Hayden has settled into her alternate, magical new home of Destiny Falls, but something is amiss. — The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series) by Elizabeth PantleyTweet
The Beauty of Sisterhood
Hayden Caldwell, the main character in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series, grew up as an only child. She often wished for siblings to share her life with, but since she was raised by her grandmother and great-grandmother that wasn’t meant to be.
That all changed when Hayden was transported to Destiny Falls. In this enchanted place she discovers that she has two half-sisters that she never knew existed.
The newly found sisters welcome Hayden with open arms. They are as happy to have found her as she is to meet them.
It doesn’t take long for a warm and loving sisterly bond to develop between these young women. They quickly learn that sisters share a very special bond that isn’t matched by anything else in this world. They find that they can be themselves and share their deepest thoughts and concerns with each other. They find that having a sister’s shoulders to cry on makes any pain easier to handle. And that having sisters to share joy with triples the happiness. They learn that jokes are funnier when shared with two people who know you best. They even find out that a pitcher of margaritas and a couple of pizzas turn into a magnificent feast when shared with a big dose of sisterhood.
I was able to easily write about the relationship Hayden has with Indigo and Sapphire because I have that kind of loving relationship with my own two sisters. I was lucky enough to have my sisters throughout my whole life, and I was happy to give Hayden this experience in her life, even if it came later.
Here’s a short excerpt from The Disappearance of Emily that highlights this growing sisterly relationship.
I pulled into the driveway just as a flurry of flowered sundresses came bursting out of the front door. My sisters. They looked just as excited to see me as I was to see them. Their warm smiles instantly made me feel welcome.
“Hayden, hello!” Sapphire called. I walked up the front steps and she welcomed me with hugs and affectionate greetings.
“I’ve been so looking forward to this,” said Indigo. “Girl’s night rocks!”
Indigo took me by the arm and guided me inside. I loved the modern, artsy feel of her home. With sleek lines and open spaces, it was decorated in white, gray, and chrome, but with vivid splashes of modern art and accents in bold colors. Colorful pillows filled up the soft, white sofa, which centered the living space in a giant horseshoe. Plenty of houseplants and a wall filled with family photos brought a homey warmth to the décor.
With all the fancy, glistening white, I was charmed to see two steaming pizza boxes on the kitchen counter. Indigo asked if I like margaritas (I do!) and she went into the kitchen and began preparing a pitcher.
Within minutes, I was swept up into their warm hospitality. In truth, it was so much more than that. It was that feeling of sisterhood that I had talked to Han about. A connection that was deeper than friendship, but lighter too. I felt free to be me and to accept them for who they were.
The conversation was easy, the topics fun, and as free-flowing as the margaritas. As the pizza disappeared and the pitcher emptied, the chatter became more open and honest. The conversation turned to family. They told stories about Axel and Cobalt that I’m sure the guys would have found too embarrassing to share. But it just highlighted the light, sometimes goofy, relationship between the guys, which always brought me so much joy to witness.
Hayden has settled into her alternate, magical new home of Destiny Falls. She’s learning about the people here and the enchanted place, but something is amiss. When too many things occur to call them coincidences, all signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Could it be connected to the mysterious ferry? Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?
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Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.
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