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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Karen Ziemba Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9780743551632
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For Annie Barnes, going home to Middle River means dealing with truths long hidden. But it is a journey she knows she must take if she is to put to rest, once and for all, her misgivings about her mother's recent death.

To an outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But Annie grew up there, and she knows all its secrets -- just like her idol, Grace Metalious, author of the infamous novel Peyton Place, which laid a small town's sexual secrets bare for all the world to see. Grace's bold rebellion against 1950s conformity inspired Annie to get out of Middle River and make a life for herself.

Annie Barnes is now a bestselling author. Her success has given her a confidence she never had and the residents of Middle River something new to worry about. When they hear Annie is returning for a lengthy visit, everyone believes she's come home to write about them.

But passion and rage propels Annie on a different course altogether. Coming face-to-face with decades of secrets and lies, she knows she must find the strength to move beyond the legacy of Grace Metalious, defying her past to heal the wounds of the town and her own family. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Delinsky may be as adept at chronicling contemporary life in New England as any writer this side of John Updike.” 

    Times Union

  • “Readers…will find all the right ingredients—romance, mystery, suspense, sisterly rivalry, and a thoroughly happy ending.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Delinsky offers a compelling read with several interesting angles: a small town with many secrets and a powerful family, risky romantic entanglements, frightening scientific/medical possibilities, and the Grace Metalious story. Public libraries should anticipate high summer demand.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Working from such an intriguing premise, Delinsky is at her best, skillfully weaving elements of a tantalizing mystery and titillating romance in this vibrant page-turner.” 

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anji Stewart | 2/19/2014

    " Again, one of my favorite Delinsky novels. A little slow getting started but I love the dialogue between Annie and James. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 2/13/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was all about passion - passionate causes, people, romance, sex, etc. All around good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book but there wasn't really anything spectacular about it. It was a good story. The next to last paragraph was my favorite in the whole book, so it had a cute ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 2/7/2014

    " Barbara Delinsky is a new author for me, and overall I find her writing style pleasing. The main character Annie is likeable enough to follow as she returns to her hometown in search of answers of her mother's death. Driven by the voice of Peyton Place author Grace, Annie struggles to uncover the truth before completely burying her own sanity. A troubled past with the town's dominating Meade family, and Annie's broken relationship with her sisters leave readers to wonder if she will ever uncover the mystery of her mother's death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 2/7/2014

    " Barbara Delinsky got me hooked on reading with her Coast Road. This book was a great read and went fast. Very interesting plot and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda L | 2/1/2014

    " I like some of Delinsky's books, but not all. I did like this one. When a snoopy writer turns up in town, the residents are determined to keep their darkest secrets to themselves. I read this some time ago, so just picked a date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 1/23/2014

    " Growing up in a small town, I could really relate to this book. I love Barbara Delinsky--she really draws you into the characters. They feel like friends when you are done reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 1/22/2014

    " Kind of a fun read/listen, especially if you are a fan of Peyton Place. The telling of the story from a first and third person POV worked well, but ultimately a beach/vacation book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay (Turning the Pages) | 1/19/2014

    " I love Barabra Delinsky books... they are always a good story, a quick read and leave me happy at the end. This one did not disappoint!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schwartz | 1/11/2014

    " Another great one by Barbara Delinsky "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 1/10/2014

    " I was bored with this book--too much like Erin Brockovich (which I loved, but once is enough). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger Griffith | 12/29/2013

    " Takes us back 50 years, and how we have changed. Delinsky shows us just how fragile our earth is, and how companys damage our earth. Truth # 7. It doesn't matter how old you are. Lonely is lonely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Edwards | 12/28/2013

    " I enjoy all of Barbara's books. They aren't perfectly free of descriptive writing if i remember right. This one is my favorite from her... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 12/18/2013

    " I was extremely bored with this book, I couldn't get past the first chapter and when I got to the end, I couldn't remember what I had read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caron | 12/17/2013

    " I need to read the original Peyton Place, but this book was intriguing anyway. It supposedly takes place in the town that was written about in the original book by Grace Metalious. I liked the characters, and it was an easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Hunt | 12/10/2013

    " I think I would have liked it better if I knew about peyton place, but it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eloise | 11/9/2013

    " Listened to abridged audio version. Writer goes back home to figure out what happened to her mother because now her sister is showing the same symptoms. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anissa | 9/11/2013

    " So slow to begin with and then it became far to predictable. Ok, but not great. No need to recommend or read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/18/2011

    " This is a summer beach read, but sometimes you need that in February. The end tied up too neatly, but the ride was fun and escapist and just perfect for winter weariness. A quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Phelps | 12/14/2011

    " A little bit of a slow start, but really picked up. About an author who was inspired by the author of Peyton Place. She return to her home town where everyone thinks she is going to write a book about them. Good characters who change and grow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pris Campbell | 6/18/2011

    " This book is intriquing in its references to the author of Peyton Place throughout. She's a good writer. Her books are more slices of life with good plots. I'll be reading more of hers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 6/9/2011

    " I can't remember what made me want to read Peyton Place, but I thought would be an interesting read after enjoying its namesake. Not the case; the narrator annoyed me and seemed to have a huge chip on her shoulder. In the end, it seemed to be a cheap ploy to gain readership. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/17/2011

    " I enjoyed this book but it makes me wonder if I should read Peyton Place now?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 3/4/2011

    " This is a summer beach read, but sometimes you need that in February. The end tied up too neatly, but the ride was fun and escapist and just perfect for winter weariness. A quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anissa | 11/7/2010

    " So slow to begin with and then it became far to predictable. Ok, but not great. No need to recommend or read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 9/29/2010

    " If you liked the movie Peyton Place then you would love this book. It is a cute story about the town after the scandal, it has definately inspired me to read the book Peyton Place (I Loved the movie!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Redfox5 | 9/27/2010

    " Loved this book. Liked trying to figure out the towns secrets(of which there seems to be many!), thought the charcters were great and well thought out, even the bad ones! I would love to read the original Peyton Place. This book makes me glad I don't live in a small town. Well recommened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/25/2010

    " A woman comes back to her hometown in search of answers in a city where secrets are well kept "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 6/14/2010

    " I love this author! Every book of hers is riveting and interesting. Her characters are rich and believable. And her story lines always keep me turning pages. This book touched me the most, I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it, just a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/13/2010

    " I think I would have liked it better if I knew about peyton place, but it was okay. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeri | 3/15/2010

    " Too slow. Just couldn't get into the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/10/2010

    " Good book. About an outsider with a difficult childhood,trying to reconnect with her siblings. Along the way she finds that she can be accepted for who she is by being herself and winning people over by letting them see her genuine side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 samwan | 9/9/2009

    " What pulls us apart is sometimes what draws us to each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asalik | 9/7/2009

    " This book reminded me the time when i was a little girl, and I used to ask so many questions, that my parents were going crazy. The book is awesome... It's easy to read, but also has the strongest line of characters.

    So, I recommend it to everyone. Enjoy it guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 7/31/2009

    " A good feel read....and justice too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 7/1/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy reading books that encourage looking beyond the obvious and working towards a solution. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Karen Ziemba is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer. In 2000 she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman’s hit musical Contact. She also starred as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago and “Rita Racine” in Steel Pier, for which she received her first Tony award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She is also active on tours to American cities and has made appearances in television series dramas.