The Ballroom by Anna Hope book review

the ballroom

The Ballroom by Anna Hope, publisher Transworld Digital for the ebook format and Doubleday for the hardcover format, is available from Thursday 11th February 2016.  The book will also be available in audio download format.

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Product Details (as per amazon page)

Where love is your only escape ….

1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful.  For one bright evening every week they come together and dance.
When John and Ella meet it is a dance that will change two lives forever.

Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

swallow bird

This is the first book I’ve read by Anna Hope and I’d like to thank the publishers for the arc which I won in a recent giveaway on Twitter.

I was initially drawn to this novel by the cover the birds on the front are quite minimalistic and give impressions of freedom.

This was such an unusual concept for a love story.  It is set in 1911 in an asylum on the Yorkshire Moors.  The patients of the asylum were segregated and the only time the men and women came together was on a Friday night in the ballroom.

Ella is quite a new patient at the unit and she doesn’t know why she is in there and is very confused and angry at first, which is when she tries to make a run for it and nearly collides with John, one of the male patients, who is working outside.  John sees something in Ella during this brief introduction, in her eyes, in her mannerisms, he couldn’t quite say what it was about the young woman but he couldn’t stop thinking of her.

The author’s portrayal of the asylum sounded fascinating, the building was so majestic and beautiful and the ballroom was a thing of beauty.  The lands were vast and the men and women were put to work to make the unit self sufficient.  The men were allowed to work outside which when you looked at it compared to the women was a luxury as the women had to stay indoors, no windows were allowed open and they couldn’t see much of what lay beyond the walls of the asylum.

Ella and John after some time meet again in the ballroom where they danced and held each other.  A beautiful, slow love develops between them and is touching to see the depths to which they will go to be together.

One of the main doctors at the asylum at first appears very understanding with the patients and he starts to wonder whether music is a benefit to the mind.  However, I felt that he was fighting an inner self-doubt which changed him to an almost evil character.

This was a truly beautiful love story, a unique one, one that I’ll never forget.  I was totally heartbroken at the end and couldn’t control my emotions.  A stunning, poignant story that left me shattered with emotions.  5/5*  I’m expecting The Ballroom to be a huge success for Anna Hope, this story is just beautiful.

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