by Tall Poppy Susan Crispell
I’m a sucker for stories that seamlessly weave together reality with something “other”. In Close Enough to Touch, Colleen Oakley does just that with main character Jubilee Jenkins, who suffers from an allergy to other humans. This allergy means Jubilee has kissed exactly one boy in her life, and almost died from the contact. But now that her mother has died and she’s inherited the house–along with all the bills–she is forced out of the house and into the local library where she finds a job.
Jubilee also finds herself wanting to be a part of the world for the first time in years.
Enter Eric Keegan. Charming and completely out of his depth when it comes to raising his adopted son and trying to win back the affections of his daughter who is no longer speaking to him. With his life so far off the rails, he’s willing to try anything. Even falling for the women he can’t touch.
Sounds delightful, right? You definitely want to add this to your to read list. or maybe even your holiday wish list!
Susan Bishop Crispell earned a BFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Born and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, she now lives twenty minutes from the beach in North Carolina with her husband and their literary-named cat. She is very fond of pie and is always on the lookout for hints of magic in the real world. She is the author of THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES (2016) and DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE (2018).