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Congratulations to Cordelia Francis Biddle and Vine Leaves Press on the release of They Believed They Were Safe.

"Do not miss this unique and utterly captivating read!" ~Merry Jones, Child’s Play

They Believed They Were Safe by Cordelia Francis Biddle
Historical Fiction/Thriller
From $5.99  

How do you recognize danger?

Autumn 1962 in a picture-perfect small New England college town. Mabel Gorne arrives with a single suitcase and an unsettling secret. Unlike the pampered daughters of the affluent who compose the student body, the penniless, Midwestern Mabel is an anomaly who must make her own way while outrunning a past she fervently hopes to bury.

But she’s not the only person in North Chesterfield harboring secrets. As Mable starts graduate classes and a liaison with a local cop, she boards with a seemingly sedate couple. Little can she imagine, all possess unexpressed desires.

Will Mabel reckon with her history in time to find the loving and compassionate future she yearns for, or will the emotions her presence unwittingly sparks engulf her and those she assumed she could trust?

They Believed They Were Safe shines a light on the dark places of the human heart where sexual obsession, revenge, and murder lurk.

Praise for They Believed They Were Safe
"Complex, masterful storytelling at its best, deftly mixing tragedy with courage and ultimately with survival." ~Jonathan Santlofer, The Last Mona Lisa

"This is an engaging, propulsive novel that examines a unique time in American history and will appeal to all kinds of readers." ~New York Times bestselling author Liz Moore, Long, Bright River

"Do not miss this unique and utterly captivating read!" ~Merry Jones, Child’s Play

“Crystalline storytelling. 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, Alec

About Cordelia Francis Biddle
Cordelia Frances Biddle finds inspiration in the connections and correlations within history. Her prior career as a stage and television actress helps her inhabit other lives from earlier eras.

Cordelia teaches at Drexel University’s Pennoni Honors College. She received the 2021 Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Learn more at Cordelia's website.

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