My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fur Coat, No Knickers is a bittersweet story of Donnelly family during a dreadful time of WWII.
Shortly after Irishman Patrick Donnelly arrives into England, he finds his way into a card game house where he wins an ownership of an old and antique house. Years and hard work later, an old house becomes a grand mansion. Angie, sassy and hot-tempered lassy wins Patrick’s heart, and they live a happy life together in the family home, bearing two sons, Sam and Danny. After Patrick’s death, Angie remains living in the house with Danny and Sam’s family: wife Hetty and their daughters Grace, Violet and Polly.
Angie, a matriarch of Donnelly’s family, could never imagine the horrors WWII will bring on her family. After Sam and Hetty’s death, she strives to keep her family safe and together. But it’s a fulltime job to keep up with her granddaughters. Polly is the youngest grandchild, suffers a trauma after her parents’ death. Violet, sassy, beautiful but wild heartbreaker. And finally Grace, sweet, goodhearted and dedicated young girl. However keeping her eyes on the girls, Angie missed an opportunity the save her youngest son from a seduction of a scheming Beryl Lovesett.
A gripping wartime novel, with strong female characters that takes place in London during the time of WWII. It is full of courage, hope, and heartbreak. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in WWII history.