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Breaking Measures

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A life built on lies…

On the fast track to international success, acclaimed concert pianist Leila Cates is close to achieving her dreams. But her path to certain stardom comes to a crashing halt when the body of her boyfriend, a world-renowned conductor, is discovered on the eve of her New York debut. When rumors about their relationship surface, Leila quickly becomes the p
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Published September 24th 2015 by Mandorla Publishing (first published September 18th 2015)
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Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Emma’s writing in her YA fantasy, the Ondine Quartet, I was instantly swept away in her enchanting ability to immerse you in such a magical world with it’s captivating inhabitants. Reading Breaking Measures was a completely different experience, and even though there was no magic in the storyline, it still felt weaved throughout the entire story. The writing was hauntingly beautiful, every description was cultivated with such care. The music and it’s instruments felt like liv ...more
'Something remains in the silence after a performance.
It echoes between the seats, winding through aisles and rows, whispering as it returns to the front of the hall.
The stage remembers.
Its polished floor pulses with the heartbeat of every musician who has crossed it and holds within its infinite memory that which murmurs endlessly in silence.
The same power pulsating in the thick blood now flowing across the pale wood and pooling around the podium. This sacred ground siphons away an a
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, adult
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As soon as I heard Emma Raveling was releasing a prequel to another work in the making, I got extremely excited.

She is one of those rare writers that have an incredible talent with words that simply sweep you away with their lyrical descriptions. When I found out this was to be a contemporary novel, I was in two minds. Mostly because I was afraid that there would be a lack of imaginative story telling and leave me wanting.Could it really live up to her other work?

Any fear
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hello Everyone! I was given an ARC of Breaking Measures and asked for an honest review.

I fell in love with Emma Raveling's style of writing in her YA series, Ondine Quartet, that features a certain kick-ass heroine who always tries to do the right thing. Breaking Measures is Emma's first adult novella and she did such a wonderful job! The words flow smoothly and I swear I could feel the same emotions that music stirs inside of you when you listen to it which only increased what emotions I felt w
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
I was given an ARC, and asked for my honest opinion, knowing that this is Emma Raveling's first crack at writing an adult novella, I was excited to begin with. I am very pleased to say that it doesn't disappoint, it was a thrilling mystery that had me guessing until the door was opened. What I can say is that if you enjoy a mystery/suspense novel this is for you! ...more
This book is the perfect example that sometimes, less is more. Less than 175 pages, it's the prequel to a book titled A Woven Silence (which I hope will be published real soon as I can't find more info about it).

Meet Leila Cates. A rich, pretty and successful concert pianist on the eve of her NY debut who after finding her boyfriend, the conductor, dead, is the principal suspect.

Leila has dedicated her entire life to music, and she is on the verge of losing it too. Teaming up with the police de
E.J. Mellow
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A gritty whirlwind story that matches the tempo of the city it's set in. Emma Raveling does it again! This prequel novella to A Woven Silence left me as all her works do—greedy for more. ...more
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
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Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery filled with suspense? Well that’s exactly what you are getting with Breaking Measures…. And it’s soooo good!
We have an extremely talented pianist in our heroine – Leila Cates – and she is on the verge of huge success. Unfortunately she stumbles across her boyfriend in the act of the ultimate betrayal and it sends her into a tail spin. What should be the most important week of her life turns out to
From the tender age of three, Leila has known that she was destined to be pianist. Born to wealthy and influential parents she is guided every step of the way toward what she feels is her hard sought for destiny - to be a star solo pianist. Practicing eight hours per day she feels she deserves everything she has attained. A recent graduate of the infamous Juilliard School of Music and in a three year relationship with Carlo, a star Italian conductor, Leila's life is a bed of roses... or is it? W ...more
Leila Cates, a concert pianist about to make her big break, ends up being the prime suspect in her boy-friend's murder and sets out to prove her innocence with the unlikely aid of Orion Frazier, one of the detectives on the case.
Breaking Measures is the prequel novella to Emma Raveling's forthcoming novel A Woven Silence. As such, it was a very quick read, but provided an excellent introduction to Leila Cates and her privileged upbringing and messed up family. I found the setting in the classica
Emma Raveling
Sep 15, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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The first time I ever read anything by Emma Raveling was while she was just at the beginning stages of her Ondine Quartet series (pretty sure it was book 1). Little did I know, Ondine Quartet would become one of my all time favorite series. You know, the ones where no matter what you’ll always come back to and re-read because the story is just that amazing! When Ondine Quartet ended, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was a wreck, an emotional hot mess…you name it, that was me.

When Emma dec
Rachel Sherrell
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start out by saying this isn't my "usual" type of novel. I enjoy character development which you don't tend to get in stories of this length - that was not the case with Breaking Measures though.

I particularly like mysteries where you just cannot predict the ending ahead of time and, in that regard, I was not disappointed. I never would have guessed the killer ahead of time - they weren't even on my list of mental suspects!

I felt that Leila's character was well developed and the story kep
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It had me on the edge of my seat at some times and at other times, I was going thru my head wondering who done it! This book is well written and holds lots of thrills, suspense and drama. This turned out to be a great mystery in my opinion. I was glad to see a happy ending too.

The author, Emma Raveling did a great job writing this book. The material is original. As hard as I tried to guess who the killer was, I was wrong every time. The main character Leila Cates was in lots
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"She had to follow the music."
Still only 23, Leila is on the verge of international fame and success as a solo pianist, something for which she has worked and dreamed for twenty years. Practicing for eight hours daily, she still lived in her wealthy parental home, sometimes visiting her boyfriend, the acclaimed conductor Carlo Balandini, at his studio apartment. It was he who was to conduct her forthcoming concert. Then, just before she was to achieve everything she'd asp
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another captivating book written by Emma :)

Full of mystery, you won't be able to put it down!
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Emma Raveling resides in Honolulu with her husband and German shepherd.

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