Book Of The Day – Purple Like the West

by Ron on April 27, 2017

Today’s Book of the Day is a Christian Fiction novel by Virginia Carmichael and it’s 67% off for a limited time. Purple Like the West has a 4.5 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2!

“This book left me feeling good all over when I finished reading it. I HIGHLY recommend.” Judith – Amazon Reviewer

Purple Like the West
by Virginia Carmichael
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Christian Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $2


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 strikes close to home. By 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.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Virginia Carmichael weaves a wonderful tale about San Francisco that I wanted to read all night. Her characters were so believable and seemed to jump off the pages.


This is definitely an excellent period piece of early San Francisco. There are railroad barons, Chinese gangs, plague, and women’s liberation….something for everyone! The pace was excellent: not too slow, not too fast. Although a little on the girly side, this is an excellent read for anyone to include children.


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!


A true masterpiece of faith, love and devotion. It tells the many struggles of the Chinese workers in the early stages of their introduction to America. Giving voice to the corruption in the railway,the police force, government and newspapers.This writing is a true inspiration for teaching love for others and the dangers of racism and intolerance.


What a great book! I loved the combination of characters. Margaret and Ezra came from material wealth but we’re rich with God’s love! Margaret love for the underdog was amazing especially with all that was at stake. Yet her faith shown thru with all of the challenges that she faced by herself decisions to help others at all cost. Thank you so much for this wonderful book!

Get Purple Like the West here: Purple Like the West

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.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Virginia Carmichael and ENT appreciate it.


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