I was not expecting this from The Ballroom by Anna Hope

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In a mental asylum young attendant Charles Fuller dreams of helping people get better by the power of music, and puts on a ball each Friday. And in the Ballroom, John and Ella, usually kept apart in the strict gender separation of the oppressive asylum, meet. And gradually, despite the other residents, the circumstances, their own difficult pasts, they fall in love. But meanwhile, Charles is becoming disillusioned, angry and bitter; to ends that will threaten all of the characters.

I was very pleased to win this book in a twitter contest. From the title I was expecting something a little more frivolous, and at first was disappointed to find myself reading about a mental hospital. This soon changed as I was drawn into the plot and came to care about the characters and find the setting more and more interesting.