A heartwarming story about two people trying to make a connection. Jubilee Jenkins is a young woman diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening allergy to human skin cells. Her first and only kiss triggered an anaphylactic reaction that nearly killed her and turned her into an agoraphobe for nine years. Necessity forces her out into the world where she meets Eric, a divorced, single dad trying to understand and communicate with his rebellious, teenage daughter and grief-stricken, adopted son. Each holds a key that helps the other reach their goal. A truly enjoyable read!— Shirley Cagle
March 2017 Indie Next List
“It was just a kiss, but it nearly killed her. Jubilee is allergic to people. She can't be touched by strangers, well-meaning or not. She retreats into her shell, away from the world, but her high school years pass, then her parents are gone, and, finally, she must move out into the world or die. She finds a home for her quiet life in a library, until Eric finds her and insists that she discover the truth of a life lived without fear. Close Enough is filled with real life, real people, and the search for happiness that we all recognize. It is a truly moving story from a rare gem of an author.”
— Linda Bond (E), Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA
"One of the most thought-provoking love stories of the year." --RealSimple.com, #1 Best New Book for March
"Fans of JoJo Moyes and rom-coms set within the stacks of libraries will rejoice." --Booklist
From the author of Before I Go comes an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart, perfect for fans of the emotional novels of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult.
Love has no boundaries...
Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she's allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world--and the people in it--that she's been hiding from.
Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library where she gets a job. It's there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who recently moved to town with his brilliant, troubled, adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad--and man--he wants so desperately to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can't understand why she keeps him at arm's length. So Eric sets out to convince Jubilee to open herself and her heart to everything life can offer, setting into motion the most unlikely love story of the year.