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Finding Out

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  656 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Getting dumped on the sidewalk by her live-in boyfriend of seven years and finding 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.

Now she's saddled with a mortgage that is about to skyrocket, a psychotic boss, and she has to train someone who is unqualified and just doesn't care a
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published April 7th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Feb 20, 2015 Stacy rated it did not like it
Where to begin with this stupid book? OK. Well, first this book doesn't really know what it is supposed to be. Is it chicklit? Is it a Holocaust story? Is it a tale of workplace woe? Is it an ironic tale of the absurd? I don't know and neither does this book. Second, the characters are two dimensional at best. I'd say maybe a dimension and a half. They are like something someone from junior high school would make in their creative writing class if they were assigned a story about what it's like ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't that into it at the beginning, but man, I could not put this book down once I got about half way through. I read every free chance I had.

At first, I wasn't sure about this book. I was expecting a light-hearted chick lit book. This was not that and I am so glad that is wasn't. There was a lot of emotion in this book. I wasn't sure how all of the characters fit together in this story. By the end, it made sense. (And, yes, I know, most boo
Oct 17, 2012 Anita rated it really liked it
I got this book for free on my Kindle a while back and just got around to reading it. Once I started, I couldn't stop, and found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading - definitely the mark of a good book.

Sheila is just returning home from a business trip when she is dumped by her live-in boyfriend of 7 years while standing on the sidewalk outside of her building. Things seem to go downhill for Sheila from there, as things get hard at work too. Sheila is responsible for train
Sep 11, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing
Wow. I can't believe that at one point in time, this book was free on Amazon. I had downloaded it quite a long while ago and only this week, got around to reading it. What a fantastic read.

The book starts off with an introduction to Sheila, one of the fortunate former young millionaires that had previously gained wealth with the Internet boom. She lives in a condo that she owns in a high-end area of Manhattan. She's in her mid-thirties, has a great job, but has just been dumped by her live-in bo
Sep 04, 2012 Queen rated it really liked it
I recently read Finding Out by Sheryn MacMunn.
This story follows Sheila after she was dumped by her boyfriend on the street, leaving her severely in debt. She starts to spend time with her neighbor Ruth who tells her about her struggles during the Holocaust.

To be honest the book was not at all what I expected it to be. For a full review please visit my blog
Mar 21, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Thirty-six year old New York sales executive Sheila Davenport gets dumped by Joe, her boyfriend of seven years, for another woman in a very public and humiliating way, on the sidewalk in front of their Manhattan co-op. To add insult to injury, Joe has taken more than half of their assets, leaving her severely in debt and with a hefty mortgage payment. Just when she thinks her life was on track, Sheila's world has crashed down around her, and to make matters even worse, her boss from hell has put ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Jun 27, 2012 Charlotte Lynn rated it really liked it
picked up Finding out on Saturday afternoon thinking I would read a couple chapters to see what this novel was all about. Many chapters later I forced myself to stop and take a break. I was hooked!
Sheila Davenport came home from a stressful weekend of work and finds Joe, Her live-in boyfriend of seven years, standing on the sidewalk in front of their home waiting to break up with her. Joe not only breaks up with her but has already moved out of their apartment taking only his personal pictures
Laura Chapman
Sep 09, 2012 Laura Chapman rated it really liked it
A thirty-something woman's life is thrown into personal and financial upheaval when her prince charming turns out to be a toad in Sheryn MacMunn's Finding Out.

After seven years together, Sheila Davenport comes home from a business trip to find her boyfriend, Joe, has moved out, left her for another woman and cleared the bulk of their joint account. While her friends encourage her to move on and find someone else, Sheila is left to deal with the aftermath, which includes the need to find new bedr
Apr 22, 2012 Kia rated it it was amazing
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
Sara Palacios
Sep 06, 2012 Sara Palacios rated it it was amazing
Finding Out by Sheryn MacMunn follows Sheila Davenport who in the beginning of the book, believes that her life is on track. Then … she gets dumped by her boyfriend of seven years and shortly afterward, realizes that he nearly emptied their joint savings account. Weighed down by reality, the financial woes of the bills that she can no longer afford to pay, and a psychotic boss, Sheila loses grip and realizes that life is no longer what she once imagined it to be. Stuck with no immediate solution ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel by Sheryn MacMunn. Sheila is a hard-working sales executive in New York who, until the book starts, is living with her longterm boyfriend, Joe. But then Joe breaks up with her in front of their Manhattan co-op and has taken more than half their assets. To make matters worse, Sheila has the boss from hell and is being set up at work for massive failure. Enter Ruth, her 86 year old neighbor. Ruth and Sheila develop a close friendship. Ruth is a widow and lives alone; Sh ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Lorrie rated it really liked it
Such a nice mix of contemporary and historical. Sheila becomes reacquainted with Ruth, her 80+ yr old neighbor, after Sheila's live in boyfriend of 7 years abruptly leaves her for a younger woman. Sheila visits Ruth weekly as she learns to live once again without her boyfriend, loss of savings, and juggle the pressing demands of her job. Sheila sees this time in her life as the end; whereas, Ruth sees this time as Sheila's beginning. After all, she has her whole life ahead of her.

Ruth shares st
Mar 21, 2013 karmaforlifechick rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Finding Out by Sheryn MacMunn for an honest review.

I loved this book!

I think this book is about friendship, strength and courage. The character Sheila struggles with her relationship that comes to an abrupt end and her inability to move on was something we could all relate to in some form. I fell in love with Ruth, her elderly neighbour. Oh, what can we learn from listening to the voice of experience is astounding. The characters are so rich it was so easy to be drawn into t
Patience Cole
Oct 11, 2012 Patience Cole rated it really liked it
This story starts out with a bad break-up and follows the main character through her recovery. She begins to be aware of problems in the relationship that she never acknowledged. To top off her misery - she has a terrible situation at work.
She finds friendship and comfort in an elderly neighbor, who shares stories of her family's survival through Nazi Germany. She begins to see that her problems are minor compared to what her neighbor has endured.

I thought it was very well written and the story
Jun 25, 2012 Tye rated it really liked it
I finished this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. I would say the story was good but transitioning was a bit odd in some spots. I wasn't particularly interested in Ruth's flashbacks but I wanted to see Sheila be a little more aggressive sooner than later. Overall it was a great read!
Jun 12, 2012 Virginia rated it it was amazing
This novel grabbed from the beginning. I intended to read a few chapters, but I could not put it down. Ruth's guidance is just what Sheila needed for finding out how to put her life back on track. This author has a bright future. I can hardly wait for her next book.
Aug 31, 2012 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Ruth's story was so real that I cried several times. I am hoping for a sequel!
Maura K. Murnane
Jun 13, 2012 Maura K. Murnane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific chick lit read with memorable characters!
Jun 11, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-books-2012
This was an amazing book. I could not put it down!!!!
Mar 03, 2013 Geri rated it really liked it
good book 2 stories in 1 and they mesh together great at the end.
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
As seen on my blog:

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 th
Jo Notary
Feb 15, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Getting dumped on the sidewalk by her live-in boyfriend of seven years and finding he nearly emptied their savings account is the first of Sheila Davenport 19s problems. At 36, Sheila had thought her life was on track. Now she 19s saddled with a mortgage that is about to skyrocket, a psychotic boss, and she has to train someone who is unqualified and just doesn 19t care about the rules. Life no longer makes sense. Her friends advise her to date immediately, preferably someone rich and successful ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Katie rated it did not like it
Patently terrible. Two stories mashed together that had no real connection. Neither story was believable. Most of the characters were so wholly villainous as to be laughable. A couple seemed to change personality partway through, to the point where I scrolled back a ways to make sure I was thinking of the right person and that the name hadn't somehow gotten changed in editing.

Speaking of editing--there were a few dozen instances of misspellings, incorrect word usage, and punctuation errors. And
Feb 17, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you to Goodreads for my First Reads giveaway.
Ron Kramer
Jan 14, 2017 Ron Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 5-star winner!

I truly enjoyed reading this book. I liked the style of writing that the author used. She told you two stories in one, both keeping the reader's interest right up to the very end. Highly recommended.
Donna Kettle
If you like history and you like strong friendships - and strong women -you'll like this book!
K.G. of Flurries Unlimited
Jan 27, 2016 K.G. of Flurries Unlimited rated it it was amazing

Finding Out is the debut novel from Sheryn MacMunn. The story revolves around the lives of two heroines. The main character, Sheila Davenport, is New York career woman who lacks confidence and has just been dumped on the street outside her upscale co-op by her philandering, long-term boyfriend, Joe.

Ruth Grey is her elderly neighbor across the hall whose kindness and life story helps Sheila learn valuable lessons about herself, the ways of the world and what can bring her true happiness.

The writ
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Finding Out is witty, gritty and fun chick lit novel mixed with a compelling and engrossing fiction novel. I can honestly say that I have not read a book of this mix before and I LOVED it. There are so many thing that I loved about it so I am just going to list them.

1. The amazing characters. There is a character to love, one to cheer for, one you want to become friends with and so many more. I just loved Ruth and was so enthralled by her history and resilience I think that anyone that is strugg
Jan 23, 2016 Melody rated it it was ok
I think I got this book for free because on the surface the premise sounded interesting and I really do like continuously learning about WW2 experiences. I think this book suffers in the execution. At the end it says it's this author's first book and it clearly shows. Another review touched on it being a "Chicklit Holocaust book" and in a way it was but even the WW2 storyline still could have gone so much deeper. If you find yourself hating the Sheila storyline with the horrid co-workers feel fr ...more
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