It Started on a Garden Tour

Georgia Brock 2977613873197


Contemporary,1980s & '90s

Georgia Brock

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It Started on a Garden Tour explores themes of growing through identity crisis brought on by work retirement, loss of a spouse, or relationship changes.



Short Summary

Retired Civil Engineer Syd, 62, widower faces emptiness and too many life style choices. Arielle, professional violinist, 55, broken from common law relationship that hindered her need for a sense of independence. Widow socialite Grace wants Syd. Jack Track, is matchmaker for Syd and Arielle

Syd and Arielle are attracted to each other, but both realize the artificiality of a trip as a place to develop a relationship. In spite of this restraint, Grace trying to come between them and Jack maneuvering everybody, Syd and Arielle are committed to let their relationship continue in Toronto


Toronto, London and East Anglia, England; Paris and Giverny,France; Lucerne Switzerland; Tuscany, Florence, Venice Italy; Toronto

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Syd

Age: 62

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Faithful,Masculine,Religious,Skillful,Educated,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Arielle

Age: 55

Gender: Female

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Skillful,Romantic,Faithful,Engaging,Decisive,Gracious,Educated,Sophisticated,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Jack Track

Age: 70

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Engaging,Masculine,Uneducated,Confident,Decisive,Funny,Skillful,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Grace

Age: 60

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Confident,Desperate,Blunt,Leader,Educated

Development Pitch

Syd, retired civil engineer, is faced with choices. He finds his new work in gardening and painting, but is at odds with his marital status: safely remaining single with its grand independence and awful loneliness; safely replacing his wife with a widowed friend thus keeping the same pattern of lifestyle; or, taking some risks to find an intimate new kind of relationship. Syd knows he has to grow through change to make a new life for himself. Arielle, left a relationship with a high-powered businessman. She is a violinist in the city symphony, and has private pupils for music and ballet.Always meeting the wrong man, she never found trust within an intimate relationship that would allow her to be herself and experience a balance of dependence and independence for herself and her partner. Arielle knows she has to grow into single life as the only way to thrive as a human being. They hesitantly allow their attraction to each other to develop on the trip, and let it continue when back home, in real life. The tone of the story is mature, dignified, sensitive, and above all, humorous.

About The Author

Georgia Brock is a retired teacher and avid gardener. She has visited many gardens in USA, England and Europe. Writing about them allows her to enjoy them all over again.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+,35-54

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Male Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Year Published: 2011

Hard Copy Available



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