There's nothing I love more than taking long drives on back roads, stopping to explore small towns along the way. It was on one such drive through Missouri that my sister and I stumbled on a little diner called the Green Bean Cafe. Everything in the place - walls, floors, tables, counters, dishes - was some shade of green. We couldn't stop laughing about it, and I promised her I'd put that restaurant in a book someday.
A MAN FOR THE SUMMER features not only the Green Bean Cafe, but one of my favorite heroines, Junior Atkinson, who grew up with a bunch of brothers and a boy's name. It'll take a determined man to tame her!