A very special debut novel filled with love and friendship – it’s not to be missed!
I was kindly gifted this to take part in the Tandem Collective readalong.
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin
Life is short. No-one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni living on the terminal ward. But as she is about to learn, it’s not only what you make of life that matters, but who you share it with.
Dodging doctor’s orders, she joins an art class where she bumps into fellow patient Margot, a rebel-hearted eight-three-year-old from the next ward. Their bond is instant as they realize that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years.
To celebrate their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories: of growing old and staying young, of giving joy, of receiving kindness, of losing love, of finding the person who is everything.
As their extraordinary friendship deepens, it becomes vividly clear that life is not done with Lenni and Margot yet.
I have no words….just tears!
No, scrap that, take all the words for beautiful and that’s what this book is. Yes it made me cry numerous times as it is heartbreaking but it’s not just a story about terminal illness , it’s a story about life, the moments we experience, finding friendship and love.
Firstly lets talk about Lenni – I guarantee you will fall in love with her immediately! Her voice jumps from the page and it’s like listening to one of your close friends. She’s delightful, straight talking and her one liners really made me laugh, especially when she was with Father Arthur. There relationship was so joyful to read and I just loved them….but honestly Lenni is such a special character!
When she meets Margot we start to hear stories of Margot’s life and what a colourful life she has had, experiencing plenty of highs and lows. My absolute favourite moment of Margot’s was her relationship with Humphrey and this was what had me in floods of tears, not just sad tears but some of the things Humphrey does, along with his obsession with the stars, are just so heartwarming that I was crying happy tears as well! There are some beautiful quotes from that section in particular that I loved and will remember for a long time.
I could honestly talk about this book forever, it’s a truly stunning debut novel which explores the theme of life and death in the most perfect of ways. This book will have a very special place in my heart and one I will definitely be reading again!
Don’t miss out on meeting Lenni and Margot…make sure you pick up a copy now!