You take a risk whenever you fall in love, because you never know where it may take you. This is what Carol Ryan does in the memoir Right Now Is Perfect –she goes on an adventure for love.
The book is a light summer read: great for a plane ride or road trip; a book about love, adventure, and triumph.
It starts with one woman’s journey to find Mr. Right, and to experience travel bliss. In the process, she discovers her own resiliency when a life-changing revelation uncovers her inner strength and spiritedness.
It all starts with the Seattle Singles Yacht Club. On a spur of the moment decision to attend, Carol meets Bill–the adventure seeking, free spirited divorcee who travels around the world on a boat. Their first “love letter” is a post card from his latest world adventure. Carol is intrigued. She has always wanted to travel the world so when Bill asks her to join him, she agrees.
She joins the crew and they set sail for exotic places like: Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, and Ua Pu in The Marquesas, Papeete and Bora Bora in Tahiti, Aitutake, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Mexico, etc.
The romance reaches its peak, the travel ensues, and we’re alongside them for the ride around the world, and for some of the exciting events that unfold. Then Carol learns she has multiple sclerosis. The plot thickens as she tries to cope with this new-found revelation, and tries to figure out whether Bill will be by her side on this journey.
You’ll have to read to find out.
What I Liked: The travel. The author walks you through the exotic locations, her life on a boat, and her romantic rendezvous. I was not familiar with The Marquesas until I read this book. Now, I’m intrigued.
What I Would Have Liked To See: A mention of her diagnosis earlier in the book. It might as well be referred to as the crescendo. I felt as if a window opened; connecting me to this author’s soul (as soon as this was revealed). Yet I almost missed it. Another memoir on the topic maybe?
Who Would Enjoy This: travel fanatics, romance novel readers, anyone recently divorced or coming out of a relationship, people with degenerative ailments.
How I Came Across This Book: I received a free review copy of this book.