"Wow This story struck me on so many levels. Even the most successful of us women have a history of neglect or abuse that made us seek validation outside of ourselves in career or partners. Without healing our internal wounds, the lives we created as an escape aren't sustainable, and this story was a perfect storm for just that. Realizing our own self-worth sometimes happens in the harshest of realities, but it's FOR us. Every woman should read this "
-DANIELLE DON DIEGO, MD, Author of Self-Care RX
"An honest story of uncertainty, trauma, regrowth, and independence, Jaymes lays bare her fall from grace in 2008 and what led her to do a 180 in her personal and professional life. A must-read for anyone who has been in an abusive relationship, Jaymes' openness and resolve will be an inspiration to all those that read her incredible experience."
-KATHRYN BURMEISTER, ESQ, Author of Overcoming Addiction to the Status Quo
"Intimate, vulnerable, and courageous, Adriana Jaymes' riveting memoir is a gift that reminds us all that the love we seek lies in abundance within."
-TARA FORD, PA-C, Preventive Medicine Specialist, Author of I Am Not the Only One
"When it comes to true psychopaths, getting out of such a relationship requires quite a skillset. Ultimately, we must learn to disable then ignore them. Bravo, Adriana Jaymes."
-CAPRICE HAVERTY, PH.D., Forensic/Clinical Psychologist
Everyone yearns for a great escape. But from what?
When a bear attacks, it is fearless and goes straight for the most vulnerable place: the head and face. Isn't that what an abuser does to his victim? He finds the place his victim is most vulnerable and emotionally attacks her, in an effort to impair any defense mechanism she might have. Adriana Jaymes got attacked. But after losing it all as a Manhattanite real estate star in the 2008 financial crash, her awakening in Sitka, Alaska helped her survive and soar with the eagles. Her story is one of profound gain and growth, with the backdrops of glamorous New York and gritty Alaska as her anchor.
Running from Bears shows just how easy it is to fall into a master manipulator's trap, especially if your childhood is full of practice runs. But the courageous disentanglement can be a wakeup call for learning to live deliciously.