Wonder Woman in Disguise


Poetry - Inspirational
74 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2019
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Author Biography

Melanie Lambert received the inspiration for her first book, Wonder Woman in Disguise whilst sailing around the Maltese Islands. Upon realising they were where the movie, Count of Monte Cristo, was filmed, she was suddenly captivated by the idea that she was living in this story herself. Like Dantes, she felt she could break out of her metaphoric prison to find her treasure. The book was the result, because she realised the poetry she had been writing over the years told a story of transformation just as magical. It describes a defeated heroine on her journey of discovering a rich inner treasure and self-worth, from despair to hope, suffering to strength, and loneliness to love.

It was Melanie's Mother who had been the poet. Yet after her death, Melanie started weaving words into poems that initially spoke deeply of her trauma, pain and grief. An unexpected talent that emerged out of nowhere yet it powerfully moves and inspires. Dealing with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression, Melanie eventually found the poetry was not just an avenue of self-expression but one of wise guidance that set her on the path to healing and love. The pinnacle reached was meeting her wonderful man as well as finding an inner peace after the turmoil of fighting chronic ill health, suicidal thoughts and hopelessness. She wanted to share her victory with others in a very brave and vulnerable telling of her trials, in the hope it would inspire others to not give up.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

Wonder Woman in Disguise by Melanie Lambert is a collection of deep, drawn from within poetry that served in the healing and resurrection of the poet herself after the passing of her mother, who was a poet as well. The book is separated into five segments: Sucked Down the Whirlpool, Heal Thyself, Loss is A Pain, Braving Romance, and Magical Wonder. There are 74 pages filled with gut-wrenching sadness, finding value within, and facing elements of a past that can hold one back. The main style that the poet follows is that of rhyme, but there are a handful of free verse poems. The poems within are juxtaposed and offset with artistic drawings and photographs that Melanie Lambert has created herself.

Melanie Lambert’s Wonder Woman in Disguise struck me in a very consuming way. I have never read a collection of poetry that came on the heels of a significant death in that individual's life. It made everything I read more real than most poems I tend to read because you are being told upfront that the passing occurred and these poems followed after. You don’t have to sit and wonder what transpired to give rise to these soul bearing words. I thought the particular letters to the Reaper and Joy, as well as others as though they were solid and physical entities, were truly mind-opening. It made me lean back and reflect on what I might say to those “people” in my own life. It is my belief that Melanie Lambert’s Wonder Woman in Disguise should be shared with as many people as possible. It’s one for the shelf or screen-sized library.

Daughter of Amazing Writer

The greatest part of this book is the fact that they are relatable, everyone has experienced loss in some form and reading this book shows the process of going through the loss, the grief that comes after, reflection, learning to accept loss, moving forward and then blooming once more.

This book is inspiring for anyone to read who is going through or has gone through hardship. 10/10 a must read! :)