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Ariana: The Making of a Queen

First novel in the Ariana series

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!

What Others Are Saying

Ariana is my favorite book in the whole world, it helped me through some very hard and troubled times and it touched my heart! Thank you so much for this book!!!
  —Juli Simmons
I got the trilogy for my birthday and I love this series. This book really made the setting for the rest that followed. Brilliant!
  —Michelle G. of Plattsmouth, NE
Ariana: The Making of a Queen was the most gripping, heart warming novel that I have ever read.
  —Millie Struve of Sterling, Virginia
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Author's Comments

Published in November of 1996, Ariana: The Making of a Queen sold out of its first printing in five weeks, breaking records at Covenant Communications for a first novel. Since I'd been told by every writer I knew not to expect much, I was happily surprised. Many people have written to tell me how their lives have changed because of this novel. Though the story is completely fictionalized, it was inspired by a woman I met in Portugal. Ariana comes to know her Savior and how the Atonement works in her life. And, yes, it's also a love story—one not just for women.

Sample Chapter

Warm rain fell softly in the dark Parisian night, yet strongly enough to mingle with the tears that fell down my face, masking them completely as I s  (more...)

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General Info

Covenant Communications, Softcover Tradeback, Romance, 182 pages.
First printing in September 1996
ISBN 1-577734-025-6