My book review of 'The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot' by Marianne Cronin

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

by Marianne Cronin
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot
by Marianne Cronin

This tugs at the heart strings from the outset. A young woman has a terminal illness and is waiting out her time in hospital. An elderly woman is looking at the end of her life regretting a lost love. They meet in a hospital art therapy room and an unlikely friendship blossoms.

Lenni is 17 and Margot is 83. Their combined age makes one hundred, a significant number to celebrate so they decide to produce 100 paintings to be displayed in the room, each one with a story from their lives.

It's beautifully done. All the characters are charming, and the relationship between Lenni and the hospital chaplain is wonderful.

I enjoyed it but I felt a bit raw and exposed reading it at this time, with so much death and illness all around us. However, it's a reminder that this is a subject not to be shunned, and we should all be encouraged to be prepared for the end of our lives. I look forward to reading it again sometime.

Review date: January 2021
Publication date: 18th February 2021