The first book in this series: BANNER O'BRIEN, set the stage for the Corbin clan. CORBIN'S FANCY is the second son, Jeff's, story. At the end of the last book, he's devastated by the loss of Banner - she marries his older brother, Adam -- and Jeff sets off to sea.
A catastrophe occurs and Jeff almost dies. After a long recovery, Jeff is of a morbid turn of mind; the family is concerned. The third brother, Keith, takes it upon himself to find a solution; he finds Fancy, a sometimes magician. Fancy also has a side-kick named Herschel - an obese rabbit who is reluctant to help with Fancy's hat tricks.
The first few chapters make sense; Fancy is just what Jeff needs. She's as volatile as he is - but with the chutzpah to react in outrageous ways. This pulls Jeff from his morbid thoughts rather quickly.
Over the years, I've learned that when sex begins by page 49, there is precious little plot included in the tale. Fancy's insecurities became burdensome after awhile. I learned more about Jeff as a person in the first novel. In this book, Jeff and Fancy were just hormone-crazy teen-types; sex - fight - reconcile - sex - fight - reconcile (you get the picture).
I was really looking forward to this story; the first book did a wonderful job of showing Jeff as a strong male lead. Book two turns Jeff into a cartoon - what a waste of a great character!
1. Banner O'Brien (1984)
2. Corbin's Fancy (1985)
3. Memory's Embrace (1986)
4. My Darling Melissa (1990)
continuews from Banner O'Brien, the first of four stories. this is the second with the story of the second brothers romance. Good , quick moving and endearing plot.
It was nice to read the book, and rejoin the Corbin family. However, the story is primarily about Jeff Corbin and his girlfriend-turned wife named Fancy. There's a lot of passion between the two of them and quite a bit of humor since Fancy was a magician with a rabbit, named Herschel, that didn't go along with the hat trick very well. I got rather tired of Fancy, tho. She was crying all the time. Between her insecurity and feels of inferiority, it just about drove me crazy.
In this book, Jeff's old enemy, Temple, manages to do some damage when he and his wife are in a hot air balloon, and during Jeff's brother's wedding. Several of the guests are killed and/or injured. The feud, tho, comes to an end during the final pages of the book.
This is the no. 2 book in the Corbin series. The third is called "Memory's Embrace" and is about Keith Corbin, the brother that became a preacher.
I read "Banner O'Brien" which was the first in this series. It was a great read and "Corbin's Fancy" was a little disappointing as it did not measure up to the previously read book.
When a traveling carnival left Fancy Jordan stranded in the rugged Washington Territory, she thought her lucj had run out. Alone, penniless, she welcomed a most intriging offer, to live in the home of Jeff Corbin's brother and coax the wounded, withfrawn Jeff back to health and happiness. but a villainous attack on his ship had hurt only his body, a far deeper sorrow tortured him, heart and soul. For as the beautiful gamine fell deeply in love with this handsome, brooding man she is faced a phantom rival, one that only the most splendid, most heartfelt passion could conquest.
Good story line. Great characters.