THE VISCOUNT AND THE ORPHAN by Rosemary Morris
Gabriel, Viscount Cavanagh, is a gambler, womanizer, and bankrupt. His grandfather, merchant Adam Maynard, will absolve him of his debts if Gabriel agrees to marry Adam's wealthy orphaned ward, Dorinda Davenport.
Sixteen-year-old plain, plump Dorinda, fueled by romantic notions from the novels she reads, considers Gabriel a knight in shining armour who will whisk her away from the orphanage to a life of love and luxury.
Nothing could be further than the truth, and this story’s eventual truth has a stunning twist. Along the way, Gabriel and Dorinda grow as characters. Gabriel's friend Avery is an engaging foil and the 18th Century historical detail, as always with Ms. Morris’s books, is on point. You will surely enjoy this tale if you like historical romance, or romance in general.