Claiming Noah

Claiming Noah

by Amanda Ortlepp


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ISBN-13: 9781455565993
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,144,544
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amanda Ortlepp is a Sydney-based writer, born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1981. As a child she was a voracious reader with ambitions of one day becoming an author. Instead she completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree after high school, followed by a Masters of Applied Finance, and spent a decade working in marketing and communication roles. It was only after she turned thirty that she revisited her love of fiction and started writing at nights and on weekends while working full-time.

Her debut novel, Claiming Noah, was first published in 2015. Its ethical dilemmas and emotionally charged themes struck a chord with mothers and book clubs in particular and became a bestseller.

Amanda's second novel, Running Against the Tide, was published in 2016. It's a story about long-held prejudices and fractured relationships, set in a remote fishing town in South Australia.

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Claiming Noah 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SherreyM More than 1 year ago
In Claiming Noah, Amanda Ortlepp introduces an interesting twist to the medical process of in vitro fertilization. What happens to an abandoned egg? Or to the baby born to parents who adopt the abandoned egg? Ortlepp chose a topic which gave her broad scope to develop an intriguing and action-packed story of two couples desperately trying to start families. Yet, at times this reader felt as if she was slogging her way through narrative that would have been much better shared if it had been written in dialogue form rather than narrative. At the halfway mark, the author had not yet reached the core of her story…claiming Noah. Likewise, her characters were not well-developed. The women seemed somewhat shallow, and the men were presented in an unsympathetic light. The plot was a difficult one to follow. At points, I felt as though I’d been left hanging to wait and wonder far too long. And at other points, something quickly came around a corner and slammed me in the face, leaving me to wonder why that happened at that time. If Ortlepp had perhaps taken a bit more time to solidify her story arc and develop her characters in greater complexity, she might have written a totally different book. I finished this book because I wanted to see if it ended the way I believed it would and should. However, that is for each reader to decide and I won’t give away the ending. This is an interesting and intriguing issue facing those in the position of using IVF for starting their families, but I’m not sure Claiming Noah would be a good book for an anxious couple to read. Claiming Noah is what it is, a quick read in the form of a cozy, domestic mystery. [I received this book free of charge from the publisher.]
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Catriona and James can’t have babies so they decided to have them through IVF. They have four viable embryos and after two miscarriages, Catriona gets pregnant. They decided to give the other embryo for adoption. Diana and Liam can’t have babies either. When they are said there is an embryo available for them, they can’t believe how lucky they are. Diana gets pregnant and she can’t wait to have her baby in her arms. While Diana feels comfortable being a mother, Catriona suffers from postpartum depression, ending in the attempt of drowning her son. After that, she is sent to a mental hospital for a few weeks. While Catriona is in hospital, Diana’s baby is kidnapped. It is a very emotional story. Being a mother myself, I can’t imagine the pain of having my baby taken away from me. My favourite character is Diana. She is honest, strong, and she never gets tired of fighting for finding her baby. She is the only one able to see and feel what any other people don’t. Sorry, I can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil the story. It is an easy to read, well-written, and well-edited story. I only have a thing I didn’t like in this book and that is about the dates in the chapters. It is difficult to know the time between one chapter and the next one. In my humble opinion, I think it would have been easier writing something like two days after, one month after, etc. instead of writing the date.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp is a compelling novel set in Sydney, Australia. Catriona Sinclair is married to James. James has always wanted children and finally convinced Catriona to have a baby. Unfortunately, they cannot conceive naturally. They are led down the road of tests and eventually IVF. They were able to get four embryos. The first one resulted in a pregnancy, but Catriona miscarried. The second one did not take. Catriona agreed to try one more time and it resulted in a pregnancy. Catriona stated this was the last time and they agreed to donate the embryo. A couple that would be unable to conceive would get an opportunity to have a child. Catriona and James had a little boy that they named Sebastian. Catriona has a rough time adjusting. Sebastian did not take to breastfeeding and he cried frequently. Then Catriona started seeing a person in the house and hearing voices. James had her see a doctor and he put her on antidepressants. However, Catriona did not tell him about the voices and hallucinations. Catriona ends up spending time in a clinic that helps her overcome the postpartum psychosis. It is a rare condition, but it does happen. James take time off to take care of Sebastian. When Catriona returns home, she is happy to see her son. Diana Simmons and her husband, Liam are unable to conceive on their own. After going through the various options, they choose to adopt an embryo (it is like adopting a baby). Despite objections from her mother and the local priest, they went ahead with their plans. Diana was lucky enough to get pregnant. It resulted in a son, Noah. Diana loves being a mother. Then one day she is at the grocery store with Noah asleep in his stroller. She has it covered with a blanket so the lights in the store do not wake him up. When Diana gets out to her car and removes the blanket, Noah is gone. Someone kidnapped her son. Who would take him and why? Join Diana, Liam, James, and Catriona as their lives spiral out of control. Claiming Noah is an emotional book. There are high points and some very low points (makes you cry). The story is told from the viewpoint of the two women: Catriona and Diana. We get to see how each person reacts to pregnancy and raising children (and how it affects their husbands and marriage). The story has good writing (for the most part), but it could use a little editing (and reworking). This author’s writing is very descriptive. She likes to describe the trees, furnishing, clothes in great detail. It was interesting to find out about embryo donation and how it is handled. Amanda Ortlepp shows what happens when an embryo donation goes wrong. It is an emotionally charged issue that presents legal and emotional complications. We get to see how it affects the two families. I did find that some of the novel was predictable, but I did enjoy the overall story. I give Claiming Noah 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). This is Amanda Ortlepp’s debut novel, and I look forward to reading her next book. I received a complimentary copy of Claiming Noah from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest evaluation. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book to review. This novel captured my interest immediately. It was one of those books that you could not put down. I would have no issues with recommending it to my friends.
aimlyss More than 1 year ago
Claiming Noah is an excellent read that will keep you engaged and not wanting to put it down because you have to know what will happen next. There are many twists and turns that bring out a wide range of emotions. I found the characters to be very well developed, the story wasn't rushed so I was given a lot of information about them all and felt a connection to especially the two mothers. This is the third book I've read with the subject matter being postpartum depression. I can't imagine having this and feel the author was sensitive to it and, in addition to a well-thought out storyline, feel it may help in bringing more understanding and sympathy to those that suffer from it. In saying that, PPD isn't the only storyline (there is also infertility, child abduction, marital issues, etc.), but it is most definitely, in my opinion, the time things go awry for all involved. I didn't always agree with the way things were handled, but it sure made for an interesting read that kept me guessing. *** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ***
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
It took Catriona awhile to decide whether or not she wanted to have a baby. When she finally did decide that she wanted a baby, she found that she and her husband were infertile. They had to undergo In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) They tried it a few times. When they decided to try one last time, they had one fertilized egg left over. When deciding what to do with it, they settled upon allowing another childless couple to adopt it. Diana and her husband, also infertile, were matched with this fertilized egg. Once both women are pregnant, they react much differently to motherhood. When tragedy strikes both of them, the lives of these two strangers are unexpectedly linked together forever. This story is told in the third person from each woman’s perspective. One chapter is about Catriona’s life and another about Diana’s. This allows the reader to see what is going on in both families. This story is well-written. It brings up some dire current issues that have resulted from scientific advancements in the field of fertility. It has a timely message. Sadly, I found it predictable.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
I recall years ago, when I was a teenager in the 1970's about the first test-tube baby as it was called then. It was a huge ethical dilemma in that time period. Today, IVF and other similar methods to have a child are commonplace for couples with infertility. Catriona and James find themselves in the throws of infertility while Diana and Liam are also struggling through infertility as well. Postpartum depression turns into postpartum psychosis and Catriona and Sebastian are in danger of her own behaviors. Diana has a baby using a donated egg, but the nightmare of all nightmares occurs when Noah is kidnapped in his stroller while grocery shopping with his mother. Liam blames Diana for not watching Noah closely enough and allowing the kidnapping to take place. The paths of the two couples begin to cross in ways neither of them ever dreamed possible. I don't want to spoil the book for readers and it would be easy to do if I continue describing the plot. I really was enthralled with this book and just couldn't wait to get back to reading it. One part seemed very farfetched to me concerning Sebastian a few days after his mother entered a psychiatric hospital for treatment of her postpartum psychosis. This book is well-written and does not rely on cursing and sex to sell the book. I rated this book 5 stars and think readers should check out this debut novel of Amanda Ortlepp. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
What an emotionally charged book, different from anything I've ever read before. The characters were so real that if I didn't know it was fiction I'd think I was reading a non-fiction book about real people. Two couples, neither of which could conceive naturally go through IVF. Catriona and James have their own embryo implanted but they have to decide what to do with the remaining one. When they become pregnant they decide to let the remaining embryo be adopted rather than destroyed. Diana and Liam receive that embryo and become pregnant. Thus begins a tale of lies, deception, heartache and sorrow for all involved. The book spans a period of four years and I thought it interesting that the changing seasons were related by the frangipani tree in Catriona's front yard. I had never heard of this tree but the story takes place in Sydney, Australia. This is one book that would be worth your time reading just because of all the twists that had me reading late into the night for three nights in a row. I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest review, which I have given.
Shelves_of_Knives More than 1 year ago
Catriona and James Sinclair are a happily married couple who experience infertility, and end up using IVF to successfully get pregnant. The process resulted in four embryos: two were lost in unsuccessful IVF attempts, one resulted in a successful birth, and one was donated for adoption. Diana and Liam Simmons also were having infertility issues, and decided to adopt an embryo so that Diana could still enjoy the mother-infant bonding experiences of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding that a typical adoption can’t offer. Shortly after a horrific birth experience, Catriona realizes that something is wrong with how she feels towards her son. It turns out, she has postpartum psychosis and is institutionalized. As Catriona is recovering, one of the babies is kidnapped, unraveling all of their lives. Many questions are raised about adoption, biological parents vs legal parents, ethics of embryonic adoption, etc. As so many people are able to conceive using fertility treatments available today, I think pondering these ideas are important. ***MINOR SPOILER ALERT*** My main issue is that in a traditional adoption, once the parents sign away their legal rights, they never have any way to try to get that child back, so why would embryonic adoption be any different? ***END SPOILER ALERT*** The character growth for both Diana and Catriona is very strong, and I think their actions were very believable. It’s the men in the novel whose actions are questionable. All three male characters (both husbands, and the best friend of Catriona’s husband) are pretty unlikeable. In all three cases, they get worse as the novel goes on and the reader learns more about their true nature. Whereas the female characters actually grow and become better people in the end. I think most readers of chick-lit, women’s fiction, and contemporary fiction will enjoy this, as would anyone who has dealt with infertility, though a few of the scenes may be a bit triggering. This book was given to me by NetGalkey in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Claiming Noah is a story that is going to linger with you for a long time, and it seemed so real. A couple that wanted a baby so badly they try IVF, and then suffer the heartbreak of a miscarriage, not once but twice. The story has a lot of heartbreak, and some you will never see coming, a gasp, oh no! We have infidelity, attempted infanticide, severe postpartum depression, kidnapping, betrayal, prision, I could go on, you will be page turning, and questioning. The author has done a wonderful job with this story, I never realize that left over embryos could be adopted, but it really makes sense. Makes a person think, right down to the end and the lawsuit, what would you do? Heartbreak seems to happen to all, and yet there seems to be a lot of love and forgiveness going all the way around. I loved this story, and wish I could be more like some of the characters here, there are solutions here, and you are going to love the epilogue. I received this book through Faithworks and was not required to give a positive review.