Earnest by Kristin Von KreislerEarnest by Kristin Von Kreisler


byKristin Von Kreisler

Paperback | January 26, 2016

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“Von Kreisler takes us deeper into the powerful connections between humans and animals.”--Jacqueline Sheehan
From the bestselling author of An Unexpected Grace comes a richly insightful novel of matters of the heart—both human and canine—in an uplifting story of love, loyalty, and new beginnings…

Earnest. It’s the perfect name for a sweet, eager-to-please yellow Labrador retriever. Anna and her boyfriend Jeff fall for him the minute they see those guileless eyes gazing up from behind his gate at Seattle’s Best Friends Shelter. In no time at all, they’re a pack of three, with Earnest happily romping in their condo on Gamble Island.

During the day, Earnest keeps Anna company in her flower shop, located in a historic gingerbread Victorian on the island’s main street. Anna hopes to buy and restore the house, once owned by her beloved grandmother. But when that dream is threatened by Jeff’s actions, Anna’s trust is shattered. For so long, the house has encompassed all her ideals of security, home, and family. Yet Earnest’s devotion to his two people, and theirs to him, make it impossible for them to walk away from each other. And when a crisis hits, it’s Earnest—honest, stubborn, and uncannily wise—who will help Anna reconcile her past and embrace what the future can bring…

Praise for Earnest
Earnest is a dog who desires only one thing, to keep his family intact. Kristin von Kreisler deftly spins a tale of human failings and canine devotion.”--Susan Wilson
“Kristin von Kreisler captures the emotional intelligence of Earnest, a dog who provides much-needed guidance to a couple spiraling into catastrophe.”--Jacqueline Sheehan
“A truly charming story sure to please dog lovers everywhere….Be prepared to fall in love with Earnest.”--Amy Hill Hearth

Earnest shows us, through the wisdom of a dog, what matters most in life.”--Nancy Thayer

Includes Reading Group Guide
Kristin von Kreisler writes articles and bestselling books about animals. To get her stories, she followed a grizzly bear for a week, went hang gliding to see how an eagle felt soaring through the sky, and watched in awe as millions of bats emerged from a cave at dusk like clouds of smoke. After writing three acclaimed nonfiction books...
Title:EarnestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.51 × 0.81 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:KensingtonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1496700430

ISBN - 13:9781496700438

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh I went into this book expecting more from it. I am a dog lover and enjoy stories a out dogs but this one revolved around the people more than the dog. Don't want to give anything away for others that will read it so keeping it simple. Very seldom do I start a book and not be obsessed about finishing, but after letting it sit for a week I finally got through it. I wouldn't recommend it but that's my opinion.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cute, but predictable The story's cute, but predictable. I was annoyed at the obvious continuity issues in the story – the most glaring one: Jeff and Anna moved in together after two years of dating. This is when they adopt Earnest. The story then obviously takes place very shortly after Earnest's adoption (multiple references to the 'J&A have been together two years'), yet numerous times it's mentioned that J&A celebrated Earnest's adoption date every year. There's also needs to be strong suspension of disbelief in regards to parts of the storyline (one of the women working with Anna has a cousin who's an electrician, but when an old house needs to be rewired Jeff does it? ….sure.) If you're looking for a great book featuring a dog as a main character, sadly, this isn't it.
Date published: 2016-03-16

Editorial Reviews

Praise for An Unexpected Grace   “Vivid, true-to-life…a heartwarming story on the healing power of dogs.” --Susy Flory    “Enchanting…I was captivated from page one.” --Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson   “A story that will warm the heart of anyone who has ever loved a dog.” -- Amy Hill Hearth“You have to root for them as the damaged heroines, woman and dog, find the healing power of trust and love in each other.”  --Susan Wilson“Von Kreisler takes us deeper into the powerful connections between humans and animals.” --Jacqueline Sheehan