Close Enough to Touch
A NovelBook - 2017
Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With a rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. But after retreating into solitude for nearly ten years, Jubilee's decided to brave the world again, despite the risks. Armed with a pair of gloves, long sleeves, and her trusty bicycle, she finally ventures out the front door--and into her future.
Eric Keegan has troubles of his own. With his daughter from a failed marriage no longer speaking to him, and his brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son attempting telekinesis, 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. So when an encounter over the check-out desk at the local library entangles his life with that of a beautiful--albeit eccentric--woman, he finds himself wanting nothing more than to be near her.
A "heart-wrenching and humorous" ( Publishers Weekly ) love story for anyone who's ever wanted something--or someone--just out of reach, Colleen Oakley's Close Enough to Touch will delight fans of Jojo Moyes's One Plus One and Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project.
From Library Staff
Romance. The first time Jubilee Jenkins was kissed by a boy, she almost died. She's spent years shut away from the people that she is allergic to, but is finally ready to leave her home. This is a breathtaking book about relationships with complex, fascinating characters.
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I stand on shaky legs and fall into the blanket, into him. He wraps me up like a burrito, holding me tight. My shoulders shudder from laughing, but he doesn't let go.
Not even when his shoulders start to match the movement of mine. Not even when neither one of us in laughing anymore.
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