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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 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 heartbreaking People locked up for no reasonThe Ballroom in the asylum was used on Friday nights for dances for the men and women who were housed separately this being their only bright spot of the weekThe doctor who was in charge of these patients started out a caring man and then turned evil and really gave this story suspenseThis book was dark but there were glimpses of hope I loved a few of the characters and felt their painDespite the heartbreak this is a very good book Los ritos del agua: Trilogía de La Ciudad Blanca 2 (Autores Españoles e Iberoamericanos) only escape 1911 Inside an asylum at the edge Heads, Features and Faces (Dover Anatomy for Artists) of the Yorkshire moors where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows there is a ballroo 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 heartbreaking People locked up for no reasonThe Ballroom in the asylum was used Evolve Level 4 Students Book on Friday nights for dances for the men and women who were housed separately this being their Professional Daily Fantasy Football only bright spot Stories for Boys of the weekThe doctor who was in charge Mountain City of these patients started Untitled (The Trials of Apollo, out a caring man and then turned evil and really gave this story suspenseThis book was dark but there were glimpses Extracted of hope I loved a few Mr. Miller: ¿Cuándo el depredador se volvió la presa? (Spanish Edition) of the characters and felt their painDespite the heartbreak this is a very good book

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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 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 opportunityWho would know the things inside her if she stayed in this place?Ella Fay has cast her lot by breaking a covered window in a factory where she labored in a most bleek manner as a spinner The tight threads cut into her swollen fingers and those same threads entangled upon her thoughts of freedom She wished beseechingly for a glimpse of blue skyBeing female she was diagnosed as suffering from hysteria from the Greek word for womb and brought to Sharston Asylum in the Yorkshire moors Anger and outbursts were on a long list of conditions that would readily escort you into an asylum uick as a beggar's wink as this story takes place in 1911 Even excessive reading was thought to taint the female mind Dr Charles Fuller newly assigned to the asylum is in charge of Ella's case Ironically just as a strong urge to escape her surroundings impells Ella to act out Fuller wishes to escape the clutches of his successful surgeon father and his overbearing mother We will experience a transformation in character in the likes of Fuller who introduces music and dance to the male and female patients of the asylumThe ballroom and its center stage of musicians brings a touch of beauty to these patients And here is where Ella will meet John Mulligan a tall sturdy Irishman escaping the hardships and sorrows of his former life They allow the lilt of the music to break down barriers and soon find themselves deeply attracted to one anotherseeing spirit from eye into eyeDr Fuller is slowly drawn into the scientific study of Eugenics a controlled breeding of a population in order to assure superiority The Feeble Minded Control Bill has been introduced into the government at this time The asylums are overflowing with patients especially from the pauper class Compassion seems to be taking a side step and the element of humanity waits on a distant shoreThere is such depth in the characterizations here of Ella Fuller and John Anna Hope uses the scope of perspective in each chapter as the storyline pivots and focuses on each We also are introduced to the character of Clem who becomes Ella's friend and confidante The writing of Anna Hope is something to savor and to hold in outstretched palms like the soft feathers of a tiny bird He found he could not speak as though all the words inside him had been pushed to the bottom of a dark wellI must encourage you dear reader to open the pages of this book in order to follow the path cut into the dark moors Where do the footsteps of Ella and John lead? 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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 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 connection Until it's decided that it be stopped as an act of punishmentI loved the characters Ella in an act of defiance although recognized as deviance is imprisoned in the asylum John after losing his only daughter goes into a deep depression and he too is placed in this hospital for lunatics In the loneliness and madness that surrounds them they find each other and a romance blossoms until the rules change and their very existence is uestionedAnd dear Clem the avid reader who befriends Ella Charles the doctor whose initial beliefs on patient reform was well ahead of his time until his goodwill is not reciprocated and becomes diabolical and vengefulThis was an atmospheric and descriptive read While I was enraptured with the story it made my veins pulse The views of that time held by those who were considered intelligent just made my head spin And the epilogue well it just tore out my heart and left me feeling a little heavierA moving and memorable story Loved it 5 Half to Death 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 Geronimo over the heatw I hate that this is Must Love Breeches (Must Love, overFor Το καφενείο των τρελλών one day a week 2 hours When Science Fails on a Friday night both women and men who have been segregated in the asylum are brought together in the ballroom For It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy one night they have the pleasure EUSKARA ADIBIDEZ 4 LEHEN HEZKUNTZA IKASLIBURUA JAKINTZAREN BIDEAK ARINDU BIZKARRA of listening to music and dancing as if they were normal Where for 2 hours they feel human They feel hope They feel a connection Until it's decided that it be stopped as an act Studying the Novel of punishmentI loved the characters Ella in an act Quiéreme menos pero quiéreme bien (Volumen independiente) of defiance although recognized as deviance is imprisoned in the asylum John after losing his Theories of International Politics and Zombies only daughter goes into a deep depression and he too is placed in this hospital for lunatics In the loneliness and madness that surrounds them they find each L'amour foudre other and a romance blossoms until the rules change and their very existence is uestionedAnd dear Clem the avid reader who befriends Ella Charles the doctor whose initial beliefs Panjamon on patient reform was well ahead Filip - dječak bez imena of his time until his goodwill is not reciprocated and becomes diabolical and vengefulThis was an atmospheric and descriptive read While I was enraptured with the story it made my veins pulse The views Los últimos caminos de Antonio Machado: De Collioure a Sevilla (F. COLECCION) of that time held by those who were considered intelligent just made my head spin And the epilogue well it just tore Astonishing X-Men out my heart and left me feeling a little heavierA moving and memorable story Loved it 5


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  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 at times but the I thought about it I realized how the slow moving time really depicted what it was like for these patients as they waited for the next dance in The Ballroom or waited for a time when they would be freeI was very much reminded of What She Left Behind a novel about people in an asylum in upstate NY This one in England didn't seem a whole lot different where you may be institutionalized when you may not be mentally ill and subjected to awful treatment both physical and psychological and where the actions of asylum staff are disturbing than the actions for which the patients are deemed insane There are three narrative perspectives here Ella a young woman who has lived a life of abuse at home and has a hard working life at a mill breaks a window to see the sky and is admitted to the asylum John an Irish farmer has suffered losses and is sent here from the workhouses Charles an insecure doctor escaping his father and a tedious life wants to do something important but it is horrible and at the expense of Tom Ella and Ella's friend Clem It's hard to read at times The beautiful possibilities of friendship and love in such a dark place and these unforgettable characters were the only lights In some respects this is a commentary on the mental health treatment in the early 1900's a personal statement as the author tells us that her great great grandfather was a patient in an asylum but at its core this is a love story that will touch anyone with a heart There are many books that have given me a knot in my stomach a lump in my throat and a few that make me cry This was one that did all three It's haunting and gnawing yet beautifully written Thanks to Random House Publishing Group Random House and NetGalley


  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 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 troubles?There’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


  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 heartbreaking People locked up for no reasonThe Ballroom in the asylum was used on Friday nights for dances for the men and women who were housed separately this being their only bright spot of the weekThe doctor who was in charge of these patients started out a caring man and then turned evil and really gave this story suspenseThis book was dark but there were glimpses of hope I loved a few of the characters and felt their painDespite the heartbreak this is a very good book


  4. says:

    Unlike music excessive reading has been shown to be dangerous for the female mindThe Ballroom often feels lush in nature but is uite simple really It's a tale of falling in love and of obsession centered during the time when an individual can be institutionalized against hisher will for almost any reason Break a window mentally ill Grieving the loss of your child mentally ill You get the picture Like other reviewers such as Angela M I was reminded of the book What She Left Behind while reading this book It's another great book which I encourage those reading this review to check that book out In this book Ella a young woman who has had to work hard her entire life breaks a window in the factory she works in Even though she promises to somehow pay for the window she is institutionalized She is mad you see; no sane woman would ever break a window There is also Clem who has a love of reading and often refuses to eat She is hospitalized by her family and has been released and re admitted again There is John a man grieving the death of his daughter institutionalize for melancholy and Dr Fuller a doctor and musician who has weekly dances for the good patients where they must dance with each other whether they want to or not“There is always some madness in love But there is also always some reason in madness”― Friedrich NietzscheAn asylum on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors is hardly the place one would expect to find romance The men and women are kept apart The men get to work outdoors while the women remain pale from working indoors But through the weekly dances love blooms and madness grows Hope springs forth in the most unlikely of places This story of love and obsession is told through three character's POV Ella John and Dr Fuller'sThe writing is beautiful hopeful and heart breaking all at the same time There is injustice here being institutionalized having your freedom revoked and your life turned upside down is upsetting to say the least With little hope of release how does one pass the time cope and live a life? Dr Fuller is an interesting character who at first I liked and admired for his use of music to uplift spirits and give people the chance at socialization Soon his character begins to change his feelings on reading BOO HISS and his own downward spiral show a man with secrets and troubles of his ownDr Fuller is not the only one to change during this book Ella and John both change as well As they experience hope wistful feelings romance and acceptance their lives grow but can they ever be together in a place built to keep them apart?It is sad to say that the treatment of patients in the asylum is realistic for how people in institutions were treated back then When anyone could deem you insane if you did not do as they said Women fared much worse than men Reasons for admission taken from the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia from 1864 to 1889 included laziness egotism disappointed love female disease mental excitement cold snuff greediness imaginary female trouble “gathering in the head” exposure and uackery jealousy religion asthma masturbation and bad habits Spouses used lunacy laws to rid themselves of their partners and in abducting their children That is only to name a few I am sure the laws and criteria were similar in other countries as wellI found this book to be sad hopeful heart breaking and thought provoking The writing is elouent and each point of view flowed beautifully into the next It's a cruel word these characters lived in The Author's note at the end describes her reasons for writing the book which I also enjoyed readingThis is not always an easy read but a rewarding one Plus that epilogue Read of my reviews at wwwopenbookpostcom


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    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


  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 connection Until it's decided that it be stopped as an act of punishmentI loved the characters Ella in an act of defiance although recognized as deviance is imprisoned in the asylum John after losing his only daughter goes into a deep depression and he too is placed in this hospital for lunatics In the loneliness and madness that surrounds them they find each other and a romance blossoms until the rules change and their very existence is uestionedAnd dear Clem the avid reader who befriends Ella Charles the doctor whose initial beliefs on patient reform was well ahead of his time until his goodwill is not reciprocated and becomes diabolical and vengefulThis was an atmospheric and descriptive read While I was enraptured with the story it made my veins pulse The views of that time held by those who were considered intelligent just made my head spin And the epilogue well it just tore out my heart and left me feeling a little heavierA moving and memorable story Loved it 5


  7. says:

    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 beautiful For one bright evening a week they come together and dance When John and Ella meet it is a dance that will change two lives forever The story is told in chapters alternating between John Ella and Charles the doctor The doctor who turns out to be maybe insane than some of the inhabitants of the asylum spiraling down a dark and desperate road Beautiful writing poetic a romantic and tragic story A heartbreakerbeautiful More later andVery recommended


  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 opportunityWho would know the things inside her if she stayed in this place?Ella Fay has cast her lot by breaking a covered window in a factory where she labored in a most bleek manner as a spinner The tight threads cut into her swollen fingers and those same threads entangled upon her thoughts of freedom She wished beseechingly for a glimpse of blue skyBeing female she was diagnosed as suffering from hysteria from the Greek word for womb and brought to Sharston Asylum in the Yorkshire moors Anger and outbursts were on a long list of conditions that would readily escort you into an asylum uick as a beggar's wink as this story takes place in 1911 Even excessive reading was thought to taint the female mind Dr Charles Fuller newly assigned to the asylum is in charge of Ella's case Ironically just as a strong urge to escape her surroundings impells Ella to act out Fuller wishes to escape the clutches of his successful surgeon father and his overbearing mother We will experience a transformation in character in the likes of Fuller who introduces music and dance to the male and female patients of the asylumThe ballroom and its center stage of musicians brings a touch of beauty to these patients And here is where Ella will meet John Mulligan a tall sturdy Irishman escaping the hardships and sorrows of his former life They allow the lilt of the music to break down barriers and soon find themselves deeply attracted to one anotherseeing spirit from eye into eyeDr Fuller is slowly drawn into the scientific study of Eugenics a controlled breeding of a population in order to assure superiority The Feeble Minded Control Bill has been introduced into the government at this time The asylums are overflowing with patients especially from the pauper class Compassion seems to be taking a side step and the element of humanity waits on a distant shoreThere is such depth in the characterizations here of Ella Fuller and John Anna Hope uses the scope of perspective in each chapter as the storyline pivots and focuses on each We also are introduced to the character of Clem who becomes Ella's friend and confidante The writing of Anna Hope is something to savor and to hold in outstretched palms like the soft feathers of a tiny bird He found he could not speak as though all the words inside him had been pushed to the bottom of a dark wellI must encourage you dear reader to open the pages of this book in order to follow the path cut into the dark moors Where do the footsteps of Ella and John lead? Can the breath of hope survive in even the most dire of circumstances? It's perched on the corner of each and every page that you turn


  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 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


  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 heart breaking and heart warming for me I truly enjoyed reading every single page For me the storyline was very uniue and unpredictable which I loved The author Anna Hope did a FANTASTIC job with the character development I am in awe of Hope's ability to draw the reader into the lives of each of the characters in an eually intriguing wayI would HIGHLY recommend this wonderful novelTo find our Traveling Sister Read Review please visit Brenda and Norma's fabulous blog at