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Defined by Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1)

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A word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her spouse leaves her at the age of 47, coming out of the closet literally in a closet. She finds herself back in her hometown amongst her high school friends which she left behind in her past.

An inheritance from a friend leaves her with the means to meddle and spy on the lives of some of the
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published December 11th 2014 by IntroSpective PRESS
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: MCV EGAN
I am a YA Paranormal Reader, but from time to time, I have a tendency to step out of that comfort zone and read other genres and when it comes to MCV Egan, I jump to read her work as she releases it.

This story has as many layers as an onion. I am completely shocked at the 365 degree turn that this author as taken in writing this story compared to her other works that I have read. I really enjoyed the twisted plot and some of the humor that was built into this story. The characters are phenomenal
Wanda Hartzenberg
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has so many layers an onion would blush. The reader meets two woman. Estranged for decades a funeral and husbands bring these two too each others door. The husbands binds them in misery. The funeral in a shared game. But the game is not innocent and the two woman initially set out to play Amanda's game for vastly different reasons. As their friendship grows so does the game and a new facet is introduced with the addition of a psychic in the form of Ann.

If your world is defined and own
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella-short
Defined By Others was a crazy ride -- like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You could see what was (potentially) going to happen, but you felt powerless to stop reading as events converged to a single disastrous point. This revelation is not a spoiler, as the author doesn't try to fool the reader into believing things end well; but, even with this knowledge, I had to keep watching as the lives of the protagonists (or in this case antagonists?) imploded due to their cruel machinations and i ...more
Karina Gioertz
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon :-)
Cold  Coffee
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like so many in our mobile society, Anne had left her upper middle class town to live, work, travel, get married and have children away from her small town roots, family and friends. At age forty-seven Anne finds herself back in her hometown, where very little has changed. As bad as the small town rumor mill is, time has added a cyber aspect where it seems everyone ‘knows’ and this increases Anne’s pain, guilt, frustration, devastation and anger that her husband has left her for a ‘man’.

Anne pri
Gayathri Jayakumar
The modern world thrives in the cyberspace. One’s identity, connections and professional backgrounds have irreversibly shifted into the digital platform where the world comes together. Defined By Others bases this shifting platform of existence to weave away a yarn out of this new lifestyle. Society has just been digitalized!
Anne Guiles, and her friend Connie is about for a surprise when their menacing friend Amanda had been claimed and taken away by cancer. To relieve herself out of the pain
Toi Thomas
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This author has a way of intriguing me that always manages to entice me into reading outside my preferred genres.

Defined by Others, on the surface, is the tale of a mid-life crisis gone terribly wrong, but it’s actually much more than that. It tells the bounce back journey of Anne, a woman who likes to define moments in a single word, only now she’s a little speechless and unknowingly open to pursue other actions. She is after all trying to bounce back from learning that her husband is leaving
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Egan has filled this book with all kinds of interesting scenarios that you would have never seen ten years ago. There is the case of the person going back to the funeral of a classmate that bullied her? Who does that? Then there is the case of the gay husbands, yep, you heard me right, husbands, more than one. Then there is the case of closing up the family home and inheriting a malicious cyber bullying game. This game goes horribly awry and lives are threatened and destroyed. All of this d ...more
Arpita Dash
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I was drawn towards this book due to its unique name. It was a quick read for an afternoon. The more I go deep into the story, the more I wanted to know what’ll happen next. The plot was simple yet eye catching and sole. Some books take you to their world, make you feel connected with the characters and leave a deep impression on you. This book is one of those kind. I didn’t want that story to end.

The author’s writing is crisp and brilliant. The author portrayed the characters of the story intr
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kept me guessing and on my toes the entire read. Playfully showed how technology and issues such as catfishing are not just for the teenage or YA audience. At times I thought I knew how it was going to end or the next twist, and while I was correct on a few aspects, I was not correct for the entire ending...which I love! This story shares about love, friendship, relationships, the idea of how the image we present may not be the actual story, and ties in how high school and certain moments in tim ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
MCV Egan's 'Defined by Others' is the story of Anne, a 47 year old woman who finds herself at crossroads in life suddenly, after an unexpected separation from her husband. She finds an ally in her school friend, Connie, who to Anne's surprise is in the same boat.

The feelings of women, afraid to age, on the threshold of major changes in their lives, physically and emotionally are movingly described by the author. The insecurity of living life depending on being 'defined by others' seems to be tru
Christine bonner
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a group of school friends that have now grown up in their late 40's, have husbands and children . A friend had died and left Anne something in her will. Connie one of her friends and Anne take over the game that their friend had left Anne, it was a fake page on a social network about their girl friends, each one has a lover in cyber internet but and each one has a name of a superhero and his female side kick. Some of the things are funny and having you laughing like the cookie ...more
Victoria Dougherty
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anne is a piece of work.

I related to her - at first. She's a woman preoccupied with always finding the perfect word for a situation, observation, emotion. I get that.

When her husband runs screaming out of their fabulously appointed closet, her wordsmithing helps her make the adjustment from seemingly happy mother and wife, to middle aged divorcee. It also helps distance her from the pain and embarrassment of her circumstances. I get that, too. Middle age can be tough enough without the added s
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Compunction, exuberant, chaos, and optimism. What word truly defines you? Could it be a single word, or could it be a colorful array of words? "Defined by Others", by M.C.V. Egan takes you on a spiritual journey on what it truly means to define a moment, creating secrets, and what those secrets could cost you.
Anne, is a newly divorced woman, who just found out her husband is coming out of the closet(in a closet). With her new divorce, she heads to her hometown to attend an old friend's funera
Hooked On Books
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Anne and Connie, two women in their 40's who went to school together now realise they have their situations in common and form a great bonding. When Anne receives a disturbing game that is left to her after the funeral of a school friend Amanda, she shares the game with Connie and they embark on a strange journey of deceipt.

This book was not at all what I was expecting, it was different and quite intriguing. Whilst initially I enjoyed the book, it was a great start, interesting and well written,
Tami Adams
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
First, I must say I have never read a Women's Fiction book before. I went into this book with my eyes closed about what to expect. My eyes are now open and forever grateful to MC for it. I enjoy the genre, but it isn't the type I will read often. This review, though, is about Defined By Others and not the genre. The plot is based on multiple topics that are completely relevant in today's society and through social media. The writing itself is incredible. MC pulls us into the main character's min ...more
Clayton Graham
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A ‘hit’ list from beyond the grave.
A surprise inheritance from an old school friend leads Anne Geyer into a strange and rather sick new world. Like a child with a new toy, she shares its secrets with friend Connie in an effort to add colour to their hard hit lives. Delving into the world of on-line aliases, the knowledge she receives in the ‘inheritance’ is dangerous and is tantamount to bullying and blackmail. And can lead to disaster. Dark, but full of little anecdotes like: “In Florida all bu
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the cover of this book, which pulled me in with its bright vivid colors. The book itself is an extremely unique tale of friends who are mourning and carrying on the weird habits of their deceased friend. The story line was interesting, just needs a little polish. I wish we knew more about the women other than their happy sticks (joints). I should have known the ending based on how many times happy sticks were mentioned!!
Kasey Cocoa
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Intriguing from the first page. The characters felt honest and real with genuine issues and ways of dealing with everything that goes on in this book. For me it is a bit of a slow start with a few points where I could easily pause in my reading but never to the point where I could just walk away and not want to pick it back up. Overall it is a good read, one I believe most will enjoy and want to talk about. I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Anne a 47 year-old woman’s husband has just left her for a man. After learning that a long lost friend of hers from her hometown in Florida has died and left her an inheritance Anne takes off to Florida to receive her inheritance and you know just go home for a little while, while she deals with a divorce.

Anne’s inheritance is not quite what she was expecting. No the inheritance was just a laptop and a video explaining about the inheritance. Anne’s friend Amanda has invited her to continue playi
Michael  Thal
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you have a secret? Most of us do. In the words of author MCV Egan, “If you share a secret it will no longer be a secret.” To keep your secrets safe, keep them to yourself, for they give you power. And if you share your secret, “…it will destroy you!” Keep this in mind as you read Egan’s superbly written novel, Defined by Others.”

Written in the first person narrative, Anne Geyer tells her tale of betrayal and lies. At age 47, her husband Frank pulls a “Grace and Frankie” by coming out of the c
Reads A-Lot
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
“At forty-seven my perfectly organized life was suddenly disrupted, destroyed.” (11) Only one ideal word defined the moment: despondent. Even though the wake of a frenemy’s sudden death should make her feel alive, Anne still felt empty. “Enemies always attend the funeral of the fallen. It’s a way to show they’ve won.” (19)

Actually, Anne really didn’t have much against Amanda, especially since they haven’t spoken in over a decade. Still, it created a lot of questions for Anne. What defines us? I
Ray Flynt
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating character study. The death of a woman she has known since childhood, creates a moment for Anne to pick up the pieces of her life recently shattered when her husband ran off with another man. Not my typical read, but I enjoyed the way the characters were crafted. A good look at life's complexities. ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Anne’s husband left, her parents are moving out of their home, and her high school friend died. She is at crossroads when she is “gifted” with her former friend Amanda’s “game.” It is a tale of adults cyber bullying other adults, which I found so disturbing and immature. The author kept “telling” instead of “showing” which just alienated me even more from the story. I really wanted to like this book, but I was continually disappointed by the poor writing and the soap opera story line. I had to f ...more
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Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.
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M.C.V. Egan is fluent in four languages, Spanish, English, French and Swedish. She lives in Delray Beach, Florida with her husband and son.

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