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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Karen Ziemb Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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!


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.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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