Wednesday 17 March 2021

The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic #2) by Elizabeth Pantley

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 too many other suspicious episodes to call them coincidences. All signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?


"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  (Summary via Goodreads)

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 !!!

Review by Missi M.

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