This review contains quotes from the novel.
*Special thanks to Gallery Books for allowing us to read Colleen Oakley’s Close Enough to Touch.
Starting off the novel is our main character, Jubilee Jenkins, who we learn is afflicted with a rare disease that prevents her from having human contact. This derives from an incident Jubilee experienced that nearly claimed her life and has made her live a hermit life for the past nine years. But when she learns that her mother has passed, she realizes she has to face the world full on and that bears its own share of challenges for her.
“Another thought floats on the periphery of my brain, waiting to be let in. A terrifying thought. A thought that I realize maybe I’ve known deep down but haven’t wanted to admit to myself. But it’s hard to deny it when I’m leaning against the front door inside my house, unable to slow my heart or stem my tears or stop my body from shaking.
And that thought is: Maybe there’s another reason I haven’t left my house in nine years.
Maybe it’s because I can’t.“
-excerpt from Colleen Oakley’s Close Enough to Touch
Her first step into her new lifestyle is getting a job at the local library where she finds she is most comfortable. One day she meets a man named Eric Keegan at her job. He is divorced and has moved to the town with his adopted son. All Eric wants to do is become the man and the father who he has always tried to be. After he meets Jubilee, he realizes that she is the woman he wants, but she has been keeping him at a distance and he cannot figure out why. So Eric’s goal is to try to get Jubilee to open to him in a way she has never been able to do. Eric and Jubilee have one heck of a love story.
Man, this book did a number on me. I am an emotional wreck after reading this because Eric and Jubilee are goals. Their love story was so much fun to see unfold. I loved Jubilee’s character because she was stronger than she thought she was. She was able to step out of her house after losing her mother and start to live her life the way she wanted too. I found her courage to be remarkable especially for someone who is allergic to human touch.
In all, I would certainly recommend Oakley’s Close Enough to Touch to fans of Nicholas Sparks, Colleen Hoover, and Molly McAdams.