between the book that I was reading and the journal that the main charac
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't know how I feel about "The HomePort Journals" by A.C. Burch. It was good and interesting but in a strange way. I did not always know what was going on but half the fun is trying to figure out who to trust and who not to trust. There're many colourful characters in this paranormal romance, mystery set in Province town, Massachusetts. Not a genre I would normally read, so after wading through the first third I was surprised to discover that I really wanted to know what happened to these char ...more
Desirae Brown
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There aren't many books I read and decide should be turned into a movie or television show, but this is certainly one of them! I fell in love with Helena and Dorrie right off the bat. The characters are all so witty and don't even sound as though they are from this world. This book made me both laugh and cry, I will highly suggest everyone read this book! ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I fell in love with the characters and story. When I finished the book I could not start another book for a while, I needed to linger in the joy of the story before starting something new.
The paranormal parts were kind of odd.
Elisa Rolle
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Roxie Prince
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

‘The HomePort Journals’ by A.C. Burch
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Finished on February 13, 2018
$2.99 on Kindle | $11.47 in Paperback

After suffering terrible abuse by his partner, Marc Nugent runs to Provincetown and finds a home and job in the mansion of Lola Staunton called HomePort. Lola is an eccentric, wealthy, recluse who provides a place for displaced folks.

Marc is determin
Eric St.Denis
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning the story grabs you and takes you for a ride. The constant twists and turns catch you off guard every time. The author has a very nice and easy style to follow.

Haven recently visited Provincetown I was better able to visualize the settings in the story. I also recognized the names of several of the local business.

We are planning another visit in September and the hotel we are starting at is mentioned in the story and being next to the mansion most of the story of in.
Jeannette Beauvoir
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An eloquent, beautiful tale encompassing romance, mystery, literary fiction, and more... so clearly situated in Provincetown and yet accessible to anyone. Land's End attracts an eccentric group of people, and Burch does an amazing job of presenting them in such a way that the reader genuinely cares... and looks forward to meeting them. Excellent read, highly recommended. ...more
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Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the 2 main characters and can see how their life's have influenced their take on life. Their individual stories did make me feel quite sad at times though. ...more
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found it incredibly fascinating and uplifting in a way.
Jul 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant piece of work.
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3.5 star review by Vicki

What an odd book! I’m not sure how to do this…

The Homeport Journals stars Marc Nugent, who has run away from his psycho boyfriend in New Yorks, and has ended up in Provincetown Massachusetts. He has no home, no job, nothing but a car and dreams of being a writer. He’s hoping this will be the place to hide and start over again. He is enjoying a cup of hot cocoa in a coffee shop, when he sees an old lady losing her groceries and runs to help. This charitable act changes his
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I was actually a bit confused about what genre this book fit into before I started reading it. Even having finished it, I'm not completely certain... there are so many different aspects to this book.

I liked Marc's character a lot. I felt a lot of sympathy for him with the way he was dragged into helping Dorrie, but Dorrie's character did grow more on me as the book went on. I enjoyed reading the hin
Ruth B
Marc is the new guy in Homeport. Running away from an abusive relationship he is there searching for inspiration and a place to start new. He will end up in a mansion full of peculiar people. His curiosity will make him learn about and old conflict between Lola and Dorrie. He will make his mission to unveil the past and make things right.

With a steady rhythm, the story moves on as Marc completes the puzzle with the help of his new friends while finding love on the way. The writing is very good a
Amy Shannon

The characters are amazingly multi-dimensional, and very charismatic. The environment was also a major characters, as it was not just the people in the book. It's an incredible suspense and dramatic story, and I will drawn in. Burch writes this story well, so much that it becomes more than just a story. This is definitely not a one-size-fit all genre, and I love that there is more than just a thrilling mystery, it also has hints of romance and excitement. Provincetown is a place that I
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that you start and think it'll be OK but as it goes on it draws you into the story, invests you in the characters and you want to know what happens and shed a little tear at the end.
Funnily, the main characters Marc and Cole are ones where I didn't feel we knew too much about, as with Helena. Maybe this is deliberate by the author so that the focus is on knowing Lola and Dorrie.
I enjoyed the investigation into the Staunton's - a lesson that sometimes the story is bigge
I was provided a free copy of this book by Authoramp in exchange for an honest review.

I am obviously in the minority here because this book didn't work for me. There was a lot to recommend it. It's a sweeping southern gothic of a novel, even though it doesn't take place in the south. Full of quirky people and family secrets, including the requisite missing family member.

So why didn't I like it? I felt as if I was being told how to feel, being pulled in this direction or that, instead of discover
Cc April
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review through Goodreads First reads. I enjoyed reading The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch. The author paints beautiful pictures with his words used to describe Provincetown and the HomePort mansion of Lola Staunton. Provincetown, The place that Marc escapes to after leaving an abusive lover, is full of quirky characters and lots of mystery. The reader is taken on a journey of two stories, The present journey that Marc is experiencing and one jo ...more
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A.C.’s debut novel was The HomePort Journals (Wilde City Press 2015), set in his hometown of Provincetown, Massachusetts. This tale of marginalized characters who unite to form a family of their own received rave reviews and was Authors Talk About It (ATAI) grand prize winner for 2016. His book of short stories,

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