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The Ballroom

Ave 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. 45 Heartfelt StarsThe Ballroom by Anna Hope was my very first Traveling Sister Group Read with Brenda Norma Lindsay and JanB It was an amazingly rewarding experience with incredibly kind inspiring smart and simply wonderful women The group read and discussions that ensued opened my eyes to a lot of things about the book that I would not have thought of otherwise The Ballroom is a novel that I found to be brilliantly written evocative and full of heart While I loved all of the characters in the book my favorite by far was Clem She captured my soul The author Anna Hope created something special when writing this incredible read and when creating her This novel reminded me of What She Left Behind by Ellen Wiseman though I must say that this one stole my heart in a very unusual way and I m glad it did To find out please see our Traveling Sister Read Review located on Brenda and Norma s fabulous blog atwwwtwogirlslostinacouleereadingword Healing Sex madness and sanity and of who gets to decide which is which. 45 Heartfelt StarsThe Ballroom by Anna Hope was Spark (Stronger, my very first Traveling Sister Group Read with Brenda Norma Lindsay and JanB It was an amazingly rewarding experience with incredibly kind inspiring smart and simply wonderful women The group read and discussions that ensued opened Wonder Woman and Philosophy my eyes to a lot of things about the book that I would not have thought of otherwise The Ballroom is a novel that I found to be brilliantly written evocative and full of heart While I loved all of the characters in the book Sozialismus Und Kapitalistische Gesellschaftsordnung my favorite by far was Clem She captured Sponsor. Tom 1 (Sponsor, my soul The author Anna Hope created something special when writing this incredible read and when creating her This novel reminded Dragons Bride (The Dragon and the Scholar me of What She Left Behind by Ellen Wiseman though I Absolute Banking English must say that this one stole

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M 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 foreverSet over the heatw. This has been a difficult review in the sense that I initially couldn t pinpoint what it was that didn t feel right for me Up to the middle I knew I liked it enough to continue reading my overall impression was positive but it wasn t fulfilling my expectationsIn a certain degree I am still conflicted and divided over a few parts of the novel And then something happened and the book started coming to lifeI started The Ballroom by Anna Hope with enthusiasm Stories that are set in asylums dealing with mental illness have always fascinated me There is something profound humbling even in diving right into the deepest recesses of the human brain and witness how much difference can a single stimulus make however slight or unimportant it may seem Moreover novels that are set in asylums are full of characters that have no reason to be there other than the prejudices and norms on which the societies of the past were built Whoever dares to walk away from conformities is branded a lunatic deemed a danger to the good people Here we have an interesting premise In the asylum of our story in Yorkshire there is a special hall called The Ballroom The patientsmen and women who are well behaved are rewarded when they are chosen to take part in the waltz evenings under the sound of Dr Fuller s pianoThe characters in focus are four Ella a young woman who broke a window in her workplace John Mulligan from Ireland who is harbouring family secrets Clem a young upper class girl and Dr Fuller who is the character that drived the story forwardThere is a great risk of spoilers with The Ballroom What I can safely say is that I found the plot of eugenics really interestingif terrifying The particular notion isn t something new A number of scientists serving their own distorted ideas of pure societies some distinguished public figures of the time and a handful of totalitarian states desired to bring it to action There are voices however weak still supporting it today which fills me with horror over the future of mankind but this is a discussion for another timeThe characters are wel drawn Ella is sensible sensitive and with tremendous resources of inner strength as is John He has the characteristics of a tragic figure his sense of freedom being his driving force and in my opinion he is the one the reader can immediately connect with Clem was an unsympathetic irritating character in my eyes And Dr Fuller There s so much storm inside him so much darkness and illusions so many secrets view spoilerWhat starts as a force of good becomes the most evil presence in the narration hide spoiler

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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 ballroo. Well this wasn t the experience I had hoped for There s a tiny part of me that feels this story teetered on the very edge of being something great something memorable even but then there s the rational part of me that can admit it missed the mark Big time This was an extremely drab and depressing story even for me someone who freuently dabbles in dark readsIt was all the eerie possibilities an asylum could offer a storyline along with the glowing reviews I d seen from other readers that unknowingly encouraged me to pick up The Ballroom On some level I thought this would be hauntingly beautiful Captivating Stunning Instead I found myself succumbing to page after page of flat and often emotionless drivel Meaning I could only handle this book in small doses hence the snail s pace one month read The fact that these people landed themselves in an asylum for one ridiculous reason or another with no idea where they d ultimately end up was unimaginable Heartbreaking even The normally segregated patients being able to congregate for a dance in a grand ballroom with the opposite sex every Friday night managed to stir up something akin to hope Could music and dance mollify their troublesThere s a love story within these pages but it s mostly overshadowed by the unraveling of the other characters Despite the considerable amount of time it takes for the relationship to come to fruition their feelings still felt a little rushed and underdeveloped I found myself uestioning why they had these feelings for each other but I never could find the answer The letters didn t touch me emotionally and the ballroom wasn t as large of a part of the story as it should have beenOther than John I can t say that I was enad with any of the characters I found Ella to be extremely dull and I struggled to connect with Clem or consider their interaction a friendship Something about Charles initially bored me and those feelings turned to disdain when he flipped the script way too uickly and without much forethought or reasoning In my opinion there was than enough room for deeper character development here There were so many things that went unsaid for the sake of giving words to those that didn t strengthen the power of the story Even after everything I ve said up to this point I still wouldn t consider this to be a horrible book I think it s best described as slow and mundane The author gives a nice backstory in her acknowledgements and links the storyline to some actual history but overall The Ballroom failed to provide a deeper meaning for me or even a clearcut plot Was there one What was the point of the story Did I somehow fail to see it because I was focusing too much on that depressing ending Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “The Ballroom

  1. says:

    I haven't had much time to write this review since I finished reading this book a couple of days ago but I've been thinking about these characters and their story so much so that as I'm writing this I have decided to up my rating from 4 to 5 stars It was just shy of 5 stars for me because I felt it a little slow

  2. says:

    Well this wasn’t the experience I had hoped for There’s a tiny part of me that feels this story teetered on the very edge of being something great—something memorable even—but then there’s the rational part of me that can admit it

  3. says:

    Update since I can't stop thinking about this I'm moving this up to 5 starsIreland 1911Love found in an insane asylum by a man and woman who were institutionalized without having a mental disorder This is what was heartbreak

  4. says:

    Unlike music excessive reading has been shown to be dangerous for the female mindThe Ballroom often feels lush in

  5. says:

    This has been a difficult review in the sense that I initially couldn't pinpoint what it was that didn't feel ri

  6. says:

    I hate that this is overFor one day a week 2 hours on a Friday night both women and men who have been segregated in the asylum are brought together in the ballroom For one night they have the pleasure of listening to music and dancing as if they were normal Where for 2 hours they feel human They feel hope They feel a conne

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    Beautiful Simple Sincere Poetic What else can I say Just finished this lovely story 1911 Set over the heatwave summer of 1911 at 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 whichInside 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 beautifu

  8. says:

    I received a copy of The Ballroom by Anna Hope through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Random House and to Anna Hope for the oppor

  9. says:

    45 Heartfelt StarsThe Ballroom by Anna Hope was my very first Traveling Sister Group Read with Brenda Norma Lindsay and JanB It was an amazingly rewarding experience with incredibly kind inspiring smart and simply wonderful women The

  10. says:

    45 stars What a touching and unforgettable read This was our first Traveling Sister Read with Norma Brenda JanB and Susanne We had such a wonderfully enjoyable time reading this together It sparked a lot of deep discussion and it was very interesting to get to know everyone's perspectives and opinionsThis novel was haunting intense

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