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The Face of the Earth

By Deborah Raney


When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife of twenty years kisses him goodbye one 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. 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 days turn into weeks and weeks into months, 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 off the face of the earth.

Book Takeaway:

Rushing ahead of the Lord leads to mistakes and sorrow,
but waiting on the Lord to direct your plans and your future
leads to joy and surprising new beginnings.


Year Title Description
2014 HOLT Medallion winner winner in long inspirational category
2013 2013 RT Reviewers Choice Best Book Award nominee Romantic Times Book Reviews best book nominee in inspirational category


"The story is the struggles faced with every human life. It’s a love story twined through as real life story as what might be ripped from the headlines."
- Casey on April 25, 2013

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