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

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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.

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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lilianna M. Schmidt on 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Judith Tulloch on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bmsbms29 on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on October 1, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A Klein on November 21, 2013
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"Purple Like the West" was written by Virginia Carmichael as one of the novels in the Colors of Faith Series. The novel takes place in San Francisco in the early 1900's after the Great Fire. The mighty railroads are using Chinese laborers to build the railroads and the Chinese gangs or tongs contract with the railroads to provide the labor. Supposedly the men are paid a wage and provided with room and board; however the tongs take two thirds of the wage and make the laborer pay for food and lodging. The lodging consists of being shackled together in a warehouse.

Margaret Gilbert, the daughter of the head of the Southern Pacific railroad is trying to bring the injustices to the attention of the city. During the dead of night she goes to Chinatown to find out about the atrocities and to see how she can help. Ezra Pendelton is the editor of the The Daily newspaper. He has been sent to the San Francisco paper by his father whose newspaper empire is based in Chicago. Ezra is tired of having to kowtow to his father to keep his position.

Margaret decides to write a column for the newspaper anonymously about the Six Companies and their slave trade labor. Ezra, against his better judgment, decides to print these articles even though he does not know the source. This causes untold problems within the city of San Francisco and among the railroad companies. The story is interesting because of a few things: the plight of women who are expected to be nothing more than an ornament on the arm of her husband, the idea that all women are to be married and have a family, and the idea that higher education is not something women should aspire to.

I enjoyed this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By blessed on April 24, 2014
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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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