The Face of the Earth – Deborah Raney

About this Book

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 now checking out of the hotel, but I’ll stop and pick up something for dinner. Love you.” Hours later, Jill still hasn’t returned, and Mitch’s irritation turns to dread.

When the police come up empty, Mitch enlists the help of their next-door neighbor, Jill’s best friend, Shelley, to help search. As hours turn into days and days into weeks, Mitch and Shelley’s friendship grows ever closer—and decidedly more complicated. Every lead seems to be a dead end, and Mitch wonders how he can honor the vows he made to a woman who has seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth.

My Review

I found this to be a captivating storyline with characters that were realistic and easy to relate with. I was captured from almost the beginning of the story and enjoyed it until the very end. This story got me thinking  how a disappearance without a trace would affect a family.

The author did an amazing job pulling me into this story and the life of a husband dealing with all the questions that surround his wife’s mysterious disappearance. She told the story from the two points of view, Mitch and Shelley and allowed me to glimpse at what both were feeling about the situation.

This story made me cry, smile and even laugh at times but I finished it wanting to read more by this author. She did a great job telling a powerful story that touched me deeply.

Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.

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Give Away

I’m giving away a copy of this book in either Kindle or book format. I’ll pick a winner on May 31st.

More info

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416599975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416599975
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Author’s Website:

About the Author:

Deborah Raney’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was awarded a Silver Angel from Excellence in Media and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Since then her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the National Readers’ Choice Award. Raney was also a finalist for the Christy Award. She and her husband, artist Ken Raney, make their home in their native Kansas.

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16 Responses to The Face of the Earth – Deborah Raney

  1. Kim says:

    Sounds like a good mystery! I always wonder how people can just disappear without a trace! Suspenseful!

    Kim from Oklahoma

  2. Lisa Medeiros says:

    I LOVE LOVE this author! She is amazing:) cannot wait to read this book!
    Lisa from ON

  3. Shari Shantz says:

    This author is amazing! Cannot wait to read her new book!
    Shari from RI

  4. karenk says:

    love Deborah’s work…thanks for the chance to read her latest novel 😉

  5. Katie J. says:

    The Face Of The Earth sounds like an excellent book and I can’t wait to read it.

  6. Bonnie Jean says:

    Looks Fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Jackie Smith says:

    I love Deb’s books…..have read them all and am anxious to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Janet Estridge says:

    I would love to win the book format of “The Face of the Earth”. Thanks for the opportunity to do so.

  9. Kay says:

    I haven’t read anything by Deborah Raney. This sounds like a really good book. Thank you for offering a copy.

  10. Rose Milligan says:

    This sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  11. Pam K. says:

    Deb Raney is one of my favorite authors and one I’ve had the honor of meeting several times. She’s a delightful person. I would very much like to win a copy of her new book, The Face of the Earth. Thanks for your review and giving away a copy.

  12. This sounds very intriguing! I’d love to win.

  13. bonnie says:

    Sounds like an exciting book – would love t read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  14. Janice Hopkins says:

    Would be thrilled to have a kindle copy of THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Thanks.

  15. Jo Legat says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book in paperback.


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