I received a copy of Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. Can you imagine being allergic to the touch of another person? This is the fate that Jubilee faces – skin to skin contact with any other person can cause her to have an allergic reaction and die. Because of this reality, Jubilee holes herself up in her house, alone, and soon she faces another issue – fear of leaving her house at all. When her mother dies and she no longer has money to live on, Jubilee has to leave the house and begin interacting with people again. Not only does she conquer her fear, she even risks her life when she witnesses an event that could be fatal to someone else.
“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.”
Close Enough To Touch was at times laugh out loud funny and at times emotionally touching. I loved the relationships Jubilee developed with Eric and his son Aja, her high school acquaintance Madison, and her fellow librarian Louise. The book is also told in part from Eric’s point of view, and he is an interesting character as well. He has caused a rift between himself and his 15 year old daughter and it is heartwarming to see how he struggles to repair their relationship. He is also learning to be a dad to Aja, and their relationship is admirable too.
The characters and their stories made this book one of the best that I’ve read recently and I’m excited that I’m able to give away a copy to one of you! If you are interested, just leave me a comment and let me know and I will enter you to win!