The Sisters Montclair is the third book of Cathy Holton’s that I’ve read and I think it may well be my favorite. She is one of those authors who can completely draw you into the lives of her characters and their stories and hold you captive throughout. The Sisters Montclair is a story of sisters, buried family secrets, and the things that draw people together in friendship.
Alice Montclair Whittington and Stella Nightingale are two women who form an unlikely friendship. They are very different in so many ways and yet there seems to be an instant bond between the two. Alice is a spunky ninety-four year old who comes from money and Stella is a twenty-one year old who comes from a dysfunctional family and is still very troubled despite trying to build a life for herself.
Stella’s dream job sure isn’t being a caregiver but she really needs a job and despite hearing that Alice is quite the handful and has already gone through a multitude of caregivers Stella is quite certain she’s tough enough to handle Alice even after meeting Alice and her snarky manner. Once Stella starts the job though she finds that she genuinely finds herself liking Alice. Stella is the one caregiver that Alice has or has ever had that has treated her as a person instead of an old and incompetent old lady which she’s not. As time goes on Alice begins to tell Stella stories of her past as they come and go in her memory and Stella is fascinated but she is left with so many questions and Alice doesn’t always seem willing to answer them.
Alice and Stella were drawn together because each has their own family secrets that have left a huge impact on their lives. Each knows the pain that comes with trying to keep such a secret from everyone in their lives. The more time they spend together the more drawn together they become. I loved the bond these two women built through the stories that Alice told and it reminded me of the stories I’ve been told by some of the elderly people I’ve had in my life. They have such great stories to tell if only people will stop and listen.
The Sisters Montclair is a wonderful story full of rich characters and so beautifully told. Both Alice and Stella are the type of characters that grab your heart from the beginning and you love them and want the best for them. This book drew me in from the very first page and didn’t let go until the end. It’s one of the those novels that when you turn the last page you wish you hadn’t because you still want so much more. Cathy Holton has become a favorite author of mine and The Sisters Montclair solidified that even more. It’s a fantastic novel that is well worth reading!
Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received and all opinions stated are my own.