Title: Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love
Author: Amir Levine
First published December 30, 2010
7 pages, Audible Audio
Are you tired of struggling in your relationships and wondering if there’s a better way to navigate love? Look no further than Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love.
Written by psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F.
Heller, this groundbreaking book is based on attachment theory, the most advanced relationship science in existence today. Attachment theory has long been studied in the parent/child relationship, but this book is the first accessible guide to how it can inform our adult romantic relationships.
Discover how our early relationships with our parents or caregivers impact who we become and how our need for closeness is embedded in our genes. Levine and Heller trace the evolutionary influences that shape our behavior in relationships today, and help readers determine their own attachment style and that of their partner (or potential partners).
Are you “anxious,” “avoidant,” or “secure” in your relationships? Once you know, the book offers a wealth of advice on how to navigate relationships more wisely, given your attachment style and that of your partner.
If you’re ready for an insightful look at the science behind love, Attached is the book for you.
About the Author
Meet Dr. Amir Levine, MD, a highly accomplished psychiatrist and neuroscientist who specializes in working with adults, children, and adolescents. Dr. Levine has been dedicated to conducting cutting-edge neuroscience research at Columbia University in New York under the guidance of Nobel Prize laureate Eric Kandel for many years.
The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman is a charming and delightful historical romance novel that captures the essence of the Regency era. The author has established herself as a prominent figure in the genre, and her latest work is a captivating journey of passion and heartbreak.
The book’s plot follows the story of Lady Lucy Upton, who unwittingly becomes the unexpected duchess of her late husband’s estate. Lucy is a spirited and independent woman who is determined to take control of her new life, but she is met with resistance from the arrogant and imposing Duke who wants nothing to do with her.
As the story progresses, Lucy and the Duke engage in a captivating dance of wills, with each seeking to gain the upper hand in their relationship. The setting is beautifully crafted, and the details of the Regency era are brought to life through Bowman’s vivid descriptions of the characters’ surroundings and attire.
Bowman’s writing style is both lyrical and engaging, drawing the reader into the story and keeping them hooked until the very end. The pacing is well-balanced, with the plot advancing quickly enough to maintain interest but with enough space for character development and reflection.
One of the book’s strengths lies in its characters, who are well-rounded, complex, and relatable. Lucy’s strength and determination are admirable, and the Duke’s transformation over the course of the novel is nuanced and engaging.
Their chemistry and passion are palpable, and Bowman expertly blends sensuality and romance without being overly explicit. The book does not shy away from examining social issues of the time, including gender roles, class distinctions, and the challenges faced by women in a patriarchal society.
These themes are subtly woven into the narrative, adding depth and complexity to the story. While The Unexpected Duchess is an excellent historical romance novel, it does have a few weaknesses.
Some of the plot twists are predictable, and the secondary characters could have been developed further. However, these flaws are minor and do not detract from the overall quality of the book.
In conclusion, The Unexpected Duchess is a must-read for fans of historical romance novels. The book’s engaging writing style, well-crafted characters, and expertly balanced plot make it a standout in the genre.
Bowman’s exploration of the social and gender issues of the time provides insight into our own era, making this book both entertaining and thought-provoking. I give it a score of 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone looking for an absorbing and romantic read.