From the bestselling author of AN UNEXPECTED GRACE comes a richly insightful, heartwarming novel about a couple in conflict and the yellow Labrador retriever who brings them together—an uplifting story of love, loyalty, and new beginnings.

Earnest. It’s the perfect name for a sweet, eager-to-please blond Labrador retriever. Anna and her boyfriend Jeff fall for him the minute they see him at Seattle’s Best Friends Shelter. Soon 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 Victorian house that used to belong to her grandmother. But Anna’s hopes to one day purchase and restore the dearly loved house are shattered when Jeff makes some bad decisions, and Earnest’s once-blissful life becomes shadowed and grim with the conflicting lovers. Kristen von Kreisler’s tale of trust, loyalty, and family in times of conflict illuminates the hardships faced not only by serious disagreements in a relationship, but also the trials faced by a pet in the midst of a house in turmoil.

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