"Getting Her Money's Worth"

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Life often has been unkind, and sometimes cruel, to Allie Charles, and she’s determined not to be shortchanged and to live in the moment whenever possible. She and close pal Shelby Martin want many of the same things: romance, fun, good friends and satisfying work. Only one woman will see her heart’s desires fulfilled, while the other faces the biggest challenge of her life. This touching, poignant and funny story will make you laugh, cry and go for the gusto in your own life.

Annette Mardis
Shelby Martin and Allie Charles met when they were recruited to play softball for a recreation league woman's team.

Shelby Martin and Allie Charles met when they were recruited to play softball for a recreation league woman's team.

Shelby and Allie's softball team is known for doing a conga line dance to Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Gravevine" at the local pub after games.

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Allie and Shelby visited Washington, D.C., and took in the sights including a tour of the White House. While they were waiting in line, Marine 1, the presidential helicopter, took off from the lawn. “I bet President Reagan’s looking out his window right now,” Allie insisted, “and I’ll bet he can see me waving!”

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Allie is the live-in caretaker for a disabled young man named Andrew whose meals have to be liquefied in a blender.

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“You’re going down, bucko,” Roy taunted his son as they sat side by side, cross-legged in front of the TV. Their thumbs were in constant motion on their Nintendo gaming controllers as each took his turn.

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I'd definitely cast Melissa McCarthy to play Allie Charles in a film version of "Getting Her Money's Worth."

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Piper Perabo would be my pick to play Shelby Martin Dean in a film version of "Getting Her Money's Worth."

Piper Perabo would be my pick to play Shelby Martin Dean in a film version of "Getting Her Money's Worth."

When they finally made it to the beachside resort town, Allie pulled over at the first concession she spotted and bought an industrial-size bucket of fries and a half vat of cola.  “Mmm, haven’t had these in years. Nothing better than boardwalk fries,” she said, munching away happily.

When they finally made it to the beachside resort town, Allie pulled over at the first concession she spotted and bought an industrial-size bucket of fries and a half vat of cola. “Mmm, haven’t had these in years. Nothing better than boardwalk fries,” she said, munching away happily.

"Look, Shelby. I don’t have the freedom you do to come and go as I please. I don’t have a job where I meet all kinds of people. I don’t get to go to Busch Gardens and ride around on the truck that delivers hay to the giraffes." -- Allie Charles

"Look, Shelby. I don’t have the freedom you do to come and go as I please. I don’t have a job where I meet all kinds of people. I don’t get to go to Busch Gardens and ride around on the truck that delivers hay to the giraffes." -- Allie Charles

On their trip to Ocean City, Md., Allie and Shelby drank frozen concoctions, logged miles on the boardwalk and won cheesy prizes playing skee ball.

On their trip to Ocean City, Md., Allie and Shelby drank frozen concoctions, logged miles on the boardwalk and won cheesy prizes playing skee ball.