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This is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and not for any of the reasons cited by other reviewers. I finished it in two nights. It's a real page-turner...
--Barry Schoenborn, President Willow Valley Press

The whole book is an enjoyable read, but perhaps the best part is the last, where the author comes to see all of her experience through a very different lens. --Kathleen Flanagan Rollins, author of 'Misfits & Heroes'

When Carol Anita Ryan sets sail for the South Pacific, she expects adventure, romance and memories to last a lifetime. In Right Now is Perfect, Ryan vividly chronicles her life at sea with refreshing candor...
The joys of sailing are abundant and Ryan describes them with delight and clarity...
Mary E. Trimble
Author of Tenderfoot

There are many books out there about Multiple Sclerosis. This book was so refreshing in the honesty and openness with which the author shared her own experience which had not so much to do with the disease but how to take on life, and not be afraid to challenge yourself ... This is the story of a brave woman, who took chances ... an Amazon review

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It's an adventure in paradise when a mid-life divorcee and her charismatic  lover and two friends sail across the South Pacific.  After leaving the boat in New Zealand the two lovers must adapt to life on land.  Strange symptoms lead to a shocking diagnosis of primary progressive MS for Carol, and a whole new life results.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Authority Publishing (November 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935953087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935953081
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barry Schoenborn on March 29, 2011
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This is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and not for any of the reasons cited by other reviewers. I finished it in two nights. It's a real page-turner.

In my opinion the book has NOTHING to do with sailing the western Pacific. That's just a backdrop, and who wants to read a travelogue?

Instead, "Right Now is Perfect" is a painful, shredding, frustrating portrayal -- honestly and innocently told -- of an incredibly dysfunctional relationship. It details, to the level of torture, the moves Carol Ryan makes toward "Bill" and away from him. It shows her -- to the point of the reader's pain -- honestly being drawn into horrible moments, again and again and again. I was angry at her stupidity, and I cried a lot for her.

Her "lover" in this book seems to find her MS "inconvenient," but there are many other painful moments. For example, her man joins a singles softball league, for Christ's sake! And she STILL overlooks that. She helps this guy with transportation and any number of other things. And to what good end?

He ignores all her travel experiences, won't spend a dime, never calls, and is generally a total screwup. Nicely rendered! Carol Ryan couldn't have done better if this were fiction!

As I say, she is deeply in love, and is a great fool. Both at the same time. Too much for the reader to bear, and that's what makes the book good!

As a bonus, Carol Ryan happens to show "yachties" as an extreme pack of self-indulgent, self-absorbed asses. They love you when you're on a cruise, NOT when you're not. And for some reason, she keeps meeting them in the islands of the western Pacific. How insular! How provincial! How totally self-indulgent! And who could possibly envy these Lotus Eaters?
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When Carol Anita Ryan sets sail for the South Pacific, she expects adventure, romance and memories to last a lifetime. In Right Now is Perfect, Ryan vividly chronicles her life at sea with refreshing candor.

Setting sail with the one you love is special and unique. Carol and Bill have known one another for some time. Carol, a computer analyst, and Bill, an archaeologist, but mostly a free-spirit, have travel and adventure in common. They've shared dreams and goals and are ready to have an adventure of a lifetime together. Along with Bill's sister and her husband, they embark on a journey to the South Pacific on a 36-foot sailboat, the Velela.

The joys of sailing are abundant and Ryan describes them with delight and clarity: "...shower of shooting stars...a festival of dancing dolphin...a day-glow of bioluminescence...." She clearly embraces all the beauty the sea offers. The story also shows the downside of living and sailing in cramped quarters and enduring interpersonal and sibling rivalries and resentments. There's the drudgery of cooking on a rocking, pitching vessel and handling sails in rough seas. It's tough being a good sport when your bed is wet from salty sea spray and you're suffering from lack of sleep. Life at sea is a contradiction of paradise tempered with human and environmental elements. Finances are a concern every time you reach a landfall. Only the wind is free.

Ryan does a remarkable job of weaving South Pacific history with their explorations at landfalls. Colorful people, both native and fellow yachtsmen, become an important part of their journey.

Romantically, Carol and Bill are often led by different conceptions. At times Carol feels alone and at odds with their relationship.
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There are many books out there about, and by people, with Multiple Sclerosis. This book was so refreshing in the honesty and openness with which the author shared her own experience which had not so much to do with the disease but how to take on life, and not be afraid to challenge yourself when things become available, not when all reason says you should, after your career, when you have enough money, or any of the other road blocks we put up. This is the story of a brave woman, who took chances and learned some wonderful, and sometimes sad lessons about life, love, and living. I can't wait for the next book.
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In Right Now is Perfect, author Carol Anita Ryan turns a colorful tale into a vehicle for regaining her emotional balance after a journey of many months sailing in the South Pacific. The scope of Ms. Ryan's adventure is epic: The beautiful heroine sails away with her knight; they discover their strengths and weaknesses as they face challenges together along the way; and they return apparently to resume their life together at home, in California, only to confront the biggest challenges of all.

Ms. Ryan describes the joys and miseries of life at sea, the idyllic pleasures of lush south sea islands, the ups and down of life in tight quarters, and her heartrending reversal of fortune. In telling this sad and beautiful story of her voyage, Ms. Ryan bravely embraces her destiny and offers us this fruit of her labor. In telling her story, she reveals and affirms her strength, her dignity, and her triumph.

I read this inspiring story with rapt attention.
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