I received this book for free from Publisher, XOXperts in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
Published by Gallery Books on March 7th 2017
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher, XOXperts
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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.
Guys… this book doesn’t come out until March, but it’s one you NEED to have on your radar. The story is unique and captivating. It’s my first book by Colleen Oakley, but I’ll be picking up more of her work.
What would you do if you couldn’t touch another person… ever? Jubilee was easily my favorite character in this book. She’s stayed in her house for YEARS until she has to leave in order to get a job. She grows soooo much throughout the book. She becomes a stronger person who doesn’t second guess everything. I love the way she connects with people when she can’t physically touch them. I couldn’t imagine living my life like that. Not feeling the warmth and love a simple hug could bring.
Eric has his own issues. He’s struggling as a parent. He’s not sure what to do about his relationship with his daughter, and worries he’s screwing everything up with his adopted son. Now, his son doesn’t exactly make things easy for him but I think he learns that parenting isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. You have to connect with them in different ways. What works for one child doesn’t work for another. I loved seeing Eric and Aja’s relationship throughout this book.
Honestly… just pick this book up in March. You won’t regret it. You’ll get sucked in and not want to put it down.