Review: Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp


Title: Claiming Noah

Author: Amanda Ortlepp

Published: Simon & Schuster AU March 2015

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from March 01 to 02, 2015 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

Claiming Noah, from debut author Amanda Ortlepp, tugs on the heartstrings, exploring a modern day dilemma raised by fertility treatments which challenges society’s ideas of motherhood and family.

Unable to conceive naturally, Catriona and James turn to IVF to create their family but after the failure of two cycles, Catriona, already ambivalent about motherhood, agrees to just one last attempt and when her pregnancy is confirmed, insists the remaining embryo be donated. After a difficult pregnancy and long labour she delivers a son but from the moment Sebastian is placed in her arms she feels a nameless dread, and begins to spiral into postnatal psychosis.
Diana and Liam are excited when they are told a donor embryo is available and thrilled when it takes. Nine months later, Diana gives birth to Noah, and despite the exhaustion that comes with a newborn and Liam’s casual indifference, Diana adores her beautiful son and then her world is turned upside down when he is abducted during a moment’s inattention.
Almost two years later, while Diana still clings to the hope Noah will be returned to her, Catriona, is happily preparing to celebrate Sebastian’s and James’ birthday with family and friends… and then comes a knock on the door.

Claiming Noah is a heartrending story that eventually sees the lives of Catriona and Diana intersect. Though I found some parts of the plot to be a little melodramatic, the situation Catriona and Diana find themselves is thought provoking and confronting.

At its core, Claiming Noah is an examination of the legal, moral and ethical issues related to embryo donation and adoption. Ortlepp admits she became fascinated with the topic when she stumbled across it and her research shows. Claiming Noah explores a kind of ‘worst case’ scenario which develops into an untenable crisis when tragedy strikes.

By choosing to present the alternating viewpoints of Catriona and Diana, the author encourages the reader to explore the complexities of their individual situations. Both women are sympathetic characters, and there are no easy answers to the dilemma Ortlepp has created. As a mother, the heartache of both Catriona and Diana when faced with the loss of their sons is touching.

A story about motherhood, loss, betrayal and love, Claiming Noah is an emotionally charged novel.


Learn more about Amanda Ortlepp and Claiming Noah in the guest post published earlier here on Book’d Out.

Claiming Noah is available to purchase from

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle Walker
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 16:46:21

    Great review. I loved this book.



  2. Tien
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 20:58:39

    gosh, motherhood itself isn’t easy but to be faced with these additional issues would totally drive me crazy.
    -sounds like a heartbreaking read!



  3. laurelrainsnow
    Mar 04, 2015 @ 02:45:53

    This sounds like a book I would love! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.



  4. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Mar 04, 2015 @ 06:46:21

    Interesting sounding book!



  5. Patty
    Mar 04, 2015 @ 10:05:25

    Sounds lovely…I know you would love paper things…you could read it in a matter of hours…I loved it!



  6. thebookdate
    Mar 04, 2015 @ 10:12:45

    I am going to keep this in mind. I usually like books that explore topics from differing viewpoints. And love emotional!



  7. Deborah
    Mar 08, 2015 @ 14:07:44

    Oh yes, there’s definitely a dilemma or two here!



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