3.5 stars. A cute and simple regency romance, albeit a bit heavy on the predictable drama. MacLean can definitely write, it's just the story itself was kind of lackluster. It had a likable hero/heroine, but I couldn't fall in love with them or relate to their situations without questioning many of the holes in the story.
We learn early on that her father was a gambler that left them broke, but yet she had a nearly priceless collection of stone marbles in the house. Why didn't the father ever try to gamble with those? He was ethically corrupt and even gambled his own daughter on many occasions, there was no reason he wouldn't have done so. And there were other parts of the story that made it hard to go with the flow and accept the heroine's dire situation without question.