The Sisters Montclair by Cathy Holton

December 7th, 2012

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!

Check out Cathy’s website to learn more about her work  or you can find her on Facebook and Twitter as well.  You can purchase your own copy of The Sisters Montclair at Amazon or Amazon Canada.

Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received and all opinions stated are my own.

11 Comments to “The Sisters Montclair by Cathy Holton”

  1. Kaye says:

    Soooo happy that you loved this one, Dar. I thought this was her best book yet and I loved it. 5* all the way. I gave it to my daughter, Steph, and she loved it too. {{{hugs}}}

  2. Mary says:

    I haven’t read any of her books but this is going on the Must Read list. Great review, Dar. If a book gets raves from you AND Kaye it tells me a lot!

  3. Serena says:

    I’ve only read one of her books, but I did love it and the characters. Thanks for making the TBR pile grow

  4. Alice and Stella sound like quite the pair!

  5. blodeuedd says:

    I like the sound of these characters

  6. Jenners says:

    I hope I grow up to be an old lady who acts like Alice!

  7. Wow! This sounds like a book I’d definitely enjoy! Thanks for the review.

    I hope you’ll stop by My Bookshelf to check out the two book giveaways I have on right now.

    Have a terrific weekend!

  8. Nise' says:

    You had me at “buried family secrets”! I enjoyed Summer of the South so will definitely be reading this one.

  9. I’ll have to keep this one in mind. It does sound fantastic!

  10. Staci says:

    I am so happy that I have this one to read…thanks to friends who are more than willing to share!!! :D This one sounds lovely!!!!

  11. Law says:

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