Author: Cordelia Drexel Biddle
Summary: The true life story of Cordelia Drexel Biddle and her family, including her father Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle taking place in early 1900s. Mr. Biddle was an eccentric man who with his fortune was able to try his hand at many things. He was passionate about Christianity, the United States and boxing, the later of which often ruffled the feathers of the other socialites. This book spawned the play and later the movie The Happiest Millionaire. (from Goodreads)
Review: My interest in this book was first sparked by seeing the old Disney musical The Happiest Millionaire. After really enjoying the movie, I decided I had to read the book to see how closely the two stories went together. Actually, the producers of HM did an excellent job following the story of "My Philadelphia Father." All the little tidbits about Mr. Biddle popped up somewhere in the movie: the chocolate cake diet, boxing the Marine, learning jujitsu, keeping alligators in the conservatory and believing them dead when a new maid left the window open in the dead of winter and the gators all froze in their tanks. There was some language uttered by a few characters, so I couldn't give this book a full, five stars. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to my friends. It's the type of book that my family would love to read aloud together on cold, winter evenings.
Advisory: Some language, and descriptions of fights.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Related review on my other blog: The Happiest Millioinaire