Book Club: We read “Claiming Noah” we ate cheeses, treats & truffles


We have had an extended break between book clubs but the book, the discussion and the evening were well worth the wait!  We read Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp.  Normally our book club discussions last all of 5 minutes before we are back to the wine, food and gossip but we all had strong opinions on this book, even those who hadn’t read it could participate.

The lovely E hosted in her beautiful, freshly renovated home (have tucked away kitchen ideas) and we had quite a spread too (scroll down for the yummy details).

claiming noah
image source is from The Book Depository where you can also buy the book if you want *


Claiming Noah, is set in Sydney, is well written, in my opinion, compelling and engaging and is based on topics that are probably close to a lot of hearts.  It’s a great read and perfect for a book club discussion but I will say that if you are on the IVF rollercoaster just be aware of what it is about before diving in, it may not be the book for you.  The book raises moral, legal, emotional and ethicial questions that embryo adoption creates, it covers embryo donation, post partum psychosis, abduction, secrets, lies, relationships and the bond between mother and child. The main characters are Catriona & Diana, the husbands and other characters are relevant but somewhat secondary, each chapter is written from either Catriona or Diana’s perspective along a time line so that we are given multiple sides of the story.

book-club-snacks-web-1Here, have a drink and a nibble while we chat…


I don’t want to give too much away as I really recommend it as a read. I found I could empathise with both Catriona & Diana and because of that it’s not a stretch to immerse yourself in the book and ask yourself what you would do in the same situation, the issues raised are very relevant in this day and age. The question this book raises is what defines a mother?

Now on to the lighter side, I made some truffles to take along for the evening and I have to say they were absolutely delicious.  I found the recipe on Kidspot, (click here for it) (by the very talented Sophie Hansen who’s blog Local is Lovely is just gorgeous and delicious).


I didn’t have any marsala that the original recipe uses so I substituted with Frangelico, it worked just fine, in fact more than fine and I will be whipping these ones up again and again, so yummy!

Our next book is “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes which I’ve actually already read and was into it hook, line and sinker. It’s the type of book you will fly through to find out what happens.  Here is some blurb from The Book Depository;

“The heartbreaking novel of the year from Jojo Moyes proves you’re never too old or young to cry. Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time”

me before you
image source The Book Depository*


So while the others are reading this one I’m going to press on with “We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves”  by Karen Joy Fowler which I’m reading at the moment.

we are all completely book
image source The Book Depository


The blurb from The Book Depository;  “Rosemary’s young, just at college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we’re not going to tell you too much either: you’ll have to find out for yourselves what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. So now she’s telling her story; a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice. It’s funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you’re telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern – it’s pretty hard to resist – don’t worry.”

I’m not that far into it so don’t know what the secrets are yet!

*I have joined the affiliate program which means that if you buy a book through a link on BE&S I get a small commission which might keep me in coffee (with absolutely no cost to you).

Have your read any of these?  What did you think?  What are you reading now?  Like the truffles?



12 comments on “Book Club: We read “Claiming Noah” we ate cheeses, treats & truffles

  1. JF Gibson
    August 11, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I haven’t read ‘Claiming Noah’, I’m not sure if I could to be honest. Too emotional. But Me Before You is definitely already on my to read list.
    And that food. Yum!

    • Vicki
      August 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      It is very emotional, as it Me Before You but in a different way – I had tears pouring down my face!

  2. Rhianna
    August 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Oh book club sounds just lovely, what with wine and truffles and stuff. Sadly I don’t get to read much these days. But will add your suggestions to my book list just in case that ever changes. Thanks for sharing. Leaving some fairy wishes and butterfly kisses from #teamIBOT

    • Vicki
      August 11, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you for the fairy wishes and butterfly wishes they always go down well here! We formed the book club to get us back into reading as it was a bit bookless there for a few years!

  3. Hugzilla
    August 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Oh for Pete’s sake, did NO ONE get the memo that I started Lite n Easy this week!? Those truffles… holy shit.

    • Vicki
      August 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Not the week for Lite & Easy my friend, that said I will need to be starting that myself after the amount of truffles I have consumed! x

  4. EssentiallyJess
    August 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    This makes me wish I was in a book club. Wine, truffles and books sound great to me!

    • Vicki
      August 11, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      I’m going to have to find a new one when we move interstate next month.

  5. Renee Wilson
    August 12, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I haven’t read Claiming Noah and I don’t think I will. Our IVF journey is still fresh in my mind. The other two look great though. I feel like I haven’t read a book in ages and I feel like I really need to. I miss reading. How good do those truffles look?! I bet they tasted amazing!!

    • Vicki
      August 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      That is totally understandable. I absolutely loved Me before You so I’d say go for that one if you haven’t read a book for a while, you will get swept up in it. The truffles did taste amazing, such a good recipe! x

  6. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    August 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Do you know I read your post hun and all I really got was TRUFFLES TRUFFLES TRUFFLES lol. Holy shitballs they look too god to be true. Reading… um what is that again? TRUFFLES!!!!!! haha xx

    • Vicki
      August 20, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Ha ha! They were so yummy, when I see you which I am going to make happen I will make you some ok!

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