Friday, October 25, 2019

Red Cabbage Blue

Dr. Mike Lewis is a therapist at the heart of Annie Try's book, Red Cabbage Blue. This is the third book featuring Dr. Lewis and readers just starting the series may want to go back and read the first two to fully understand some of the personal aspects of Lewis' life.

In this title, Dr. Lewis is working with a client who has taken an innocent bet just a bit far. Friends were joking about eating only blue food and his client somehow latched onto that and has begun creating for herself an almost completely blue world. Dr. Lewis helps her navigate the murky waters of the underlying issues that have kept her enslaved to this obsession.

As he builds a trusting relationship with Bluedelle (as she asks to be called), layers of her back story begin to unfold: an overbearing mother, the loss of a friend in childhoold that no one talks about, a young woman trying to become more independent. As Bluedell takes steps to heal, secrets long buried begin to rise to the surface.

I loved the therapuetic sessons and the glimpses readers get as Bluedelle experiences a dawning of understanding about herself, her family, and the effect that childhood trauma can have on a person. And as Bluedelle takes steps toward recovery, Dr. Lewis is taking steps in his own personal life to move beyond his own pain.

Not everything in the book is tied up neatly in a bow; Dr. Lewis and his client still have more to learn on their respective journeys to healing. But readers will learn and grow along with the characters and will be encouraged to see their own struggles in a new hopeful light.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Red Cabbage Blue from Instant Apostles for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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