WILD BELLS TO THE WILD SKY, By Laurie McBain,is a marvelous read. This is my second reading of this book and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. Laurie McBain only wrote about seven books--that I've been able to find--and she is an excellent historical romance writer that captures the period of her settings remarkably. In this book, Lilly Christian is stranded on an island with her mother, brother, half-sister, and Sir Basil, an agent to Queen Elizabeth Tudor in 1558, and is rescued seven years later by Valentine Whitelaw, the man who will later become the love of her life. With traitors plotting to overthrow Elizabeth to put Mary Stuart on the throne, Lilly Christian becomes a target of the traitors because she accidently overheard something she shouldn't have and because Sir Basil kept a journal with notations about the plot against Elizabeth, which Lilly has carefully hidden away. The story is suspenseful and keeps the interest level high. A great book for lovers of historical romance.