From the early 1400s to the 21st century, the island of Guernsey was a microcosm of society edging its way from feudalism towards democracy. During those 500 years, the Lihou family worked and lived on the island and their story is woven into many of the great events that have shaped, not just the island, but the wider world.
Sixteen generations of the Lihou family span the half-millennium of this story and with each generation, a unique view of the society and context of their everyday lives unfolds.
Where historical records have established the facts, as with Parish registers, they have been included. Oral history, books and reports have also provided much of the historical detail. But where no such records exist, conjecture has been used to create a possible version of events, which affords a rare glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.
Remmel Kell was the CEO of Account Force USA, or as most people knew it, the largest banking franchise in the United States. To the public Remmel seemed to be a charismatic and highly educated entrepreneur. When he gave a speech or did an interview everyone stopped to listen. Yet those close to him knew the gorgeous CEO had a very morbid obsession. He would target single mothers with two children. Then brutally murder them one by one in the order of ascending age. It was the perfect ratio, and to him, it was such a good thing. But all Good Things Must Come to an End…
Focusing on three main characters, A Flash of Red details the chaos that ensues when mental illness invades our most intimate relationships. Professor Anna Klein and her husband, Sean, are a young couple each struggling with their own misperceptions of reality. While Anna’s daily anxieties turn on the axis of her mother’s path into psychosis, Sean escapes to the alternate reality of love and sex offered online. When Bard, a student of Anna’s, develops his own obsession with the couple, their already unsteady world collapses with irrevocable consequences. As focused on providing a driving plot as it is in presenting multi-faceted characters, A Flash of Red ultimately asks the question: What happens when we can no longer tell the difference between what we want and what is real?
Sparkle will inspire self-confidence in children by reminding them that they are loved and have skills. It will also encourage them to be proud of their accomplishments.
Summary: Sparkle, is the tiniest elf. She feels that she is never noticed and so, she feels badly about herself. She decides to learn how to sew and make a special outfit so she’ll stand out from all of her brothers and sisters.
When, Ernie the Elf Watcher magically appears, he reminds Sparkle of all the things she is good at and all the people that care about her. This causes Sparkle to see herself in a new light, literally. She starts to “sparkle”!
Sparkle then finishes her sewing project and wears it to dinner, where her family notices her new sparkle from self-confidence and the outfit she has put so much effort into making.