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Purple Like the West

(The second book in the Colors of Faith series)
A novel by

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.

Colors of Faith Series
All the Blue of Heaven
Purple Like the West
Golden is the Sand (May 2017)

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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Used availability for Virginia Carmichael's Purple Like the West

Paperback Editions

May 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: Purple Like the West (Colors of Faith) (Volume 2)
Author(s): Virginia Carmichael
ISBN: 1-4995-9954-4 / 978-1-4995-9954-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Purple Like the West: (A Colors of Faith Book 2): Christian Historical Romance
Author(s): Virginia Carmichael, Mary Jane Hathaway
Publisher: Gumbo Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA