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  • Tender & Amusing

    Marianne Cronin's amazing début tells the stories of Swedish born Lenni Pettersson who is seventeen years old and terminally ill and Margot Macrae, eighty-three and awaiting heart surgery. Both are patients at Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. A chance encounter between Lenni and Margot, followed by an actual meeting in the new art therapy class run by art teacher Pippa, marks the start of an unlikely blossoming friendship. Together, they decide to paint one hundred paintings, each representing a story from their combined lives – 83 pictures for Margot, and 17 for Lenni. This beautifully-written, inspiring story of friendship, destiny, wisdom, joy and love focuses on living life to the fullest, no matter how much time you may have left. As Lenni and Margot paint their stories in the Rose Room, they share and preserve their best and worst memories. Narrator Lenni showed optimism, a sense of humour, selflessness, curiosity, irreverence and an openness to love. Margot was a free spirit, who faced her fair share of grief and loss with fortitude and grace. Both were there for one another at a time when they were most needed. Other characters also stood out for me, forming relationships that were just as warm and genuine, including Father Arthur, the aforementioned Pippa, Paul the Porter and New Nurse. With several teary, eye-leaking moments, I was totally taken with The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot, and it deserves to be a best seller. At any rate, it's an excellent début that you won't want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Doubleday via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • A happy/sad story

    I loved this book! With moments that made me laugh but moments which made me cry - all in all a very satisfying book. The ending was inevitable but approached with happiness and sadness mixed expertly together.

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  • The one hundred years of Lenni and Margot

    What a beautiful story. Funny, delightful and poignant. I loved it.

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  • The one hundred years of Lennie and

    The best book I have read in ages. I just didn’t want it to end. It was funny, it was sad, great characters and just wonderful storytelling. I will be thinking about this book for a long time.

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  • Thought provoking

    The title grabed me.The story line was exquisite. It made me smile, cry, laugh and grumble in desperation, wanting the characters to achieve their goals. The storyline was that imersive and real. Thoroughly enjoyable read. Thank you.

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