Book Review: Ariana: The Making of a Queen by Rachel Ann Nunes

ArianaTitle: Ariana: The Making of a Queen

Author: Rachel Ann Nunes

Series: Ariana (book 1)

Publisher: Covenant Communications

Release Date: June 30, 1996



Book Summary:

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 her. She is nineteen, and her life seems beyond hope or repair.

Thus begins the story of an extraordinary young woman who, as her life spirals downward, struggles to find meaning and hope in the face of unimaginable suffering. Her bitter refusal to listen to the LDS missionaries doesn’t help matters as she blames God for her troubles. Until one dark night, when her life hits rock-bottom and the Spirit begins its whisperings to her heart.

As you come to know Ariana, you will weep for her tragedy, smile at her small triumphs, rejoice as she embraces the faith that will sustain her, and feel the love of a good man who has the power to change her life forever.

Rachel Nunes has created a powerful and moving novel with characters so real that you will let them into your heart and invite them to stay. Having done so, you life will never be the same. You’ll find yourself re-living this exceptional story again and again!

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 liked how I could see the characters’ growth throughout the book. Some of the events in the book seemed a bit far-fetched but remembering true stories I know that are more far-fetched kept it from pulling me away from the story.
I found this book to be uplifting and liked how it showed gospel principles in action. Also, I really liked was that the book had complete closure even though it is part of a series.


Rating: 4.5 – Highly Recommend
Content: some mentions of premarital sex and prostitution, drug use (it shows the consequences of drug use and the ability to overcome drug addiction), recommended for ages 14+
Source: D.I./My bookshelf
A kindle version of the first three books in the series is available at A copy of just Ariana: The Making of the Queen can be purchased on Amazon.



  1. This sounds like a great book. I haven’t actually heard of it before either, I’m kind of surprised.