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Close Enough to Touch

(2017)
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One time a boy kissed me and I almost died...
And so begins the story of Jubilee Jenkins, a 28-year-old woman with a unique and debilitating medical condition - she's allergic to other humans. After a humiliating, near-death experience in high school, Jubilee has become reclusive in her adulthood, living the past nine years in the confines of the Victorian house her unaffectionate mother deeded to her when she ran off with a wealthy 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 - 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 no longer speaking to him, and a brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son who believes he has untapped telekinetic powers, 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...





Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"This is a heart-warming, unconventional love story you won't be able to put down." - Karma Brown

"Brilliant in its simplicity, beautiful in its sentiment, heartbreaking in its honesty, Colleen Oakley's Before I Go takes on one of life's ultimate cruelties, death before one's time, and makes us believe." - Susan Crandall

"Colleen Oakley takes on the big three--life, death, and love--and delivers a jewel. Before I Go absolutely glows with humor, wit, and compassion. I adore Oakley's fresh voice and could hardly bear for the book to end." - Lynn Cullen

"Oakley delivers a story that overflows with compassion, humor, and the impulsive need to read just one more chapter until you reach the very satisfying end." - Patti Callahan Henry

"A witty, inventive, and bittersweet story of a reclusive young woman forced to venture into the world where complex medical issues become tangled with longings of the heart." - Beth Hoffman

"It's so rare these days to find an utterly original heroine like Jubilee - one who is bravely living an almost unimaginable life. Gripping, raw, and moving, this is one of my favorite novels of the year." - Sarah Pekkanen

"Colleen Oakley writes a unique twist on love that I couldn't read it fast enough." - Amy E Reichert

"What would you do if you knew you were dying? This emotional debut and its gutsy heroine will have you laughing through tears and staying up late until you've reached the final, fully satisfying page." - Jennie Shortridge


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