Happily Ever Esther: Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission to Give Animals a Home

Happily Ever Esther: Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission to Give Animals a Home


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Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, had their lives turned upside down when they adopted their pig-daughter Esther—the so-called micro pig who turned out to be a full-sized commercial pig growing to a whopping 600 pounds—as they describe in their bestselling memoir Esther the Wonder Pig. The book ends with them moving to a new farm, and starting a new wonderful life where they will live on the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary to care for other animals and just live happily ever after...

Or so they thought. People often think about giving it all up and just moving to a farm. In theory it sure does sound great. But as Derek and Steve quickly realized, the realities of being a farmer—especially when you have never lived on a farm let alone outside of the city—can be frantic, crazy, and even insane. Not only are they adjusting to farm life and dutifully taking care of their pig-daughter Esther (who by the way lives in the master bedroom of their house), but before they knew it their sanctuary grew to as many as 42 animals, including: pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, cows, roosters, a peacock, a duck, a horse, a donkey, and a barn cat named Willma Ferrell.

Written with joy and humor, and filled with delicious Esther-approved recipes dispersed throughout the book, this charming memoir captures an emotional journey of one little family advocating for animals everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538728147
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 631,304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

In just two short years, Steve and Derek have cemented a place for themselves among the worlds most well-known and successful animal activists, accumulating hundreds of thousands of followers from all over the world. In 2014, Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario, where they continue to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused farmed animals.

Caprice Crane is an award-winning, internationally bestselling, five-time novelist, screenwriter, and television writer, and has the distinction of being one of Huffington Post's "50 Funny People You Should Be Following on Twitter." Her debut novel Stupid and Contagious (published in fourteen countries), and her international bestselling Forget About It won the RT Reviews Choice Award in 2006 and 2007 consecutively. She has since published three more novels to critical acclaim.

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Happily Ever Esther: Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission to Give Animals a Home (Signed Book) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
shibby More than 1 year ago
I love Esther. She and her dads are what we all need in these dark times. I thought I had a pretty good idea of how things went after they purchased the farm and started the animal sanctuary. They make a choice with their social media to keep things positive, so I really didn't realize just how tough things got. But two city guys purchasing a farm and starting a sanctuary with no prior experience? There was a learning curve. This book made me laugh. There were definitely parts that made me cry. And there were some people along the way that make me ashamed in my species. But the overall message was one of hope. It can all seem so overwhelming at times, but we can make a difference in the lives of animals. I definitely will make the trip to Canada to see Esther, Cornelius and the other residents of Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary. But for now, there's are two farm animal sanctuaries just miles from my home that I can help out at.
bookaholique More than 1 year ago
This was entertaining. The message I got is that even when you think you are living the life you want, there will still be hurdles to overcome. Never give up on your dreams! I received this book from Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley.