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A Contradiction to His Pride

(Leaving Independence #2)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  26 reviews

From the moment James met Corrine as they traveled the Oregon Trail, in Smith's best-selling debut novel Leaving Independence, he couldn’t resist trying to win the sharp-mouthed beauty’s affections. 

Now, as the core group of pioneers in Colonel Dotson’s wagon train begins to settle in Baker City, Oregon and build homesteads, James is restless to make his fortune so he can

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Published June 12th 2018 by Leanne W. Smith
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Abigail Harris
2.5 stars.

So... This was interesting... But there were many cuss words and some things I didn't like spiritually.
Andy Hardin
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For my money, a well-written novel takes me to places I’ll never go, introduces me to people I’ll never meet, and satisfies my thirst for adventure, romance, good versus evil, you name it, all while making the journey from first page to The End seem effortless. Leanne W. Smith’s latest release, “A Contradiction to His Pride”, accomplishes all that and then some.
Her first book, “Leaving Independence”, published in June 2016, introduced readers to Abigail Baldwyn of Marston County, Tennessee, and
Lisa Johnson
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: A Contradiction to His Pride
Author: Leanne W. Smith
Pages: 422
Year: 2018
Publisher: Self-published
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This novel is a sequel to Leaving Independence written by the same author. Reading these novels set on the Oregon Trail in the late 1800s was pure joy and excitement. I was amazed as well as mesmerized by the action, danger and how quickly life could be lost as depicted in the stories. Here, the settlers from the wagon train we met in the first book are now trying to
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I flew through this book, often staying up later at night than I should so I could read just one more chapter. I've been excited for this book since I finished reading Leaving Independence two years ago, and it did not disappoint! This book focuses mostly on the relationship between James Parker and Corrine Baldwin, and the author does an amazing job of creating a sequel that stands on it's own so well it wouldn't have to be considered a sequel. Simultaneously, readers get an update on all of th ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-author, reviewed
After agreeing to review A Contradiction to His Pride I decided to purchase a copy of Leaving Independence to read first. I enjoyed it but have not managed to fit a review into my schedule. I wish I could make myself write one for every book I read but obviously I enjoy reading more than reviewing. I finally got around to reading A Contradiction to His Pride and found it even more exciting than the previous novel.

I did have a bit of a problem at first with the age difference of James and Corrine
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been eagerly anticipating this book since finishing Leanne W. Smith's first book, Leaving Independence, two years ago. I really enjoyed this follow up and believe it could even stand alone without having read LI. Though if you decide to read Contradiction first, be sure to go back and read LI, because it's just that good.

What I appreciated most about this book was the character development of Corrine, James, Tam, and several others that reminds the reader than we are all flawed people, some
Janilyn Kocher
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The follow up to Leaving Independence is just as good as the first book. The writing is solid and smooth. The story is packed with action and many twists. At times you want to slug some of the characters and then, just a few paragraphs later, hug them. The story picks up with James Parker, determined to prove his worth to Corinne, becomes entangled with a band of robbers and murderers, and half the citizens of Baker City, OR seemed to be on the trail to Silvertown. My favorite characters were Ta ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not wait for this book to come out! After reading Leaving Independence two years ago, (and On a Dark and Snowy Night earlier this year) I was eager to continue my relationship with Baldwyn family, Hoke, James, and other characters. A Contradiction to His Pride kept me up way too late at night, as I could not put it down! I enjoyed getting to know James Parker and Corrine Baldwyn better in this book. I loved the role that Leaving Independence’s character, Tam Sims, plays in this story. Th ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this novel. Even though it might be classified as a Christian romance, I think it more of a western. This would make a great movie. It is encouraging, full of drama, full of action, cowboys, horses, people with morals, ex soiled doves, and bad guys. Yes yes yes there is romance for the delicate of heart, but it is the gun toting cowboy (actually there is more than one, ladies) with the heart of gold that is attempting to take the wilds of Oregon and various other states that kept me readin ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in the pioneering west of the post Civil War era, the author ties in themes of pride, love, loss, and forgiveness with such a compelling plot that I couldn’t put it down and read most of it in one sitting. Such texture and grit! Leanne W. Smiths’ characters embody the beautifully flawed nature of human beings, which makes them both relatable and truly endearing. This story is gripping, tender, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and well worth the read!

* I received an ARC of the book in exchange
Jacquelyn Quick
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continue for the Next book

I thought the book was very well done I enjoyed it I also enjoyed book 1 book 2 I didn't like the ending it just showed that you're going into the next book please let me know when it comes out I'd like to get the conclusion of it. and if the sheriff gets somebody or Charlie gets somebody after his law School I hope you're working on these books would be great to see the continuation of the books. Have a nice day God bless you and keep you and be with you in the name of
LeeAnn Taylor
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, fiction
When I read the author's first book, Leaving Independence, I found myself wanting to know what else happened with the characters in the story. I'm not a big fiction reader, but I do love historical fiction. A Contradiction to His Pride delivered on my curiosity! The author weaves stories together in a way that keeps you wondering how everything is going to resolve as she continues to develop the characters further. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have already shared it as a "must read" for fri ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a clean romantic fiction read set in the Old West. It's the follow up to a previous book. I hadn't read the first, so I had a little trouble catching up, but I was able to follow fairly well.

I appreciated the clean romance and story line that moved along at a pretty good pace. The characters were interesting. I sometimes found the story a little confusing as many events and characters were added in, but I think this may have been because I didn't read the first book.

All-in-all, it was a
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just read the first book in this series last week (loved it) and was excited to read this book.

Oh. My. Yes. This book was amazing. I loved it, too.

I adored James and his heart and who he was.

Corrine was so sassy in the first book I wasn’t sure how much I would like her in this book. I like her so much. Such a strong young woman.

The romance between these two was hot.

The message of not judging others is strong in this book, God’s forgiveness and redemption.

I highly recommend this series.

A copy o
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent! I didn't want to put it down
I guess it is human nature to try and figure it out where the story is taking you, but I couldn't figure it out. The next twist was better than the last! I grew to care about the characters, even the lesser known ones. I am amazed at the research she did to make this book authentic.
I love a book that draws me in and won't let go. This is one of those books!
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Grab the tissues

5 stars for A Contradiction to His Pride, the sequal to Leaving independence. Although Leaving Independence was very much a wagon train/Oregon Trail story, A Contradiction to His Pride moves on to be a real wild west story, complete with bank robbers and gun fights. While a slightly different story line, the cast of characters and wonderfully descriptive writing I fell in love with I the first novel remained the same. Another one I must recommend
Dana Michael
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Contradiction to His Pride is a sequel to Leaving Independence. This one features the ever charming and lovable James Parker. Who has been in love with the beautiful and sassy Corrine ever since Leaving Independence. This story is full of action and introduces new characters. As well as some mean outlaws. We also get an update from previous characters. For one, my favorite book boyfriend, Hoke Matthews. Swoon! Is it wrong to be jealous of a fictitious character? If so, I'm so jealous of Abigai ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book! I literally found myself pumping my fist in the air with glee at one point. It's the kind of book you tolerate for the first few chapters and then find yourself completely invested in, somewhere around the middle. It's the type of book you read when you really ought to be sleeping or working. This was really an excellent read. The first book (Leaving Independence) was good, but this one was fantastic! ...more
Carol Olivie
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Exciting story that keeps the heart beating

This book continues where "Leaving Independence" ends.
It was another great read and I couldn't put it down. I love stories that show you how the people lived in the 1800's . It's so different from what is going on now in the United States.
James Van Nortwick
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
A story teller

This author is a storyteller. No other way to say it.And a wordsmith too. Little turns of phrase that will wind up in my vocabulary.
I cared about her characters,she never lost my interest. None of this"I'll put this down for a while and come back later". She pulls you down into the story.
Kathy Steakley
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Contradiction to His Pride was a page turner for me! I tend to be skeptical with sequels, but this book met and surpassed expectations. Leanne W. Smith pulls the reader in with beautiful language, well developed, engaging characters, suspense, humor, romance - a well rounded novel and one I will read again.
Wendy Lipscomb
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this book, the attention to detail of the characters and time period are amazing. Excitement and surprises, I did not want to put it down and certainly did not want it to end. I am hopeful there will be more books in the future by this author. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful tale from Leanne Smith. You can't help but fall in love with these characters. I found Miss Corrine Baldwyn relatable on many levels. The highs and lows were unexpected and tragic and beautiful. I would recommend this to my girlfriends (and guys). ...more
Melinda Caudill
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished my copy that I received in exchange for an honest review. I can honestly say I didn't want it to end. I had three chapters left to read yesterday and I made myself put it down. I was anxious to know how it ended, but I didn't want it to end! Leanne has such a gift of taking the reader on a journey back it time. It was as good or maybe better than Leaving Independence. They both would make a great movie! ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series! the story about Charlie can't come soon enough!! ...more
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Leanne W. Smith is a writer and professor. She teaches business classes at a university in Nashville and writes historical fiction. Smith and her husband have two creative daughters and a son-in-law who make the world more beautiful through their art, photography and music.
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