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