Message in a Bottle

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When Christina Greenaway returns to her childhood home, she stops to rest on one particular rock by the small fishing village of Mevagissy, now a tourist destination snuggled along the coast of historic Cornwall, England.

First, she must make her way along narrow, higgledy streets. Below lies the harbor brimming with small private boats. Pilchard fishing once the major industry has all but vanished. Large fishing cartels took over the job and the village now hosts a blend of talented artists, clever craftsmen, small-time fishermen, and lots of fish & chip shops. With its name derived from two saints, Saint Meva and Saint Issey, the ancient area boasts a history of characters as varied as Bronze Age inhabitants to pirates to poets to boxers to bards.

Many of Christina’s friends are gone but she enjoys revisiting this place where she began, where above her favorite rock sits the home of her father. She can feel it behind her without turning around. He died some years ago but emotions well up toward the man who abandoned in her early youth. Her father gave her the greatest opportunity to love, Christina claims. She visited him later in life with the intent to free herself from painful memories—to say goodbye to him on her own terms. Christina thanked her father for the things he had done for her and told him all was well in her life. In that moment, she recognized the look of suffering in his eyes and felt nothing but compassion for him—a gift that lives on and enriches her as a writer as well as in her relationships.

Glancing up at the cliffs, Christina remembers the stories she wrote as a girl. Inspired by the legends of old, she would pen her youthful creations, stick them in a bottle, and throw them to chance. That was before she left for boarding school where she was taught to rein in her youthful fantasies and daydreaming. Her schooling served her well throughout her life. Through various high-profile careers and world travels, the budding author...
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