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Fur Coat & No Knickers: An acclaimed collection of short stories and poems by Adrienne Vaughan by [Vaughan, Adrienne]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Romantics Press; 1 edition (27 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #462,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'Fur Coat and No Knickers' is a compelling collection of short stories with unforgettable characters and moving stories, to be read while commuting. or any time you’re enjoying a short break to read something short and thought-provoking.
The stories are well-crafted and touching representations of people's reactions to death and bereavement, hurtful lies, keeping up appearances, and complex personal and family relationships, all including unique and engaging characters you'll easily recognise or identify with. There are also poems to introduce each story.
George and Mildred, which is my second favourite in the collection, is a beautiful story of second chances, mature love, and the need to have wise and helpful pets!
Lemon Bag, introduces us to a woman who has decided to take charge of her life, with the help of her new bag and a long journey.
Heir Apparent is a poignant story of manipulative lies, and unscrupulous people who take advantage of others,
The Adventuress is another favourite. It's about a woman, torn between two men, and a supportive father who is supportive and respectful of her decisions.
A Seed of Doubt is a wonderful ghost story about grief, misunderstandings, forgiveness and second chances.
A Married Man is a tragic story of a despicable liar and a naive young girl. It includes the cruelest villain and the most innocent and pitiful heroine.
Fur Coat and No Knickers, the story which gives the title to this collection is about keeping up false appearances, lies, jealousy, unrequited love and the inevitability of death.
The Retiring Type is a hilarious, yet poignant story about old age and betrayal.
A Visit at Christmas is my favourite. For me it’s the most touching and romantic.
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Fur Coat & No Knickers is a varied collection of short stories and poems encompassing a wide range of differing emotions, and giving a glimpse into people’s lives. Adrienne Vaughan manages, with concise and in depth prose, to reach the heart of each character and create well crafted and multi layered storylines in just a few pages. The characters are relatable and so very well drawn, in realistic situations that must happen all the time.

Some stories are thought provoking, such as A Married Man, when thoughtless actions can cause unforeseen and tragic repercussions. George and Mildred is a lovely story of the start of a mature romance, which benefits from a little canine help, while Heir Apparent is a tale of manipulation. A Seed of Doubt has a supernatural twist. The very poignant and touching A Visit at Christmas. An involved Irish family drama within The Messenger, the longest of the stories….I could go on…I enjoyed each one.

All the stories very cleverly incorporate an individual twist and/or message, some include flashes of humour and each one explores the distinct nuances of human nature and behaviour.

And sandwiched in between are a delightful selection of poems.

Extract from Another Time

'What other world is this I’ve seen
Twixt then and now, and in between?
What shaft of light revealed a crack
Of somewhere else, of time gone back?
What slice of life, that’s gone before
Was glimpsed beyond an open door?
How can the stranger, I’ve just met
Be someone known, I can’t forget?
Familiar, warm, yet fresh and new

I wonder if you felt it too?'

I’ve enjoyed each of Adrienne Vaughan’s full length novels very much, and this collection only emphasises the author’s wonderful storytelling ability and writing skills.

I chose to read and review Fur Coat & No Knickers based on a copy of the book supplied by the author/publisher.
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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.
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.
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