Even after thirteen years in Southern California, Owen Martin can feel the corners of his squareness still sharply evident. He’s a TV weatherman bored by the beautiful climate. He wants to coach basketball but all the kids play soccer. And he seems to be the only person who thinks a fruit smoothie is a poor substitute for a vanilla shake. When he’s fired from his job, Owen is relieved to head home to Iowa, to the town his ancestors founded and the simple life he knew before his father died. He can’t predict the atmospheric pressure he’s about to encounter, which, as any meteorologist knows, is the key catalyst for change. . . .In his absence, Martinville has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are golden domes for mass meditations, a vegan café where the burger joint stood, and all the shop doors around Town Square now face east. But far worse than anything is the danger to the Martin family farm. In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is clear where he stands until he falls for a levitator instead of the down-to-earth girl he had in mind. With old customs and open-mindedness clashing like warm and cold fronts, Owen gets caught in a veritable tornado. Can he save the farm, get the girl, and reunite the town? Maybe . . . if he’s willing to embrace a change in the weather.
Transcendent and down-to-earth all at once, Long has penned an inventive, warm and funny adventure steeped in quirky, very real American history.
A modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet with a transcendental twist, Rooville blends fiction with factual tidbits of TM and weather phenomenon to create an enlightening and entertaining story. If you’ve ever longed to seek the truth by returning to your roots, make Rooville your new mantra!
Long has created a ‘perfect storm’ of a novel: a quirky cast of characters, a town divided, a narrative voice that is wise, witty, and warm. You’ll fall in love with Rooville.
A funny, imaginative look at a small Iowa town and what happens when two worlds and cultures collide, Rooville combines meditation, romance, and small-town politics into an enjoyable debut novel from Julie Long.
Anyone who has ever longed to go home again will fall madly in love with this us-versus-them, then-versus-now, mindfulness-versus-midwestern love story. Funny, spellbinding, and smart.
Fast-paced and fun. This heartwarming tale of love and self-discovery is set in a wholly unique locale, with an unexpected hero.