The Sensory Garden - Synopsis Aug 20, 2019 5:20:47 GMT -5
Post by nlshippen on Aug 20, 2019 5:20:47 GMT -5
Looking for feedback on my synopsis for "The Sensory Garden", an 80,000 word contemporary Women's Fiction Novel. I would appreciate your thoughts.
Cash strapped office temp, Helen Johnson, thinks she has been given the wrong handbook to live by. No matter how hard she tries, her dreams of family, career success and home ownership are getting further and further away.
Helen’s husband is out of work and she needs to secure the promotion of Home Services Manager with St Clare’s Elder Care to save the family home from being sold from under them.
Helen works hard, and with the help of former sports star turned gardener, Matthew Williams, soon turns the failing Home Services Department around. She catches up on the backlog of work and plans to build a sensory garden for client, Carol McKenzie.
Helen’s boss, John McPhee, wants to give Helen the promotion, but Yasmin Soo is seconded from Head Office. She takes Helen’s job and stops work on the sensory garden. Yasmin knows that there is a lot of money to be made in Aged Care and she is taking kickbacks from contractors and making false invoices.
When Yasmin is fired for fraud, Helen thinks the management role will be hers and that work on the sensory garden will continue. But someone else gets the job.
Matthew is reinstated on the sensory garden project and although he is paid in full, he never completes it. Helen reads in the paper that he has ripped off several of his clients, and St Clare’s never hear from him again.
Helen is not able to save the family home and they move into a rental property. Disillusioned, Helen leaves St Clare’s.
While Helen has lost her dreams, she has gained a new awareness; she learns to see life as it is and not how she wants it to be and can see people’s motivations for what they truly are.