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Hayden fell through a mirror and was thrust into an alternate, magical place. Destiny Falls is home to a family she never knew she had. The town is enchanted and charming, but something is amiss. Then someone turns up dead, and there are a series of suspicious episodes. All signs point to the disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Can she Hayden fell through a mirror and was thrust into an alternate, magical place. Destiny Falls is home to a family she never knew she had. The town is enchanted and charming, but something is amiss. Then someone turns up dead, and there are a series of suspicious episodes. All signs point to the disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Can she eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away? REVIEWS OF THE DESTINY FALLS SERIES "A magical, delightful tale that held my attention." ~ Dru Ann, Dru's Book Musings "A captivating read! I couldn't put it down." ~ Linda C., Goodreads "I felt transported to Destiny Falls…now that I’ve finished, I miss it already." ~ Julie, One Book More "A mix of unique characters, romance, mystery and magic.” ~ Charlene Q. Goodreads "I had a fun time reading this one." ~ Lola, Lola's Reviews "Just when I thought I knew who the killer was, BAM, a twist." ~ Leslie, Storeybook Reviews "Really stretched my imagination!" ~ Betty, Reading is my Passion "Funny, fluffy, far-fetched, and fabulous!" ~ Elza Reads "Generously seasoned with sass, class, and a dose of spunk. Delish!" ~ Pages & Paws


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Hayden fell through a mirror and was thrust into an alternate, magical place. Destiny Falls is home to a family she never knew she had. The town is enchanted and charming, but something is amiss. Then someone turns up dead, and there are a series of suspicious episodes. All signs point to the disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Can she Hayden fell through a mirror and was thrust into an alternate, magical place. Destiny Falls is home to a family she never knew she had. The town is enchanted and charming, but something is amiss. Then someone turns up dead, and there are a series of suspicious episodes. All signs point to the disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Can she eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away? REVIEWS OF THE DESTINY FALLS SERIES "A magical, delightful tale that held my attention." ~ Dru Ann, Dru's Book Musings "A captivating read! I couldn't put it down." ~ Linda C., Goodreads "I felt transported to Destiny Falls…now that I’ve finished, I miss it already." ~ Julie, One Book More "A mix of unique characters, romance, mystery and magic.” ~ Charlene Q. Goodreads "I had a fun time reading this one." ~ Lola, Lola's Reviews "Just when I thought I knew who the killer was, BAM, a twist." ~ Leslie, Storeybook Reviews "Really stretched my imagination!" ~ Betty, Reading is my Passion "Funny, fluffy, far-fetched, and fabulous!" ~ Elza Reads "Generously seasoned with sass, class, and a dose of spunk. Delish!" ~ Pages & Paws

30 review for The Disappearance of Emily

  1. 5 out of 5

    Seraphia

    The Disappearance of Emily is book two in Elizabeth Pantley’s Destiny Falls Mystery & Magi series. I ate this book up. Since all of the major characters and relationships have been established this book grabbed me from the beginning and pulled me through like crazy. I couldn’t get enough of this book and I am more than a little excited for the third book in this series. Like seriously…just hand it here…like…now….right now right now. LOL! Hayden is adjusting to life pretty well in Destiny Falls, b The Disappearance of Emily is book two in Elizabeth Pantley’s Destiny Falls Mystery & Magi series. I ate this book up. Since all of the major characters and relationships have been established this book grabbed me from the beginning and pulled me through like crazy. I couldn’t get enough of this book and I am more than a little excited for the third book in this series. Like seriously…just hand it here…like…now….right now right now. LOL! Hayden is adjusting to life pretty well in Destiny Falls, but she still has a lot of questions and she’s more than a little homesick. I can’t say that I blame her. She’s so close yet so far from those that she loves and due to the magic of the island it’s not like she can just reach out and tell them what’s going on and where she really is. This story flows so well and I love how beautiful and unique this author has created Destiny Falls. I literally laughed out loud and gasped at some of the stores that Hayden visits and experiences exactly how unique they are. Of course, the author piques my interest when a specific woman approaches Hayden as secretively as she can to warn her of a danger that is yet unseen by Hayden. The woman promises to explain, but things don’t pan out. So now Hayden has a mystery to figure out as to who killed her and why? All of it surrounding the mysterious ferry that some people are paying high amounts of money to travel or at least attempt to travel on. There is so much going on in this book and the author does a fantastic job keeping me engaged from beginning to end. The first book I felt took a while to get going, but I love that this book really grabbed me and kept me page-turning to the very end…which left me on the edge of my seat for the next book. No issues to complain of with this book! Absolutely fantastic story from start to finish! I absolutely can't wait for the next book! If you read the first book in the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series and enjoyed it then I highly encourage you to pick this book up. I’m choosing to rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I’m really looking forward to the next book, because the mystery is only deepening! This book so well written and I'm sure that if you read the first and enjoyed you're going to love this installment.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The second book in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series, The Disappearance of Emily begins shortly after the conclusion of Falling Into Magic with Hayden in Destiny Falls, unable to return home and acclimating to her new life and family. As she becomes more ingratiated in the community, she investigates a mysterious ferry and a murder that might connect to her family. The magical world of Destiny Falls continues to intrigue me. It is an ever-changing community that morphs according to the ne The second book in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series, The Disappearance of Emily begins shortly after the conclusion of Falling Into Magic with Hayden in Destiny Falls, unable to return home and acclimating to her new life and family. As she becomes more ingratiated in the community, she investigates a mysterious ferry and a murder that might connect to her family. The magical world of Destiny Falls continues to intrigue me. It is an ever-changing community that morphs according to the needs and wishes of its inhabitants. The local café, for example, has a new décor every day, and the sports shop now looks like the outdoors. The library, homes, and other locales are vividly described and really immerse you into the world. Destiny Falls takes on a life of its own, and I like how it constantly morphs to benefit and help the people who live there. The story is interesting, and I liked seeing Hayden grow closer to her siblings, though I wished the book delved into this aspect of the story a little deeper. There are many unique and interesting characters in the series who I want to know more about and see Hayden connect with. I’m curious to find out how these relationships grow in the next book, especially after that major revelation at the end of the story. Thanks so much to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Georgeanne Mattise

    Elizabeth Pantley has once again had me transfixed and immersed in reading an entire day away in Destiny Falls! Mystery, magic, cats!, family, move onward in this second fantasy brought to life. I feel I’ve spent my day there, along with Hayden and her family and friends and kitties. Mysteriously brought and trapped ( however somewhat willingly) in a magical house and town, Hayden brings you along in her search for answers to how and why, and also discovers some answers she had not been told yet Elizabeth Pantley has once again had me transfixed and immersed in reading an entire day away in Destiny Falls! Mystery, magic, cats!, family, move onward in this second fantasy brought to life. I feel I’ve spent my day there, along with Hayden and her family and friends and kitties. Mysteriously brought and trapped ( however somewhat willingly) in a magical house and town, Hayden brings you along in her search for answers to how and why, and also discovers some answers she had not been told yet of her past. Between two families and two worlds on either side of the mirror, she searches for not only her discoveries but finds much information for and about the entire town! Many superbly described truly individual and unique characters, amazing and baffling magic, and a natural and imaginative gift for storytelling intertwine in this second book. Elizabeth has outdone herself once again! I cannot wait to see what happens when I read what comes next-and will probably spend the whole day with yet another book I just cannot put down! Only referent as the old person that I am is not having a physical book to hold onto and treasure!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is the second book in the series and I loved it even more than the first one! It was absolutely magical! I could not put this book down. It has a great premise. The characters are written full of life and jumped off the page. The whodunit kept me intrigued and guessing. I cannot wait to read the next one. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. I really enjoyed my stay at the town of Destiny Falls in book 1 and was eager to return for another visit. The Disappearance of Emily brings a new mystery as well as more of the world and characters we got to meet in book 1 and some new faces as well. I like the unique feel of this series, it's a bit of a mix of portal fantasy with a (paranormal) cozy mystery element and it works quite well. I like the type of magic I received a free copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. I really enjoyed my stay at the town of Destiny Falls in book 1 and was eager to return for another visit. The Disappearance of Emily brings a new mystery as well as more of the world and characters we got to meet in book 1 and some new faces as well. I like the unique feel of this series, it's a bit of a mix of portal fantasy with a (paranormal) cozy mystery element and it works quite well. I like the type of magic here, which isn't as much magic the characters use, but more a magic of the place, with things ever changing. I enjoy spending time in this magical world, it's such an unique place with how locations can be closer or farther away and things can appear when you need them. The library and local café often look different and the town seems to almost have a will and personality of it's own. Then there's the magical house with ever changing gardens, bookcases that move locations, a bench that moves and new rooms and garages pop up depending on the need of the people inhabiting it. It's fun to read about it. While I enjoyed this book I felt the mystery plot line wasn't as solid as in book 1. At times it felt a bit jumbled. From the title I had expected the mystery to focus on Emily's disappearance. Emily is the main character's mom who disappeared when she was little. Unfortunately the book doesn't really focus on this, although there is some development on this regard it isn't because of anything the main character does. The main mystery centers around a person who turns up death. Hayden investigates as she's the only one who knows a vital clue. I was a bit annoyed at times how no one would tell her anything about two of the things she's investigating, one of these seemed like such a normal part of life in Destiny Falls that I didn't get why no one would tell her more. It felt a bit forced with how now she had to research it herself. I didn't really get why Hayden was so obsessed with figuring it out as it didn't seem as important/ relevant for the mystery. It does make sense given a reveal at the end, but I felt that during the book it didn't feel as natural how she focused on this. The mystery didn't keep me guessing. There aren't many suspects or hints so there is as much guessing. The reveal wasn't a surprise. I was a bit disappointed with how the mystery was solved because the murderer does something stupid and not because the main character does something competent. There is another storyline going on with a witch who seemed to be behind some things in book 1 and again here, but we don't really find out much more about her. I think this might be something we only find out about later in the series. I didn't get some of the movie and actor references in the book. While the mystery wasn't as interesting I did enjoy some of the developments in Hayden's life. There's a new task she gets that seem to fit her well. She also struggles with some homesickness and I liked how that got resolved. It's great to see her fit in so well with her new family, although at times it seemed a bit overdone, everyone is one big happy family and they don't have any family troubles at all. I liked seeing her relationship with her dad slowly develop a bit. There is a big group of characters, which means that not everyone gets as much page time at times, but I like how different each character is so you can remember who is who. There are some great characters, familiar ones and some new ones we meet as well. There's even a kitten named Lola. To summarize: I enjoyed returning to the magical town of Destiny Falls. I like the unique type of magic with a house that changes, stores that have a different interior every time and items appearing when you need them. I like seeing how Hayden is building her new life here in Destiny Falls. There are some interesting developments in her life and connections she builds with other side characters. At times it does feel a bit heavy on the daily life parts especially as the mystery is a bit slow to start up and for a long time doesn't really progress. No big reveals or developments of the mystery take place until the end of the book and even then it feels mostly because of the murderer being stupid. With only a few suspects and not many twists or development sin the mystery it didn't grip me as much. There are also some mystery related mysteries that jumble the plot a bit and taking Hayden's focus in investigating those. There is an interesting reveal at the end that I am curious about.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author, Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley is a great book about Hayden's new life in Destiny Falls. Will Hayden find out what happened to her mom? Hayden Caldwell Hayden Caldwell has been in Destiny Falls for a month. She has had a whole month to get used to living in Destiny Falls, but she is still finding new things about this p I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author, Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley is a great book about Hayden's new life in Destiny Falls. Will Hayden find out what happened to her mom? Hayden Caldwell Hayden Caldwell has been in Destiny Falls for a month. She has had a whole month to get used to living in Destiny Falls, but she is still finding new things about this place. I wouldn't mind living in Destiny Falls, to be honest. Perhaps I should clarify: the part of Destiny Falls before dead bodies start showing up. Hayden finds some interesting things about her mom in this book. She is still a fabulous character, and I wouldn't mind actually being her friend. Once again, without finding the dead bodies part of it. The Mystery Once again, poor Hayden is stuck in a murder investigation, but this time she didn't find the body. She also really never saw the body but learned about it from the sheriff. I have to say that I feel so bad for Hayden. Getting to hear her mom's name but nothing else really sucks. Now she has to figure out who would have killed the ferry captain and what it has to do with her mom? There is a lot of things to look for in this installment. Five Stars The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley offers the readers a bit more about the island and its history, but that is it. We have to wait for the next one to learn even more about it. There is a lot to look forward to in the next installment, including if we will ever see Emily Caldwell. I can't wait to dive back into the series once again. On that note, I am giving this book 5 stars and recommending it to anyone that loves to read paranormal cozies. Giveaway Prize:(2) Prize Package - includes an eBook plus a coffee mug & stuffed cat a Rafflecopter giveaway Tour Organized by: To find all the tour information, click the banner at the top of the page. Have you signed up to be a Tour Host?   Click Here to Find Details and Sign Up Today! Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley. Check out the other stops and giveaway if you have time. Until the next time, Happy Reading! Victim/Toe Tag: Nakita Morozova (N) Beachcomber Weapons: Blunt Object Beachcomber Crime Scene: Ferry (boat) Detectives: Hayden Caldwell (H) This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mareli Thalwitzer

    Greetings Humans! Yes, it's me, Elza. The world's most adorable, fluffy white kitten, bringing you a review on my favorite series in the whole wide world. I include Destiny Falls in that world. According to the Magical Globe, it's definitely located somewhere accessible. "I twirled the globe to find Destiny Falls. As of now, I had no idea where we were in the world, though hints pointed to the the United States." How wonderful to pay a visit Sorry, you don't pay a visit to the queen, you get summ Greetings Humans! Yes, it's me, Elza. The world's most adorable, fluffy white kitten, bringing you a review on my favorite series in the whole wide world. I include Destiny Falls in that world. According to the Magical Globe, it's definitely located somewhere accessible. "I twirled the globe to find Destiny Falls. As of now, I had no idea where we were in the world, though hints pointed to the the United States." How wonderful to pay a visit Sorry, you don't pay a visit to the queen, you get summoned. Let's try again. How wonderful to be summoned by Queen Latifa to pay a visit to Destiny Falls once again. While lovely Hayden are still finding her feet on the magical stairs of the Caldwell Mansion and the streets of Destiny Falls, Latifa is roaming the castle as the queen she was destined to be. She and the Caldwell Matriarch's cat, Chanel, became great friends and they rule their loyal servants with a firm, but still loving hand. Oh, and I should tell you about litt...... Sorry about that, my Mommy just grabbed the laptop from my paws and says that is a major spoiler alert and enough with all the cat talk. The story is about more than just the cats. I really don't see her point at all. But in order to make sure I get fed tonight, I'll talk a bit more about the humans and other magical creatures we come across in Destiny Falls too. Like I've said, Hayden is settling in nicely with her Guns & Roses brother and the rest of the family. A large chunk of the book, deals with this. We find out more about the town and its inhabitants and we get to pay more than one visit to that wonderful library. My Mommy quite literally purred harder than me. It might have taken a tad too long getting into the real action, but when it started, there was no stopping my Mommy from finishing the book. Resulting in a bit of sunburn. Hayden really is a bit of a busybody and just like all other amateur sleuths, murder tends to follow her around. Once again, a dead body shows up on her doorstep and with the help of the two town hunks and a couple of cryptic clues, Hayden easily falls into the role of the local crime solver. No cats were harmed or even involved in solving the crime. I'm quite sure that Hayden is going to grow old to be a real Miss Marple of Jessica Fletcher. The good thing about this, is that we will still get to share many a mystery with her. Her Grandmother even asked her . Sorry, my mistake again. Hayden's Grandmother don't ask, she commands. Hayden's Grandmother bestowed the perfect job on Emily to keep her nose out off, or rather into, everyone's business in Destiny Falls. "With your skills and your tendency toward gossip, this should be a perfect fit for you." I'm sure you can figure out exactly what job that will be. It involves a magical camera too. Although The Disappearance of Emily doesn't quite live up to it's title, the ending does provide sufficient closure and leaves you wanting to know more. I for one can't wait for the third instalment of this series. Hayden's adventure will continue when a mysterious old man shows up to tell her a series of tall tales. Oooooh, I love a tall tale! Is his stories really fiction? Or do they provide more history of her family, the islands and the witch? And which witch?? And yes, that's a definite open question. With the second instalment of The Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series, the highly talented Elizabeth Pantley, firmly secures her series a place in the ever popular cozy mystery genre. It's a fun beach read series and if you will remember to enjoy it for what it still is - funny, fluffy far-fetched and fabulous - it won't disappoint. Full review available at Elza Reads

  8. 4 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    Have you even been reading a book and go to turn the page to read more only to find out that you are at the end ? You turn the page, or in my situation I hit the button on my kindle, and instead of there being another chapter, you are reading the Thanks for Reading page. That is what happened when I was reading The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley. This is the second book in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series and WOW !!! When I read the first book, Falling into Magic, I was swept Have you even been reading a book and go to turn the page to read more only to find out that you are at the end ? You turn the page, or in my situation I hit the button on my kindle, and instead of there being another chapter, you are reading the Thanks for Reading page. That is what happened when I was reading The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley. This is the second book in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series and WOW !!! When I read the first book, Falling into Magic, I was swept into a magical and enchanting story and that is exactly what happened again with The Disappearance of Emily......only this time you would have thought I would have been better prepared. But I wasn't. In the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series readers are hanging around with main character Hayden Caldwell. In the first book Hayden magically "falls through a mirror" and ends up in Destiny Falls at the Caldlwell Crest and is reunited with her father and older brother. She also learns that she has grandparents, another brother and two sisters. You will have fun reading about her getting to know her family and her new home....and a murder of course. Well in The Disappearance of Emily Hayden is still getting use to her new home but she is learning to embrace the "magic" and is loving spending time with her new family and friends. Unfortunately she is still struggling with not being able to see her best friend and business partner as well as her grandmother and great-grandmother. Communication is tough and a lot of her emails and texts come back undeliverable. In The Disappearance of Emily Hayden is confronted by the captain of the ferry in town and is warned to be careful and requests that they meet in a few days. Hayden has been confused by the ferry activity so she is looking forward to getting some answers but before they can meet, the captain is found on the ferry dead. Hayden doesn't know what to do or who to tell because she is afraid something bad will happen to someone in her family. She receives a box of paperwork from the captain and decides to go through it before telling anyone.....which ends up being a bad decision...... I would love to keep talking about this book and the first book but there is so much that readers need to read and experience on their own. This is so much more than a Harry Potter wannabe....readers are going to want to look through their mirrors constantly in hopes of being whisked away to Destiny Falls. The best advise that I can give you is to RUN to the store or your computer and get your copy of BOTH of these books and get to know Hayden, her family, and her town.....just be careful when you get near the end of the book, there really should be a warning !!! Pantley knows EXACTLY how to keep readers reading !!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Hayden Caldwell has resided in Destiny Falls, where objects tend to have magical powers, for a month and is enjoying getting to know relatives and townspeople. Although Hayden misses her family and best friend left behind in Seattle. Will she ever see them again? She gets caught up in a mystery when the ferry captain in the community sets up a clandestine meeting between the two of them. Before they can meet, the captain is killed. However, during the initial encounter with the captain, Hayden i Hayden Caldwell has resided in Destiny Falls, where objects tend to have magical powers, for a month and is enjoying getting to know relatives and townspeople. Although Hayden misses her family and best friend left behind in Seattle. Will she ever see them again? She gets caught up in a mystery when the ferry captain in the community sets up a clandestine meeting between the two of them. Before they can meet, the captain is killed. However, during the initial encounter with the captain, Hayden is warned not to reveal any of their conversation as it will put the Caldwell family in danger. When Hayden receives a box, she keeps it a secret from her family until a member of the family is snatched. Are the contents of the box related to the kidnapping? Who is responsible for the captain’s death, and what will be the outcome of the abduction? The Disappearance of Emily is the second book in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series, which revolves around Hayden Caldwell and the bewitched town of Destiny Falls. Inanimate objects project human characteristics, the environment appears to be enchanted, Hayden communicates telepathically with her cat, a witch is vying for freedom from entrapment, and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Hayden’s mother is seemingly connected with the suspicious and unusual events happening in the camouflaged town. Part of the storyline relates to Hayden’s vision of who might be the unidentified man in her future. Elizabeth Pantley has written an enjoyable sequel that allows readers to revisit a familiar world and the characters who inhabit it. All of the characters are believable and memorable with their own vibe and appeal. The engaging characters and setting descriptions conjure vivid mental images of the town, surrounding areas, and the animals and people of whom each serve a purpose in the story. It is not clear as to one of the character’s names, and in one scene there is confusion in the location of a character. The book can be read as a stand-alone. However, anyone who wants to know more about what led to Hayden’s appearance in Destiny Falls and the adventures she went through prior to the second book will want to read Falling into Magic. The ending scene is a good lead-in to the third book in the series, which is titled The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley is the 2nd book in her Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series. Refresher: Hayden, who lives with her grandmother, great grandmother and works at home with her best friend, Lulu, and her cat, Sassy. One day while outside with her cat, a man pushes her through a portal. When Hayden woke up, she sees the brother she never knew, and learns all about the alternate and magical world of Destiny Falls. Hayden gets to meet her father, brother and the Caldwell The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley is the 2nd book in her Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series. Refresher: Hayden, who lives with her grandmother, great grandmother and works at home with her best friend, Lulu, and her cat, Sassy. One day while outside with her cat, a man pushes her through a portal. When Hayden woke up, she sees the brother she never knew, and learns all about the alternate and magical world of Destiny Falls. Hayden gets to meet her father, brother and the Caldwell family that welcomed her into their world; the caveat- she can never leave the realm of Destiny Falls Hayden is happy in Destiny Falls, and has become closer to her new siblings, though she misses her Nana, grandmother and best friend, Lulu. She also adores the magical community that seems to take a life of its own, based on the needs or wishes of each person. At the local café, Hayden meets the person who runs the ferry, and receives a warning. But before she can meet this person, there is a murder and the person in question is dead. Hayden begins her own investigation about another town, across Destiny Falls, that is dangerous and she finds clues about her long lost mother. While this is going on, Hayden is asked to reopen the Newspaper office, and become its editor in charge. Things reach become dangerous when her sister is kidnapped, and the family joins hands with the local police to find the villains, who were also suspected of killing the ferry boss. This was an exciting part, and leads the way to solving the murder, but also leaves things open for Hayden to try and find the truth about the other realm and her mother. Hayden’s first monthly newsletter is a success, with all the information about the murder. The Disappearance of Emily is a lighthearted mystery, in a magical and charming enchanted realm. It was a fun story, and I continue to adore Latifa, who was talks telepathically with Hayden; the other two cats are adorable too, as these parts were delightful. I love the magical world of Destiny Falls, and wish I could live there. Another fun book by Elizabeth Pantley. Barb The Reading Cafe

  11. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    I enjoyed the first book in this series (gave it a 4-stars rating), but I loved this one. I couldn’t put it down! The first book in a series is always difficult because the writer has set the foundation for the entire series while at the same time hooking you into the story. With the second book, the series is then able to really take off. And take off, this one did! That gorgeous cat on the cover will always pull me in. Sassy, now known as Latifa, is truly a sassy cat. I love the scenes with Lat I enjoyed the first book in this series (gave it a 4-stars rating), but I loved this one. I couldn’t put it down! The first book in a series is always difficult because the writer has set the foundation for the entire series while at the same time hooking you into the story. With the second book, the series is then able to really take off. And take off, this one did! That gorgeous cat on the cover will always pull me in. Sassy, now known as Latifa, is truly a sassy cat. I love the scenes with Latifa and the other two felines in the Caldwell home. This is a delightful, magical story with lots of humor. There are a few additions to the already diverse cast of characters – the good, the bad, the ugly, the crazy. My heart goes out to Hayden – She loves her developing relationship with the family she never knew she had. But she misses the grandmother, great-grandmother, and best friend that she left behind. The flamboyant Cleobella is still one of my favorite characters. She tends to dress between a cross of Lady Gaga and Cher. And there is a possible romance budding for Hayden. Which hot single man is it? The town of Destiny Falls defies imagination. It can’t be found on maps. It automatically adds rooms and garages for new occupants. I can’t even describe what happens when you walk into its sporting goods store or its library. You just must read it for yourself. But amidst this idyllic environment, danger lurks for the Caldwell family. Who is targeting Hayden and her family? And does it have anything to do with the disappearance of Hayden’s mother when she was only two days old? And there is a mystifying cliffhanger at the end. I eagerly await the release of Book 3. I do recommend that you start with the first book in the series; otherwise, you miss the how and why of Hayden being in Destiny Falls. I received this book from the author with no expectation of a positive review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katreader

    THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY by Elizabeth Pantley The Second Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic Book It's been a month since Hayden arrived in Destiny Falls and despite feeling happy and at home she desperately misses her loved ones in Seattle. Continuing to adjust to her new life, Hayden is given a job as the new editor of an online newspaper for the town. Searching out stories and meeting new people lead Hayden to a strange encounter with the captain of the mysterious ferry. With a plea to meet and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY by Elizabeth Pantley The Second Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic Book It's been a month since Hayden arrived in Destiny Falls and despite feeling happy and at home she desperately misses her loved ones in Seattle. Continuing to adjust to her new life, Hayden is given a job as the new editor of an online newspaper for the town. Searching out stories and meeting new people lead Hayden to a strange encounter with the captain of the mysterious ferry. With a plea to meet and dire warnings if she tells anyone Hayden is beyond curious. But before they can meet the captain is found murdered leading Hayden to try to figure out what the woman meant to tell her. Did it have something to do with the ferry and the island no one will talk about? As Hayden tries to learn more about Destiny Falls and its secrets, family and friends are put at risk. Will Hayden lose everything she just gained? Everything seems a little bit too perfect in Destiny Falls with its gorgeous weather and delightful buildings and landscape that change on a whim, but in the second book in the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series Hayden starts to uncover information about the dark side to her new home. Not only was I delighted by her search to uncover the secrets of Destiny Falls, my jaw was hanging open by the final pages. I like Hayden despite her youthful enthusiasm. While she can be a bit immature, her good heart and curious nature make me root for her. Wisecracking Latifa makes me laugh and I love the addition of Lola as well as how the house responded to her arrival. The bad guys are more silly than sinister, but the danger is real and the unknowns make that danger more worrisome. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY is a book about family and secrets in a subtly magical land. The growing family connections, the friendships, and the beautiful setting lured me in and the mysterious secrets yet to be uncovered make me eager for the next installment. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me an e-copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Hamel

    First of all, the cat on the cover cracks me up! Those eyes! This is the second book in Elizabeth Pantley's Destiny Falls Cozy Mystery Series. The first book is Falling into Magic The Disappearance of Emily takes place about two weeks after the first book and in it, Hayden meets a mysterious Ferry Captain who needs to speak with her in private regarding a matter of life and death Cozy Fans, what do you think is going to happen to the Ferry Captain before they speak to Hayden? Nothing good! In ad First of all, the cat on the cover cracks me up! Those eyes! This is the second book in Elizabeth Pantley's Destiny Falls Cozy Mystery Series. The first book is Falling into Magic The Disappearance of Emily takes place about two weeks after the first book and in it, Hayden meets a mysterious Ferry Captain who needs to speak with her in private regarding a matter of life and death Cozy Fans, what do you think is going to happen to the Ferry Captain before they speak to Hayden? Nothing good! In addition to the Ferry Captain Mystery, Hayden still has not figured out how to go back to Seattle, or how to explain that she fell through the looking glass and now is in a magical land. She is still discovering the wonders of the Caldwell Mansion and trying to learn about Destiny Falls and the Islands around it. Continuing from the first book we see Hayden's ancestral home is as much a character in this series as her brother Axel. The descriptions of its ever-changing architecture and decor are pure coziness. You can tell that Elizabeth Pantley is having the best time writing the magical world of Destiny Falls as she describes the vibrant flora and fauna on the Island, the scrumptious meals shared at family dinners, and the wild wardrobe of Cleobella. But wait there's also the magical library, and a scorned witch hiding in the woods outside the town... Hayden takes on a new job as the reporter and editor of the town newspaper which allows for her and her estranged up until now, to bond. There is a little romance blossoming as well and I look forward to seeing what happens next in this light, fanciful, super cozy! It's included in a kindle unlimited subscription. I received an ARC of this book, as always the opinions are mine!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shelle Perry

    The Disappearance of Emily is the second book in the Destiny Falls & Magic Series. Elizabeth Pantley has done a remarkable job of building a wondrous magic world with a modern touch that will appeal to not just Cozy readers. In this book, Hayden is getting comfortable in her new life in Destiny Falls. She has made some new friends, is crushing on a couple of hot guys, and is really enjoying getting to know her brothers and sisters. A chance encounter with the ferry boat captain leaves her unsettl The Disappearance of Emily is the second book in the Destiny Falls & Magic Series. Elizabeth Pantley has done a remarkable job of building a wondrous magic world with a modern touch that will appeal to not just Cozy readers. In this book, Hayden is getting comfortable in her new life in Destiny Falls. She has made some new friends, is crushing on a couple of hot guys, and is really enjoying getting to know her brothers and sisters. A chance encounter with the ferry boat captain leaves her unsettled though. She is warned that there is danger, to not trust anyone. Hayden is looking forward to getting more information at a later meeting, then the captain is murdered. Not long after, she receives a box of paperwork from the captain. Worried about the possible danger to her newfound family, she decides to investigate it herself using the spectacular town library and her new position as the editor of the local online newspaper for resources. Most of the wonderful characters (both human and animals) introduced in the first book are back, along with a few quirky new ones to delight readers. The town has a few more surprises for readers and the story behind the disappearance of Hayden’s mother takes on a whole new dimension. Hayden manages to find out more about the geography of the island and those that surround it. As a reader, I am both excited and frustrated by the slow trickle of information in that regard. I want the WHOLE story NOW!!!! It really is that much fun to read. I am very much looking forward to the next book due out in April. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4.5 out of 5. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    Welcome back to Destiny Falls. A magical town that you won't find on any map, at least not one in the non-magical realm. Hayden and Latifa are back, along with the rest of the gang and some new friends including a new 4 legged friend. The town is the same, ever-changing as the needs of the citizens change. We meet several new townsfolk and they are quite a motley crew. But this isn't a bad thing because Hayden is now the editor of the town newspaper and can use the contacts. It wasn't really a re Welcome back to Destiny Falls. A magical town that you won't find on any map, at least not one in the non-magical realm. Hayden and Latifa are back, along with the rest of the gang and some new friends including a new 4 legged friend. The town is the same, ever-changing as the needs of the citizens change. We meet several new townsfolk and they are quite a motley crew. But this isn't a bad thing because Hayden is now the editor of the town newspaper and can use the contacts. It wasn't really a request by her grandmother since she doesn't really ask but rather "orders" people to do things. There is a murder in town and the details as to why are sketchy until Hayden uncovers some information that points the police in the right direction. Who killed this person isn't too much of a mystery because there aren't a lot of options, unlike the first book. But there are other mysteries just waiting to be solved - what happened to Hayden's mom Emily? What is Gladstone? Where does the ferry go when it leaves? Will Hayden ever see her grandparents and friend Luna? Who is the witch in the cave and who is her sister (I have my suspicions so I can't wait to see if I'm right)? I felt like this book expanded my knowledge about Destiny Falls and the Caldwell family but it also left me with a few more questions than answers so I can't wait for the third book to discover more about this little town. Overall, this was an enjoyable book and we give it 4 paws up.  If you like magic and mystery, this is a series you will want to check out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gayle B

    I love this series! In book two, Hayden is settling in to her life in Destiny Falls as a Caldwell. She is still secretly wondering if she can return to her life with her grandmother, great grandmother and friend and business partner Luna but it isn't looking good. As she branches out, visiting shops, making friends, she is very intrigued by the ferry business at the water. There is no schedule, no information, people seem to come and go, some in summer attire, some with snow ski equipment. No on I love this series! In book two, Hayden is settling in to her life in Destiny Falls as a Caldwell. She is still secretly wondering if she can return to her life with her grandmother, great grandmother and friend and business partner Luna but it isn't looking good. As she branches out, visiting shops, making friends, she is very intrigued by the ferry business at the water. There is no schedule, no information, people seem to come and go, some in summer attire, some with snow ski equipment. No one can tell her how this works or where the ferries go. The captain of a ferry gives her a very strange saying message saying only she can save her. Who is she talking about? The captain asks her to meet her the next day. The captain is found murdered later that day and a box of papers is delivered to her the next day. As the story goes, the box seems to be connected to the captain and Hayden is deep in the middle of the mystery. More rooms appear in Hayden's part of the house. Her new yoga room has a mirror that she can sometimes see her grandmother and Luna. I love the magic in this series. It is subtle but you wish it was where you live. I love the behind the scenes story of the witch in the cave. We learn more about Hayden's past and her parents. The characters and interesting, quirky and likeable...well most. Excellent feel good ending with a lead into the next book that makes me want it right now. I received and ARC and voluntarily provided this review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This was a very unusual book. It's not quite a cozy mystery, because it is less about solving the mystery and more about the magical elements that pervade the setting. The amateur sleuth, Hayden Caldwell, has fallen into the magical land of Destiny Falls, and the author frequently describes this fantasy realm of wonders that are reminiscent of rooms in the Wonka Chocolate Factory or settings in Narnia. The manner in which Hayden arrives in Destiny Falls has a Through the Looking Glass quality to This was a very unusual book. It's not quite a cozy mystery, because it is less about solving the mystery and more about the magical elements that pervade the setting. The amateur sleuth, Hayden Caldwell, has fallen into the magical land of Destiny Falls, and the author frequently describes this fantasy realm of wonders that are reminiscent of rooms in the Wonka Chocolate Factory or settings in Narnia. The manner in which Hayden arrives in Destiny Falls has a Through the Looking Glass quality to it, and the author actually draws to the similarity in a few scenes of the novel. The mystery in the novel is only partially solved; Hayden is drawn into a curious set of circumstances that ultimately involve a death, a kidnapping, and a clue about the disappearance of Emily, which is the mystery that actually interests Hayden. Emily's disappearance is not solved in this book, and the author leaves a cliffhanger which will motivate interested readers to want to start the next book quickly. This installment in the series contains many references to events that occurred in book one, and the characters aren't well-enough developed for readers to understand their motivations, so readers would be wise to read the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series in order. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    This is the second installment in the Destiny Falls & Magic series, and much like the first book, this one is a quick, fun and charming read! I was so excited to hear how Hayden was faring in her new magical home, Destiny Falls. She has met her long lost family, learned that her mother Emily, who disappeared 2 days after her birth may be closer than she thinks! I’m in love with the quirky but believable characters and especially love the “possible” budding romance between Hayden and the delicio This is the second installment in the Destiny Falls & Magic series, and much like the first book, this one is a quick, fun and charming read! I was so excited to hear how Hayden was faring in her new magical home, Destiny Falls. She has met her long lost family, learned that her mother Emily, who disappeared 2 days after her birth may be closer than she thinks! I’m in love with the quirky but believable characters and especially love the “possible” budding romance between Hayden and the deliciously handsome Han. Will she ever see her Nana, Granana and best friend Luna again who wait on the other side of the magic mirror? There is mystery and mayhem, tears of joy, and tears of regret. Mix that in with the most magical and beautiful town; a cryptic warning from the Ferry Boat Captain; murder or two, a telepathic cat, a dark and evil island, a mysterious and crazy old witch that has been imprisoned in a cave by her sister for something horrible she did in the past..( Who is she? What does she want? And what did she do?) And you’ll have the most enjoyable cozy read this side of Destiny Falls. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed and my comments are my honest opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tam Sesto

    Book 2 in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series, The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley, continues where the first book left off. This book told the reader more about the history of Destiny Falls and introduces a new place called Gladstone. The author also let us in on a bit more of Emily’s family history. She hinted at some things regarding the “witch”, that definitely has my interest piqued. For the most part, I enjoyed the story just as I did the first book. However, I will say th Book 2 in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series, The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley, continues where the first book left off. This book told the reader more about the history of Destiny Falls and introduces a new place called Gladstone. The author also let us in on a bit more of Emily’s family history. She hinted at some things regarding the “witch”, that definitely has my interest piqued. For the most part, I enjoyed the story just as I did the first book. However, I will say that this book took a while to get to the “mystery” of the book. Once the author started focusing on the murder, the book really moved. The ending was a nice surprise, and I’m itching to get to book 3. I would recommend that you start with book one in the series as the authors does carry over characters and the need to know something previously mentioned in a prior book. Thank you to Elizabeth Pantely for the opportunity to receive the ARC of this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ book. My review is made voluntarily and entirely my own opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darla Taylor

    Hayden was pulled into an alternate world through a mirror and now lives in the magical town of Destiny Falls with a family she never knew she had. She receives a warning one morning and shortly afterwards a package is delivered. But one person has been killed and another attacked. Things seem to be pointing to the disappearance of her mother. Can Hayden put the clues together before someone else is hurt? I received a copy of this book from Hidden Gems and this is my honest review. This book is t Hayden was pulled into an alternate world through a mirror and now lives in the magical town of Destiny Falls with a family she never knew she had. She receives a warning one morning and shortly afterwards a package is delivered. But one person has been killed and another attacked. Things seem to be pointing to the disappearance of her mother. Can Hayden put the clues together before someone else is hurt? I received a copy of this book from Hidden Gems and this is my honest review. This book is the second in the series and it finds the main character, Hayden, really settling down into life in Destiny Falls. Overall I enjoyed the book but there were some errors including a part where one character is in two places. The book will draw you in and it's a great read. It definitely leaves you wanting more of Destiny Falls. I do recommend both book and series which I suggest you read in order for the most enjoyment and benefit. Update ~ I received word from Hidden Gems that the error I found in the book where a character was in two places at the same time was fixed prior to publication.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    In an Alice in Wonderland type fashion, Hayden has fallen through a magical mirror into another world. Here she discovers she not only has a brother, but sisters as well. Hayden is desperately seeking answers as to why the family has been separated. This new world is a wonderfully magical place, but there are certain rules of which she must abide. She is allowed to make contact with the outside world, but if she mentions anything about where she is, the communication does not go through. The book In an Alice in Wonderland type fashion, Hayden has fallen through a magical mirror into another world. Here she discovers she not only has a brother, but sisters as well. Hayden is desperately seeking answers as to why the family has been separated. This new world is a wonderfully magical place, but there are certain rules of which she must abide. She is allowed to make contact with the outside world, but if she mentions anything about where she is, the communication does not go through. The book is quite interesting. There is a murder, a kidnapping, and lots of family bonding. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the various characters other than I must feel as Hayden does - not entirely sure about who to trust. One should definitely read this series from the start to get the full effect and understanding of this story. I received an advance readers copy and this is my unbiased opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    The Disappearance of Emily is the second book in the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series. Almost a parallel universe, Destiny Falls lets you in but doesn't let you out. Wonderful characters, and vivid descriptions make this a great escape to another world. Hayden has many mysteries to solve not just the murders that happen around her. How to navigate having a family that she didn't know existed tops the list. And her missing mother well perhaps we will find out more in the next book. I believ The Disappearance of Emily is the second book in the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series. Almost a parallel universe, Destiny Falls lets you in but doesn't let you out. Wonderful characters, and vivid descriptions make this a great escape to another world. Hayden has many mysteries to solve not just the murders that happen around her. How to navigate having a family that she didn't know existed tops the list. And her missing mother well perhaps we will find out more in the next book. I believe the Ms. Pantley must have been a cat in an earlier life, she writes the cats in such a way as you can believe that is what they would do and say. The third book promises lots more answers and questions.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Book 2 and it gets even better. Hayden is now settled in Destiny Falls, and much as she loves her new found family, there is always the chunk missing in her life, the place where her bestie, Luna and her Granana and Nana is and there is no way of going back to visit. And then there is the whispered clandestine meeting with the mysterious captain of the ferry boat service, who is found dead before Hayden has a chance to find out what that was about. Intriguing and totally unput-downable, this seco Book 2 and it gets even better. Hayden is now settled in Destiny Falls, and much as she loves her new found family, there is always the chunk missing in her life, the place where her bestie, Luna and her Granana and Nana is and there is no way of going back to visit. And then there is the whispered clandestine meeting with the mysterious captain of the ferry boat service, who is found dead before Hayden has a chance to find out what that was about. Intriguing and totally unput-downable, this second book draws you in from the word go and you really will not want to leave until it chucks you at at "The End". Can hardly wait to see what else is brewing in the mind of this amazing author!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is the second book in the Destiny Falls series by Elizabeth Pantley. This book was as engaging as the first book. The central mystery was intriguing and it kept me guessing until the end of the novel. I loved the end of the book, with Hayden finding a hidden note from her mother that explains her disappearance when Hayden was an infant. This sets up some interesting possibilities for future entries in the series. I had a hard time putting this one down as well. You can get so engrossed in t This is the second book in the Destiny Falls series by Elizabeth Pantley. This book was as engaging as the first book. The central mystery was intriguing and it kept me guessing until the end of the novel. I loved the end of the book, with Hayden finding a hidden note from her mother that explains her disappearance when Hayden was an infant. This sets up some interesting possibilities for future entries in the series. I had a hard time putting this one down as well. You can get so engrossed in the story you lose track if time. I will now anxiously await the release of the third book in the series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    The Disappearance of Emily is book 2 in the new Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series by Elizabeth Pantley. This book picks up at the end of Hayden’s first month in Destiny Falls. She is still keeping up the premise of being in Denmark for her family and Luna on the other side. I love this series! The way things at Caldwell Crest and the town of Destiny Falls change is amazing. I don’t think I’d ever leave the library. And yet everything isn’t as wonderful as it appears. Hayden gets a mysterious me The Disappearance of Emily is book 2 in the new Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series by Elizabeth Pantley. This book picks up at the end of Hayden’s first month in Destiny Falls. She is still keeping up the premise of being in Denmark for her family and Luna on the other side. I love this series! The way things at Caldwell Crest and the town of Destiny Falls change is amazing. I don’t think I’d ever leave the library. And yet everything isn’t as wonderful as it appears. Hayden gets a mysterious message that leads her to down an unexpected path. I can’t wait to see what happens next! I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle F

    This was the second book in the Destiny Falls series and I enjoyed it as much as the first. This is part cozy mystery, part magical fantasy, part family saga, and completely refreshing. I usually read dark romance and very dark mystery/thrillers (think psycho serial killers), but I was offered an Advanced Reader Copy, and the blurb looked so interesting, that I figured it would be a good palate cleanser for me, and it was so more than that! It was well written and just the right length to keep m This was the second book in the Destiny Falls series and I enjoyed it as much as the first. This is part cozy mystery, part magical fantasy, part family saga, and completely refreshing. I usually read dark romance and very dark mystery/thrillers (think psycho serial killers), but I was offered an Advanced Reader Copy, and the blurb looked so interesting, that I figured it would be a good palate cleanser for me, and it was so more than that! It was well written and just the right length to keep my interest. I’m thrilled that I found a new author and I’m looking forward to more Destiny Falls stories!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kara Marks

    I enjoyed this book very much! It’s the second in the series; I also read and loved the first book. This could be read standing alone, but you’d really be missing out by not reading the first book, which really sets the whole backstory of Destiny Falls, Hayden, and the background of her family. This author is so creative—I can’t believe how much I inhaled this sweet fantasy mystery book. It’s one of those books you really think about when you’re not reading it and you’re eager to get back to rea I enjoyed this book very much! It’s the second in the series; I also read and loved the first book. This could be read standing alone, but you’d really be missing out by not reading the first book, which really sets the whole backstory of Destiny Falls, Hayden, and the background of her family. This author is so creative—I can’t believe how much I inhaled this sweet fantasy mystery book. It’s one of those books you really think about when you’re not reading it and you’re eager to get back to reading. I can definitely recommend this book; I was provided a copy, but these opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Beth Billings

    Hayden is adjusting to her new life and family in destiny falls. Another myster manages to find her and she ends up in a lot of danger trying to uncover the truth! Another fantastic story that had me hooked on the first page. I really love the way this story flows.  The mystery involved gets my brain ticking seeing if I can find out whats going on before the truth is revealed. There is a little bit of heartache involved im glad it doesn't last too long though. I deffinatly recommend this series, u Hayden is adjusting to her new life and family in destiny falls. Another myster manages to find her and she ends up in a lot of danger trying to uncover the truth! Another fantastic story that had me hooked on the first page. I really love the way this story flows.  The mystery involved gets my brain ticking seeing if I can find out whats going on before the truth is revealed. There is a little bit of heartache involved im glad it doesn't last too long though. I deffinatly recommend this series, uncovering mystery the warmth of a family and hope - brilliant!

  29. 5 out of 5

    SOMDReigel

    The Disappearance of Emily, book 2 in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series, picks up where Falling Into Magic left off. There are more mysteries to uncovered and a murder to be solved. Elizabeth Pantley has created such a charming and magical town of Destiny Falls. The series is centered around a unique world and quirky characters which are a delight to read and will keep you entertained. The storytelling is imaginative and wonderfully descriptive.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    The Disappearance of Emily is a spellbinding follow up to Falling Into Magic. If you haven't read the first book yet, I highly recommend reading it before you read this one! You won't know what's going on, and that's just no fun. The Destiny Falls series takes place in a magical land that this imaginative author brings to life. Hayden has been trapped in this land since falling through a mirror weeks ago. However, her family at home isn't worried about her. They think she's abroad writing for the The Disappearance of Emily is a spellbinding follow up to Falling Into Magic. If you haven't read the first book yet, I highly recommend reading it before you read this one! You won't know what's going on, and that's just no fun. The Destiny Falls series takes place in a magical land that this imaginative author brings to life. Hayden has been trapped in this land since falling through a mirror weeks ago. However, her family at home isn't worried about her. They think she's abroad writing for the online magazine she and her friend run. And though Hayden is technically trapped, she's surrounded by her loving family whom she never met. In fact, she didn't even know that most of them even existed! You will absolutely fall in love with Destiny Falls. Yes, it's got its flaws and fair share of crime like any non-magical place, but it is mainly a beautiful and enchanted place. You never know what you're going to get when you walk into a store or the library in town. It might even be raining or snowing inside! I don't want to spoil the magic for you, so that's all I'll say about the town. I absolutely love Hayden and her family (and friends). They're very well-written, and you can't help but develop a connection with them. Hayden grows closer to her family throughout the book. She's surprised when her grandmother gives her a job as the new editor of Destiny Falls's newspaper. Hayden is excited to get the now online paper up and running. She's even more excited to figure out why someone was murdered and why they sent her a big box of random papers prior to their murder...and what it has to do with Emily (Hayden's long missing mom). Though the murder is solved, there are still many more questions to be answered, and I can't wait to find out what happens next in this series. The Disappearance of Emily is a clean cozy mystery filled with magic and mystery. You will be enchanted with the wonderful, sometimes mysterious characters. And, most of all, you'll be swept away by the mesmerizing town of Destiny Falls.

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