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Ariana: The Making of a Queen (Ariana #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,129 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
On a rainy Parisian evening, Ariana de Cotte considers her life. It is her wedding night, but Jacques has gone drinking with his friends, and she is left alone with her thoughts and memories . . . memories of a beloved twin brother, lost to her in a terrible accident; of her estranged parents, who had shut her out when Antoine died; of the loneliness and anger that consume ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published June 30th 1996 by Covenant Communications Inc
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Mar 01, 2009 laura rated it liked it
My sister Monique let me borrow this book when I was having some hard times with my drug addiction. It was a pretty good story all in all but not one that I can entirely relate to. The girl in the story's saving grace was the LDS religion and for me that wasn't the case. But kind of similarly it was spirituality. Finding god, (a higher power) HAS been my saving grace. But it was hard to relate to at the time and hard to envision that going to church would have saved me at the time, but actually ...more
Selina Kyle
Apr 23, 2015 Selina Kyle rated it really liked it
I read this book in 8th grade. A good friend of mine loaned it to me--at the time I had no idea it was an LDS book, and I don't know if I would have borrowed it if I had known in advance. Which would have been a shame because it's really good, so I try not to be too Judgy McJudgerson about books I haven't read nowadays.

Nunes presents us with a character that I, as a non-Mormon/non-religious person, can relate to. Redemption is such a powerful theme, and I am such a sucker for it. I might not be
Oct 01, 2007 HRH rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mormon girls
The French Ariana find herself married to an addict and pregnant at the beginning of the book. With her marriage and life more or less failing, Ariana decides to make more of her life -- to begin acting like a "queen."

I found parts of the book really realistic (the yo-yo of emotions when you're dealing with an addict) and other parts crazy wrong (see Ariana's LDS mission where she smoozing her boyfriend's family and can more or less do everything without a companion and the fact that no one can
Aug 03, 2008 Lydia rated it liked it
This is the first book in a set of 4--however, I had a paperback containing the first three books so I didn't even realize they are published, I'll have to pick up the fourth book.

I loved reading all three together.

This first book was very very sad. And then got even more sad. I cried quite a bit. But I still loved the story lines...not completely believable but still good. I enjoy stories where people overcome their bad traits through faith in God. Ariana is immersed in a worl
Jan 14, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Own: Book/Tape

Ariana Series Read all 7 books in a row then read last book.

Ariana: The Making of a Queen Ariana: A Gift Most Precious Ariana: A New Beginning
Ariana: A Glimpse of Eternity This Time Forever
Ties That Bind
Twice in a Lifetime
Bridge to Forever(Side Sequel to “This Time Forever”)
Feb 02, 2014 Aimee rated it really liked it
I read this series quite a while ago, but I remember how much I enjoyed them! The series is about a girl who loses her twin brother and basically goes off the deep end. She finds herself married, doing drugs, and pregnant. The rest of the book is about her turning her life around and how the gospel helps her. It really taught me about the atonement and how even when we are Forgiven, there are still consequences for our actions. I think it is a great series of books, especially for teenagers.
Jul 30, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-books
My sisters insisted I read these books and so far I have really enjoyed the series. They are uplifting and are the PERFECT books to read if you are in the mood to cry. I'm not sure if these are the best books to read while you are pregnant because lots of sad things happen to babies and mothers and they will make you bawl. Maybe I should have held off of them till after my baby is born :)
Julia Atkinson
Jul 17, 2009 Julia Atkinson rated it it was amazing
Ms. Nunes definitely knew how to jerk some tears and lift hearts in this novel. Ariana's trials and victories were so superb! You can't even begin to think of how she wont get through a single thing. I loved this book, mainly because it shows here at a young and vulnerable age, and she was able to turn her life around.
I thought that many of the characters' conversion to the LDS faith was a bit too easy, and I didn't think Jean-Marc's problem at the end was realistic, but I liked the story in general. I was touched by the main character and her strength. I will likely check out the next book to continue the series.
Jul 17, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
This is one of my new favorite books! It's awesome to read things by Rachel Ann Nunes because you can tell that she has a testimony through her writing. It's nice to know that there is something I can turn to that has the same standards as me.
Jan 23, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
This is the start of a beautiful journey that is reading one of Rachel Ann Nunes books. I was hooked from the very beginning. Nunes is now one of my favorite authors. I recommend all of Nunes' books to my friends and family.
May 10, 2009 Lacey rated it really liked it
I would like to give this book 4-1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend a box of tissues while you read. I got so teary-eyed that I had to take unwanted breaks.
Jennica Williams
Jan 06, 2016 Jennica Williams rated it it was amazing
I've been meaning to read this book for a really long time and I'm definitely glad that I did. I found myself unable to stop reading at times. I love the way the author portrayed Ariana's feelings you almost always knew how she was feeling and I felt like I could connect with the book more because of it. This book is definitely something I would call an emotional roller coaster. There are plenty of happy parts but there are also a fair amount of sad parts. There were a few parts that I thought w ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
One of my favorites. :o) A flawed character, an impossible situation, heaps of trials added into the mix, and a great ending. What more could you want?
Jan 30, 2009 Sharla rated it it was amazing
Rachel is my absolute favorite author. You definitely need to give her a try.
Amanda Caswell
There is no better way to start a day than with a moving, inspiring book about God, love, and true happiness. I cried nearly as much reading this as I do every time I read The Secret Journal of Brett Colton, though at least now I can blame it on the pregnancy instead of the fact that it's simply so emotionally engaging. It's been on my to-be-read list for years, but I'm glad I waited until now to read it: with a child on the way it was so much more moving to read about Ariana and the loss of her ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
This book has long seemed to me like a staple of LDS fiction, yet I never really felt drawn to read it. A few years ago I bought a used copy of it, but it just sat on my shelf. Lately I’ve been on an LDS fiction kick, so I took it off the shelf and began to read it. And discovered I really liked it. Ariana’s story, though fictional, drew me in and touched my heart. The characters felt real to me. I felt like I could relate to them even though their circumstances were much different than mine. I ...more
May 17, 2012 Helynne rated it liked it
Ariana: The Making of a Queen (1996) is the first of four novels by Rachel Ann Nunes, a resident of Orem, Utah, that center of Ariana Merson Perrault, an LDS convert in Paris, France. First of all, I am delighted that an LDS writer has attempted to depict the lives and travails of Latter-day Saints in France as they grapple with modern-day issues such as rebellious teens, drug and alcohol addictions, unemployment, AIDS. My intention is neither to criticize Nunes’s choice of subject matter nor h ...more
Jun 09, 2008 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Kind of edgy for LDS fiction. Heroin addiction, prostitution, and accidental pregnancies out of wedlock were scattered throughout the book. Other than an unrealistic amount of instantaneous baptisms, I found the story to be fairly realistic. The love story lacked depth, but Ariana's strong, endearing character made up for it. It was definitely preachy, but not in an uppity way. Not a bad novel.

Plot synopsis: Ariana loses her twin brother Antoine when she is 17, and is isolated by her parents to
Sep 10, 2015 Candide rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Candide by: Lindsey Lyman
Shelves: favorites
Read it in two days - it was INCREDIBLE. My neighbor recommended it to me without much background info, so I wasn't sure what I had in store. This book has a lot to do with religion, but even if you aren't religious, it still has a good message and is intriguing. That being said, I want to go on my mission now more than ever.
Kelli Sharp
Jun 24, 2016 Kelli Sharp rated it really liked it
The "Ariana" series was one of my favorites to read as a teenager. That being said, I re-read them as an adult and enjoyed them just as much. The books kept me interested and while they are filled with sad tragedies, there is also so much faith, hope, and change in each of them. I loved the whole series!
Jul 02, 2008 Stephanie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens/young adults looking for LDS fiction
Shelves: lds
I would actually give the book 2.5 stars, but Goodreads isn't as nitpicky as I am. :p

I enjoyed the first half of the book (kind of odd saying that, since the first half is rather depressing). The last half was far too gushy and too unrealistic for me (yes it's a fiction novel, but come on!). To be fair, I think part of the reason I had issues with the last half is because I can't relate to the author's point of view and how she figured that the religious development of certain/all the characters
DeeAnn Christensen
Really good!

This was a very exciting book and one that I would be able to recommend to anyone. I had a hard time putting it down. I will look forward to reading the sequels.

Tammy Brunson
Jul 27, 2015 Tammy Brunson rated it really liked it
This book was an awesome start to a series that I found very entertaining, often funny, and poignant examples of goodness. I love this author and I look forward to reading many more of her books.
Olivia Wells
Nov 10, 2015 Olivia Wells rated it it was ok
This book series started out pretty good, but the sequels turned the story into a Mormon soap opera. Waaay overdramatic, although the book had a good overall message.
Stephanne Stacey
Jul 14, 2015 Stephanne Stacey rated it really liked it
Welcome too a little darker story than you might be used to when it comes to LDS youth books. Still a really great read. I love the story line although it did drag a little at the beginning. It's a really great tool to help introduce what the atonement means.

For a first novel Rachel did a wonderful job. There is meat in the story. Times to contemplate and times to weep. I didn't see much character development, but I suspect that is because the narrator is Ariana after the change had occurred. M
Jul 21, 2014 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read her books in reverse this was a wonderful story to read about how it all began great
Dec 29, 2010 Swhe641200 rated it really liked it
Kathy Ahern's Book. Ariana lost her twin brother Antion. Her parents in their grief abandon her. She get married had a little girl and left her husband who was doing drugs. She was raiding her to be a Queen. Husband trys to get Antionette and killher. She joins the church falls in love . Pauline her friend who used drugs repents goesas to church and marries Ariana brother in law. Second baby aids appear. Her husband and baby also have hiv kills husband Ariana raises her two daughters. Jaques her ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
I read this book several years ago. I remember enjoying it very much.
Jaylynn Bryson
Jun 06, 2015 Jaylynn Bryson rated it it was amazing
Great story of love, tragedy, and forgiveness. I loved this book!
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Other Books in the Series

Ariana (4 books)
  • Ariana: A Gift Most Precious (Ariana, #2)
  • Ariana: A New Beginning (Ariana, #3)
  • Ariana: A Glimpse of Eternity (Ariana, #4)

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