History, romance, infidelity, loss and redemption-Branches continues the family saga of a tree twisted by the intermarriage of three sets of step-siblings. Unfolding in Derbyshire, England, the story follows the descendants of Polly and Lance's union from 1934 to 1965, when Sandra, Mike and Martin embark on a life-changing journey. Loosely based on the author's own family, in which truth is indeed stranger than fiction, Branches takes us on a journey through tragedy and laughter, reaffirming the incredible strength of family.
Sandy Latka was born in a century-old stone cottage in Derbyshire, England. Her eclectic and interesting career spans both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Extremely well-travelled throughout the world, she received culinary course certificates from the School of Cordon Bleu in Paris and a Villa in Tuscany. She worked in the fields of interior design, real estate, banking, regional sales, inspirational seminars and government, and is the past owner of a British restaurant and pub and an interior design company. Sandy's first foray into the literary world was with the publication of an internal reference book for a major international credit bureau. This project allowed her to travel across Canada from coast to coast, conducting interviews with government officials and statisticians. For someone who loves to travel, enjoys interesting conversations, and the challenge of being put on the spot, this was a dream project. Branches is her second novel, part of a trilogy of books based on the lives of two families joined together by fate and fortune. A member of Penticton Writers and Publishers, Sandy currently splits her time between a cliff-top home in Seba Beach, Alberta, overlooking Lake Wabamun, and a condominium on the lakefront in Osoyoos, British Columbia. Both of these locations are perfect sanctuaries for her research and writing.