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
GenreChristian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Romance, Inspirational, Contemporary

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...
  • Brittany
    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...
  • 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.
  • Brenda Poulos
    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
    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...
  • Maureen Timerman
    A story that makes you think...all that we take for granted. No matter who in your family doesn't come home, there is a sense of panic. Going around for about a year with no answers has got to be heart wrenching. I could not imagine my husband's voice on our answering machine, saying he would be home shortly, and then vanishing with no trace. What length would you go to to find your loved one?We find Mitchell Brannon's wife Jill showing up in une...
  • 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...
  • Christine Goodnough
    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...
  • Mom
    This book captivated my interest the moment Jill went missing. There were several ways the author could have taken this book. What would it be like if my husband just didn't come home one day and I knew nothing about why or where he was? Mitch was devastated and went to extremes to find his wife. He did a thorough and intense search for her. Shelley was a good support to him, which made sense since she was Jill's best friend and they lived right ...
  • Liz Destefano
    Jill Brannon leaves a voicemail saying she is on her way from her teachers conference an never shows up Her husband Mitchell never gives up looking for her but loses faith on finding her Shelley her best friend who lives next door tries to help but ends up falling in love but really tries to hide it and they become close but he cannot do anything till he once and for all knows what happen to her Heartbreaking years later when they get a lead that...
  • Elizabeth Buckner
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Gayle Palmer
    Another Good ReadThank you Deborah Raney for another excellent read. You kept me on the edge for page after page. I did not want to put it down! God is with us no matter what the trial is and He helps us through it. All I could do to not break down in tears while I was in a doctor's office waiting for my friend.
  • Sherry Cross
    Hanging in the balanceWhen Mitch's wife, Jill, mysteriously disappears on her way home from a conference 6 hours away, Mitch pulls out all the stops to find her. His neighbor, Shelley, Jill's best friend helps. They struggle after months go by without Jill to handle their growing affection for each other in a Godly manner. Excellent book.
  • Mary Jane
    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
    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
    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.