Close Enough to Touch By: Colleen Oakley

Book Description....

"From the author of Before I Go comes an unconventional love story perfect for fans of the emotional novels of Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.

One time a boy kissed me and I almost died...

And so begins the story of Jubilee Jenkins, a young woman with a rare and debilitating medical condition: she’s allergic to other humans. After a humiliating near-death experience in high school, Jubilee has become a recluse, living the past nine years in the confines of the small town New Jersey house her unaffectionate mother left to her when she ran off with a Long Island businessman. But now, her mother is dead, and without her financial support, Jubilee is forced to leave home and face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.

One of those people is Eric Keegan, a man who just moved into town for work. With a daughter from his failed marriage who is no longer speaking to him, and a brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off-course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Then, one day, he meets a mysterious woman named Jubilee, with a unique condition...

Close Enough to Touch is an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart."

Title:  Close Enough to Touch
Author:  Colleen Oakley
Publisher:   Art to Artist, LLC.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  Four

"Close Enough to Touch" by Colleen Oakley

My Thoughts....

What a unique story this was of a Jubilee Jenkins being allergic to actual human contact and not leaving her home for nine years [living like a hermit].  However, after the death of her mother Jubilee will be forced to the outside world to get a job.  It was quite interesting as she will meet old and new people and also develop a romance, however Jubilee will not be able to touch. What will happen when she meets this 'precocious little boy Aja [saving him and almost dying herself] and his father Eric?  It was quite interesting how this author brings Eric into the picture being a divorced father who was dealing with a lot of his own issues. My, how I liked how Jubilee who had cut herself off from the world could be there to help Eric especially in that part of being able to help him connect with his children. I found this author really works her magic with some of those sensual scenes of how these two were able to show their love for each other.  But is this to be for these two?   I will say the ending wasn't what I would have expected, however it did fit this story completion giving the reader a good read of  'depth, humor, tension, warmth, romance, parental guilt, development, fear and emotion.'  How will this story end? Will there be a HEA?  Well, this is where I say you will have to pick up the good read to see how this author brings its all out so very well to the readers.  Was this story a little predictable at times?  Yes, but it still was a good interesting warm intriguing read.


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