This novel is about the problem of an unsuitable marriage. Shall young Frank Greeham, heir to a great but impoverished estate, marry the penniless Mary Thorne? Shall Doctor Thorne, her uncle, disclose that she may herself become heiress to a huge fortune?
Doctor Thorne (1858) by Anthony Trollope is one of the charming series of loosely connected novels set in Barsetshire. This is the third book to appear in the series, but may be read as a standalone work, and enjoyed on its own merits.
While the good Dr. Thomas Thorne is at the heart of the novel, it is the romantic story of his niece Mary Thorne and Frank Gresham -- a story with the playful sensibility of Jane Austen and the heartwarming cheer of Dickens.