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


  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. :)

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

  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.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  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!

    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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