by Kristin von Kreisler


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Earnest by Kristin von Kreisler

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496700438
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 200,176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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 atwww.kristinvonkreisler.com.

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Earnest 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Earnest by Kristin Von Kreisler This story starts out with Jeff and Anna and they've dated for 3 years and live together in a condo in the Northwest. They decide to pick out a dog, Earnest and they divide their days with each spending time with the dog. They live as a family. Jeff is an architect and is designing a new project for a house in town that he hopes will get the permits to demolish so they can rebuild a new facility to hold his girls' shop along with her two friends shops. Problem is there is a fire, the dog gets hurt and Anna and her friends find out his project wants to destroy the house their businesses are in. Anna won't listen to what he has to say and he leaves and she's left with the condo. She even takes steps to legally get Earnest. The dog also has some chapters where you understand what is happening to him during the separation. Can they ever find it in their hearts to at least listen to one another, for the sake of the dog even? So many times of remembering how they met, certain events they attended throughout their years as it tugs on their hearts. Loved all the flower classes and descriptions of the parks they frequent and his career and all he has to go through. Funny touching scenes when using online dating sites they meet. I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book for animal lovers and those that like happy endings!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Earnest by Kristin Von Kreisler is set on Gamble Island, Washington. Anna and Jeff are looking to adopt a dog. They go to the Seattle’s Second Chance Shelter to check out their selection. They see Earnest (well, his name is listed as Moonbeam). He is a beautiful wheat colored Labrador Retriever. He was found tied to the shelter’s doorknob (poor little thing). Earnest is a great addition to the family. Earnest goes to work with Anna during the day to her flower shop called Plant Parenthood. Her shop is housed in a beautiful Victorian home that she lived in with her grandmother when she was a child. After her grandmother’s death, the home was sold. Anna and her two friends, Joy and Lauren (who also have shops in the house) are saving up to buy the gorgeous home from their landlady Mrs. Blackmore (who they called Mrs. Scroogemore). One day a fire breaks out in the house, but thanks to Earnest everyone made it out. Earnest, though, suffered some damage from the smoke and is rushed to the vet. When Anna calls Jeff to tell him about Earnest, she finds out that he is working to tear down her beloved Victorian (he is actually down the street turning in paperwork for the permits). Anna does not understand why Jeff did not tell her about the Cedar Place project (she had to hear about it from his office assistant). Anna does not even want to hear Jeff’s side of the story. Anna asks Jeff to move out. This leads to a custody battle over Earnest. As well as a fight for Anna’s beloved Victorian. Can Jeff and Anna work out their differences? What will happen to Anna’s Victorian house? How will Earnest get his owners back together again? Earnest is a cute novel, but I thought it a little over the top (the feud over the Victorian home). I give Earnest 3 out of 5 stars (which means it was okay). I have to admit to skimming a little through the middle (during Anne’s thinking periods). My favorite character was Earnest (sounded like such a cutie and smart cookie). Earnest was the dominant character in the book. Earnest is an easy book to read (the author has a nice writing style) and can be finished in a couple of hours. I just thought everything was a little exaggerated and the story was basically frustrating (because of a lack of communication). Earnest is a simple story. I just felt it lacked depth. The novel felt more like a rough draft than a finished book. I received a complimentary copy of Earnest from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been big fan of Kristin von Kreisler's work since her very first book and am so excited to see her turning her skilled hand from nonfiction to fiction. She has an unparalleled ability to create rich, nuanced animal characters with gentle humor, sparkling wit, and unconditional love--all while delving into a larger human story. Earnest is a lovely read--highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars for Earnest, in which author Kristin von Kreisler neatly threads the needle between endowing her animal character with entirely believable heart-on-paw emotions, without going overboard into anthropomorphizing him. Ernest is a golden lab adopted by a young couple from Seattle’s Second Chance shelter, who finds himself caught in custody tug-of-war when they split. Deeply unhappy over being passed back and forth, he lets them know it in every possible canine way. Meanwhile, they battle out their disagreement—over a local development issue— invoking all the tricks of small-town politics., a subject with which Kreisler is manifestly familiar. It all works out, of course, and Ernest, like the reader, is well-satisfied by the result.
Kik More than 1 year ago
We all need an Ernest in our lives. Love the book. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lost love, an old house full of memories and the love of a good dog combine in the compelling story of Earnest. I couldn't wait to find out how it all turned out! It's a sweet read for the dog lover in all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I read the previous review before reading/buying this book. Utterly boring and idioitic. Foolish characters. Don't waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing story with one-dimensional characters Anna is a judgemantal shrew who cares more about plants and a building than someone she wanted to marry, Expected more of the story to involve the dog instead of about the people feeling guilty about the dog