Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review: The Homeport Journals @ACBurchAuthor

TITLE: The Homeport Journals
AUTHOR: A.C. Burch
RELEASE DATE: March 27th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Wilde City Press
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


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.
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. 
A.C. is the proud father of a golden retriever pup named Dori and splits his time between Provincetown and South Beach.

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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 and the story could have been set in any time frame.

The characters are complex and each one has a solid past. The author did a great job writing people with real personalities and taking the time presenting us their stories. Marc has a hard past and reading about his previous relationship was emotional. I think it was smart to include some scenes despite being violent or dark. Those moments brought him to Homeport so it was important to understand what happened. Helena is the typical cross-dresser, she is colorful, loud and full of life. She can be a bit dramatic but still is my favorite!
Lola and Dorrie are amazing, they are more active than people half their ages. They are full of life and have great personalities.

The romance wasn't my favorite part. Marc and Cole are a good couple but I didn't feel the romance until they were together. I missed the sparks, the tension and the mystery (and if there was any, it wasn't enough).

The other thing I didn't like was the paranormal element which it was minimum but it still wasn't necessary if you ask me.

Overall, the story has a good outcome and everything is answered. I had a hard time getting into the story but after a few chapters I started to enjoy it.



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