Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Review: The Face of the Earth

Deborah Raney's The Face of the Earth centers on how can Mitch Brannon "honor the vows he made to a woman who has seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth.  

While a good plot in thought, it just did not work for me.  The mystery surrounding Jill Brannon's disappearance draws you in immediately but besides wanting to find out what happened to her, the excitement ended there.  

There seem to be so many possibilities of what could have happened but time and time again each clue turns up empty. However, what is immediately apparent are Shelley' s motives.   Shelley is Jill's next door neighbor and best friend.  One would think she would be grieving the loss of her friend instead of finally revealing her secret "love" for her Jill's husband.   Her help during the situation seemed manipulative and she came off as needy and clingy.  Her mentioning seeking direction from God all the while coveting another woman's husband portrayed her as a hypocrite. She seemed to capitalize on her friends disappearance to finally make her move on Mitch. She even seemed sinister at times when trying to convince Mitch to move on and that she was not going to compete with God. Mitch seemed to too distraught to really have fostered feelings for Shelley. He seemed confused and looking for comfort not even having time to sift through his emotions and grieve without having Shelley flirting and making advances at him. 

The story line could have been developed in a manner that clearly portrayed the hurt and recuperation that Mitch would have to endure without the ambiguity of whether he was honoring his marriage vows.  His relationship with Shelley was clearly inappropriate depicted by their secretiveness and own guilty feelings.  I felt this book sent the wrong message.  

I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Litfuse  in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Deborah is celebrating with a fun "Date Night" Giveaway (win a $200 Visa Cash Card!) and an Author Chat Party on Facebook! {5/30}


 One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (Use that to catch up with a loved one – your spouse, friend, sister, mom…whomever!)

  • The Face of the Earth by Deborah Raney
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 29th. Winner will be announced at the "The Face of the Earth" Facebook Author Chat Party on May 30th. Connect with Deborah for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Deborah will also be sharing a sneak peek of her next book and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Face of the Earth and join Deborah on the evening of May 30th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 30th!

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