Title: Claiming Noah
Author: Amanda Ortlepp
Release Date: 4/4/2016
Description from Goodreads: “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.”
Review: This was a really interesting book. I was drawn into the world of infertility, joys and pains of motherhood, the way it affects everyone differently, and crumbling marriages right away. This is a world fortunately for me, is unfamiliar (at least so far, knock on wood) and was very intriguing for me.
This story was heart wrenching and suspenseful at times and I didn’t want to put it down. It really made me stop and think about how I would react and handle the different situations these women found themselves in. I cannot imagine going through what either of these women endured!
Recommendation: Overall, this was a very interesting and great book. I would recommend this to most anyone.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*