The Face of the Earth by Deborah Raney

The Face of the Earth

From the award-winning author of After All, a man finds his wedding vows tested after his wife disappears.What if she never came home . . . ?When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife sets off for home after a conference, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Mitch returns from work early that evening, surprised that Jill’s car isn’t in the garage. But her voice on the answering machine makes him smile. “Hey, babe, I’m just...

Details The Face of the Earth

TitleThe Face of the Earth
Release DateMay 14th, 2013
PublisherHoward Books
Number of pages368 pages
GenreChristian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Christian Romance

Reviews The Face of the Earth

  • Ruth Hill
    When I call this the "perfect" book, I am not joking. This is a book that kept my entire attention from the very beginning until the end, and not many books can do that. This has something in it for everyone: mystery, romance, contemporary concerns, and true faith. This is a book that is clean and well-written.In light of current media stories where people go missing far too often, this was a smart topic to cover in this book. The author kept me ...
  • Ionia
    When I first saw this book, this author was new to me, but the description looked interesting, so I gave it a try. I hate the cliched term "If you only read one book this year..." but I honestly think that can describe this book. If I had to only read one book this year it would be this one. I was not only surprised and delighted by what I found between these covers, but totally amazed that I had not yet discovered this talented author. This is a...
  • Maggie
    This book immediately grabs you. I was reading feverishly right away, trying to find out what happened to Jill. I found myself thinking backwards like Mitchell, wondering what on earth could have happened to Jill. Did she leave because of something he did? Did somebody hurt her? Did she get in an accident? I think this was excellent writing by Raney, especially because I didn't even realize until now that she had done so.I also found that this bo...
  • Melissa
    Excellent story about a woman who disappears off the face of the earth. Figured it out toward the end, but that didn't detract from the story.This amazing story is difficult to put down until the ultimate resolution. Mitchell and Shelley are realistic characters who face an untenable situation with grace, yet also experience true-to-life struggles. Raney’s novel is gut-wrenching, but incredibly satisfying.While attending an out-of-state confere...
  • Creston Mapes
    Another wonderful book by one of Christian fiction's finest writers. Bravo Deb.
  • Nora St Laurent
    I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that instantly had me care for the cast of characters and their situation. I appreciated the authors note to readers too it said, “In the Face of the Earth, I explore what it might be like to that person whom, suddenly – and forever after – you are defined as the couple whose baby drowned, the parents of the school shooter, or the man whose wife disappeared off the face of the earth.How can a perso...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Title: The Face of the EarthAuthor: Deborah RaneyPages: 368 Year: 2013Publisher: Howard Bravo! This story is both captivating and beyond description. It is part mystery, part romance, with faith being the centerpiece and cornerstone to the story. The author writes with a heart of understanding for people who really have lived through tragedies that rock their world forever changing the landscape of normal. Here is a fictional work that gives read...
  • Kari
    Face of the Earth is a beautifully written and heart-wrenching story that deals with a very scary subject. Isn't every person's nightmare one where a loved one never comes home? When Michell's wife fails to return home from a teacher conference, he does everything in his power to find her. I really felt for Mitchell. I can only imagine the panic and frantic feeling of not knowing what happened. Along the way, he finds out some secrets about Jill ...
  • Laura
    Title: THE FACE OF THE EARTHAuthor: Deborah RaneyPublisher: Howard BooksMay 2013ISBN: 978-1416599975Genre: ContemporaryWhat if she never came home . . . ?When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife sets off for home after a conference, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Mitch returns from work early that evening, surprised that Jill’s car isn’t in the garage. But her voice on the answering machine makes him smile. “Hey, bab...
  • Michelle
    My review:I love books that make me think. This is the type of novels that leaves you pondering things even after you finish the last page. I really liked how the story ended because it brought closure to everything. I also appreciated the realistic struggles that the hero and heroine had. This author does a good job with stirring emotion in the reader and making hearts ache as well as rejoice. There were just enough "we think we've found out wha...
  • Casey
    Contemporary women’s fiction with a strong plot line that had me hooked from the back cover copy. What has become of Jill? Kidnapped? Run away? Nervous breakdown? Lost? Dead? Three hundred pages of trying to find this woman who has simply disappeared off the face of the earth. Husband Mitch is such a character to feel for. What is he to do? Searching, passing clues to the police and each one is a dead end. Can one even imagine being in such a p...
  • Pam
    What if your wife disappeared off the face of the earth? Trying to find out what happened to the missing wife and why she disappeared was a real page turner, and a mystery that had me unable to put this book down. But the developing relationship between the husband and the best friend was also reason to turn the pages. How do you go on with life when a loved one is missing? How was this all going to end? The fact that this was Christian fiction a...
  • CarolynB
    Every time I hear about a missing person my thoughts go to those who love that person. It must be so very hard to wait for closure--either good or bad. This book is about the people who love a wife, mother, and friend who disappears off the face of the earth. It was a very compelling read and I could hardly put it down. How sweet was the reminder, though, that we do not go through these tough times alone, but that our Lord is with us through it a...
  • Kathleen E.
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013The Face of the Earth by Deborah Raney, ©2013God, who made the world and everything in it,since He is Lord of heaven and earth,does not dwell in temples made with hands.Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything,since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.And He has made from one blood every nation of mento dwell on the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed timesand the boun...
  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    When you take your wedding vows, you agree to follow them until one of you or possibly both of you dies and the vow is no longer applicable. Yet what happens when your spouse simply never returns home despite being happily married? How long does one wait before it's acceptable to move forward? That is the premise behind the latest book from Deborah Raney, The Face of the Earth. Jill and Mitchell Brannon are your typical married couple. They atten...
  • Victor Gentile
    Deborah Raney in her new book, “The Face of the Earth” published by Howard Books brings us into the life of Mitchell Brannon.From the back cover: What if she never came home . . . ?When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife sets off for home after a conference, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Mitch returns from work early that evening, surprised that Jill’s car isn’t in the garage. But her voice on the answering machi...
  • Renee
    As soon as I finished Deborah Raney’s The Face of the Earth, I wished I could forget it :) This compelling narrative took over my imagination for an evening as I sat on the couch, glued to the pages, while my dinner grew cold and the sun set around me. Unfortunately my experience ended way too quickly. Now my only hope is that several months down the road the story will grow old enough in my brain that I can pick it up (almost) as new and enjoy...
  • Nancy
    When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife of twenty years kisses him goodbye one morning, he has little idea that his life is about to change forever. Mitch returns from work early that evening, surprised Jill’s car isn’t in the garage. But her voice on the answering machine makes him smile. “Hey, babe, I’m just now checking out of the hotel, but I’ll stop and pick up something for dinner. Love you.” Hours later, Jill still hasn’t retu...
  • Kathleen
    The Face of the Earth is the captivating story about a woman who has mysteriously disappeared without a trace, and her husband's agonizing and frantic search to find her. Written in the third person narrative and set in Sylvia, Missouri, the reader follows Mitchell Brannon's heart wrenching search for his wife Jill, who mysteriously disappeared on her way home from a three-day conference in Kansas City.This riveting and complex story draws the re...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    I've been reading Deborah Raney's books since her first, A Vow to Cherish, was published. I've not once been disappointed. Not once. I ALWAYS buy her books. I hate waiting so long between books, but every time I read one, I know why and don't mind. She writes with such a depth of emotion that it's truly astounding.Mitchell Brannon looks forward to his wife returning from a teacher's conference, but she never makes it home. Police get called, sear...
    After attending a teachers' conference, Jill Brannen was headed home when she called and left a message for her husband. But when hours passed and she did not return, Mitchell started to worry. As weeks and then months go by with no sign of Jill, he continues his search even when the police seem to have given up. Mitchell does not search alone, but with the help of their neighbor and Jill's best friend, Shelley. In time, their friendship becomes ...
  • Wanda
    Jill and Mitchell Brannon appear to be happily married, now empty nesters since their last child has just gone off to college. Jill, a 3rd grade teacher, attends an educational conference in Kansas City, but never returns home. It seems she disappears off the face of the earth with no clues to her whereabouts. There is no plausible explanation for Jill's disappearance. The family tries their best to keep up their faith, to hold and hope, and keep...
  • Cheri Swalwell
    I finished reading The Face of the Earth by Deborah Raney about two weeks ago. I became a fan of hers probably five to seven years ago. Every time she has a new book or series out, I can’t wait to read it because I know I will fall in love all over again with her characters and the situations they find themselves in. I absolutely loved this story from beginning to end…in fact, I can’t stop thinking about Mitch and Jill and Shelley. While I ...
  • Lindsey Silvestrini
    I absolutely loved The Face of the Earth! It was so unique in its plot and perfect in its execution. Raney unfolds the mystery one piece at a time keeping you longing for more and turning pages in hopes for an answer. As any good author does, you aren’t going to get your answer until the end! Which is exactly why I read this book in one day. I literally could not put it down.When Jill Brannon doesn’t return home on time from an out of town co...
  • Amy Bradsher
    You'll drop off The Face of the Earth the minute you pick up this book because you won't be able to put it down to do anything else until you finish it. Raney does a superb job of drawing the reader into the story from the very first sentence, and the likable characters make this heart-wrenching mystery your own. Unlike some other books I've read this year, however, the drama and sadness is not so intense as to make the book unbearable. Raney str...
  • Tina Peterson
    The Face of the Earth is a edge of your seat mystery that left me wondering till the end. I knew HOW the story would end about 1/2 way through but I wasn't sure exactly what would cause the ending if that makes sense. The story moves slowly and yet has enough intrigue and emotion that I didn't want to put the book down. I loved how both of the main characters stayed true to their faith and how Mitch stands up for what he knows is right in the end...
  • Mayda
    People say goodbye to their loved ones every day, fully expecting to see them again in just a few hours – after work, after the movie, after shopping or errands, after a trip. But sometimes, someone waits, and the husband or wife or son or daughter is late in returning. Sometimes an unexpected problem – a flat tire, heavy traffic, an accident – causes a delay, yet eventually, the arrival home is finally achieved as everyone expected. But ev...
  • J.Z. Howard
    A well-written and touching relationship story about two neighbors, a man whose wife has gone missing mysteriously and her best friend, a divorcee, who lives next door. They join forces to search diligently for the missing woman and, day after day, are drawn to each other's best qualities. Both struggle with the mounting love each feels for the other as the shadow of the missing wife raises questions of fidelity and remains unsolved.The beginning...
  • Tammi
    It was supposed to be a normal Labor Day weekend for the Brannon’s, which includes steaks on the grill. Jill Brannon was on her way home after a teacher’s conference, and her husband Mitch was preparing to cook the steaks. Hours passed and Jill still hadn’t returned home. The police were contacted, and every bit of information was thoroughly checked to no avail. Jill seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth.I found this story to...
  • Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
    You've been married for twenty years, your wife calls from the hotel she has stayed in all weekend for a teachers conference, leaves a message and says she's coming home and she's got a surprise for you, and that is the LAST thing you hear from her.You know that from where she was at, in Kansas City, it is four to five hours to get home, and she left at one in the afternoon. When 9 p.m. rolls around and she still hasn't showed up, you're scared t...