March 7, 2017

Review: Close Enough To Touch by Colleen Oakley

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.

 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

5 ~Stolen Touch~ Stars

Close Enough to Touch is a timeless work of women's fiction, one that will stay with you long after the last page has been read. Exquisite in delivery, Colleen Oakley has assuredly left a 'taste for more' when it comes to her work. Balancing the heart wrenching with light humor, an addictive combination that had me up into the late hours of night devouring, yet savoring every minuscule detail tossed my way.

Jubliee's story is one that I won't soon forget, THIS is what book hangovers are made of! With the many lessons throughout this poignant and touching story, emotions will be pulled from every direction. From melancholy, to upbeat and spirited events, teary eyed to giggling and swoony smiles, Close Enough to Touch is the full package book- The one I am constantly chasing after. The one I crave to get lost in, if only for a few hours. This is the exact type of book I adore and this is what makes reading a literary adventure for me, an escape, unequivocally.

Plagued with a rare allergy to human touch, Jubilee struggles through the motions of life; untouched. After finishing and digesting CEtT, the title alone brings tears to my eyes. Gah!
Close Enough to Touch is a story of personal growth, trust, forgiveness and acceptance among a few others, not only for Jubilee but for many of the secondary characters as well. Each person and place adds a huge part to the story, such depth and detail.

I simply cannot say enough great things about this book!! I am in book love *le sigh* I could read this book over and over again.

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

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