Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Synopsis

Born on a NSW sheep station, she wedded earls and barons, was feted by London and New York society, and when she died was a Russian princess.

Excerpt

The lady graced, rather than sat on, the hotel couch; at ease, as one might have expected, in the luxury of her temporary surroundings. Her face, famed in her youth for its ethereal beauty, was still bright and eager, her make-up spare. Wide clear eyes creased faintly when she smiled, framed by thick, carefully styled silver hair that sat shoulder-length—longer than in her heyday, when she had helped make short, sharp hair fashionable. Pixyish, an admirer and frustrated suitor had once described her. That compliment still held true four decades after it had been given.

But she had some other, special quality. Her interrogator, the women’s magazine journalist perched on a chair opposite, scrambled mentally for the phrase that might definitively encapsulate the woman before her. It was on the tip of her tongue, and yet somehow elusive. Prim or matronly did the . . .

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