Ariana: The Trilogy (Ariana #1-3)
by Rachel Ann Nunes (Goodreads Author)
Three bestselling novels are now available in a single volume! Ariana: The Making of a Queen begins the story of an extraordinary young woman who struggles to find hope and meaning in the face of unimaginable suffering. In the second volume, Ariana: A Gift Most Precious, Ariana's faith is tested as she faces life-and-death consequences of past choices. And in Ariana: A New...more
Paperback, 600 pages
Published May 14th 2008 by Shadow Mountain
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My great-grandma told me that this book was going to make me cry. It did not. I have only cried once while reading a book. Anyway, this book(s) grew kind of monotonous. Happy, sad, happy, sad, happy, sad. Yes, I did like it. I hated Ariana's first husband, Jacques, during the first two books, but at the end of the third book, I decided that he was all right. I started to get frustrated at her second husband, Jean-Marc, for missing the obvious, which he wouldn't have recognized if it had slapped...more
These books are so amazing! Rachel Ann Nunes pulls you into the life of Ariana. You cry when she crys, laughs when she laughs, and love when she loves. You really feel like you are part of this woman's life. This books has real trials that can happen to anyone, anytime in this crazy world.
I would probably give it 3.5 stars...:). I actually really enjoyed this series. I was a little worried that I wouldn't, but I was surprised. For some reason the 2nd book was the hardest for me to get through. It was very sad, but it almost seemed like it drug out to much. I feel as though she was hit with a series of unfortunate events...while some of it seemed a little too unrealistic (ie everyone they meet joins the church, without hardly a second thought, some things that happened when Ariana...more
I think the reason why I liked this so much was simply because I could relate to the character really well. Ariana deals with some incredible life altering experiences that many people would never recover from; however, she finds the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints and she begins to find what life really means. Because of the Church, she is able to let go of her past and develop into a very faithful servant of the Lord. This book was very inspiring and heartwarming. I definitely wou...more
I guess I would say about 3 1/2 stars. I really liked the story, and it really brings you in to like all the characters and such, but I felt like the author had to keep torturing the characters to keep the plot going. It was one major trial after another. I know life is full of trials, but seriously, it was a little heavy handed in that department. But, I obviously still liked it since I read all three books in less than a week.
Ahhh sad! It didn't make me cry but I wanted to a few times. Some of it seemed fake though...like, can a person really be that unlucky? There were a few times when I thought Ariana should get her patriarchal blessing. I think that would've helped a lot. I think that this is a good book to read. I wasn't sure I would like it, but I ended up loving it! You might at first feel like I did, like it wouldn't be exciting (usually I like to read fanstasy, sci-fi, adventure, whatever) but this book was v...more
This is the first LDS romance novel that I have read. I really enjoyed how the story flowed. And it seems realistic. How our lives are like those in this story, you have ups and downs. And even in spiritual growth, you have the ups and downs there two. It seemed realistic, and I was surprised by how much I really liked it. I will reread this again and again!
I think the author did a good job writing the books but I personally did not like the series. It is divided into three books. I hated the first one, disliked the second and thought the third was okay. It's just so depressing and deals with situations that I would rather not read about. Had I known it had so much drug use and death in it I would not have read it. But for someone having a difficult time dealing with these situations it might help them.
I bought this from Deseret book with high praises from the salesclerk. It is not the best writing, but there some excellent passages. Book deals in unrealistic situations that are heaped upon one small family who deal with them in an unrealistic way. LDS based with some really great quotes on the faith. Problems with the book are from the writer, not the subject or church. Am happy to lend this out.
I really liked this book, however, I was sobbing hysterically about midway through the 2nd book. I loved the way she wrote and captured the characters, she incorporated missionary work, prayer, church, and so many other Standard Seminary Answers, but it was not preachy like Anita Stansfield's books. Loved this author!
I enjoyed reading this trilogy. Good writing, interesting characters, good stories, not quite as predictable as Anita Stansfield. However, I kept asking myself, "What more do these people have to go through?!" They just get through one harrowing trial when another life-wrenching event happens. Maybe life is like that for some, but it was a little overkill for me. I guess that's why it's fiction.
I really enjoyed these books! I would definitely say that they are feel good/pick me up books and I loved seeing how I should be handling trials that come (even though I hope to NEVER have to go through what Ariana does!) I thought that the author does an excellent job of developing her characters so well that you cry when they cry and laugh when they laugh. I think the first book in this series is the saddest but the best! These books helped put into perspective for me once again just how true...more
Rachel Ann Nunes (pronounced noon-esh) learned to read when she was four and by seventh grade knew she was going to be an author. Now as a stay-at-home mother of seven, it isn't easy to find time to write, but she will trade washing dishes or weeding the garden for an hour at the computer any day! Her only rule about writing is to never eat chocolate at the computer. "Since I love chocolate and wr...moreMore about Rachel Ann Nunes...