The Ballroom is not a romance. I mean, it is, but in so many ways it really really is not. It’s so much more than that. I never once thought in this story “I really hope they get together” I just kept thinking “I hope they get through this together” which I think is so important.
This story is told from 3 points of view, Ella, John and Charles.
All three of these characters were so incredibly important to the story in their own right, their separate stories and the story of them coming together were all so compelling and told of a different time.
This book is set in an Insane Asylum in 1911 and the backdrop of the erratic and windswept Yorkshire Moors sets as a stark contrast to the real conditions of the Asylum Patients.
Ella is a young workhouse girl who gets installed in the asylum for ‘hysterics’ which just shows how easily women were subjected to this sort of treatment in 1911. This happened all the time.
John. An Irish man shrouded in mystery. Who I fell in love with. I’m not sure why. I can’t explain it. Don’t judge me.
Charles. I think the most interesting of characters introduced in this book, a Doctor, he developed so much over the pages and I equally hated and felt sorry for him throughout.
The women and men of the asylum are kept in two separate wings, never coming into contact apart from once a week where they are ‘gifted’ the opportunity to come together in the Ballroom. And this is where everything begins.
This was a real page turner. Not action or on the edge of your seat romance but you really root for these patients because they deserve it. They deserve happiness and freedom and they deserve for you to keep turning the page until they get it.