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Length: 350 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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PRAISE FOR CATHY HOLTON


"Holton has a lively, fluid style that shifts easily among the viewpoints' of several characters and goes down as easily as sweet tea." -The Boston Globe on Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes

"Three Southern Belles wreak havoc in the lives of their cheating husbands in this light, likable debut..."   -  Kirkus on Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes

"Holton's headstrong heroines deliver homespun wisdom and hearty laughs in this uproarious sequel." - Booklist on Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes

"Sharp, witty, and warm." - Entertainment Weekly on Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes

"A brilliant, bubbly, bracing novel...packed with hilarity and heartache." - Wichita Falls Times Record News on Beach Trip


"A poignant tale of heartbreak and happiness that celebrates the resiliency of women."
 - Chattanooga Times Free Press on Beach Trip

"Brimming with unforgettable characters, smart conversations, and an engaging mystery that makes spending a summer in the south a tantalizing proposition." - Kirkus on Summer in the South


"Part gothic mystery, part romance...sit back with a cold drink on a shady porch, and enjoy." - The Roanoke Times on Summer in the South

"A terrific blend of history, mystery, and romance that will keep you reading long into the wee hours. Fans of Sarah Jio will love this story's deft exploration of two remarkable women over two time periods. Sure to be a book club favorite." - Carolyn Jourdan, bestselling author of Heart in the Right Place on The Sisters Montclair
 
"The hilarious dialogue between poor struggling student Stella Nightingale and rich 94-year-old Alice Whittington, who is well along in dementia, leads to a denouement which will knock the reader's socks off."    Georgia Library Quarterly on The Sisters Montclair
 

About the Author

Cathy Holton lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and a rescue dog named Yoshi. She is the author of "The Sisters Montclair", "Summer in the South", "Beach Trip", "Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes", and "Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes".

Product Details

  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938529006
  • Publisher: Branwell Books (July 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OYTF3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cathy Holton continues to entertain readers with her stories of strong, intelligent women trying to survive in an often hostile world. The Boston Globe says "Holton has a lively, fluid style that shifts easily among the viewpoints' of several characters and goes down as easily as sweet tea," while Entertainment Weekly calls her prose "Sharp, witty, and warm." Although grateful for the critical praise, it is the enthusiastic response of readers who tell her they "laughed, cried, and let dinner burn" while reading one of her novels that inspires her most.

The author of five novels, Cathy lives in Tennessee with her husband and a rescue dog named Yoshi.



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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Sisters Montclair: A Novel

Every Cathy Holton book I have read, I have enjoyed tremendously. This one was no different. By page 13, I was already in love with the characters and couldn't wait to hear their stories. This always bodes well for me when the story draws me immediately and I can connect with the characters right away. I just knew a captivating story was in store.

At 94 years old, Alice, who came from a socially prominent and privileged background, was not happy that her family hired someone to watch over her. Stella, a 21 year old college student mired in debt and childhood baggage, takes the job as Alice's caretaker. This unlikely pairing surprised even the two of them. Both seemed to recognize a kindred soul in the other.

Alice brightened, slanting her eyes up at Stella. "Ever do this kind of work before?"

"Nope."

"But you think you can handle it?"

"It's not brain surgery. I can handle it."

"They say I"m difficult."

"I'm used to difficult people."

"I'm not difficult. I just like things done a certain way."

"I understand."

Alice folded her hands in her lap. She gave Stella a sly look. "You'd be a pretty girl if you'd do something with your hair."

"And you'd be a nice old lady if you'd stop saying things you shouldn't."

Behind Alice's shoulder, Janice's mouth fell open in shock. The clock on the mantle ticked steadily. Stella thought, I never even had a chance to ask what the hourly rate was.

Without warning, Alice Montclair Whittington put her head back and laughed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is Cathy Holton's fifth novel and the third one I have read by her. I read "Beach Trip" in May of 2009 and the followed that up with "Summer in the South" which I read in May of 2011. Enjoyed "Beach Trip" quite a bit and it was a very good beach-y book. I liked "Summer in the South" even better as it definitely was a southern book but lost the sun and the sand and had more substance. When I realized this latest offering was available, I jumped at the chance to read it and I was not disappointed. Her books just get better and better. I said this before and yet I haven't done it - I really need to go back and read both of the Kudzu Debutante books.

This novel is the story of two women who come together based upon need and grow close due to a mutual respect and by finding a bit of their own personality in the other person. Stella has had a very difficult life beginning with a neglectful mother and ending with a boyfriend willing to take advantage of her. Trying to put herself through college, she takes a job as caregiver to an elderly woman in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Alice is 94 years old and suffering from dementia/memory loss. Just because she is ailing doesn't mean she has lost all her spunk and she is known as a difficult person to handle. These two seem an unlikely pair but they learn how to deal with each other and eventually come to appreciate each other. While Alice's memory is undependable, she has flashes of her past that allow the reader to understand her life story and come to appreciate who she was and the choices she made. Stella has choices to make in her own life and seeing her story unfold in the present day was very interesting.

One of the things I loved about Ms.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Wolf on November 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Sisters MontClair by Cathy Holton is a story of the secrets that a woman, motivated by love, sadness and her own failures, can hide from the ones she loves. Alice is a 94-year-old woman who has achieved many successes, but has few people living who truly give her love, attention and caring. Stella is a hard-working college student who struggles to survive. When Alice needs a new caregiver, Stella steps in to fill the role. As they spend time together, Stella learns more and more about her new employer, not all of it good. Stella quickly becomes Alice's favorite caregiver and trusted friend, but even with that trust, Alice holds the truth of her story from her.

The Sisters MontClair could have been a story of redemption, but it felt like a drawn out version of what the reader suspects early in the book. There are few twists in the plot and the dynamic character is Stella, though I felt that she was written in a stale manner that could have been explored fully with the background she was given.

Overall, not my favorite book and not one I would read again; however, in terms of historical fiction, it has lovely descriptions of Tennessee (one of my favorite places in the world).

Note: I received this book for free in return for my honest opinion and review.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dizzyweasel VINE VOICE on October 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Stella Nightengale comes to Alice Monclair to work as a caretaker for the elderly woman. During the course of her care, and their budding friendship, Stella and Alice must confront the terrible secrets of their pasts and find peace with their present.

I was disappointed with this novel. The build-up was glacial, and despite the title, there was very little about the 'sisters Montclair'. We learn much about Alice's life as a wife and mother, and a little bit (parceled out excruciatingly slowly) about her youthful indiscretions, but I didn't get a feel for any of the time periods, nor did I particularly care about any of the characters in her past. Stella's character felt wooden and maudlin, and though the reader was manipulated to feel pity for her plight, it was difficult to dredge up any feelings for her whatsoever. The treatment of the male characters was somewhat better: though Josh was a flat, controlling jerk, Bill and Brendan are not the stereotypes you are initially led to believe.

Moreover, the 'family secrets' and 'terrible burdens' hinted at in the blurb were painfully obvious within a few chapters, and the novel's 350+ pages became merely a slog to the inevitable. And why *are* the caregivers afraid to go in the basement? Who knows? By the end, I didn't care.

For a novel of family secrets and sibling rivalry done right, you'd be much better off with The House at Riverton: A Novel.
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