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Judith McNaught

Author of A Kingdom of Dreams

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About the Author

Judith McNaught is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including "Night Whispers", "Remember When", & "Until You". She lives in Kemah, Texas. (Publisher Provided) Judith McNaught was born in San Luis Obispo, California on May 10, 1944. She graduated from Northwestern University in show more 1966 with a degree in business. Her first novel, Tender Triumph, won the Critics Choice Award in 1983. She won it again in 1988 for Something Wonderful. She received Best Historical Novelist honors for Whitney, My Love in 1985 and for Once and Always in 1987. She received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Judith McNaught

A Kingdom of Dreams (1989) — Author — 1,597 copies
Whitney, My Love (1985) — Author — 1,584 copies
Paradise (1991) — Author — 1,349 copies
Perfect (1993) — Author — 1,334 copies
Until You (1994) — Author — 1,330 copies
Almost Heaven (1990) — Author — 1,262 copies
Once and Always (1987) — Author — 1,210 copies
Something Wonderful (1988) — Author — 1,205 copies
Night Whispers (1998) — Author — 1,134 copies
Every Breath You Take: A Novel (2005) — Author — 1,039 copies
Remember When (1996) — Author — 1,007 copies
Someone to Watch Over Me (2003) 939 copies
Double Standards (1984) — Author — 802 copies
Tender Triumph (1983) — Author — 541 copies
A Gift of Love (Anthology 5-in-1) (1995) — Contributor — 440 copies
Paradise [and] Tender Triumph (2001) — Author — 56 copies
Miracles (2016) 40 copies
Double Exposure (2001) 12 copies
The Sweetest Thing (2019) 10 copies
Cuida de Mim 3 copies
Water's Edge (2000) 2 copies
PARADIS 1 copy
Cennet (2009) 1 copy
Un extraño en mi vida (2012) 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
McNaught, Judith
Legal name
Smith, Judith Spaeth McNaught
San Luis Obispo, California, USA
Places of residence
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Clear Lake, Texas, USA
Houston, Texas, USA
Awards and honors
Romantic Times Career Achievement Award
Short biography
Judith Spaeth was born in May 10, 1944 in San Luis Obispo, California, USA. Before majoring in Business at Northwestern University, Judy married a dentist from St. Louis, Missouri, and they had two childrem. The marriage didn't work out, and at 25, she became a divorced mother to two.

She re-married in 1974. Following her husband's death in 1983, she married for a third time and now lives in Texas.



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Judith McNaught is the master of emotional peaks. I have noticed that her plots are very soapy, but they work because of realistic emotional reactions by the characters. the plots hinge on the fact that these books are coming of age stories where teenagers are trying to navigate relationships with more experienced adults. They are misunderstandings that snowball into each other because while a nineteen year old may seem older than her years, she only has the experience of a nineteen year old girl. The thing about nineteen year old girls is that they are really good at knowing when they are in love, but usually don't know that there is more to a relationship. The problem for the main character is that she loves her husband, but she is unable to trust him because of past actions. Her husband's problem is that he is older, a genius, but is also kind of bad at relationships by making snap judgements and being kind of unforgiving. His main problem is that he forgets that he is married to someone who is much younger than him and hasn't figured out the things he has, so he treats her like they are on equal footing even though they are not. There is knowledge he has that she doesn't simply doesn't because she is sheltered and inexperience and she gains experience throughout the story. It's kind of like how the plot of Romeo and Juliet doesn't make any goddamn sense until you realize that Romeo and Juliet are overwrought thirteen year olds trying to be adults. This is the same thing. The plot seems to be a bit out of control with all the big things that are happening, but you have to remember that things are spiraling out of control because the main character is nineteen. Normally a large age gap is something I ignore in romances because it is extremely uncomfortable but this story simply doesn't work without it.… (more)
kittyfoyle | 14 other reviews | Nov 27, 2023 |
I was not a fan of Judith McNaught's novel, "Remember When". The plot literally dragged on with no end in sight. So much of the thoughts were repeated throughout the novel, that I found myself skipping pages in hope of finding where the novel finally took off. It never did. A quarter of the way through, I finally skipped to the last chapter, to the predictable conclusion. Ms. McNaught seems to have quite the fan base. Since this is the first novel of hers that I have read, I will give another of her novels a chance.… (more)
AndreaHelena | 7 other reviews | Aug 8, 2023 |
Such a beautiful story ! Loved every bit of the characters.
Tooba.B | 29 other reviews | May 25, 2023 |
archivomorero | 30 other reviews | May 21, 2023 |



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