The novel concerns the trials and tribulations of a family of culturally German Hungarians (Danube Swabians) from the second world war though to post communist Hungary. It is very readable and in places very moving and despite a dark centre has a positive, hopeful ending.
I thank the reviewer for taking the time to comment on the novel and welcome the thought that he found the novel to be very readable and moving. I also appreciate the observations about the positive, hopeful ending despite the narrative's dark center.
The review above is of my earlier, unrevised version of the novel. I believe the revised version, which I published in early January, is even more readable, in part because I made a concerted effort to tone down the dark centre to which the reviewer refers.
I am curious to see what readers will think of the revised version. Time will tell.