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Purple Like the West (Colors of Faith Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Virginia Carmichael , Kathryn Frazier
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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Margaret Gilbert, a railroad executive’s daughter, is a pampered princess of San Francisco’s wealthy elite. She chafes under the expectation that she will marry for status and dreams of independence. When she joins the local Ladies’ Aid Society, she’s horrified by the treatment of the Chinese immigrant laborers. Vowing to expose the abuse, she begins to investigate the complicated system of slave labor provided to the railroads, but no one will listen to a woman like her.
When she meets Ezra Pendleton, heir to a newspaper empire, she concocts a plan to tell the world- without incurring the wrath of her father. Ezra is the perfect cover. She’ll make her family happy by feigning interest in a very eligible bachelor, become an undercover reporter, and keep her identity a secret.
At least, that was the idea. Margaret starts to wonder if Ezra will turn out to be her plan’s fatal flaw. He is not the sort of man you can string along with flattery. He’s smart, wary, and is hiding a secret of his own. As the city falters under the stress of the Chinese mobs, the situation turns more dangerous than they could have imagined. Racial tensions in the city hit a breaking point and arson hits close to home. By the time the time there is an outbreak of the plague in Chinatown, it seems as if all the darkest parts of the city will be revealed at once.
Margaret and Ezra are thrown together in a common cause, but will their secrets destroy the love that is growing between them? A story of faith, honor, and forgiveness.


This is the second book in the Colors of Faith, a Christian historical romance series by Virginia Carmichael. The first, All the Blue of Heaven, was published February 2013.

Virginia was born near the Rocky Mountains and although she has traveled around the world, the wilds of Colorado run in her veins. A big fan of the wide open sky and all four seasons, she believes in embracing the small moments of everyday life. A home schooling mom of six young children who rarely wear shoes, those moments usually involve a lot of noise, a lot of mess, or a whole bunch of warm cookies. Virginia holds degrees in Linguistics and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. She lives with her habanero-eating husband, Crusberto, who is her polar opposite in all things except faith. They've learned to speak in short-hand code and look forward to the day they can actually finish a sentence. In the meantime, Virginia thanks God for the laughter and abundance of hugs that fill her day as she plots her next book.


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Virginia Carmichael was nominated for Best Debut in Series Romance 2012 by Romantic Times Book Reviews

About the Author

Virginia Carmichael also writes the Jane Austen Takes the South series published by Howard Books/ Simon & Schuster under the pen name of Mary Jane Hathaway.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2177 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499599544
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gumbo Books (September 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FINCXPE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! October 3, 2013
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I've read all of Virginia Carmichael's books and they have all been excellent. This one went above and beyond my expectations, however. I love Christian Fiction but the historical elements gave so much more to the novel. It was believable, it was heart-wrenching, and of course joyous! I can't wait until the next in the Colors of Faith set!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! October 14, 2013
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OMG! I didn't think I would like this book more than I did book one of this series, but I did. This is only the second book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. The book description for this book is really good, so I won't go into adding any more. I really like Margaret. She's a sweet caring type of person that I would like as a friend. Ezra is great. I loved their story. This book left me feeling good all over when I finished reading it. I HIGHLY recommend this book! I really don't think you will be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical, Clean, romance, intrigue March 23, 2014
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I love historical romances and this was that and much more. The main story centers on True Fact of how badly the Chinese were treated while building train tracks about 1909 and how newspapers were bribed to Not tell the complete truth. -

This heartache that was caused to many leads to danger & intrigue while also bringing about the friendship and romance of others. - A very good book.

Another thing I enjoyed was the quotes (Before each chapter) from various people about newspapers.... (very truthful about our newspapers / reporters today and how bias they are)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the theme and message October 1, 2013
By Cindy
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It's 4 1/2 stars.

This is #2 in the Colors of Faith series (All the Blue of Heaven is #1).

Margaret is a character ahead of her time, and held prisoner by her social status and gender. She wants to do more to help the Chinese workers, and is frustrated with the lack of action by those who could be in a position to do it. She recognizes Ezra as someone who can indeed help her raise social consciousness for the plight of the Chinese, and she launches her plan without thinking through all the possible consequences.
Ezra's integrity and work ethics propel him to do what is right, despite the many opinions of others who oppose it. As he and Margaret interact and learn more about each other, their relationship grows, even with their insecurities about themselves. They also learn to trust in God, and know they need to be strong and honest in order to succeed.
My favorite part is towards the end, when he holds her face in his hands, and I can't say more without giving it away. ;)

There are so many things I like about this series. First, the theme which is manifest in the title, Colors of Faith. When you start reading these books, you will notice the story is preceded by a poem. These are the poems that set the theme and the title of each book. In book two, each chapter starts with a quote about journalism, which is part of the story and the characters, and each quote is very aptly used to the content of its chapter.

I also loved the setting of early twentieth century near Chicago (in #1) and San Francisco (#2). There are real issues in the lives of the main characters, social issues that bring to life the setting in a resolute manner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book March 24, 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It had some romance and some twists and turns. I like reading books by this author and was surprised to know she also has written under a different name. I plan to read those books as well. Highly recommended!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Purple like the West October 13, 2013
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It was a little slow in the beginning and then really began to flow. I enjoyed reading about Margaret and Ezra and their families. I liked the growth we see in Margaret as we follow her progress in helping the Chinese immigrants in San Francisco. It also was interesting to read the author's note that Margaret was loosely based on a real person.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Purple Like the West April 24, 2014
By blessed
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this book was ok, I liked that it shows that no matter what predicaments we get ourselves in to, God is always with us and ahead of us. He is in control and will work all things together for the good of those who love Him. I would have given this more stars except I am not really n to the love story thing, though I will say as far as love stories go, this was a pretty good one, but, I still wonder when the rich and handsome 'prince' will fall in love with the not so beautiful girl because he sees her inner beauty, he sees her heart, he sees God in her?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but oh so slow April 14, 2014
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I had just come off of 7 books in a row that were 2 or 3 day reads which were absolute page turners that were hard to put down, when I started this one. One week later and only at the 30% mark of Purple Like the West I thought I would never be able to get through this. Another week later and I am gratefully done.
It was nice and I see all these wonderful reviews, but , well, I'll be nice and leave it at that.
OK but oh so slow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical fiction-San Francisco
Historical fiction set in San Francisco after the massive earthquake. A story of a privileged woman and a newspaper man taking an unpopular stand against the cruel treatment of the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating in many ways
This book is excrllent writing with interesting stories to tell. I recommend it to fans of history, romance, Christ, and social reform
Published 26 days ago by Elizabeth Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!!
I can't wait to read the next one. I highly recommend this book. Set aside some time, but and enjoy.
Published 26 days ago by Jesi
5.0 out of 5 stars A gritty but wholesome faith-based historical thriller of a romance
This faith-based historical romance takes place in San Francisco just following the earthquake and fire of 1906 so it held special interest for me since I was born and raised in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
okay
Published 1 month ago by chemie
5.0 out of 5 stars Purple like the west
The title of the book didn't really go along with book in my opinion.I would recommend reading this book to others and would like to read more of hers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ann
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
A great compliment to All the Blue Heaven! I hope we will see more books in this series. Even though the book discusses difficult subjects, you come away feeling good.
Published 2 months ago by munsonmotel
3.0 out of 5 stars light fun
Enjoyed a romantic book with a Christ centered story. Would have liked to get to know some of the other characters from Chinatown.
Published 2 months ago by Pearl A. Prins
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't read fast enough toward the end!
I truly enjoyed this book. It was great to see the story unfold, and was full of twists and turns. I am looking forward to reading mor from this author.
Published 2 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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More About the Author

Virginia was born near the Rocky Mountains and although she has traveled around the world, the wilds of Colorado run in her veins. A big fan of the wide open sky and all four seasons, she believes in embracing the small moments of everyday life. A home schooling mom of six young children who rarely wear shoes, those moments usually involve a lot of noise, a lot of mess, or a whole bunch of warm cookies. Virginia holds degrees in Linguistics and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. She lives with her habanero-eating husband, Crusberto, who is her polar opposite in all things except faith. They've learned to speak in short-hand code and look forward to the day they can actually finish a sentence. In the meantime, Virginia thanks God for the laughter and abundance of hugs that fill her day as she plots her next book.

Virginia also writes the Jane Austen Takes the South series (published by Howard Books/ Simon&Schuster) under the pen name of Mary Jane Hathaway.



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