by Deborah Raney
$ 11.91 (paperback)
$ 9.72 (kindle)
About the book:
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 in the garage. Her conference in Kansas City is only a few hours’ drive from their little town of Sylvia, 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 the vows he made to a woman who has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth.
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. It made the relationship that forms in the story even more believable.
This book would make a great small group read and includes discussion questions at the end of the book. You can pre-purchase it on Amazon right now for $11.61 or for your kindle for $9.72. Personally I would splurge and get the actual book so you can keep it on your bookshelf - and share it with friends. It's wonderful!
I rated this 4 stars for the story and the strength of faith in this book. It did run a little slow although I felt that added to the passion and depth of the story due to the level of sorrow and worry that the main characters went through - you could actually feel the emotions. Outstanding book!
About the author:
Deborah Raney is the award-winning author of several novels, including "A Nest of Sparrows" and the RITA award winning "Beneath a Southern Sky" and its sequel, "After the Rains". Deborah's first novel, "A Vow to Cherish", was the inspiration for World Wide Pictures' highly acclaimed film of the same title, which in December 2004 aired on prime time network TV for the 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.
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