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TV weatherman Owen Martin is relieved to leave Southern Californiathe monotonously mild climate and the holistically hip trendsand head home to Iowa, back to the four seasons and the simple life he knew before his father died. But he can’t predict the atmospheric pressure awaiting him: The town his family founded has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are mass meditations and dosha discussions, a vegan cafe has replaced the burger joint, and all the doors now face east. Far worse, however, is what the meditating mayor has planned for the Martin family’s farm.
In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is sure where he standsuntil he falls for a levitating yogi. Before he knows it, he’s caught in a veritable tornado of midwesternness vs. mindfulness. Can he save the farm, get the girl, and reunite the town? Maybe . . . if he’s willing to forecast a change in the weather.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||17 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Julie Long was born in Fairfield, Iowa, a typical Midwestern town (the kind with a bandstand in town square), which just happened to become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement. For several years she lived in Southern California (where she never did find the center of town) before opting for the rural life in Western Pennsylvania. Today she lives on a farm with her husband, extended family, and an English bulldog. She co-authored BABY: An Owner’s Manual , A Mouthful of Truth , and Fat, Dumb & Lazy. This is her first novel. Visit her at JulieLongWrites.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rooville is about Owen Martin coming home to Iowa after 13 years spent in California and all the changes that happened to his little hometown. Owen is a TV weatherman and had just got fired from his job when a opportunity to go home presented it self, so he goes home and discovers the town that his family is named after, is filled with New Age people called Roos. On his first day back, he meets Trishna, a Roo who's father is the new mayor of Martinville and trying to make Martinville a Roo haven. With his family farm in jeopardy, a mayor who is determined to rule the town and caught between his new found love for Trishna and having his old girlfriend around, only a tornado can change the course of fate for everyone! At first, I just wasn't getting into the book mostly due to the New Age but as you start reading it, it get's funny and wondering if the farm will be saved or not and who will Owen pick. Julie did fantastic being this is her debut novel, if it can make someone who isn't into the whole New Age stuff love this book, I'm pretty sure it will be a hit!! Thank You to Julie Long for writing a fantastic debut novel and I'm looking forward to many more from you!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
To be honest, the only reason why I chose to read this book is because I thought it would be about Australia (Rooville—>Kangaroos—>Australia). I was SO wrong. At first, I kept waiting and thinking, “Ok, now is when he decides to go to Australia…” Nope. He moves to Iowa. And Roos are the people that meditate, not kangaroos. Bummer. It’s actually really funny that I did read this book because it deals with a lot of New Age topics such as meditation, yoga, and alternative healings. My mom and step-dad are both healers and are really into all the New Age things that the Roos are into in this book. I feel like Owen because I don’t quite buy into everything that they do, but I do appreciate yoga and how it makes me feel. I also understand the stigma that is placed on people who are really into meditation. I liked how Long incorporated the themes of weather and meditation throughout the whole book. It’s a metaphor for the relationship between Owen and Trishna. It was also funny that Owen leaves California because the people are too into raw foods and alternative lifestyles, but his midwestern hometown has shifted that way too. I’ll admit, I always try to figure out the ending of the book before it happens. It’s a bad habit. I did guess what the ending of Rooville would be, but how it happened completely surprised me, which I can appreciate. Read the rest of my review here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2015/09/rooville-julie-long.html