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Breaking Measures

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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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Tricia
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
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'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.
Power.
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
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Samantha
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, adult
4.5*
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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
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Heather
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
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Lindsay
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!
Pia
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
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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.
Melanie
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ry-2015, read-in-2015
Review posted here...http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.co...
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
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Fictionophile
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
Petra
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
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Emma Raveling resides in Honolulu with her husband and German shepherd.
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“To stand on stage means to have arrogance. Faith! You must believe in it."
"In what?"
"In the audience. If you succeed, they will love you like never before. If you fail, the audience will hate you at first. But," he lifted his index finger, "they will still love you because you had the courage to sacrifice yourself for art. Respect, you see. If you play from fear," he shrugged, "you have lost them before you have even begun.”
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“The ground shifted again into an ocean of unknowns, a dark current yanking at a fundamental law she'd forgotten: there was no truth without a lie.” 3 likes
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