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
ISBN9781439123652
Author
Release DateMay 14th, 2013
PublisherHoward Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreChristian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Inspirational, Contemporary, Romance
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Reviews The Face of the Earth

  • Ruth Hill
    2013-05-28
    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 ...
  • Brittany
    2017-07-08
    Oh my goodness! This novel was absolutely compelling and one that I could not set down. Even though it was fiction, I felt myself following the story and waiting for leads as breathlessly as the characters in this book.I had this book on my shelf for a couple of years and finally worked up the courage to read it. I have enjoyed other stories written by this author, but was not sure if I could handle this very grave subject matter. I'm glad I wait...
  • Ionia
    2013-02-16
    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
    2013-05-13
    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
    2013-02-20
    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
    2013-01-17
    Another wonderful book by one of Christian fiction's finest writers. Bravo Deb.
  • Brenda Poulos
    2018-06-14
    HomeA beautiful story of love and how God led his children to honor the commitment made before him. A perfect beginning, middle, and end. A must read.
  • Nora St Laurent
    2014-08-30
    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
    2013-05-14
    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
    2013-05-08
    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
    2013-05-14
    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
    2013-04-19
    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
    2013-03-12
    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
    2013-09-18
    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
    2015-10-09
    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...
  • Christine Goodnough
    2018-07-02
    A lot of spouses have had to discover their own answer to the question: at what point, if ever, are you released from your marriage commitment when the one you made them to is absent, either literally or mentally?I just finished this amazing story where the author examines this question and demonstrates a sensible, faith-based response. She writes about characters who embrace Christian principles and seek direction through prayer, but I recommend...
  • Elizabeth Buckner
    2018-06-22
    Nice ReadIt was a different story outline. I thought it had a great "what if she is still alive/what if she is still dead scenario and how close we can get to people, what gossip can happen, and how much emotions can be entangled. I could not imagine all of a sudden having a family member disappear and my heart breaks for those who lose a family member, especially a child. All in all it was interesting to read.
  • Loretta
    2018-07-07
    This is a scenario no one ever wants to live through. I felt like the author did a good job helping us to understand the helplessness and life changes that come from having a missing person in their life. The tension with the relationship for the neighbor Shelley were understandable and believable. I have read several books by this author and find them all to be thought provoking and deal with really hard issues.
  • Madalyn Mathis
    2018-06-16
    An excellent book that holds your heart to the end. Deborah Raney covers beautifully the issue of going on after a loved one disappears from the face of the earth. How does one hold true to their vows when they don't know. A beautiful story of real to life people in a situation that is hard to face. Faith and commitment to God comes strong in the story. I recommend it to anyone who wants a heart warming story to enjoy.
  • Anne-Marie Webster
    2018-06-08
    This is a brave author. She is able to present characters who deal with circumstances which are very real and challenging. Her ability to portray the gamut of human strengths and weaknesses, failures and victories is incredible. This is an emotionally engaging story which leaves you with much to evaluate in your own attitudes and values. Being privy to the heartache of a family affected by a devastating loss should, at the very least, make the re...
  • Margaret Nelson
    2018-07-01
    This is quite the gripping, suspenseful story. Raney does a really good job of keeping up the suspense, but with restful breaks in between the more climactic events - the kind of suspense I like to read. It's not necessarily an enjoyable book to read, due to the subject matter of a loved one disappearing without a trace, but it's very well-written, and the characters are "real." It's well worth reading.
  • Mary Jane
    2018-06-15
    This is a must to read.This story was filled with so many emotions for a family and friends of a character who vanished on her way home from a trip. It is well written and hard to put down. It covers so many avenues that one can go through if it really happened. It makes you think.
  • Margaret Williams
    2017-12-13
    Deeply moving story of love and lossI felt the pain, frustration, sorrow and finally the peace of knowing your loved one is safe with the Lord. It would be so hard to go through such an experience. Missing and no trace of where she disappeared or what happened. The joy of finding a new love and resolution of what had happened.
  • Paula Strome
    2018-06-12
    Fast-Moving and Thought-ProvokingA good, clean mystery that kept me guessing and wanting to read on! The discussion-guide questions at the back of the book would make for excellent conversation in a book club. I am now following this author.
  • J&S Rosten
    2018-06-07
    What IfCauses you to think about what happens when life happens and you're left trying to put the pieces together, trust God through the process, and somehow make it to the other side. Thought provoking read. Cherish the special people in your life.
  • Kathleen Mast
    2018-07-13
    Heartbreak and hopeThis story was well written in really kept me engaged. It was hard to put down! The characters and storyline were realistic and the incorporation of both heartbreak and hope was amazing.
  • Margaret A Register
    2018-06-30
    Really goodDeborah Raney writes with skill, compassion, and insight. These characters "come alive," and you feel their angst. Although the theme is heavy, Raney's treatment is compassionate and uplifting. Great book!
  • Holly
    2017-07-12
    I didn't want to put this one down. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The mystery of Jill's disappearance was very well done. I didn't like Shelley begging and pleading but aside from that the relationship with Mitch was handled well.
  • Kate Allgaier
    2018-06-05
    The pain of not knowingThis book touched a place in my soul. God is good in every situation. We don’t always understand why he allows us to experience the trials we have, but it is for our learning and growth!
  • Mary Manson
    2018-06-10
    Heartbreaking but Beautiful Love StoryI have loved every book I have read to date by Ms. Raney. Her writing flows effortlessly and seamlessly page after page. This is a true picture of marriage as it should be. Make sure you have some tissues close by just in case.