Five-Star Booklist 2015

 
A wedding in springtime
by Amanda Forester
Her timing couldn't be worse– Miss Eugenia Talbot's presentation to the queen is spoiled by a serious faux pas — the despicable William Grant made her laugh, right in front of Her Majesty. Now Eugenia is ruined and had better marry–someone, anyone–at once. And his couldn't be better–Roguish William Grant has never taken anything seriously in his life. Until he meets Eugenia Talbot, who makes him feel and do things he never thought he would.
All the light we cannot see : a novel
by Anthony Doerr
A novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
The Best of Me
by Nicholas Sparks
This is the story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they have taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined, and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.
The blessing
by Jude Deveraux
Tycoon Jason Wilding takes a reluctant break from his high-pressure corporate world to return to his Kentucky hometown for a holiday visit, only to discover that his matchmaking physician brother has set him up with a beautiful young widow with an adorable little son.
Blueprints : a novel
by Barbara Delinsky
Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter, her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Together they are the faces of Gut It!, a home renovation series on local public television. Caroline takes pride in her work, and in the way she connects with the show's audience. But when she is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host–the day after Caroline's fifty-sixth birthday–she is devastated. The fallout couldn't come at a worse time. For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn't want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It! For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity.
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
The Collectors
by David Baldacci
The Camel Club returns in this novel in which its members search for those who are murdering high ranking Americans and selling America's classified secrets one at a time. From the Speaker of the House, to the rare books room in the Library of Congress, all of Washington, D.C., is rocked by the unfolding events.
The Cottage on Juniper Ridge
by Sheila Roberts
Can a book change your life? Yes, when it's “Simplicity, ” Muriel Sterling's guide to plain living. In fact, it inspires Jen Heath to leave her stressful, overcommitted life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. And where she can enjoy simple pleasures– like joining the local book club– and complicated ones, like falling in love with her sexy landlord, Garrett Armstrong.
The Fault in our Stars
by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
Hell’s Corner
by David Baldacci
The mysterious attackers in a seeming terrorist plot in Washington, D.C., might have another target in their sights, and if the Camel Club is unable to stop them, the results would be nothing less than catastrophic.
Homer's odyssey : a fearless feline tale, or, how I learned about love and life with a blind wonder cat
by Gwen Cooper
The author’s biographical tale of how her journey with her blind cat taught her about life and most important of all, love.
Me Before you
by Jojo Moyes
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–steady boyfriend, close family–who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life–big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel–and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.
Memory Man
by David Baldacci
Amos Decker's life changed forever–twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin.
Morning Light
by Catherine Anderson
Anderson continues the Coulter/Harrigan series. Loni is a practicing Catholic but also a clairvoyant troubled with visions. When she discovers that the man of her dreams, Clint Harrigan, is—unknown to him—also the biological father of a small boy lost in the Oregon wilderness after his parents died on a canoe trip, she faces her greatest test yet.
Nemesis
by Catherine Coulter
Special Agent Lacey Sherlock foils a terrorist attack at JFK airport and turns the reins over to the New York FBI. But another plot unfolds nearly simultaneously with a bomb at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Meanwhile, Savich has his hands full trying to track an elusive murderer who looks like a Hollywood Dracula. When Dracula’s attempts to kill Savich collide with Sherlock’s terrorist case, very strange things happen. Who is really behind the bombing attack at St. Patrick’s? How does Savich’s mysterious killer fit into Sherlock’s terrorism investigation? Savich and Sherlock race against the clock, as more lives are in danger with every passing minute.
The Orphan train
by Christina Baker Kline
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse … As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life–answers that will ultimately free them both.