“The Face of the Earth” by Deborah Raney is an amazing book. From the moment I started reading the book I couldn’t put it down. I loved everything about the authors writing. I also had to find out how the book ended because while I was reading the book I couldn’t figure out was going to happen like I can with some of the books that I read. In this book you follow along with Mitchell as he looks for his wife who just disappears one day. I loved it because I spent the whole book wondering if anything would happen between Mitch and his wife’s best friend Shelley. The author does a great job at making me understand how the characters are feeling and making you feel as if you are there with them.
When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife of twenty years kisses him goodbye one autumn 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 inthe garage. Her conference in Kansas City is only a few hours’ drive from their little town ofSylvia, Missouri. 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.”
Mitch sets the table with their best china and lights some candles, looking forward to their first weekend as empty nesters.
But at eight o’clock, the candles have burned to stubs and Jill still hasn’t shown up. Mitch tries her cell phone only to get her voice mail over and over again. Their two college kids haven’t heard from their mom either.
At midnight, Mitch’s irritation turns to dread. And later, when the police and Missouri Highway Patrol have turned up nothing, the Kansas City hotel calls to say they’ve found property belonging to Jill in a hotel maid’s possession.
Mitch enlists the help of their next-door neighbor, Jill’s best friend, Shelley, and together they search for clues to Jill’s disappearance. As days turn into weeks and weeks into months, Mitch and Shelley’s friendship grows ever closer–and decidedly complicated with Jill as the tie that binds them together. Just when Shelley decides to finally reveal her feelings for Mitch, a clue to Jill’s whereabouts is uncovered. But every lead seems to be a dead end, and Mitch wonders how he can honor thevows he made to a woman who has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth.
Deborah Raney is theaward-winning author ofseveral novels, including “A Nest of Sparrows” and theRITA award winning “Beneath a Southern Sky” and its sequel, “After theRains”. Deborah’s first novel, “A Vow to Cherish”, was theinspiration for World Wide Pictures’ highly acclaimed film of the same title, which in December 2004 aired on prime time network TV forthe second time. Deb’s novella, “Playing by Heart”, was a National Readers Choice Award winner and a 2004 Christy Award finalist. Her novel for Howard/Simon & Schuster, “Yesterday’s Embers”, appeared on the ECPA Christian fiction bestseller list. Known for her sensitive portrayal of family struggles and relationships, Deb has also written nonfiction books and articles and often speaks at women’s retreats and writers’ conferences around the country. She and her husband, illustrator/author Ken Raney, have four children and make their home in Kansas.