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Judith McNaught's last enchanting bestseller, Until You, was hailed as "brilliantly done and completely entertaining... ripe plot twists... a fine supporting cast" (Ocala Star-Banner). Now, with more than fourteen million books in print and seven New York Times bestsellers, Judith McNaught brings us her latest, most enthralling novel, Remember When.

When multinational tycoon Cole Harrison approached her on a moonlit balcony at the White Orchid Charity Ball, Diana Foster had no ...

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Judith McNaught's last enchanting bestseller, Until You, was hailed as "brilliantly done and completely entertaining... ripe plot twists... a fine supporting cast" (Ocala Star-Banner). Now, with more than fourteen million books in print and seven New York Times bestsellers, Judith McNaught brings us her latest, most enthralling novel, Remember When.

When multinational tycoon Cole Harrison approached her on a moonlit balcony at the White Orchid Charity Ball, Diana Foster had no idea how extraordinary the night ahead would be. The most lavish social event of the Houston season had brought out American aristocracy, Texas-style, in glittering array. So, after losing her fiancé to a blond Italian heiress and reading about it in a sleazy gossip paper, the lovely Diana felt obliged to make an appearance-if only to save face and to bolster her company's image. Foster's Beautiful Living magazine was her family's sucess story, and Diana knew that, single, childless, and suddenly unengaged, she was not living up to its lucrative image of upscale domestic tranquility. A women of gentle grace and kindness, Diana deeply valued her privacy and her dignity, both of which were at risk that night among certain rumor-driven socialites. And now the pride of Dallas billionaires, Cole Harrison, was closing in on her with two crystal flutes and a bottle of champagne...

The tall, lithe former stableboy couldn't negotiate his way out of a contract with his crusty uncle, Cal-he had to bring home a wife, and soon, or see Cal's share of the business Cole had created go to an undeserving relative. A man as coolly analytical as he was arrestingly attractive, Cole decided that his bride-to-be should be rich in her own right, meltingly beautiful, and a woman of impeccable character... Diana Foster! It was the perfect to their respective dilemmas, and, after a lot of champagne for Diana and some skilled persuasion from Cole, their lips met in a long, slow, bargain-sealing kiss. Neither one dared imagine that a match made in logic's heaven might be headed straight for an unexpected, once-in-a-lifetime love...

Once again, Judith McNaught creates an unforgettable world filled with her "very special of dazzling wit, passion, and tender sensuality" (Romantic Times). As a proud woman and a wary man begin to taste the delights and the treacheries of romance, the drama smolders deliciously in this suspenseful, richly satisfying novel. Graced with a deep understanding of love's surprises, it's a tale that can only come from a supremely gifted storyteller, one who makes us so happy to...REMEMBER WHEN.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Judith McNaught is in a class by herself." — USA Today

"Delectable. . . ." — The Philadelphia Inquirer

Library Journal
Perhaps McNaught (Perfect, Pocket Bks., 1993) will provide a new spin on one of the romance genre's oldest and most tired plot devices: two identical twin sisters who use wit and guile to find love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671795559
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 178,093
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 4.22 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith  McNaught

Judith McNaught is the New York Times bestselling author who first soared to stardom with her stunning bestseller Whitney, My Love, and went on to win the hearts of millions of readers with Once and Always, Something Wonderful, A Kingdom of Dreams, Almost Heaven, Paradise, Perfect, Until You, Remember When, Someone to Watch Over Me, the #1 bestseller Night Whispers, and other novels. There are more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She lives in Houston.


USA Today has said, "When it comes to writing romance, Judith McNaught is in a class by herself." Interestingly, while McNaught's career as a bestselling author has been thriving for many years, she has led the life of a Renaissance woman, dabbling in the fields of radio, film, and finance before settling into her writer's role. The first female executive producer at a CBS radio station, McNaught also served stints as an assistant director of a film crew, a comptroller of a major trucking company, president of a temporary employment agency, and president of an executive search firm.

McNaught first clicked with the reading public when her book Whitney My Love (considered by many to be the first full-length Regency historical novel) was published as a paperback original in 1985, promptly winning the Romantic Times Award for Best New Historical Novel. As a result of her newfound fame, two previously published romantic tales were reissued with commercial success. By the 1990s, McNaught had switched to contemporary romance, and with 1998's Night Whispers, she segued into romantic suspense, an area she has honed to polished perfection.

A spectacular storyteller with legions of loyal fans, McNaught proves her chops with each successive book. Honors and awards have followed in a steady stream. In addition to the Affaire de Coeur Golden Pen Certificate, she has received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award honoring her entire body of work. Hers was the first romance novel ever chosen as a main selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club; and her titles consistently turn up on The New York Times bestseller list.

In between books, McNaught devotes herself to several charities and is active in the promotion of women's literacy.

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THE RIDING RING WAS ON A SLIGHT INCLINE, THIRTY YARDS TO THE right of the stable. It was surrounded by a low, white fence and brightly lit now by huge, new mercury-vapor lights on high poles that shone almost as bright as daylight on the ring and simultaneously cast everything else into shadow.

From her vantage point just outside the stable, Diana watched Spence dismount and begin leading the handsome sorrel around the ring to cool him down. He said something to Corey that made her laugh as she walked along beside him, and Diana smiled with pleasure that Corey's evening was turning out so well.

Instead of having to share him with Doug and Barb Hayward and Doug's father plus one of Spence's innumerable and inevitable girlfriends, as Corey and Diana had expected, Corey had him entirely to herself. The Haywards had at the last minute remembered a relative's birthday party and were attending that, and Spence was by himself.

Diana's evening hadn't turned out badly, either. She'd had Cole entirely to herself. Managing to see him as often as she could without having it seem contrived had been the second hardest thing she'd ever done-second only to keeping her feelings for him a complete secret from him and everyone else.

Nearly all of Barb's friends had wild crushes on him. He was tall, tanned, wide-shouldered, and narrow-hipped. In snug, soft jeans and a short-sleeved shirt, every inch of his muscled body exuded power and raw sex appeal. His complete lack of social standing, his lack of money, and his lowly job at the stable made him off-limits to them. Which made him infinitely more attractive.

He refused to talk about himself to them, which made him mysterious and all the more fascinating.

He was unattainable, which made him even more desirable.

He was immune to their looks, their money, and their ploys. And that made him a challenge.

Since Cole couldn't be coerced or tricked into talking about himself, they spent endless hours speculating about his family and his friends back home and inventing dire experiences that might have made him want to forget or bury his past.

They did everything to get his attention, from trying to flirt with him, to wearing their tightest pants and most revealing tops, to asking him to examine nonexistent ankle sprains and hurt wrists, to pretending to fall against him when they dismounted.

One by one, Diana had watched Cole's reactions to each girl's attempt to flirt with him, and she soon realized that the more blatant the attempt was, the stronger his retaliation. Milder transgressors were treated like children, subjected to his open amusement and spoken to in a condescendingly superior way that made the transgressor squirm. More daring transgressors received a much more unbearable punishment: they were subjected to weeks of cool and distant behavior. Unfortunately, both of his tactics made it necessary to find ways to get back into his good graces, which made him seem even more powerful and desirable.

At one point or another, during the last two years, practically every girl who rode at the Haywards' place had claimed that he'd done or said something to indicate he had some secret interest in her. In April of this year, nine of the girls had each bet ten dollars on who would be the first to kiss him. Diana had abstained, claiming he simply didn't appeal to her, but she volunteered to be the treasurer-and silently prayed she'd never have to hand the booty over to a winner. Earlier that spring, at a sleepover at the Haywards', Barb had claimed she'd won the bet the night before. For a half hour, she provided her girlfriends with dozens of titillating, imaginative, and highly improbable details about the nature of the kissing and the extent of the petting that followed.

Just when Diana thought she would surely throw up if she had to listen to another description of their body positions, Barb had flopped back on the bed and burst out laughing. "April Fools!" she called, and was immediately bombarded with handfuls of popcorn for her joke.

As miserable as Diana had been before Barb admitted to the joke, Diana hadn't betrayed by expression or word how she felt. Not then and not now.

She glanced over her shoulder and saw Cole pouring feed into the bucket in the last stall, and she knew he'd come back outside to join her in a minute. She knew a lot more about him than the other girls did, because she alone had spent substantial amounts of time with him.

She knew exactly how sunlight turned his hair to polished ebony; she'd seen the way his sudden white smile could soften the hard planes of his face and turn his eyes to liquid silver; she'd felt his hands at her waist when he came up behind her and jokingly picked her up to lift her out of his way. She'd heard the awful fury in his voice when he dragged outside one of Doug's friends who was smoking in the stable and verbally flayed him for creating a fire hazard for the horses.

She'd also seen him deliver a litter of kittens while he murmured gentle encouragement to the mother, and she'd seen him revive what had appeared to be a stillborn kitten by massaging it with his fingers.

She'd actually experienced some of the fantasies the other girls could only dream of, but there were two enormous differences between Diana and the others: she was smart enough not to try to make her fantasies into reality, and she was wise enough to understand and accept that this casual friendship she shared with him was all there was ever going to be.

She realized that she would never know how it felt to have his mouth cover hers in a kiss, or his arms close around her, or his hands press her tightly against him. She accepted all that with only a little regret. Because she was also smart enough to know that if he ever made up his mind to kiss her, she probably wouldn't be able to handle it or control him.

Cole wouldn't bother with a lot of smooth talk and rehearsed strategies; he'd expect her to be a match for him in every way. But she wasn't, and she knew it. Even if she weren't hopelessly naive compared to him, they were as different as two people could possibly be.

Cole was blunt, reckless, and earthy. Diana was reserved, cautious, and hopelessly proper.

He was motorcycles and blue jeans and battered duffel bags, with a need to blaze his own trails through life.

She was BMWs and prom gowns and matched luggage, with a need to stay on smooth, paved roads.

Copyright © 1996 by Judith McNaught

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

    Couldn't Wait to Read it !

    I wanted to read this book for the longest time, I came across a summary of it behind a copy of 'Double Standards' - which by the way put Judith McNaught on the map for me! The short summary wet my appetite for the book, the premise was awesome - jilted beauty rescued by a handsome billionaire on a moonlit balcony. Who wouldn't love to read a story like that?! I searched for the book at the local bookstores with no luck, instead I purchased Paradise - which by far is one of the best books I read in a while. Practically floating on air after reading Paradise like a drug addict I ordered Remember When online at B&N. I couldn't wait for it to get here. When it did I was elated with the prospect of finally finding out the details of how Cole & Diana met and fell in love. So, it's with a little dissapointment that I admit that the hype I created with my eager imagination was far greater than the actual storyline. Serves me right to take the editors short summary to heart. I could go on with details but that's useless. Just to point out one item though - the short summary said 'moonlit balcony proposal',well to be honest after the 2nd time around when they went out on the balcony came back went out again I lost faith in Cole ever proposing to Diana at all! I sat there wondering how many darn balconies this particuar hotel had! Anyhow the characters were awesome, the storyline good, but I feel like there wasn't enough of romance and passion. It all happenened too fast and even though I like the whole business backdrop there was too much of it and not enough of 'self-discovery' with the couple. I'd love to have read more about their honeymoon maybe prolonged the admission of love, etc. On the positive side kudos for both Diana and Cole's ability to communicate honestly and their ability to trust one another with everything - that was a refreshing change.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I like Judith McNaught as a writer. This is one of my favorite books. I like the characters. You will cheer for Cole and Diana. I purchased this book when it was came out as a hardcover in the late 90's. I loaned it to a family member and never saw it again. I wanted to reread the book and add it back to my book collection. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

    I love this Author

    I can honestly say every book is worth reading. Judith McNaught takes a story and gives it life, she is a wonderful author and story teller, she brings the character's to life, and I for one would love to see at least one book made into a movie..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2010

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!

    Enjoyed it from begining to end!
    I'm definitely going to read more of her books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2009


    This is a fun book, but IT IS A REPRINT. WAS PUBLISHED A FEW YEARS AGO.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    It was a cute story. I actually prefer the story about the heroine's sister corey and spence that was released before this one better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    good, not great

    This is a good read, but maybe a litle slow moving. OK but not the best McNaught.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006


    Of all the Judith McNaught books I've read, this is by far the best. Two thumbs and two big toes up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006

    Remember When... simply unforgettable

    The story is really amazing and a real page-turner... McNaught makes magic in this masterpiece... Diana Foster and Cole Harrison make one lovely and almost perfect couple... One can't help but wish for a sequel... I enjoyed reading it and hope many others did, too...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006


    Amazing. I couln't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    Another McNaught Winner

    I've read like all of her books and this one was as good as any. I loved the characters and how the romance came about. I loved the uncle Cal, and the time the couple spent at his house. It has a lot of funny parts mixed in with the great romance. I highly recommend the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006


    Will someone tell me why all of Judith McNaught's male characters are all hard, aggressive, angry males that are only soft when it comes to the females they fall hard for. I just don't understand why some of them cant be normal males and......oh yeah i suppose to talk about the book right? I thought that this book was okay,it kept me entertained but for the most part i liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005


    I loved the story line, but it wasn't long enough to get into the deep details of Cole. I liked in the ending how she believed in him instead where i read in books where the women believe things from other people about their loved ones. Very heart tugging and lovely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    A Shock

    Now, don't get me wrong here but I'm a great fan of Ms. McNaught's. Every time I read one of her books, I always learn some sort of life lesson from it, you know? But this book was a disappointment. No offense, I still love her books. But Cole Harrison wasn't all that great a guy. I liked him when he was younger, but he's not expressive. I felt like the book was mainly about business and family and there wasn't any love involved. But if you want to read it, sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    Almost perfect

    I really liked this book. It was so SWEET, especially at the end. When Cole comes back into Diana's life, some people might think it's kind of cruel that he would ask her to marry him not for love but for money (Well, stocks are kind of considered money so, I stand corrected). Another thing that was weak was the feelings from Cole to Diana. You'll notice that he never really says that he loves her. I guess showing it means more than saying it... Anyway, this book was REALLY good! If you get a chance, read this book b/c it's really sweet and shows that you have to trust and have faith in one another. In one word, this book was GREAT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    One of the sweetest books I've read in a long time

    This was such a sweet book I so enjoyed reading it. I fell in love with the characters in this book. I loved the strong family bonds of the Foster's blended family and Cole's relationship with his spunky but loving Uncle Cal. I recommend this fun easy read to all it will warm you heart and lift your spirit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2004


    Why are the Hero in these romance novels so perfect in every single way? They are described as breathtakingly handsome, winsomingly attractive! They carry their posture with such dignity and a sex symbol physique; tanned features with such a manly face and silvery cold eyes like a ferorcious storm that promises sunshine afterwards, under all those amazing features, and a heart. Why? Why? It was no use trying to imagine him to be a real life character because his descriptions already implanted in my head and I already imagine someone 'imaginary', yep, that's the problem, IMAGINARY is the stupid word. And why do these characters only exist in these romance novels, and not in real life? Because it's written by a WOMAN! Judith McNaught. That's right because my sex, only produce Perfect Heros in our head and we write it down to share it with others. C'mon admitt the truth (trying to tell myself this because I figure if I tell it to myself enough, it'll come true eventually) there's no such thing as a perfect hero, sadly but true. And this book that I happened to read, Cole Harrison was that perfect boy, even when he was little. I was magically enchanted with her Historical Romances when I first read Whitney, My Love because of the way she wrote about Clayton Westmoreland. I continued reading a series of Historical Novels until I didn't have any historical books available at the moment and I was desperatedly wanting to read something nice. So I checked out her other novel, Remember When. I myself love to reminisce so this was perfect for me. Hence the title everybody. It was a story of childhood crush, then finding yourselves years later, in trouble with life then falling into each other arms in love and rescued. Isn't that lovely? Yeah it's Judith McNaught version of love, only in papers though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    Ann Flores, Santa Ana CA

    This was a beautifully written story I loved the whole Diana and Cole thing from the beginning with just their friendship. I was also happy when Diana's sister ends up with Spencer and they have a familly; i was so hoping that would be. It was so romantic how Cole did all that at the banquet for Diana and how they helped each other out thats what you call true friendship and true love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    One of my favorite novels!!

    This was my first McNaught novel and I was very impressed with her. I hope to read more of her work. Good job, Judith!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Not enough

    I love McNaught's work, but I felt that this story was incomplete. These are great characters with amazing pasts that I wished had been more developed. I love her detailed descriptions and the way she makes you love the characters, but there were a couple of times I had to look back and see if there were pages missing. It lacked many details that I thought were needed and though the romantic scenes lacking the emotion of the other works I have read. Everything seemed very mechanic.

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