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Right Now Is Perfect: A Romance, an Adventure, the Unexpected Thereafter Paperback – November 22, 2010
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--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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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. it is about a women finding love [ though not long lasting]'and sailing the south seas. The book has pictures but I wish it had more. Read morePublished 20 months ago by doc spindrift
A vibrant and active young woman with a lust for travel and adventure takes a risk on love, the seas and the challenges of sharing it all in a not so big, not so comfortable... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by trees
Carol Anita Ryan has written a beautiful book about her trans-Pacific voyage by sailboat, and also about love, misfortune and courage. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Tom Kando, PhD, author and professor
I couldn't wait to start reading. I read last night, until I got too tired, then picked it up immediately when I woke up this morning. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by Maggie's mom
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... Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Jane Arrol
Having just had a pleasant (and quite surprising!!!) conversation with the author, I feel compelled to modify my original review and add this prologue: I believe Carol is a... Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Catherine O.
We've all heard the old saw that "everyone has a book in them." I'm going to make the assertion that almost everyone has a memoir in them that many people would enjoy reading. Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by BigAl
I made the mistake of buying this book because I thought it was mostly about sailing. What I got was a lengthy screed outlining the many shortcomings of the author's ex-boyfriend. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Barry
I love a book that takes me somewhere, allowing me an experience that I might never have in my own life. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Linda Hernandez