written by Sheryn MacMunn
published by CreateSpace
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by CLP Blog Tours. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
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 books do make sense at the end. I’m just saying that really stood out to me.)
Sheila wasn’t your “normal” leading lady. She had some issues of her own. There were quite a few times that I wanted to yell at Sheila to grow up, move on, and take charge. There were other times I did feel bad for her. I was impressed that she befriended her elderly neighbor…not to get anything from it but to make a connection. That connection was just what she needed.
I was amazed at Ruth’s story. So often, we read about the Jews during World War II and all the horrific things they went through. We do not hear that often about what the Germans who didn’t necessarily agree with the Reich went through. It was amazing. I could feel, see, hear, experience it all through Ruth’s story. I was captivated.
Then, the stuff going down at the office where Sheila worked. Kind of figured, but still surprised at the extent. I wanted more about Alessandra. I wanted more about some of the other workers. I wanted a bit more about how all of these things were connected.
I agree with Ms. MacMunn when I asked her about why we should read her book in the interview below. She responded: “Because in a time of seemingly endless change and turmoil, we need to remember that previous generations have endured must worse and triumphed.”
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. In fact, I will be recommending this book to my book group!
Will I read it again: I just may.
About the book – from Goodreads: 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 about the rules. Life no longer makes sense.
Her friends advise her to date immediately, preferably someone rich and successful, or risk being old and alone. But Sheila’s trying 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 life’s ups and downs. As their friendship grows, Ruth reveals a mesmerizing story of life in WWII Germany mixed with a tale of powerful love and revenge. Ruth’s story provides the perspective that Sheila needs to put the pieces of her own life together.
Will Sheila succeed at work or walk away? Can she save her home? And why do her friends think their lives are any better?
About the author: Sheryn MacMunn self-published her debut novel, Finding Out, in April 2012. It became an Amazon best-seller in two months, hitting the Contemporary Women and Contemporary Fiction list. FINDING OUT then hit best-seller status in the Single Women, Friendship, Romance, and Love & Romance categories as well. In addition to being a self-published author, Sheryn works full-time in Mobile ad sales. Sheryn attended University of Massachusetts, Lowell and received her MBA from Simmons College School of Management. She now lives in Connecticut with her family.