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Return to Peyton Place

(Peyton Place #2)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,011 ratings  ·  81 reviews
In 1956 Grace Metalious published Peyton Place, the novel that unbuttoned the straitlaced New England of the popular imagination, transformed the publishing industry, topped the bestseller lists for more than a year, and made its young author one of the most talked-about people in America. In 1959 the sizzling sequel, Return to Peyton Place, picked up where Peyton Place le ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1960 by Dell (first published 1959)
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Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I do love this old classic, Connie Mackenzie's new husbands name in Peyton Place was Tomas Makris and in Return to Peyton Place his name is Michael Rossi....this was confusing until I did a little research about the reason for this...apparently the character of Tomas Makris, bore the name and description of a resident and co-worker of Metalious's school teacher husband...he sued for libel and won an out-of-court settlement for $60,000...Tom Makris was renamed Michael Rossi.... ...more
Tiny Pants
Dec 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Weirdly, nearly a year after reading Peyton Place I finally got around to the sequel. I managed to procure a copy of it literally last January, but it was while I was on an all-around depressing vacation, and to top it off, the woman who sold it to me was just an absolute bitch. Seriously. Helpful hint: If you're running a decrepit used bookstore in an out-of-the-way strip mall in Palm Springs, you should be grateful anyone's coming in at all, not making fun of their taste and then looking up th ...more
Susan Liston
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just read an article about Grace Metalious and she wrote this book solely because she needed the money. But as she was drinking a fifth of liquor a day, the first manuscript was so unintelligible a ghostwriter had to be hired to clean it up. Some of the story is autobiographical, how a small town reacts to the author of a salacious book about a small town (her teacher husband really did lose his job the way her step-father in the book does) and how she dealt with the Hollywood adaptation. But it ...more
It's not a bad book, but it's not Peyton Place. The place, the characters are the same (except for Tom who is became Mike Rossi, which is a very greek name if you wanna know) but the intentions of the book are completely different. For me, at least.
It's the story of Allison, not of the city...but maybe I was expecting too much because I've just finished to read the first one and I've deeply loved it.
As I said it's not a bad book, it's enjoyable and funny and gossipfull (t's not even a word I thi
Sarah Craighead
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am glad that this one is over because holy crap, I don't think my poor bones can handle any more drama. This one read a little more like an auto-biography of the author, but I didn't mind. I was happy to see my characters again, and more than a little troubled at some of the freak men they apparently had walking around in 1950's New Hampshire. ...more
Michael A. Van Kerckhove
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2018
Thought I'd keep going and see what happened next. :-) Picked this up when I renewed my Chicago Public Library card. Appropriate since it was in celebration of my Return to Chicago.

Not as great as the original, and I know it was written to be made into the film, but fun to see where Grace took the characters and all that. Good fun.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 and 1/2 stars.

After giving some well-earned praise to the classic of all classics PEYTON PLACE by Grace Metalious a few years back on this little blog of mine I was very weary of reading the sequel…
Larry Sampson
Let me start by saying I loved Peyton Place. It is one of my all time favorite novels. I have read it many times. So for some reason I have put off many years before reading the sequel. And now I know it was for good reason. It just does not compare to the original. And every review I have read says almost the same thing. It felt rushed. It felt like Grace Metalious really did not care about this novel. I did not buy into or believe many of the subplots. They did not seem real or honest. The att ...more
Christina Dudley
Whew. Finished. If not for the Bestseller Puzzle Reading Challenge and my commitment to read this book, I would have abandoned it because I remembered not being crazy about the original PEYTON PLACE when my book club read it.

In fact, that was one of only two things I recalled about the original PEYTON PLACE:

1. That the teenagers played Spin the Bottle; and
2. That is was soap-opera-y and trashy and I didn't like it.

RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE picks up where the original left off, and I had to read a p
My advice don't read the foreword it is full of spoilers, I only read half before moving on to the novel.

The first novel had us meeting the town characters and uncovering their secrets and weaknesses whereas this one has less of the town members and is totally focused on Allison as the main character who sells her book and discovers what publishing really is like. To me this seemed like Grace Metalious' chance to speak about her disappointment of the TV series and films based on her books.

I di
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allison says at one point that she's glad she lives in the advanced 50s and not in the 30s like her mother, where one couldn't take a lover without guilt.

It's so easy to forget that the early 50s were dissimilar to the late 50s that we generally think of.

And Metalious never ceases to fascinate me.
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More secret shenanigans in the town but this time with the authoress being targeted for telling the world about them. Good, juicy goings-on partially tempered by a "been there, done that" sense. Made into a movie which eliminated one of the key plot points (attempted murder that backfires.) ...more
Just manages to get 3 stars.

An okay, if somewhat needless follow-up to PEYTON PLACE, I'm led to believe that it was written because the author needed the money, and I would not be surprised if the publishers pressured her for a sequel since the original book was such a smash hit and made them heaps of money.
Why not keep the money rolling in with more of the same ?

The book, while shorter than the the original is not as compelling so it took me just as long to read.
We are reunited with many of th
E.H. Nolan
Everyone loved Peyton Place. And everyone was incredibly anxious to read Grace Metalious’s sequel Return to Peyton Place. And everyone was disappointed. It felt like Grace either disappointed people on purpose or didn’t want to write the sequel and was therefore incredibly uninspired. Here’s the plot:

In the famous fictional New England town, Allison MacKenzie has written a shocking novel that reveals secrets of her friends and neighbors. While people in New York think she’s a sensation, the peop
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many years ago, out of curiosity, I read Peyton Place. It was good -- and though it wasn't scandalous at the time I read it, I can see how it probably was when it was published. Now I've read Return to Peyton Place where we find Allison grown up, done with college and publishing her first novel. Selena is troubled, but getting by. The old characters are still there. The town of Peyton Place is still a closed society -- strangers are a subject of skepticism, especially if they ask too many questi ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Definitely not as good as the first novel. It felt at some points as if the author was writing the book because she had to, not so much to tell the further stories of characters in the first novel. Grace Metalious certainly did not have much love for Hollywood, as expressed through Allison, although she tried to understand the industry. I'll read her other works, though. ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sorry I just couldn’t get into this book at all. I loved Peyton place even though it was not a shocking to me as it probably was to the general public back when it was written. My review is not to suggest it isn’t a good book but I just couldn’t get into it and was not excited to turn on my Nook to read it every night.
Paul Adler
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Enjoyed this book as much as the 1st one.

The Return to Peyton Place was equally as good as the original. The same
characters(except1). Could not understand how Constance's husband had a different name. Mike Rossi was Tom Makris in the first book. But other than that Mystery it was a good story. RECOMMENDED.
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First part was more active, but that’s the story with sequels and sometimes is maybe better not to extend something too long.Allison’ success with her 1st novel seems to be the only center piece as for some of the other characters I feel it remained suspended in assumptions mostly
Apr 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first by any street of the imagination. But I did enjoy seeing the characters come back to life in New England. I can’t wait to read the mew novel about the authors life and why she wrote Peyton Place. “The Seasons of Grace”
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of the same.....wrapped up the unanswered questions from the first book. Why did Constance's husband have a name change? ...more
Olivia Frederick
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Not nearly as good as the first book but still a good read.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While tame by the standards of the 21st Century, one can see how this book was scandalous when it was released.
Zach Gayne
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than part one!
David Scheffer
not as good as the original, but that was expected.
Claire Barfell
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed both of the Peyton Place books. This book is a continuation of Peyton Place and tells the reader what becomes of the main characters. I wish there were more of these books.
It was an interesting read.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
here's the thing

It's not as good as it could be. I had actually seen the film sequel--which is awful--before I read this book and somehow this played in both stories' favor. Once you know that Metalious never meant to write a sequel and only did so because the film studio owned the name "Peyton Place" and was doing another film with or without her.

This book is her response.

I did like the focus on Allison and her fame from the story--I liked the struggle between staying who she was and trying to
Augustus Gull
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this shortly after it first came out in the early 1960's. According to biographical information, Grace Metalious hardly had anything to do with the writing of it, and yet from her brief notes and sketches somebody shaped a story that I found pretty interesting. We follow Allison to New York and her adventures in publishing a best seller, a plot obviously based on her own experiences with "Peyton Place," called "Samuel's Castle" in this book. The cast of characters includes more colorful a ...more
boring. no where near as ridiculous or as hilarious as the first one.

edit: Well, there's some ridiculousness, and certain elements are very autobiographical (the publishing of a novel on a scandalous small town, and the reaction to the author by the decent folks. Allison is practically Grace Metalious in this novel, only younger and sleeps around a bit more), but Peyton Place was a much more enjoyable novel to read, especially if you treat it as a black comedy. I mean, this one does have one of
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She was born into poverty and a broken home as Marie Grace de Repentigny in the mill town of Manchester, New Hampshire. Blessed with the gift of imagination, she was driven to write from an early age. After graduating from Manchester High School Central, she married George Metalious in 1943, became a housew

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