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Corn Silk Days: Iowa, 1862 [Kindle Edition]

Linda Pendleton
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Iowa, 1862:

The dramatic story of two families, four generations, during a time when the United States is seriously divided by war, North against South, neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother, son against father; slave against slave-owner—a distressful time of upheaval, tragedy, heartbreak, and death.

In the summer of 1862, Iowa farmer, Silas Storm, volunteers for the Union Army and his wife, Elizabeth Jane, pregnant with their second child, must maintain their farm and meet the many challenges the absence of her husband creates.

Four generations of Silas's family and extended family discover their lives changing drastically while facing adversity and challenges: family secrets, denials, fears, forbidden love, death, and grief. Like Silas Storm on the battlefield finding courage to dodge the next Rebel bullet, they, too, must deal with their fears and transform those fears into courage.

Will they be able to survive? Or will it be their defeat?

"Well Janie, when I heard of the death of Lincoln it appeared to me that I had lost one of my mightiest friends. He was the soldiers' best friend, but he had done enough in this world and the kind hand of Providence called him home to live in peace." ~Silas, May 1865

Although Corn Silk Days is a fictional account of life during the Civil War, Linda Pendleton has woven actual letters written by her great-great-grandfather into her story, staying true to the military facts presented in his letters home to his wife. Linda enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction books and exploring her family genealogy.

Linda Pendleton writes fiction and nonfiction, including Shattered Lens: Catherine Winter, Private Investigator, the crime novel Roulette: The Search for the Sunrise Killer, written with her husband, Don Pendleton, and their nonfiction books, To Dance With Angels and Whispers From the Soul.

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About the Author

Linda Pendleton often says her writing go from "flying angels to flying bullets." She will usually add, "But of course, not usually in the same book." Her writings cover a variety of genres: mystery/suspense, nonfiction, Comic book adaptation, and screenplays. A lifelong interest in the fields of metaphysics and the paranormal has influenced Linda's writing. In 1990, the nonfiction book, "To Dance With Angels," a definitive study of life and death and spirit communication, coauthored with her husband, renowned author Don Pendleton was published.  They followed that with "Whispers From the Soul: the Divine Dance of Consciousness."  Following the death of her husband, Linda published "A Walk Through Grief: Crossing the Bridge Between Worlds," "Three Principles of Angelic Wisdom," and several other nonfiction books.

Linda's fiction includes the crime novel, "Roulette: The Search for the Sunrise Killer" written with Don Pendleton, her mystery/suspense novel, "The Unknown, A Novel," Comic adaptations, and screenplays. She recently published PI novels, "Shattered Lens: Catherine Winter, Private Investigator,"  and the second novel in the Catherine Winter Series, "Fractured Image." 

"Corn Silk Days: Iowa, 1862" is her first historical novel, set in the Civil War period. She is a native Californian and a former member of the Authors Guild, Inc., EPIC Authors Org., and Sisters In Crime. Several of her books have won awards.

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  • File Size: 907 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Pendleton Artists (October 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047GMFJ2
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special January 27, 2011
WOW! What a wonderful story. What a great idea, I don't know if I have ever seen this done. Taking real slices of history and weaving them into a beautiful novel. The letters taken from a real soldier of the time is fasinating and gives the reader an intimate sense of the war and the times, and the story woven around his wife, the recipient of these letters is so full. These people are made very real, and the times and the life and the struggles feel so real. You forget where the real history and fiction begins and ends. As always Linda's characters are so full and interesting. You can't wait to see what comes next. A great way to get your history lesson and escape into a novel all at once. Thank you again Linda for another great read. You never disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! March 20, 2011
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Linda Pendleton says her love for genealogy influenced her writing of Corn Silk Days. Interestingly, at one point I had to draw a little family tree to visualize how the families in the story connected! Set in Iowa in 1862, Corn Silk Days might be imagined as something of a soap opera version of Little House on the Prairie, full of love, lust, heartbreak, and scandal. At the core, and separated through the entire story, are Silas and Elizabeth Jane Storm. Silas Storm's character is primarily developed through correspondence with `Janie' while he is away fighting for the Union in the Civil War. Home alone, taking care of their family and farm, Elizabeth Jane relies heavily on the help of their extended families. Corn Silk Days weaves through the ups and downs of life, and amazingly we see that many challenges of today were challenges that our ancestors also faced. You will fall in love with many of the characters, even the black sheep of the family, and long after you have finished reading this book you will wonder what became of their futures! As a huge fan of Linda Pendleton's nonfiction books, I thoroughly enjoyed reading her Historical Novel and can't wait to read more of her fiction work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Corn Silk Days April 10, 2012
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A confusing book at times. There are many characters and it's hard to keep them straight and who's related to who. The setting is in 1862, but some of the sections were pretty unbelievable and more fitting for today. For example, one couple openly lived together prior to marriage, but there was absolutely no reprecussions. There are several letters from a soldier in the civil war. Some of them were very boring and some of them were some-what interesting. There were also a few typos at the beginning of the book. However, I did read it to the end, something I wouldn't do if it was terrible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! February 20, 2012
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I could not stop reading this book! I did have a little trouble remembering who went with whom, but as one reviewer already stated, I drew out a family tree, which helped a great deal. I felt I was there in their midst through all their triumphs and trajedies. I thought it very interesting how the author took modern day issues, such as unfaithfulness in a marriage and abuse, and showed us that these issues are not so modern day after all. I didn't want the book to end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First class fiction April 19, 2012
I don't typically read historical romances. In fact, I don't read romances of any kind but I read this one because I do enjoy historical novels and I received a copy as a gift from the author. I actually finished it! While I had hoped for more about the Civil War battles that wasn't really the intended direction of the book, and I commend Linda for keeping on point. I felt her weaving genuine letters into the story was brilliant because it provided the setting of the period, and demonstrated the simplicity and honesty of the people living in these oft rocky times of our country's history.

I found most of the characters had depth but their stories were easy to follow, much more so than is found in other epic novels, particularly those in the fantasy genre; nothing cookie-cutter about them and that's what kept me reading. I also found the variations in lifestyles (such as a couple living together out of wedlock) actually refreshing because this wasn't as uncommon as most might think--particularly in a country at war with itself.

All told, Linda Pendleton has demonstrated her ability to craft a good novel no matter what the genre. She's a flexible author who has stepped beyond writing the same old tired commercial fiction that litters so much of today's literature, and I applaud her effort in this regard. Bravo for this bold and enjoyable novel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corn S Days June 26, 2013
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Corn Silk Days Iowa 1896,loved it and full of action. LIKE HOW ALL THE CHARACTERS WERE DRAWN TOGETHER and meshed IN EACH OTHERS LIFE
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3.0 out of 5 stars ranch_in_mt@ February 1, 2013
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Corn Silk Days: Iowa, 1862This is the first book that I downloaded onto my Kindel Fire. I really enjoyed the book. It was one of those books you could read easily but you had to keep track of the people in the book. It did go back and forth from one setting to another involving different people. It was fun reading this book and showed me how great my Kindel Fire is.
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Linda Pendleton has written in a variety of genres: nonfiction, mystery novels, comic book scripting, and screenplays. As she often says, "My writing goes from flying angels to flying bullets!" Her life-long interest in metaphysics and the paranormal influences her writing. She coauthored nonfiction and fiction with her late husband, renowned author, Don Pendleton, including the popular nonfiction book, To Dance With Angels, and Whispers From the Soul.

Among her nonfiction books are Three Principles of Angelic Wisdom; and A Walk Through Grief, the story of her journey of grief following the death of her husband, Don Pendleton. Don Pendleton was known as the "father of the Action Adventure genre" and was creator of the best-selling The Executioner: Mack Bolan series, now celebrating in 2009 its 40th year in ongoing publications. Don and Linda adapted and scripted the first Executioner novel, War Against the Mafia to comic, and following Don's death Linda adapted and scripted the second Executioner novel, Death Squad to graphic comic.

Linda's fiction includes her new Catherine Winter Mystery Series: Shattered Lens, Catherine Winter, Private Investigator; and Fractured Image, Catherine Winter, Private Investigator; the suspense novel, The Unknown; a suspense thriller, Sound of Silence; an historical Civil War Period novel, Corn Silk Days, Iowa, 1862; and Roulette: The Search for the Sunrise Killer by Don Pendleton and Linda Pendleton. All are at Kindle and in Print. A number of her books are exclusive with Amazon and in the KDP and Prime program.

She also has published nonfiction e-courses, e-books, and numerous articles with Self-Healing Expressions and their sister website,

A native Californian, Linda is a member of The Authors Guild and The Authors League since 1990.

Although most of her time is devoted to her love of writing, including blogging, she also enjoys the exploration of her family's genealogical roots.

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