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Finding Out [Kindle Edition]

Sheryn MacMunn
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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Getting dumped on the sidewalk by her live-in boyfriend of seven years and realizing that he nearly emptied their savings account is the first of Sheila Davenport's problems. At thirty-six, Sheila had thought her life was on track.

But life no longer makes sense. Now she's saddled with a mortgage that's about to skyrocket, a psychotic boss, and a new employee who is unqualified and hell-bent on messing with the company's rules.

Her friends advise her to date immediately, preferably someone rich and successful, or risk being old and alone. But Sheila needs to figure out what went wrong and how she got to this place. Since Prince Charming has ruined Sheila's life, who can save her now?

Help comes unexpectedly from her elderly neighbor, Ruth Grey, who has had her own share of ups and downs. As their friendship grows, Ruth reveals her deeply moving story of survival in WWII Germany. Ruth's mesmerizing past is a powerful tale of love and revenge that provides the perspective Sheila desperately needs to put the pieces of her own life back together.

Will Sheila succeed at work or walk away? Can she save her home? And why do her friends think they have it any better?

A story of love found and lost, true friendship, and how the human spirit endures.

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FINDING OUT, an Indie Book of the Day Award Winner, reached #2 on Amazon's Contemporary Fiction and #3 in Romance just two short months after publication.

FINDING OUT then hit best-seller status on Single Women, Friendship, Romance, and Love & Romance categories as well.

Sheryn's next novel will be released fall 2013. When not writing, Sheryn works full time and spends time with her family.

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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 fall 2013.

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470108097
  • Publisher: Joy Inked (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SGVSAA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over too soon June 13, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable June 13, 2012
By Mayo3
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story line June 12, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!! June 11, 2012
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What a great book. I bought this book this morning (free) and finished it the same day. Would highly recommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read June 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
I read the last few pages on the bus last night. Wonderful book and very well written. Sheryn has just become another one of my favorite authors. Her transition of Ruth's character from present day to World War II and then, after the War was seamless. The relationship which evolved between Ruth and Sheila was fantastic. Barvo!! Excellent read!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!! June 9, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was hooked from the very first page of this book - I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next and I LOVED her friendship with her neighbor (dont want to give anything away here..) and her story - and how they intertwined. I buy alot of ebooks - very few get me to read them start to finish in only a few settings - cant wait to see what this author does next!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Out
It is hard to believe this is Sheryn's first book. It was so well written and made me want to keep reading. Read more
Published 5 days ago by No Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
A lovely novel, with deep characters and implications despite being chick lit. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it for a good read.
Published 1 month ago by mbg
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Out
Getting dumped by a live-in boyfriend and having your bank account wiped out is hard to take for Sheila Davenport. On top of that, she has to deal with the boss from Hell! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy C. Lepri
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed a little trite
This book started off pretty strongly, but seemed to peter out halfway through. Almost like the author was just trying to finish it up...
Published 2 months ago by chantal st. croix
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favs this year.
This is a beautiful and unique and heart warming story without being too sappy or boring. I loved the characters and the description between the past and the present. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rae Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Out
Really enjoyed this book. It really taught the main character what's important in life. Was surprised by the ending wasn't what was typically expected. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue G
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good
this book was a very good read. it is an inspiring book that dealt with overcoming loss, love, and hope. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christina
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly unmemorable.
If you think Nazis and narcissistic co-workers sounds like a good combination, you may like this novel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cece Brune
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable Novel.
I rate novels for the entertainment value, not literary reviews. With "Finding Out", I was quite well entertained - I was tempted sorely to give it a 5-star rating. Read more
Published 4 months ago by patrick e bates
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad this book had to end.
This book, with the two main characters, Sheila and Ruth, was absolutely wonderful! I was hooked from the first page and then when I got to the part where we started to learn about... Read more
Published 4 months ago by funky_town
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More About the Author

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. It became an Amazon best-seller in June 2012 hitting the Contemporary Fiction list. FINDING OUT then hit #1 in Literary Fiction, #1 in Single Women, and #1 in Friendship, Romance, and Love & Romance categories as well.

I am writing a second novel to be released in fall 2014.

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

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