Fur Coat and No Knickers by Adrienne Vaughan

Adrienne Vaughan is the author of a romantic trilogy: The Heartfelt Series.

I read all three novels, one after the other, a couple of months ago.

The central love story is between Marianne Coltrane and Ryan O'Gorman, a journalist and an actor.  From the outset, Marianne and Ryan are clearly meant for each other but they take several hundred joyous pages to get there.The Heartfelt Series is a great block-buster of a romantic saga set on a beautiful, remote island off the west coast of Ireland. The plotting is complex as befits such a substantial piece of writing and Adrienne Vaughan demonstrates great skill in keeping on top of all the intricacies.

It was with great interest that I turned to the author's collection of short stories and poems: 

Fur Coat and No Knickers.

The book description promises "fascinating and unforgettable characters" 

and believe me, that's what you get. After reading The Heartfelt Series I thought this author was good but the short stories showcase her talents to a whole new level. The range of emotions that are explored in this collection results in a very satisfying read.

And there are so many twists on the notion of a love story:

an older couple meet while a beautifully described solitary swan reflects their emerging romance; a one-sided telephone conversation is amusing and edgy; so  much emotion packed into one lemon bag; a woman meets a man in a bar and her ultimate ruination; a so-called married man sends poor Eva to a tragic end; a theatrical agent is stitched up by his best friend; a lonely woman is helped to find something positive in her marriage by an ageing father; and a young woman finds out that all was not as it seemed in her early life.

Great variety and depth of feeling in these short stories.

My favourites were: 

A Seed of Doubt

A man whose wife has died goes on a weekend bereavement course. He is struggling to come to terms with his loss as he believes his wife was unfaithful. Help and a solution come from an unexpected source and the moral of the story is one from which many might benefit.

A Visit at Christmas

I mean it: I had tears in my eyes at the end of this story.

Fur Coat and No Knickers

Just so much fun! A woman who is a snob and a traditionalist turns out to be living a life of pretence.

There's a poem between each story. 

I don't read a great deal of poetry but I liked the break that each poem provided between the stories. I particularly liked "Friends in Graveyards" and the inclusion of the Heartfelt poems at the end.

A fine collection of short stories, well worth reading.

Fur Coat and No Knickers is available to download at http://amzn.eu/88BFNzX
And details of all the author's books are on her Amazon Author page. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adrienne-Vaughan/e/B00AC0QUOI

8 comments:

  1. Well, you've done it again Cathy, totally swept me away with your wonderful review of one of my books, thank you so much, I am thrilled you enjoyed Fur Coat & No Knickers... and yes, it's very different from my rollicking romantic saga, The Heartfelt Series, although I do hope the characters and their stories are just as engaging - many have said A Visit At Christmas brought tears to their eyes, sorry. (And delighted you enjoyed the poetry - as you know, all my novels come with a free poem!) Huge thanks again. :)

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    1. Thankyou so much, Adrienne. It's been a pleasure to read and review your wonderful books. I'm looking forward to reading more. ��

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  2. I agree with you Cathy having read all Adrienne Vaughan's books too. There is such a mix of characters and I would love to see some of those in a new novel so we can find out more about their lives.

    Although there is a poem at the beginning of each book in the Heartfelt Trilogy, I had no idea that Adrienne was such an accomplished poet too.

    I always high recommend all her books.

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    1. Yes, it's true. The Heartfelt poems are only a small indicator that Adrienne is such a good poet. Thankyou so much, Sarah, for leaving a comment.

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  3. That is such an eye catching cover and conceals some beautiful writing. It's a brilliant showcase for Adrienne's skill as a writer and your blog post really highlights that, Cathy. Thank you for your generosity in supporting all members of New Romantics Press, we really appreciate it.

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    1. Thanks Lizzie. And best wishes to the four of you with all your new publications. I've followed all your Amazon Author Pages so I get emails about new releases. That's a good way to make sure you don't miss new books from favourite authors. And Twitter, of course.

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  4. A fabulous review for Adrienne's brilliant book. It's such a wonderful mix of styles - all those shifts of moods and scenes. A lovely read to dip into!

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    1. You're so right, June. What a sensitive writer Adrienne is: her subtle nuances are a delight to read. Thank you for leaving a comment today.

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