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Love, Ava

A Novel

Alton Rivers

St. Martin's Press

"The wide brim slanted low over her face.  The upturned lapels of her coat covered part of her features.  The dark sunglasses concealed her eyes.  And yet he knew beyond a doubt!"
 
She was Ava Gardner, in her youth one of the most sizzling screen goddesses of the Hollywood Golden Era.  Her reputation as a man killer was well earned, and she was still as dangerous as she was beautiful.  He was Major Russ Jefferson, just returned from a brutal tour in Vietnam, scarred by fire and haunted by loss.
 
Turning his back on a spectacular future in aviation, Jefferson takes a desk job at the American Embassy in London.  Into this aimless life steps the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen, an icon he recognizes from the movie screens of his childhood.  Exiting a taxi, Ava Gardner trips on a curb and he is instantly at her side. Long past her zenith, she fights back symptoms of the illness that will ultimately claim her life.
The hero and the aging movie star embark on a tentative love affair that will change their lives forever.  In an uncharacteristic gesture of selflessness, Ava Gardner sacrifices what might be her last chance for happiness in order to save Major Jefferson from himself.  Bittersweet and poignant, Love, Ava is a story of two people whose lives cross briefly, but unforgettably.

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Chapter One San Antonio, Texas July 25, 1973 Captain Russell Jefferson ran his fingers through his dark hair and shifted his weight impatiently in the deep, soft chair. He glanced at his wristwatch. Two minutes since he had last checked. He felt the waiting room closing in on him. He was the only person in the room except for the receptionist, who was typing and seemed to have forgotten he was there. She seemed also unaware that time no longer moved. He started to say something to her, then changed his mind. He looked at his watch again and stood. The United States Air Force
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  • Alton Rivers

  • ALTON RIVERS spent 21 years in the U.S. Air Force and flew more than 3,500 hours in fighters.  On assigment in the United States Embassy in Ventiane, Laos, as one of the first thirteen Air Force officers there, he helped prepare the arrival of the F-111 in Southeast Asia.  Later he flew the F-111 at Upper Heyford Royal Air Force Base in England and worked at the American Embassy in London.  He concluded his Air Force Service with air-to-air missile testing at the Tactical Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.  Since retiring from Air Force service, he has worked in city management, particularly with economic development. 
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Love, Ava

A Novel

Alton Rivers

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