Book Of The Day – Purple Like the West

by Ron on July 1, 2014

Today’s Book of the Day is a Christian Fiction novel by Virginia Carmichael. Purple Like the West has a 4.6 star rating and is only 99 cents!

“Another really good book smack packed with compelling reading, with the research to back it up.” Jean – Amazon Reviewer

Purple Like the West
by Virginia Carmichael
Rating: 4.6 Stars
Genre: Christian Fiction
Price: $0.99


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.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Above and beyond my expectations. 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!


What a beautiful story! This book is full of compassion, kindness, and love. I thoroughly enjoyed Margaret’ s story. It’s a very good book!


My favorite Carmichael title so far! If you like strong-minded, strong-willed heroines who fight injustice, this historical romance is the book for you.


This book was very well done: well written and edited with an interesting storyline. And clean! That is always appreciated. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a clean book that also makes you think. I will look for more by this author.


A well written adventure and sweet romance. I enjoyed it immensely. The story was inspirational and fun. Virginia Carmichael is an author I will search for and read in the future.

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.

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


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