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Earnest (Paperback)

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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

About the Author

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, Kristin made a smashing fiction debut with the bestselling novel An Unexpected Grace. Kristin's books have been translated into twelve languages.

She lives on an island in Washington with her husband and their rescued German shepherd, Bridget. From her desk she watches ospreys and seals, and every day an otter wanders through the yard to go for a swim. Visit her on Facebook or

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496700438
ISBN-10: 1496700430
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English