“Love has no boundaries…
Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she’s allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.
Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library where she gets a job. It’s there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who recently moved to town with his brilliant, troubled, adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can’t understand why she keeps him at arm’s length. So Eric sets out to convince Jubilee to open herself and her heart to everything life can offer, setting into motion the most unlikely love story of the year.”
I know I say this about every book but lately every book I have read has been amazing. Colleen Oakley definitely did her research with this one and while the disease is also fictional she makes it come off to be legit. This year has so many promising great reads, and “CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH” is one of them.
Jubilee, such a fitting name for this character, is someone I can relate with. Jubilee’s life has been no part of simple but her will power to adapt after the death of her mother is inspiring. When she finds herself running into a past friend who helps her get a new job, she has to learn how to leave her house after nine years of staying inside. Anxiety is a powerful problem and one many of us face. I mean, I would totally have anxiety if I could possibly die from a human touching me.
Jubilee finds herself crushing over Eric who she meets at her library job with his adopted son Aja. As their friendship turns into a bit more she finds it harder and harder not to have physical contact with him. Talk about self control.
Eric and Aja like so many others have their set of problems and that pulled at my heart. I loved the bond that Aja eventually takes with Jubilee, one that helps him open up.
Close Enough to Touch is beautifully written and one you are really going to want to read. I loved the struggles and how in the end seemed to work out the way they were meant to be. I hope you will pick up a copy to see what I’m talking about. My review can not do this book justice.
Hats off to Ms. Oakley!