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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
My Roots Grow Strong is a collection of poetry by Melissa Spratt. The poems cover a range of topics with natural and emotional ties. Spratt covers topics such as pregnancy loss, mental health, body image, love, and nature with a reflective voice. Her daughter is the focus of most of her work, and she describes the struggles she had before she finally held her child. Brightly colored pictures accompany each poem, and Spratt shares her feelings in the hope they will inspire strength and growth in those who read them.
The style of the poetry evolves and seems to represent the feelings of Melissa Spratt as she moves through the stages of her life. Lovely, watercolor-styled pictures precede each poem, bringing visual beauty and rounding out the artistic experience. The pictures allow us a glimpse of the inspiration that drives the words behind each poem, and songs by Lana Del Ray encourage the work. Mother Nature is woven into the sentences and the metaphors will resonate with you. The relationship between a mother, her husband, her child, and Mother Nature is delicately expressed in each to create feelings of peace and harmony. Each poem brings forth an emotional response, whether it’s the yearning for the beauty of the words or a connection from a similar experience. My Roots Grow Strong is an excellent book for those who are experiencing doubt or loss as it will encourage you to think about a more positive future.