The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot- Book Review

Title:- The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

Author:- Marianne Cronin

No. of pages:- 347 pages

Date published:- June 1st 2021

Genre:- Literary Fiction


A charming, fiercely alive and disarmingly funny debut novel in the vein of John Green, Rachel Joyce, and Jojo Moyes—a brave testament to the power of living each day to the fullest, a tribute to the stories that we live, and a reminder of our unlimited capacity for friendship and love.

An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories. 

Seventeen-year-old Lenni Pettersson lives on the Terminal Ward at the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. Though the teenager has been told she’s dying, she still has plenty of living to do. Joining the hospital’s arts and crafts class, she meets the magnificent Margot, an 83-year-old, purple-pajama-wearing, fruitcake-eating rebel, who transforms Lenni in ways she never imagined.

As their friendship blooms, a world of stories opens for these unlikely companions who, between them, have been alive for one hundred years. Though their days are dwindling, both are determined to leave their mark on the world. With the help of Lenni’s doting palliative care nurse and Father Arthur, the hospital’s patient chaplain, Lenni and Margot devise a plan to create one hundred paintings showcasing the stories of the century they have lived—stories of love and loss, of courage and kindness, of unexpected tenderness and pure joy.

Though the end is near, life isn’t quite done with these unforgettable women just yet.

Delightfully funny and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot reminds us of the preciousness of life as it considers the legacy we choose to leave, how we influence the lives of others even after we’re gone, and the wonder of a friendship that transcends time.

I absolutely ADORED this book!!!! I have to RECOMMEND this book if you still haven’t read this book.

Lenni Pettersson is a teenager living in the Terminal Ward at Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. Knowing that she only have a few more days left to live, she joins an arts and crafts club, where she meets eight-three year old Margot, a purple pajama wearing fruit cake loving rebel who transforms Lenni. The friendship between Lenni and Margot develops and they are both determined to leave mark on this earth–with the help of Lenni’s doting nurse and Father Arthur, the two decides to create one hundred painting showcasing their lives along the way,

This book reminded me a little of a Fault in the Stars but in a different way. Both the stories of Lenni and Margot captivated me, particularly Margot’s story as we see Margot through her childhood years during the war period, to her adult year until to her older years. There were some funny parts in the book that will make you burst out laughing but there are some heartbreaking and emotional parts in the book that will make you the reader cry! The ending is so sad and tear jerking that I almost cried reading the end! The writing was captivating, and the author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story! I so enjoyed this book and couldn’t wait to read more of her books!

If you haven’t read this book yet, go and on and start reading! The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot will capture your heart! Worth five stars!

Hello, I’m Marianne Cronin, author of ‘The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot’. Welcome to my Amazon Author page!

Lenni and Margot took me seven years to write and I’m very excited that their story is now reaching readers here on Amazon.

Before I started working on writing fiction full-time, I spent my days in academia, writing things that nobody wanted to read (not even my mum!). I have a PhD in Applied Linguistics but I don’t use the title ‘Dr’ on official documents because I’m scared of being asked to help in a medical emergency and having only a thesis on linguistics to help.

I like to write at night and I like to be alone when I do. When I’m not writing, I can be found trying to be funny in various improv groups or watching my recently-adopted cat sleeping under my desk.

Bonus fact just for Amazon readers: When I was a student, I worked as a background extra in two Bollywood films. I needed the money, but what I really gained was a fun fact about myself. One of the films is currently streaming on Netflix and I’m not going to say what it’s called.

(You can find me on Instagram, @itsmariannecronin)

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