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"Finding Out by Sheryn MacMunn is an impressively smooth and readable novel that weaves present and past together with deceptive ease. Sheila's business and personal problems are crazy and will seem all-too-familiar to many of those who've worked in an office and endured office politics; as well as those who've been on the receiving end of a poorly executed breakup. Where Finding Out really shines, however, is Ruth's series of stories about her childhood and coming of age in Nazi Germany. I felt like I was reading tales spun by a Scheherazade, as the beleaguered family hikes through the woods to find safety and ends up camping throughout the winter in the snow and cold. I have long been a student of WWII history and read many historical novels on the subject. Finding Out ranks up there with the best of them. Finding Out is a remarkable fusion of present and past and well worth reading."
   -- Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

"I cannot put it down! I absolutely love this novel."
   -- Charlotte Lynn's Reviews

"... deeply satisfying chronicle of a woman opening her eyes, finding her power, and succeeding on her own terms."
    -- Kia Heavey, author of NIGHT MACHINES

"...a true eye opener and I loved every second of it...A page-turner until the very last second...Overall, a fantastic read."
   -- Chick Lit Plus

"...witty, gritty and fun...I can honestly say that I have not read a book of this mix before and I LOVED it"
-- Mrs. Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews


"MacMunn explores how losing everything can empower you...an inspiring novel..."
    -- The Coffee Pot


"Read it, people. You'll come away with something that stays with you and nudges you toward a richer and better life."
    -- Rozsa Gaston, author of "Paris Adieu"

From the Author

I want my children to live their dreams, so I really felt like I needed to lead by example. After many, many long days and nights, starts and restarts, help from dear friends, and Amazon's self-publishing services, my dream has come true.

FINDING OUT is my debut novel. I am writing a second novel to be released in winter 2015. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Joy Inked (November 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SGVSAA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I always wanted to write a novel. When I was dating my husband, I told him of my dream. He gave me a notebook and a pen and said "Start now." Then we got married and had children - the book seemed a long way off. I was a working Mom and just didn't have time but the book stayed with me.

I want my children to live their dreams, so I really felt like I needed to lead by example. After many, many long days and nights, starts and restarts, help from dear friends, my dream has come true.

FINDING OUT is my debut novel and a 2014 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner - Fiction - Historical - Event/Era Category; 2014 Writer's Digest's Self-Published Book Awards Honorable Mention Genre Fiction; Amazon's #1 Literary Fiction Best Seller, #2 Women's Historical Fiction Best Seller, #1 Women's Fiction Friendship Best Seller, and #1 Single Women Categories Best Seller and #1 in Romance and Love & Romance categories as well.

I am writing a second novel to be released in winter 2015.

You can findout more on www.sherynmacmunn.com, www.facebook.com/sherynmacmunn, www.goodreads.com/macmunn, and follow me on Twitter @sherynmacmunn

Thanks for visiting!

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Kia Heavey on April 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sheila Davenport's life just fell apart. Joe, her live-in boyfriend of seven years, unceremoniously dumped her on the sidewalk. The new girl at work is an unbearable egoist, but she's untouchable and now she's Sheila's problem. Sheila's boss is out of control and headed for rehab. And Joe drained the joint savings account on his way out the door, leaving Sheila looking down the barrel of foreclosure. Where can a girl turn for guidance in the great, uncaring city?

At this critical time in her life, Sheila is invited to dinner by her elderly neighbor, Ruth Gray. As the friendship between the two women grows, Ruth reveals her own breathtaking story of courage and triumph to her younger friend, gifting Sheila with an entirely new perspective. This novel vantage point is just what Sheila needs to unravel the train wreck that her life has become, reassess what matters, and find her way out of the rut she had uncomplainingly occupied-until now.

Everyone who has ever worked in an office can relate to Sheila's frustrations and fears. How am I going to work with this horrible person? What mood will my schizophrenic boss be in today? What if I lose my job and my home? What if I never find anyone? Am I the only one who still plays by the rules?

Turns out, the answer to all these worries is, "So what?" I vicariously savored every win Sheila racks up as she finds her feet and stands up tall. With Ruth's wisdom to guide her, she becomes fearless. Finding Out is the deeply satisfying chronicle of a woman opening her eyes, finding her power, and succeeding on her own terms.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Janet Hughes on June 13, 2012
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First, let me say that I never write reviews, this book drew me in almost immediately. Sheila's story was one that I could relate to, having spent a lifetime in office environments. Her relationship with her Ruth was wonderful, listening to Ruth's story was very interesting and I loved the diversion within the book; one book, two stories. The only issue I had was that I wanted more, I wanted to hear more about Ruth's life after her return to the states and also how Sheila's evolved once she found her inner strengths.

There is so much more I would love to say, but that would reveal too much about the story line.

One can only hope that the next book in the series expands on Ruth's story as Sheila learns more about her neighbor..
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Hundredsandthousands on April 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was immediately hooked into this story when Sheila got dumped in the first paragraph. The story grabbed me and i couldn't put it down for one second. This is so different from other books, as Shelia doesn't whine about her life and I could relate to her struggles. We have all worked with people like Crystal who is spoiled and clueless. Hearing Ruth's story about WW2 made me want to call me grandmother!

There are lots of turns and twists that i really didn't expect too!

A must read and i definitely recommend this book!!

You will not be disappointed!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Reeka aka BoundbyWords on March 18, 2013
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Finding Out ended up being so much more than the standard "chick lit" I initially expected it to be. With vivid recounts of Nazi Germany, and characters that could very well exist in the real world, Sheryn created a story that made you want to invest your time in her words.

Following a humiliating public break-up with her boyfriend of the past 7 years (ouch, I know), Sheila Davenport is immediately thrown into a slump. She yearns for closure, but finds out the hard way that the only thing she actually needs is something that her ex-boyfriend, Joe, can't, and hasn't ever given her: a true sense of knowing herself, and solid, independent, happiness.

As with the majority of break-up situations in chick lit, the female character tends to set out on a self-destructing journey of wallowing, self-pity and incessant whining. Sheila dabbled in this phase, but I found that it was with good reason. Her ex refused contact with her, and I found myself getting just as agitated with him, the poor woman only wanted the answers she so rightly deserved. My fondness grew for Sheila the second she started meeting with Ruth, the elderly neighbour who eventually plays a huge role in Sheila's mental makeover. We don't get the chance to read much dialogue between the two, the author simply implies that the pair are together, which was indicated by Ruth's account of her experience in Nazi Germany. The chapters alternate between Sheila's personal life, and Ruth's memories, with a few present day chapters of Ruth's life thrown in. Finding Out didn't focus on the romance, which was SO refreshing. I am at a phase in my own life where I just want to skip the dramatics, and read about something real and meaningful-I got definitely got that with this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mayo3 on June 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this book and had a hard time putting it down. The main character Sheila has faults and was realistic and her relationship with her neighbor was heartwarming. I would highly recommend as the storyline has a little more beef to it than the typical summer chick/beach book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bikermama 7 on June 12, 2012
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This was a wonderfully written novel with 2 storylines that merged beautifully and even though it went back and forth you never have a problem keeping up. This was a wonderful first novel and I look forward to hearing alot more about this author.Finding Out: A Novel
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