Friday 22 January 2016

Book Beginnings on Fridays - The Ballroom

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


I started reading an ARC of The Ballroom by Anna Hope yesterday evening. It's published by Doubleday and Transworld Publishers on 11th February. I loved the authors previous novel  and you can read my review of The Wake here


'Are you going to behave?' The man's voice echoed.

'Are you going to behave?'

She made a noise. Could have been yes. Could have been no, but the blanket was pulled off her head and she gasped for air.


The Ballroom 


Book Description

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.




  1. Oh wow... this sounds absolutely amazing! That beginning really grabs your attention straightaway and with that stunning cover and intriguing blurb I really hope you're enjoying it! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. Okay, you had me at "unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity..."

    Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE GOOD LIAR”

  3. I'm fascinated by this setting. I can't imagine why she has a blanket on her head, and I'd be compelled to keep reading to find out. Sounds like a good one.
    My Friday post features THE LIGHT OF HIDDEN FLOWERS.

  4. I really enjoyed Anna Hope's "Wake" so I'm looking forward to this one.

  5. This sounds really interesting and I like the beginning. Here's my Friday meme


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