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Author: Colleen Oakley Narrator: Candace Thaxton, Jonathan Todd Ross, Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781508230786
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A March 2017 Indie Next Pick

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most thought-provoking love stories of the year.”

    Real Simple

  • “Oakley’s gem of a novel…succeeds in examining the myriad ways in which people relate to one another, even at arm’s length.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Oakley masterfully creates a high-stakes story that still feels solidly real. All of her characters are well-rounded and charming, especially Jubilee…A romantic, sweet story about taking chances and living life fully.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Heart wrenching and humorous, Oakley delivers an out-of-the-ordinary love story with steady quips and endearing characters…[Jubilee’s] journey from recluse to recovery is fascinating.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrated in alternating chapters by Candace Thaxton as Jubilee and Kirby Heyborne as Eric Keegan, the audiobook explores what is means to express love, how to hope even when it seems impossible, and when to stop hiding and open ourselves to the world around us.”

    AudioFile

  • An Indie Next List Selection for March 2017

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About the Author

Colleen Oakley is a writer and author of the novels Before I Go and Close Enough to Touch. 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, she was editor in chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie Claire.

About the Narrators

Candace Thaxton is an actress and audiobook narrator. She has starred in several films and television shows, including Ghost Town and Law & Order.

Jonathan Todd Ross is a writer and an Earphones and Audie Award–winning voice actor. He has lent his voice to numerous anime television shows, including Yu-Gi-Oh! and Sonic X.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.