As the Twig is Bent How well do we really know the people in our lives? How dark are their secrets? How tangled are their thoughts? Shelly and Joe had it all-they had each other, a beautiful home, friends, and all the trimmings. Joe was ambitious. Shelly was hungry-for Joe. He was her world. Their futures were written on the past-a past of death and deceit. I found myself crying at times as I wrote this book-I became one with the heart of the little girl I'd created-I felt her pain, her love, and her dreams of the world she longed for with Joe. ...So Grows the Tree.