Claiming Noah – Amanda Ortlepp

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Claiming Noah – Amanda OrtleppClaiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp
Published by Center Street on July 5, 2016
Genres: Crime, Kidnapping, Medical
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle, Print
Source: BEA16, Netgalley
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This riveting debut novel of psychological suspense explores the dilemmas that arise when motherhood and science collide.
Catriona Sinclair has always had a well-developed sense of independence--in fact the one sore point in her otherwise happy marriage is her husband James's desire to take care of her. As she's often tried to explain to him, she took care of herself before she met him, and did a good job of it. But James has been especially attentive lately as they struggle to have a baby. They succeed at last through in vitro fertilization, but unwilling to risk the heartbreak of another miscarriage, they decide to make their "spare" frozen embryo available to another family.
Diana and Liam Simmons are desperate for a child. Unable to conceive, they are overjoyed to learn that as the closest genetic match to the Sinclairs they are the recipients of the embryo donation. Diana's only concern is her mother's disapproval of IVF, but any doubts raised are quickly eclipsed by Diana's joy of being pregnant.
As Diana is finding delight in every aspect of motherhood, Catriona keeps waiting for the rush of adoration she knows she is supposed to feel, but instead slips into a deep depression. Just as Catriona begins to find her way back to normalcy, one of the babies is kidnapped. Suddenly, all of their lives begin to unravel and intertwine, and none of them will ever be the same.

Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp is an interesting look at adoption. It focuses on embryo adoption which I have heard of but is a totally new book plot line for me. We meet Catriona and James who have just undergone IVF. Faced with the decision of what to do with the remaining frozen embryos, they decide on adoption. Diana and Liam, who are desperate for a child, then find out about this way of starting a family and end up with the remaining embryo. Life is blissful for both couples until a medical issue and then a kidnapping occur. Both families are left in shock and their lives will be forever altered.

I enjoyed the plot of Claiming Noah as I found it very unique. It weaved postpartum depression, embryo adoption, kidnapping and more into one clear tale. The writing of Amanda Ortlepp really made this story, as it could have been very convoluted with all of the different plot points. It was instead well paced and was very emotionally nuanced. I did not love any of the characters fully, as I found them somewhat over the top, but I still enjoyed their actions. There were a few bits at the very end that turned me off as I could not justify the decisions made, but that is just my personal take.

Claiming Noah was a very interesting read. It tackled a fresh topic and contained enough twists to be very engaging. This was Amanda Ortlepp’s debut and I was very impressed with it. I loved the way she was able to merge so many different aspects and make them feel like one cohesive story. I polished this off in two sittings and while I knew what was going on for the most part, there were enough surprises to keep me on my toes.

Favorite lines – You don’t have a child. You don’t know what it feels like to have someone steal your heart. You don’t spend every waking moment wondering whether the person you care most about in the world is even alive.

Biggest cliché – A baby will make everything perfect.

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Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted August 5, 2016 by Laura in BEA16 Books, Giveaway, Reviews / 3 Comments

3 responses to “Claiming Noah – Amanda Ortlepp

  1. danielle hammelef

    This book sounds unique to me. The cover is already tugging at my heart.