Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews. Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book we are reading or plan to read soon. I've been wanting to try this book since it was released last year.
The Elephant of Belfast; S. Kirk Walsh
Blackstone Audio - 2021
ON THAT MORNING OCTOBER 3, 1940, HETTIE QUIN KNEW she was lucky to be there, at the docks of Belfast, assisting with the elephant's arrival. One of the other zookeepers had come down with a fever, and Ferris Poole had enlisted her help at the last minute. As she stood next to Ferris, at the edge of the crowd, Hettie steadied herself after having sprinted down the docks from the nearby tram stop; her mother had made her tardy by requesting multiple chores around the house before Hettie managed to slip out the door. As she pushed sweaty strands of hair from her eyes, she took in the stunning sight overhead--a young elephant being maneuvered through the air. A crane and a system of cranes and pulleys elevated the animal from the deck of the moored steamship. The elephant's trunk coiled up and then unfurled like an opening fist. There was a hollow trumpet call. The crowd--women, men, children, sailors, dockworkers--let out a collective gasp, their gazes followed the orchestrated movements of the hoisting operation. Hettie had never seen so many people at the docks: It was as if British royalty or a famous screen actress were among the steamer's passengers arriving that morning. The atmosphere felt festive, bright with expectation.
What do you think - read more or pass? This one is based on a true story!