I’m an author with a passion for history, as you’ll note from my works of fiction and nonfiction. Biddle, Jackson, And A Nation In Turmoil details a divisive, political era that nearly split the United States asunder. Saint Katharine: The Life Of Katharine Drexel follows the life choices of a wealthy young woman who became an ardent proponent of social parity and racial justice. Her credo was “Think it; Desire it; Speak it; Act it.”
The Martha Beale Series, set in 1840's Philadelphia, explores the chasm between wealth and poverty during a turbulent epoch. Martha Beale makes an engaging, determined heroine.
My first novel, Beneath The Wind, is a story of one woman's empowerment, and examines the effects of imperialism in 1903.
I’m delighted to hear from readers and invite you to write me. I promise a timely response. I’m also happy to join your book club for a lively discussion.
They Believed They Were Safe
a novel debuts November 1, 2022 "Cordelia Biddle's latest is a breathless and wild ride." Vine Leaves Press Jason Rekulak, author of Hidden Pictures
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“In a tale of conflicted affections and obsession, of abuse and memory, the past resonates in the present to expose a friendship and explode a marriage with tragic consequences. They Believed They Were Safe is complex, masterful storytelling at its best deftly mixing tragedy with courage and ultimately with survival.” Jonathan Santlofer, author of The Last Mona Lisa and The Widower's Notebook
“I was hooked by They Believed They Were Safe from the first page. This is an engaging, propulsive novel that examines a unique time in American history and will appeal to all kinds of readers.” Liz Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Long, Bright River
“This is a breathless and wild ride!” Jason Rekulak, author of Hidden Pictures
“They Believed They Were Safe is the unforgettable, can't-put-it-down tale of people who see what they want to see, think what they want to think, and do what they want to do, until, ultimately, their individual paths collide with disastrous results. Do not miss this unique and utterly captivating read!” Merry Jones, award-winning author of Child's Play and Summer Session
“Crystalline storytelling. Biddle, at her best here in They Believed They Were Safe, lays a solid narrative foundation then builds us a tale that proves dreamlike. There’s enough of the familiar to make it real—small town, midcentury, New England. But the ending, both surprising and inevitable, leaves us astonished in a Gothic wonderland. I thoroughly enjoyed this new novel.” William di Canzio, author of Alec (Editors' Choice, New York Times Book Review
The Life of Katharine Drexel
Philadelphia’s saint! Katharine Drexel devoted her life to social justice, creating schools for those whom racism marginalized and persecuted. Born in 1858, she died in 1955; her life reflects the nation’s history: the tumultuous years leading to the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the movement for Women’s Suffrage, and the Equal Rights Movement.
Biddle, Jackson, And A
Nation In Turmoil
The epic fight between Nicholas Biddle and President Andrew Jackson comes to vivid life in this compelling narrative of political intrigue. Partisan politics nearly tore the country asunder. Newly discovered Biddle correspondence alters the financier's place in history.
The fourth novel in the Martha Beale series, set in Philadelphia during the 1840’s. The iconolclast and amateur sleuth, Martha Beale, makes a fine guide to an era where wealth collided with poverty, and lawlessness was a fact of life.
The Conjurer is the first novel in the series.