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Looking for Peyton Place

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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorTo an outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But Annie grew up there, and she knows all its secrets - as did 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.Annie Barnes is now a bestselling author and when the citizens of ...more
Published July 12th 2005 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Jan 10, 2011 valee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the ending was really good and sumed up everything just perfectly, It took me forever to really get hooked.I had to close the book every now and then to do other things because mostly I got bored. IMHO it was just too similar to many movies out there.

The romance between the main characters was predictable and slow, almost not there at all. There was no mystery at all, as I knew how everything would work out at the end since the beginning. Although I did get to appreciate the characters onc
Jan 04, 2012 Christianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again not what I expected really. The romance in this novel was really mild but the main plot was amazing. It was very educational and it was really a good turn of events.

Annie came back to Middle River to know what really happen to her Mother and what's happening to her sister. What starts of as a personal goal turns out to be something more serious when people around town shows symptoms same as her mothers.

I actually admire her for taking on that big task. I mean even if she knows that peo
Feb 24, 2008 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I can't remember what made me want to read Peyton Place, but I thought this 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.
Mar 15, 2012 Lyndsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
I actually first read Looking for Peyton Place several years ago. I had just finished reading my latest book on the beach, and my mom had what was Barbara Delinsky's latest novel in her bag. I had never read (or heard of) Delinsky before, but it was the middle of a summer afternoon on the beach and I was looking for something to read so I started it.

It turned out to be one of my favorite books, and I've actually read it more than once. I was instantly drawn into the story by Delinsky's incredibl
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So my average book review basically consists of a thumbs up or down. I don't like to go too indepth, as I don't want to accidently give away enough that someone else finds it to now be "ruined" by a spoiler.
This was a fantastic book. I know it's fiction, but isn't there a little truth behind most fiction? To a degree Barbara Delinsky hits on why my mother so passionatly attended town meetings, and informal protests on why they shouldn't turn some of our rural farmland into a dump. I loved the p
May 10, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Writer Annie Barnes returnes to her hometown of Middle River after her mothers funeral looking for answers about her mothers death. Annie is working against time to solve the mystery of her mothers death to save her sister who has the same symptoms along with other people in town. Peyton Place and Middle River are much alike in there small town life as secrets come out. Wonderful story that drew me into the life of Middle River and kept me turning the pages when I should have been turning out th ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Grace Metalious is Annie Barnes' imaginery friend and mentor as she grows up in Middle River, NH. Interesting parallels are revealed as Annie becomes a best-selling novelist and begins to question the practices of the local paper mill. Annie begins an investigation into the causes of mercury poisoning in her family and other townpeople, stirring up a hornets' nest. A love, story, a family saga, and expert story-telling makes this a wonderful read.
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Nov 20, 2016 Janet O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never read Peyton Place. This book took place in the same northeastern small town as Peyton Place, maybe 20 years later. While the citizens were stunned at the allegations of the original novel, 20 years later the similar activities (extramarital affairs, business dealings and gossip) was occurring. The book was about a woman who returned to town, the way the town's elders related to and tried to make other believe about her, and the underlying reason she returned. Good read!
May 18, 2017 Kristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Plot line was good but characters were too much of the predictable romance novel types. Independent but leans on that strong manly guy....
The whole story just blew me away and I don't know why it took me so long to read it!
May 12, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
For Annie Barnes, going back to her hometown of Middle River, New Hampshire, meant facing truths long buried in the past; some of which she had buried herself. But it is a journey that she knows she must make, if she is ever to put to rest, once and for all, her misgivings about her mother's recent death.

To the outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But not to Annie Barnes. She grew up there and knows all its secrets; as did her idol Grace Metalious - author of the shock
Mar 22, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Wow! What a story!!!! You HAVE to read this one for sure!!

From back cover:

"For Annie Barnes, going home to Middle River means dealing with truths long hidden, some of which she buried there herself. 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-as did her idol Grace Metalious, author o
Jul 15, 2014 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2014
When I was young, my mother would watch Peyton Place once I was in bed. I wasn’t quite sure what the show was about, but my mother was engaged and I knew it was for adults only.

Years later I finally got to see the movie and then read the book. In today’s world the scandals of Peyton Place seem light, but in the 1950s it was too much.

Delinsky’s book is reminiscent of the original storyline and there are similarities in the small New Hampshire town of Middle River. There are secret relationships
Oct 21, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annie Barnes goes home to Middle River to find out exactly what her mother died of, why her sister is sick, and also so many of the towns people. Grace Metalious, the author of "Peyton Place", also new of the secrets of this town and wrote the book with many in mind. Now Annie is a best selling author and is giving the town something to worry about. That maybe Annie has come back to tell the rest of the secrets of the town. The town is run by the Meade family with the large mill there. Annie has ...more
Beth Pearson
A story about small town New Hampshire and the worry that is caused when a native, published author comes back to town. Is she going to write an expose about their town and reveal all the secret affairs, drug use, and whatever else people have hiding in their lives? Annie insists she is only there to find out why her mother died so young and what she can do to keep her sister from the same fate. Rumors persist however, and it's small town cliques and characters at their best.

In the course of th
Feb 15, 2017 Kimberley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Annie Barnes takes you on a journey of mystery, love and keeps you wanting to read more. She is the talk of the town for a reason.

I'm intrigued by her reference to Peyton Place now.
Aug 22, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I have read by this author. An easy read tells the story of a successful novelist who returns to her home town to discover the real reason for her mother's death. The main character, Annie, felt like an outsider during her entire time growing up in the small town. She has no friends and considered herself as ugly. She left town and became a beautiful sucessful woman. She suspects her mother died from toxic poisoning from the town mill and is determined to find the proof of her suspici ...more
Rachel Brand
I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this as much as other Barbara Delinsky novels. It was mainly written in first-person POV from one of the most arrogant, self-assured main characters I've ever known, yet I still never felt like I got to know her properly. Barbara Delinsky has written some wonderful novels in third-person POV and I just don't think she can pull off first-person, it isn't in keeping with her style. And while the mystery was pretty interesting - although perhaps a bit too similar to the mo ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Barbara Delinsky's tribute to Peyton's Place author Grace Metalious. Peyton Place was nothing less than a bombshell of a book at the time of its publication in 1956. As film director John Waters put it, Peyton Place was "the first dirty book the baby-boom generation ever read: the "shocker" they never got over." But Peyton Place was much more than just its notorious reputation as a "dirty" book. It was a revolution. Writers like Barbara Delinsky are finding new ...more
May 15, 2016 Haewen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha impresionado, la verdad… Me esperaba una novelucha de baja categoría, con una pizca de misterio y la típica historia romántica tras ella. Pues para nada ha sido así. Hace muchísimas referencias a la novela de Grace Metalious, “Peyton Place”, y a la propia autora; de echo hace más que referencias, pero no diré más, para ello tendréis que leerlo ;). La historia tiene de todo, a lo largo de la novela sientes alegría, tristeza, frustración, ilusión, deseo, e incluso nostalgia a pesar de no ser ...more
May 24, 2012 Kaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have decided that Delinsky is the perfect author to listen to while working on my yard. There are compelling and rich characters but the plot moves slowly so if your mind wanders for a moment you haven't missed much. In this novel Annie famed author who returns to her small, New England, hometown for a visit after her mothers death. She is greeted with suspicion because everyone doesn't want to be the subject of one her books including her own family. The reference to Peyton Place is Annie has ...more
K.N. Timofeev
The premise of this book is pretty interesting and I do love a good mystery. What makes this book even more interesting is that Peyton Place is actually a book. It was written in the fifties, so well ahead of my time, and it was ground breaking for the day. I like how the main character, Annie, is a writer but doesn't seem to think that it's that big of a deal. When her mother dies mysteriously she goes to investigate and everyone in town is afraid that she's there to write about them. Now I kno ...more
Margo Brooks
Jan 20, 2013 Margo Brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, fiction
There is nothing particularly special about this novel, but I couldn't stop listening to it. The story of an author who comes back to her small town after 15 years away and confronts the pain and loneliness she felt growing up by taking on the local mill owners should not have been as gripping as it was. She talks to the dead author of Payton Place and listens to the advice given. That in itself should have been a turn off. The point of view changed at the most awkward moments. But I really love ...more
Vanessa Funk
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I actually listened to this on audio book this fall. Light fare, but interesting in it's own right. (Though if Annie is so smart, why'd it take her so long to figure out who "True Blue" is?!) I was interested in the bits about Peyton Place (which I haven't read, but might now do so), about Mercury poisoning (which a family member of mine had), and a few other bits and pieces. I rolled my eyes at the sex scenes, because it's not what I want to hear when on the highway or stopped at a red light wi ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Virginia Markhart
Jun 01, 2013 Virginia Markhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read Peyton Place Heard about it quite a bit though. I was surprised to see one of my favorite authors write about it. If I run across the real Peyton Place book, I will definately read it.

This book was a very good read I could totally relate to her feelings of isolation as a teen growing up in a town that did not understand her. What a comeback she made, stirring up hidden secrets. I was glad that she did not go the lawsuit route.

Lots of small town smut...really good book
Jan 05, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in the town the Peyton Place was supposedly writen about. The main character, Annie Barnes is a successful author who grew up in Middle River and now lives in Washington, DC. She decides to go home and find out why her fairly young mother died. Annie suspects poison of some kind from the paper mill that is the center of the town's economy. When she falls in love with one of the mill owner's sons will she be able to complete her mission.
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Ms. Delinsky is a very good writer. Her stories are fleshed out with good detail and characters are well built. I think I'm just not someone who enjoys her type of contemporary romances. It is me, not her. This story was good though. Reminds me of Erin Brockovich as a writer coming home. The one thing I find funny, that so many people feel they are so interesting that a writer would want to write about them...
Writer who used Grace Metalious as mentor goes home to her small town after her mother's death for closure. She finds out her sister has mercury poisoning and starts crusading against the local paper mill with help from an anonymous source. Soon she is developing a relationship with the mill owner's son, while searching for evidence of the mercury. In the meantime she is realizing a truth Metalious never discovered: that small towns aren't that bad.
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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two sk ...more
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