Strangers in the Night: A Novel of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner (Paperback)
It was the tumultuous romance that scandalized the world: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner fought, loved, and lived life to the hilt. Now their unbridled story is brought vividly to life by Heather Webb, the bestselling author of Meet Me in Monaco and The Next Ship Home.
In the golden age of Hollywood, two of the brightest stars would define—and defy—an era…
She was the small-town southern beauty transformed into a Hollywood love goddess. He was the legendary crooner whose voice transfixed the world. They were Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra. Separately they were irresistible; together they were an explosive combination.
Ava’s star is rising just as Frank’s career—and public image as a family man—is taking a hit. Gone are the days of the screaming bobbysoxers and chart-topping hits. Ava, however, finds herself gracing the front page of every tabloid in America. Jealousy and cheating abound, and when the two succumb to their temperaments and their vices, their happiness is threatened at every turn.
As the pair ride the rollercoaster of success and failure, passion and anger, they both wonder if the next turn will be the end of their careers, and most devastating of all—the end of all they’ve shared.
A captivating novel with a star-studded cast spanning continents and decades, Strangers in the Night brings to life the most riveting love story of the twentieth century.
Heather Webb is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Last Ship Home, The Phantom's Apprentice, Rodin's Lover, and Becoming Josephine. Heather is also a freelance editor, and teaches craft courses at a local college. Her novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages, worldwide. She lives in Connecticut with her family and one feisty rabbit.
"Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra’s wildly rocky relationship in Strangers in the Night exposes the cinematic glitz of Hollywood’s golden age alongside Tinseltown’s darker underbelly. Readers craving a story that’s glamorous and deliciously dishy won’t be able to turn these pages fast enough!" — Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author of A Most Clever Girl
"Heather Webb gets under the skin of two of the brightest stars showbiz ever produced, and takes us inside their tempestuous, compulsive, alcohol-fueled love story. Crackling with sexual tension, and full of insight about the pressures of mega-stardom, this is a spicy and addictive page-turner." — Gill Paul, USA Today bestselling author of The Manhattan Girls
“Strangers in the Night is a gorgeously written, impeccably researched historical novel that delves into both the glamour and darkness of old Hollywood, as it details the passionate and tumultuous epic love story of Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra. By turns sexy and heartbreaking, beautiful and volatile, I loved this fascinating peek behind the curtain of a real Hollywood love affair.” — Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of Beautiful Little Fools
"Heather Webb has set a new standard in historical fiction by writing a story that was so engaging that I forgot I was reading a book and not actually embodying the characters. Legendary stars Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner come alive under her deft handling of their tumultuous and passionate relationship and will leave readers feeling like they've leapt from the page into living, breathing people that they know. A lifelong fan of the famous crooner, my own music listening will forever be quite impacted by Webb's captivating book." — Camille di Maio, bestselling author of The Memory of Us
"Author Webb grabs hold of the reader and does not let go. Told in intimate first-person chapters from both Ava’s and Frank’s viewpoints, their many spats, breakups, and reunions feel honest yet not overdone... Altogether, a rousing and well-done, probably mostly true, romantic novel." — Historical Novels Review
"This page-turning fictionalized tale explores the tumultuous love story of two legends, from the atmospheric highs that catapulted them into the limelight to the shocking lows that threatend to rip them apart." — BookBub
“A sexy read.” — Montecito Journal
"This biographical historical fiction tells their love story with an amazing cast of characters. This book...should not be missed." — Beyond the Bookends