Comments for Mary-'Gusta
Mary-'Gusta by Joseph C. Lincoln is the eighteenth book written about Lincoln's fictional corner of Cape Cod. A young girl, Mary Augusta is orphaned at the tender age of five. A pair of distantly related uncles take her in to avoid the need to send her to an orphanage.
These two bachelor uncles run a small general store. One of their suppliers is the larger A. Hall and Company (specializing in seafood and being the focus in 1938 book). Mary 'Gusta as she grows up learns how to run the store, deal with reluctant suppliers, and ultimately saves it from bankruptcy when her uncles can't keep up with the changing times.
There's also a touch of romance between the competitors as Mary and the son of one of their suppliers become friends. And to spice things up, there's also the mystery of a missing business partner.
Two of Lincoln's books have been recently adapted for film. Cap'n Eri was turned into The Golden Boys (2007). Twin-Lights became The Lightkeepers (2009). I would like to see more of his books done as films.