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A kiss is just a kiss. But for Jubilee Jenkins, a kiss nearly kills her. Does love have no boundaries….
Reading Colleen Oakley’s novel, CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH (Gallery Books), seemed to me as if I’d entered a fairytale, of sorts. I found myself lost in a world of with fictional maladies and sweet, romantic characters that were completely believable.
Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she’s allergic to the human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she becomes a recluse and never leaves her. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is cut off financially and forced to face the world and the people in it.
Jubilee finds safe haven at the local library where she gets a job. It’s there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who has recently moved to town with his troubled, adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad, and man he so desperately wants to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can’t understand why she keeps him at a distance. When he discovers the source of her fear, he’s determined to do everything possible to get closer.
Oakley creates a sense of wonder between Jubliee and Eric which some cynics might find contrived, but I found it as if fairy dust had been sprinkled over them. Both Jubilee and Eric deserved some happiness in their lives. That’s not a spoiler. Of course, it’s going to end happily-ever-after.
Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer and author of the novel Before I Go. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor in chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie Claire. Close Enough to Touch is her second novel.
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Thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com and Gallery Books we have a copy of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH to give away to one luck winner. Just tell us which is the most unique love story you’ve ever read? We’ll announce a winner next Monday.